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5 Day Budget Kruger National Park & Private Game Reserve Tented
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A budget game viewing extravaganza! During two full
days of game drives in the world renowned Kruger National Park
your qualified guide will use their expert and intimate knowledge of
the park and the wildlife to provide excellent photographic opportunities.
Not one but two sunset game drives in the Big 5 Balule Game Reserve will add to your safari experience and offer a chance
to view and hear the parks nocturnal and diurnal wildlife. A visit to
the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre and a game walk
with armed rangers provide this safari with an educational element which
will enhance your overall Kruger Wildlife Safari experience.
Open Game Vehicle Sunset Drives on Balule Big 5 Game Reserve
Full days In Kruger National Park on open vehicle game drives
Rhabilitation Centre visit
Safari At A Glance
R5495 per person sharing
R6195 per person sharing
for single occupancy & child rates.
Departure Dates::Every Day from Johannesburg
Departure Time: 07:30 / 09:00 hotel / airport
Return Time: approx 17:00
Accommodation: Walk-in Safari Tents with shared
Group Size: Maximum 12
Closed Air-conditioned vehicle on transfers / Open game vehicle
on safari game drives.
5 Day Budget
Kruger National Park & Private Game ReserveTented Safari Itinerary
||Day One: Johannesburg to Greater Kruger
After being collected from your accommodation in Johannesburg
you will be transported by air-conditioned
vehicle to Tremisana Game Lodge on the Balule Big 5 Game Reserve.
short break ( swim / early Sundowner at the bar ) you board the open
game vehicle for a 3 hour sunset drive around the Balule Reserve which part of the Greater
Kruger Park. Your qualified safari
guide will facilitate your first sightings of Africa's varied wildlife.
We stop for photos of the magnificent African sunset. After dark,
your guide will use a powerful spotlight to locate nocturnal
animals. Dinner in the Boma around a crackling fire will
be a typical South African meal. After dinner, transfer to Marc's
Treehouse Lodge on the Motlala Game Reserve where you overnight in your tent.
In Safari Tents at the Treehouse Camp, Motlala
The rustic walk in safari tents are situated
on the Motlala Game Reserve, close to the Orpen entrance to Kruger National
Park, along with Marc's treehouse camp.
Each tent is walk-in a safari tent,
currently there are 4 double tents and 4 tents each with 4 single beds.
Each tent has real beds, electric light, electric fans, all bedding
(duvets) and towels are provided. Nearby are two separate ablution
blocks each with showers and toilets, and plenty of hot running
||Days Two & Three: Kruger National Park
After breakfast we board our open Game Vehicleand head
to the Orpen Gate of Kruger National Park. The
added elevation and absence of windows in the vehicle allows for excellent viewing
and photographic opportunities. Your qualified safari guide will show you
various animals, large and small, that frequent this outstanding
wildlife paradise, hopefully including the African Big 5. The zone of Kruger you visit has the highest
percentage population of giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and impala that
attract numerous lions and other predators. At the end of the day we return to Motlala reserve for dinner and to overnight
at Marc’s Camp.
||Day Four: Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre & Balule Game Reserve|
breakfast, we travel to the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre
for injured and orphaned animals and birds. You will have an opportunity
to get close and personal to some of the residents, including lions
and leopards. After lunch, you drive to Tremisana game Lodge on the Balule Game Reserve. At around 17h00,
we enjoy an open vehicle game drive with your safari guide,
home to numerous animals including all the Big 5 and the elusive Black Rhino.
||Day Five : We have an early
morning Bush Walk accompanied by an armed ranger. You will
be shown various interesting details of the bush, including insects,
spoor and scats. You have an excellent chance of encountering buffalo,
nyala and other game on foot. After breakfast, we drive to the Three
Rondawels of the Blyde River Canyon before returning to Johannesburg. We return you to your
hostel or airport at around 17h00|
Balule Game Reserve shares an unfenced border with
Kruger National Park and so forms oart of the Greater Kruger Park.
Running through the reserve is the perennial Olifants River. The
dam at Tremisana Game Lodge is also a year round water source with
the water level maintained by boerhole water.
Balule is the Shangaan word for Buffalo and the plains in the park
are famed for huge herds of these animals. All of the Big 5 can
be found within the 35,000 hectares of the reserve, the area also
has large herds of grazers and antelope, which in turn attract predators
to the reserve.
