Big Five game drive Sundowner at waterhole and thrilling evening game drive Morning walk escorted by qualified rangers Three Rondawels overlooking Blyde River Canyon
We depart from Johannesburg and head for the Greater Kruger Park area to arrive at a Thornhill Private Safari Lodge in time for lunch. We settle into camp and then head off on a late afternoon/evening Big Five game drive in open 4X4 vehicles. Following sundowner drinks at one of the waterholes and a thrilling evening’s game drive, we return to camp to enjoy a welcoming traditional meal under the African sky.
After an early rise, as we make our way to the legendary Kruger National Park, we enter the Kruger Park through one of the central gates, where our wildlife experience unfolds. We enjoy breakfast at a popular picnic spot before continuing our safari through some of the best game drive routes that Kruger has to offer. This gives us the opportunity to experience South Africa’s various predators of the savannah, birdlife, copious game and smaller animals in their natural habitat. We depart the Park at sunset and return to the lodge for an evening of relaxation and to enjoy a splendid boma dinner.
After 2 exciting days we have a free day where clients can decide what they would like to do… some time off relaxing at the lodge or taking part in the various optional activities on offer. Below is some options should you like to partake, and the relevant costs. In busy seasons it would be a good idea to book these activities in advance with your reservations consultant. Optional Activities are subject to availability – The below prices are only available to advance bookings, should you book locally the rates can be higher and do change seasonally. Kruger National Park Day Trip – ZAR 935 pp (Another full day in the Kruger National Park on an open 4 x4 Game viewing vehicle, more opportunity to get wildlife sightings and photos. Included Breakfast picnic packed by the lodge. Excludes Lunch) Full Day Panoramic Route – ZAR 935 pp (Includes a full day drive along the panorama route taking in Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Lisbon Falls, God’s Window and Pilgrim’s Rest.- excludes: lunch and drinks )
After an early morning wake-up we venture out on a morning nature walk, escorted by qualified rangers, we get skilled in nature’s finer details like bird, tree and spoor identification. We enjoy brunch at the lodge prior to driving along the Drakensberg Escarpment to view the impressive Three Rondawels overlooking the Blyde River Canyon. Thereafter we continue our journey to Johannesburg arriving late afternoon.
Thornhill offers comfortable accommodation in 13 Authentic thatched roof chalets. Accommodation is comprised of twin, double and family units. Special sleeping arrangements can be organised for our younger guests. Vibrant fabrics and local hardwood furniture all create that rustic yet stylish bush atmosphere. En suite facilities, overhead fans and mosquito nets are just a few of the little things that Thornhill provides to ensure our guests comfort at all times.
Transport to and From Johannesburg, accommodation, meals as indicated, services of an experienced guide, Park entrance fees and all activities and game drives.
Drinks, optional activities and personal items JOINING
You can be dropped off at your accommodation in Johannesburg or the Airport, if you are flying out the same day please book national flights for 8pm or after and international flights for 9pm or after
Kruger National Park, in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa, is among the world’s greatest nature reserves. It is one of the few places on earth where wildlife can be seen in such great variety and at such close quarters. Some 520 bird, 114 reptile and 146 mammal species, including the fabled Big Five - elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo, densely populate the park. Although in nature there are no guarantees, in Kruger Park you stand the best chance of thrilling sightings of game. From some of Africa’s largest prides of lion, to birds found nowhere else within the countries borders. The present Kruger Park is immense, covering 19,685 km2, an area almost the size of Wales or two thirds of Belgium. There are more than 3000 km of roads on which to explore the Park. Obviously in a limited time, one can do only so much, however our experience shows us which are the best roads to take at certain times of the year, ensuring you get the most of your visit to the Park. Our tour focuses mainly on the Central and Southern areas of the park, as it has the largest concentration of game.
In winter (April to September) the days are mild (average about 23º C), with sometimes cool nights (down to 6º C). In the summer the days average 30º C, but sometimes exceed 40º C, with the welcome cooling effect of afternoon thunderstorms. Rain in the summer months (October - March i.e. “rainy season”) varies from about 800mm in the south, to 500mm in the northern areas. Should you have further questions, please feel free to contact us on the below details.elow details