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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 the veldt.

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 Africa which you 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 trip.

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.

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COSTS


1 pax US$1,299.00 per person/double occupancy
Single supplement US$ 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:

  • 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 the package
The following is excluded from your Safari:
  • Airfares to and from East London National Airport
  • Personal insurance (travel insurance)
  • Extra activities on request.

ITINERARY


Please note that the itinerary below could be running in reverse or other changes may occur due to accommodation availability or other unforeseen circumstances.


Day 01: Arrival
Your 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 Dinner.

Day 02-: AfricaKubusi River - Askari Game Reserve
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 exciting experience.

Evening dinner around the fire.

Day 03: 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.

Day 04: 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.

Day 05:

Askari - Glen Boyd
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 property.

Dinner will be ready on our return.

Day 06:

Glen Boyd

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.

Day 07: AAfricaddo Elephant National Park
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 destination.

We will dine at the Park restaurant and take a leisurely drive back to Coombs View in the evening.

A night drive and dinner will complete the day.

Day 08: Departure
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 below.


*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. Contact us for booking information, liability waiver, and terms and conditions. Airfare and air schedules subject to change without prior notice.



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