This 5 day trip combines safaris inside the Kruger National Park ( KNP) with activities in a private reserve outside. This adds variety to your experience. Kruger Park safaris are what most people come to South Africa for but there are many who feel like a different experience to add that also involve the animals and other attractions and activities in the region.
Kwa Madwala is a four star lodge in a stunning five star location on a "koppie" strewn with gigantic boulders. The en-suite Chalets amongst the boulders have commanding views over the warm bush veld to the Crocodile river bordering the Kruger National Park. Go on elephant back or horse back safaris,microlight flights over the Crocodile River, safari walks and short game drives in the Lodge's private reserve. Take full day or sunrise/sunset safaris into the Kruger National Park with the Lodge's skilled rangers.
Hamilton's Lodge is a stone throw away from the Crocodile River and Malalane Gate of the KNP. You can stroll down to the bridge and once standing on it you are technically inside the KNP but it is safe to view animals from there. The game rangers pick you up at Hamilton's early mornings and late afternoons to go on sunrise and sunset safaris ,the best time to catch sight of more animals than in the middle of the day.
The Crocodile River forms the southern border of the Kruger National Park (KNP). Crocodiles sun themselves on the sandbanks and hippos wallow in the shallows. To its banks come all the animals of the KNP to drink and enjoy the cool shade of the tall trees. Lodges near the river have the privilege of views of the KNP across the river often better than the private lodges inside the KNP. From here visit the Panorama Route, a route of astounding scenic beauty or the picturesque and more traditional country of Swaziland.
Itinerary for This Tour
Depart Johannesburg Airport with other travelers to the Kruger National Park Region
Departure point is the coach terminus at Johannesburg Airport (ORT). Transport is with other travelers to the Kruger Park and region in air conditioned mini-coaches. Departures are at 8:00, 10:15 and 10:45am.
If arriving by taxi to the coach terminus ask driver to drop you at Terminal A International Arrivals next to the Intercontinental Hotel you can then take the walkway past the hotel leading to the coach terminus just behind it, a distance of 200m. You can wheel your suitcase with ease all the way.
The coach takes the fastest but still scenic route on the highway and will make comfort stops along the way.
If arriving by air please allow minimum 90 minutes from arrival time on international flights to go to through customs etc. and 1 hour on local flights to walk to the coach terminus as described above. Get to the coach terminus 15 minutes before departure.
From the terminus in Nelspruit our driver will meet you and take you to the lodge in time for your first safari in the Kruger National Park.
At 16:30 you will be collected for your sunset safari drive in the KNP returning later in the evening to have dinner in the excellent restaurant at the lodge (dinner will be at your own cost and choice from the a la carte menu which caters for most tastes). Enjoy the sights and sounds of the bush and connect with nature around you as you relax under the African stars on the lodge's open deck, have a late evening swim, buy a drink from the bar.
Accommodation Hamiltons Lodge, Bed and Breakfast.
Sunrise and Sunset in the Kruger National Park
Arise early at dawn and go for your sunrise safari in a open sided vehicle with the park ranger. This is a special time of day as the Kruger awakens. By now you should have heard the African Fish Eagles cry, common along the Crocodile River. Hopefully there will be a herd of mother elephants and babies or a savage but necessary lion kill, perhaps a majestic giraffe, and a herd of smartly dressed zebra or stern looking African buffalo. There are thrilling encounters around every corner! Return to the lodge for breakfast and spend the middle of the day at leisure around the swimming pool. You may also feel like walking a short distance down to the bridge over the Crocodile River which makes a perfect and safe viewing platform for close viewing animals in the Kruger. At 16:30 you will be collected for your sunset safari and returned to Hamilton's at around 20:00. Lunch and dinner at own cost at Hamiltons excellent restaurant or just across the road at the equally good Pestana.
Accommodation Hamiltons Lodge, Bed and Breakfast
Sunrise safari and transfer to Kwa Madwala Lodge
Go for your last safari drive at dawn in the KNP. Please note it is possible to change any of your morning game drives to safari walks with armed ranger and this one or the one on day 2 can be changed. But this needs to be arranged in advance and you must let us know a week or two at least before your trip. A walk in the bush gives an entirely different perspective the ranger can point out details not possible while driving and of course its great exercise! After breakfast at the lodge you will be collected by our driver and transferred to Kwa Madwala Lodge, Manyatta Rock, in a stunning location in a small private game reserve near the Kruger.
Upon arrival at Kwa Madwala you will be shown to your luxury chalet set amongst the giant boulders on the "Koppie".
