Big 5 Encounters tour

Getting close to the Elephants, Kruger National Park, South Afric
Colourful local dress, South Africa
Blyde River Canyon, South Africa
Wild African Dog puppies, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Your Home! South Africa
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This short but exciting tour takes you to one of the world’s most renowned game parks, the Kruger National Park. You’ll have the ideal opportunity to see the big 5, Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo! This is an 'accommodated' tour, so you'll spend all nights in lodges/hotels/permanent tents rather than basic camping. We start this adventure leaving Johannesburg and your first stop for will be at God's Window where you will be able to take in the amazing views. Next, head deep into the park in search of wildlife. Kruger National Park was founded in 1898 and covers nearly and area of approximately 2 million hectares. The park has an unrivalled diversity of wildlife with approximately 145 mammal species including the famed 'Big Five', a collection of over 500 bird species, some of which are not to be found elsewhere in South Africa, and 336 tree species grow in the park. After 2 full days in the park we head back to Johannesburg along the beautiful Panoramic Route, passing through the towering cliffs of Blyde River Canyon, one of South Africa's most amazing natural wonders. Important Note: the itinerary below is written with an optional Activity Package included. This optional payment covers what we consider highly recommended activities on the tour. Separating these activities out is designed to help people with differing budgets. If required, the Activity Package should be pre-purchased prior to your arrival to guarantee availability and to help your guides plan ahead to help the smooth running of the tour. Please contact us for details and prices.

Highlights
Addo National Park, Great Karoo, Lesotho & Drakensberg mountains, Hluhulwe-Imfolozi game reserve, St. Lucia boat trip, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Kruger National Park, Panorama Route, Three Rondavels and God’s Window
Destinations
  • Africa
  • South Africa
  • Johannesburg
Tour Types
  • Singles
  • Adventure
  • Small Group
Day 1, Depart Johannesburg. Greater Kruger NP
We leave Johannesburg this morning so we recommend you arrive at least 1 day pre-tour. If you need help in booking extra nights and airport transfers we can assist with this.
An early start from Johannesburg, we travel through the Northern Province of Mpumalanga en route to the breathtaking Kruger National Park. After settling in we enjoy some local dancing and dinner around the camp fire.
Note - our Overland tours are offered with an optional 'Activity Package' which includes a set of activities and visits that we recommend but that are not included in the main tour price. The itinerary below is written with the Activity Package items included. Please check our website or contact us for more information and prices.
OVERNIGHT:
Nkambeni Reserve - Permenant Tents
MEALS:
Lunch, Dinner
EXTRAS:
Extra day in Johannesburg - pre-tour, Arrival airport transfer in Johannesburg, Activity Package Big 5 Encounters (The optional Activity Package is available for an extra fee, please contact us for details and prices)

Day 2, Kruger National Park
Today we have a full day of game viewing planned inside Kruger National Park. This gives you some fantastic photo opportunities so keep your eyes open for elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo, known as Africa’s ‘Big Five’ as well as many other species of animals and birds.
Activity Package Morning Guided Bushman Walk
Included Highlight Afternoon game drive in main truck
OVERNIGHT:
Nkambeni Reserve - Permenant Tents
MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner
EXTRAS:
Activity package

Day 3, Kruger National Park
Today we have a full day of game viewing planned in an open 4×4 vehicle inside Kruger National Park. This gives you some fantastic photo opportunities so keep your eyes open for elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo, known as Africa’s ‘Big Five’ as well as many other species of animals and birds.
Activity Package Full day 4x4 Game Drive in Kruger National Park
Included Highlight Afternoon game drive in main truck (Only for those who did not purchase the activity package).
OVERNIGHT:
Nkambeni Reserve - Permenant Tents
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
EXTRAS:
Activity package

Day 4, Panorama Route to Johannesburg
This morning we depart the greater Kruger area and journey back to Johannesburg. We travel along the spectacular Panorama Route, stopping at Three Rondavels and Bourke Luck Potholes and Gods Window. Your tour ends upon arrival in Johannesburg at the welcoming and comfortable Belvedere Estate which is located out of the city but close enough to Johannesburg airport for reasonable airport transfers.
Note - Your tour will come to an end once you arrive into Johannesburg. We recommend that you book at least 1 more night post-tour rather than flying out this evening incase of any delays. We can help you in organising extra nights if required.
Included Highlight Panorama Route, Three Rondavels, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Gods Window
Optional activities Dinner Out
OVERNIGHT:
N/A
MEALS:
Breakfast
EXTRAS:
Extra day in Johannesburg - post-tour, Departure airport transfer in Johannesburg
  • 13 nights accommodation, either camping or lodges/hotels & camps
  • All transport in 25-seat expedition vehicle
  • All 'included highlights' as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 3 truck crew (driver/guide plus assistant/cook)
  • Local guides for sightseeing tours and activities as per the itinerary
  • Meals: 13 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 13 dinners

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19-Jan-2022
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02-Feb-2022
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02-Mar-2022
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16-Mar-2022
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16-Mar-2022
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30-Mar-2022
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13-Apr-2022
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13-Apr-2022
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11-May-2022
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11-May-2022
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25-May-2022
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25-May-2022
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08-Jun-2022
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08-Jun-2022
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22-Jun-2022
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22-Jun-2022
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20-Jul-2022
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20-Jul-2022
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03-Aug-2022
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03-Aug-2022
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17-Aug-2022
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17-Aug-2022
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31-Aug-2022
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28-Sep-2022
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28-Sep-2022
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12-Oct-2022
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12-Oct-2022
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26-Oct-2022
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26-Oct-2022
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09-Nov-2022
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09-Nov-2022
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07-Dec-2022
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07-Dec-2022
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21-Dec-2022
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21-Dec-2022
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04-Jan-2023
13 Nights
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04-Jan-2023
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Touring with Encounters Travel

Encounters Travel specialise in creating imaginative, adventurous small group tours all around the world for the open minded traveller. They are always looking for new ways to add value and excitement to your travel experiences so that you see more than just the usual tourist spots, as well as having great fun at the same time. Their tours are designed to give you the best possible experience in each country, whilst at the same time providing good value for money without making compromises.

You will see and learn about local cultures and historic sites while enjoying some more adventurous activities along the way. They also try very hard to keep the overall style and inclusions/exclusions of their tours as consistent as possible from country to country, while taking into account the different highlights and activities available in each destination. Their escorted group tours are hosted by specially selected experts who bring their knowledge and skills to add an extra dimension to the tour.

Encounters Travel are committed to travelling responsibly, and leaving a positive impression and impact on the countries through which they travel.

 

 

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Suitable for: Over 10s
Accommodation:3*
Meals:3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
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