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Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park is one of Africa's wildlife reserves.
Parts of the park became protected areas in 1898, and it became
South Africa's first National park in 1926. Now the park encompasses
over 19,000 square kilometres with ecosystems ranging from woodland,
to savanna to arid. Kruger has the widest diversity of any African
game reserve and has 147 species of mammal, 114 reptiles, 33 amphibians,
50 fish and up 517 species of bird, 253 of which are resident to
the park. The park also has archaeological sites ans areas of special
scietifis importance within it's borders.
Motlala Game Reserve
The tented camp and treehouse camp accommodation
is situated within Motlala Game Reserve. The reserve is short drive
from Kruger Park's Orpen entrance gate. Motlala is not a big 5 reserve
but is home to rhino, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, nyala, and many other
smaller mammals and antelope species.
an Enquiry / Reserve Spaces on Safari
• All Transfers
• All Entry Fees
• All Game Drives, walks and activities
• Accommodation on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis
• Personal Items
•Children are Welcome
• Children under 6 are only permitted on closed vehicle drives
•Children under 12 are permitted on game walks, an alternative
activity can be arranged.
Tented Safari Camp
The tented camp is a part of Marc's treehouse
camp, the staff, chefs and safari drives are all shared, some of these
reviews mention the treehouses rather than the tents. For more reviews:
Camp and Safari Reviews
“Excellent bush camp with
Reviewed 14 July 2013
We stayed in the Treehouse lodge as part of our honeymoon.
We had a fantastic stay in our treehouse and the staff couldn't have
been more helpful. The food was delicious and the entire experience
of sharing our environment with buffalo, impala and monkeys was fantastic.
We'd highly recommend this camp as it is so unique.
Reviewed 5 July 2013
I had a fantastic experience at Marc's Treehouse. I booked a 4 day,
3 night tented safari with Viva Safari through African Budget Travel.
I had 1 night at Tremisana and 2 in a tent at Marc's Treehouse.
First off, I loved Marc's Treehouse. It was exactly the
type of place and trip I was looking for. Read the reviews carefully
though. I can imagine it isn't for everyone, but if you want to see
nature and don't need/want lots of frills, I think it is perfect. I've
commented below on things I wanted to know before going, or things it
would have been helpful to know.
Staff: AMAZING. I had great experiences with the staff
at Marc's. Everyone has their favorites, but for guides I recommend
Isaac, and if you have any problems, go to Pretty. She will do what
she can to make your trip great.
Itinerary: They may try and change your itinerary. Some
people were thrilled to get (for instance) an extra day at Kruger verse
the animal rescue hospital, others weren't. If you don't want the change,
just say so. They will definitely work with you. I found them to be
amazing in that regard. Just don't suffer in silence.
Clothes: In the winter, it is really cold at night and
in the trucks during the drives but warm when you aren't driving. Dress
in layers. I also recommend a hat. Oh, and bring clothes that can get
snagged for the bush walk.
Hair dryer: There aren't any. In winter this is a bit
of a problem. I recommend bringing one, or you'll freeze while your
Security: The tent's have padlocks. The staff can also
lock up laptops, etc.
Cash: The lunch places had a range of prices, of course,
but the average meal + beverage was about 80 Rand. The bar prices at
Tremisana and Marc's are very reasonable. You could probably have 2
beers + a bottle of water for about 50 Rand a night.
Gratuities: bring lots of 10s and 20s for these. There
are often 2 staff members per drive/walk.
Food: I'm not sure why people have felt there wasn't enough
food. At both places, it was possible to get seconds on some parts of
breakfast and dinner, but I never had room. I would recommend bringing
small snacks though. To accommodate the walks and drives, you may go
out before breakfast and/or have breakfast early and dinner late. I
was glad I had brought a few cereal bars.
Bush Walks (depending on itinerary): the 3.5 hour and
1 hour bush walks can be quite different. During our 1 hour the guides
focused more on living off the land than on animal tracks. I thought
it was worth getting up for. You can sleep on the way back to Jo-burg.
Tremisana is nice, but as other reviewers have said, you
can hear traffic. They've masked it well with fountains, but in my room
(near the pool) the traffic was the main sound, which definitely brings
down the ambiance.
If you are debating, and want to see nature, I highly
recommend Marc's over Tremisana.
Angela, New York, USA