The activities coordinator at the lodge will discuss the events and excursions included in your package. You may want to add to the activities not included in your package and can do so at your own cost.
The en-suite chalets have commanding views to the Crocodile River, situated on a unusual small mountain, which is covered in indigenous bush forest interspersed with giant rocks that look like huge boulders thrown there by a giant. The reserve is inhabited by rhino, giraffe, hippo, zebra, impala and various antelope, warthogs, vervet monkeys and other smaller mammals. There is also a wide variety of birds in the trees around you. Your meals while here are served on the dining deck at the top of Manyatta Rock but occasionally dinner is in the boma, an entertainment area near the swimming pool under one of the giant rocks. These locations are within easy walking distance. Upon check in you will discuss the arrangement for the various activities in your package here, including this afternoon.
Accommodation Kwa Madwala Reserve, Manyatta Rock Lodge, Lunch, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.
Activities at Kwa Madwala
The monkeys and many of the smaller animals in particular the klipspringer antelope wander freely around your chalet. The Klipspringer name means rock jumper. They walk on their toes like ballerinas jumping from rock to rock.
Each chalet has a secluded and private veranda at the back with outside shower that you can use in total privacy.
You have a choice of any two of the following activities: 2 hour walking safari, 1 hour horseback safari or 1.5 hour wilderness game drive while at Kwa Madwala
If you are doing the horseback safari, the animals, zebras in particular are much less shy of you. They don't see you as a walking human so you can get quite close! We do not want to spoil your fun by telling you too much but the elephant interaction is an unforgettable experience.
In many ways at Kwa Madwala you get closer to nature than you do at lodges in the Kruger; here there are no fences. There is a health spa at Kwa Madwala about which you can enquire and you are free to walk anywhere.
Accommodation Kwa Madwala Reserve, Manyatta Rock Lodge, Lunch, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.
Return to Johannesburg (or option to extend trip)
Today is the last day of the standard package and after breakfast, transfer back to Johannesburg by road is included but you also have an option to fly from a local airport which has flights to Cape Town and Victoria Falls too if you wish to continue your trip to these locations.
Kwa Madwala is very close to Swaziland and many people take the opportunity of visiting this charming little country for a day. Most nationalities are issued visa's at the border but please enquire with us.
Many people also like to spend a day or two on the Panorama Route which is similar to the Grand Canyon area in the United States except it is not in the desert and has many waterfalls and the deepest green canyon in the world the Blyde River Canyon. These trips are optional and cost extra and you will have to extend your stay in the region to do them. However we can organise a private transfer back to Johannesburg without extending your stay to see part of the Panorama Route on route at a small extra fee.
We assure you that you will have pleasant recurring memories of your relaxing time at Kwa Madwala and Manyatta Rock it is a little piece of bushveld heaven!
Included in Price:
- 4 Nights 4 Star accomodation in the best locations
- All meals mentioned in itinerary
- Daily Sunset and dawn game drives whilst staying on the boarder of the Kruger National Park - Hamiltons
- Shared shuttle transfer from Johannesburg to the respective lodges, return,
- 2 x Choice of activity: one 2 Hour Walking Safari OR one 1 hour Horse Back Safari or one 1.5 hour Wilderness Game Drive in the Kwa Madwala Reserve,
- One hour Elephant Interaction Experience,
- Entrance Fees to all parks /places of interest mentioned in itinerary
- 15% Value added tax where applicable.
- All passport and Visa fees excluded
- All Beverages excluded, except for tea and coffee with meals
- All meals not in itinerary
- Travel and Medical Insurance excluded
- All Optional Activities excluded
- All cost of a personal nature, eg. laundry, telephone calls
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour unless added by us.
Accommodation Note: All the hotels and lodges are as reflected in this itinerary, but if for reasons beyond the control of Mmilo Tours this is not possible, they will be replaced with establishments of the same star grading.
Important: Please read the itinerary carefully, noting any optional activities you or some members in your group may want to take part in. You do not have to take part in any of the optional activities if you do not wish to. It helps us in our planning to know if you are interested and number of participants. These additional optional activities are not costed into this scheduled tour, and if you choose them, you pay the extra amount involved either directly to Mmilo Tours in advance, or on arrival at the venue. You will be informed accordingly by Mmilo Tours, and they are extra to the basic cost of the tour
All our tours and packages are subject to availability at the time of booking and payment and accommodation is in a standard double room at Hamiltons Lodge and in a standard chalet at Manyatta Rock.