AFFORDABLE SOUTH AFRICA
TOUR CODE OTA-SA03
Length: 8 DAYS
This is not only our best priced African Safari it also is one of our
most unique! This trip takes place in the southern part of South Africa.
It is a very personal introduction to the great game animals of Africa.
The itinerary is centered around a family farm near East London. Here we
have an authentic bush loge hand built by the owners and nestled into
You will have your own guide with you throughout your stay here. All
meals, local beverages and even laundry are included! On our farm and
the surrounding farms there are huge numbers of plains game and even
buffalo, giraffe and rhinos. The terrain here is breathtaking with
mountains, valleys and rivers. We will also visit private game reserves
that have lion and rhino as well as Addo Elephant Park which has all of
the big five. On the private lands we can do a lot of game viewing on
foot, even stalking in very close to the animals. (You decide how much
walking you want to do) Game drives will be in open 4X4 vehicles which
allows for maximum viewing and photographic opportunities.
In addition to the game viewing you
will get to meet a lot of the local farmers and get to know about their
way of life. This is not the touristy sort of trip and not for everyone.
The outline below is a rough sketch. Many times clients change things as
they go along with their guide. We encourage this. This will be a very
personal trip on
will meet a number of new friends. The best part of this itinerary is
that you will get to see all the animals found on traditional photo
safari and also have a very unique and personal experience. There is
great fishing near the main lodge and also a day of shark fishing out in
the ocean can be arranged at additional cost. There is no problem to add
other destinations in South Africa or Victoria Falls at the end of the
These photographic Safaris are individually tailored to suite the
client. All trips are personally guided by one of our professional
guides and we have no more than 4 guests per guide. Each group has the
exclusive use of our lodges and staff. Walk and stalk with the camera is
allowed on our private ranches, the national reserves will be only by
game viewing vehicle. The photographic walks are exciting and one can
stalk pretty close in with the camera, our guides specialty.
Not only do we offer the game ranch experience, but also the mixed
livestock and game transition with our local farmers. The experience
offers an insight into the excellent conservation efforts going on in
the area in order to re-introduce certain game species which compliment
the habitat by maintaining the proper browse and graze levels. We travel
between our own private Lodges: Askari Game Reserve, Cintsa Coastal
Resort and the Fish River near Grahamstown. From here we spend time out
on day trips.
Departs: Every first Monday of the month year round.
Map of South Africa
||US$1,299.00 per person/double occupancy
||US$ 250.00 per person
Departs: Every first Monday of the month year round.
Maximum group: 8
Minimum group: 1
Other dates and private departures available on request.
The following is included in your Safari:
The following is excluded from your Safari:
- Services of a professional guide and 4x4 vehicle
- All ground transport for the duration of the Safari
- All accommodation, food, soft drinks, wine and malt
- All entrance fees and stipulated activities in
- Airfares to and from East London National Airport
- Personal insurance (travel insurance)
- Extra activities on request.
Please note that the itinerary below could be running in reverse or
other changes may occur due to accommodation availability or other
personal guide will meet you at East London National Airport in our
customized 4x4 vehicles. Askari Game reserve is 90 km from East
London. Once we have settled in here, we go for a short drive
overlooking the Kubusi Valley for evening sundowners.
Return to the Lodge for
||Kubusi River - Askari Game
After breakfast at
around 08H00, we set off on a short walk along the ridges of the
Kubusi River, spotting game and birds. Your guide will give you a
general overview of the area and its history, being one of the 'hot
spots' during the settler wars of the 1800's.
We get back to the lodge at
mid day for lunch followed by an afternoon Game Drive at Askari Game
Reserve viewing Cape Buffalo and 25 other species of game on foot.
Experience the animals in their natural habitat at their own level.
We manage to get in pretty close on foot which lends itself to an
Evening dinner around the
||Askari Game Reserve|
A light breakfast followed by a game drive through the Matola
area of the Kubusi Valley. Graceful herds a Giraffe and other
species can be viewed here. A barbecue along the Kubusi River whilst
catching Yellow Fish and Congo eel is a breathtaking experience.
After the barbecue, we pack up
and head to Glen Roy along the Great Kei River. It has a unique
winding railway line through the hills of the Kei and magnificent
views and game numbers.
Evening sundowners overlooking
the Great Kei River and we head back to the lodge for dinner.
||Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve|
After an early morning breakfast, we head down to the resort
town of Cintsa for a morning game drive at Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve.
White Rhino and Lion are some of the species you will see here. We
will have luncheon here at the restaurant.
After luncheon, we head off to
the Lion Park to get up close and experience the conservation
efforts in protecting these magnificent beasts. You will be able to
play with the cubs when they are in season.
An evening drive back to
Askari with dinner around the fire.
For those wanting to see some
nocturnal activity, a night drive can be arranged.
Askari - Glen
After Breakfast we head to our
other lodge, along the Great Fish River, which is 120 km southwest
of Askari. We will settle into the lodge and after lunch do an evening game drive on the
Dinner will be ready on
Today will be spent in game activities in
and around Glen Boyd. We have our own private game reserve here
teaming with many species of planes game as well as excellent
fishing and birding.
||Addo Elephant National
After breakfast we
will head down to the Addo Elephant National Park which lies deep
within the shadows of the dense valley bushveld of the Sundays River
region of the Eastern Cape. Here, the evenings are punctuated by the
strident howl of the black-backed jackal, and the francolins call
heralds each new dawn. Safe from relentless persecution in the past,
the grey leviathans of the bush now roam in peace.
The original Elephant section
of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only eleven elephants
remained in the area - today this finely tuned ecosystem is
sanctuary to over 420 elephants, 450 Cape buffalo, black rhino, a
variety of antelope species, as well as the unique flightless dung
beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo.
For the first time in over 100
years, lion and spotted hyena were reintroduced to the park last
year. But the Addo story has only just begun. Plans to expand the
148 000 hectare Addo National Elephant Park into a 360 000 hectare
"Greater Addo" park are moving forward at an exciting pace. This
expansion is transforming Addo into the ultimate tourism
We will dine at the Park
restaurant and take a leisurely drive back to Coombs View in the
A night drive and dinner will
complete the day.
Wake up late and have a hearty breakfast. You will be taken
back to East London National Airport by your guides. Connect with
flight to Cape Town. Begin trip
*Prices subject to government taxes/levies or prices beyond our control.
Prices and programs are subject to change without notice. All prices quoted in US dollars.
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