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5-day Traditional Big 5 Safari in the Greater Kruger, 31 Aug-4 Sept 2020

Go on Safari with Africa Geographic and National Geographic photographers Ernest Porter and Karen Blackwood in unspoiled Manyaleti in the Greater Kruger!

Safari tour package: A set-date, set-itinerary, group safari
Prices: $1693
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 5 days
Best months: March - December
Countries visited: South Africa South Africa
Parks visited: Kruger
Activity level: Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Night drive
  • Cultural
  • Birding
Come on our affordable 5-day wildlife safari in Manyaleti, home of the Big 5 and adjacent to Kruger National Park in South Africa. We will go on morning and evening game drives complete with sunrise coffee and sundowner cocktails to watch wildlife in its natural habitat in the African bush. We will learn about the ecosystem and how to track prints when we jump off the vehicles on game drives to inspect something interesting. Our chef makes the most wonderful, generous, mouth-watering meals, and we will eat them in a fine-dining setting around the fire. We source everything we can locally, and out staff are all local residents with pride in the service they provide. You'll have a private Meru-Style tent with a 4-post bed, premium mattress, a porch under thatch, and a private en-suite bathroom complete with soaking tub and beautiful tile accents. If you bring your camera, Ernest and Karen will teach you how to get the best from it. We are award-winning Africa Geographic and NatGeo Daily Dozen published professionals. We emphasize fun, education, and fantastic photos of wildlife. We can also teach your wildlife workflow if you want to learn to edit your photos in Lightroom and Photoshop CC. Because we can go off road, we can get up close for incredible, personal, intimate shots of wildlife. Check our website to see what our safaris offer and to check out all of our dates! We can arrange a custom safari for about the same price, so please ask if you need different dates. We can also arrange your ground travel to the lodge with our no-worries Ground Travel Package. Just ask!

Day 1:   Arrive in time for lunch, then the afternoon game drive to see what's going on in the wild.  There are lots of leopards around, and they are very relaxed around the vehicles, so hopefully we'll spot one on a termite mound, or up a fig tree with a kill.  Lions will be lazing for a while, but as soon as the sun gets low, they'll stir, and we'll watch them prepare to hunt. Maybe some wild dogs will lope through, looking for a meal.  Elephants will be stopping by the water hole for a last drink before dusk, and we'll let them surround us. We'll stop for Sundowner Cocktails, and we always try to work on some night photography, getting those fabulous side-lit and backlit photos.  We'll have a pre-dinner cocktail when we get back to the Lodge, then eat a scrumptous candlelit dinner at tables arranged around the fire.  If it's a clear night, we might try some Milky Way photography before bed.

Full Safari Days:  We'll be up early to catch that gorgeous golden morning light!  Nothing in the bush was sleeping while we were dreaming, so we'll go to see what happened overnight.  We'll have a coffee stop at a picturesque spot, and maybe some rhino will walk through, or a giraffe will be browsing nearby.  We'll return to the Lodge for a big made-to-order breakfast, then relax and let the rhythm of nature guide our mid-day.  You can take our Lightroom course in your free time, or relax on a lounge chair and watch birds bathe in the bird bath, or take a nap. After lunch, it's back on the game vehicles for our evening drive.

Last Day: We'll go on our morning drive and say goodbye to the animals we've come to know over the past few days. You'll depart after one last amazing breakfast, but don't worry--you'll be back some day!

 

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  • Manyaleti Game Reserve
  • Greater Kruger National Park
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With 3 prides in the area, we often see lion cubs of all ages. by Eagle Eye Safaris
A Vervet Monkey teaches her youngster...
A Vervet Monkey teaches her youngster how to eat a fig. by Eagle Eye Safaris
There are leopards around, and we see...
There are leopards around, and we see them frequently! by Eagle Eye Safaris
Wild dogs are always a treat!
Wild dogs are always a treat! by Eagle Eye Safaris
Elephants often browse their way righ...
Elephants often browse their way right through camp. by Eagle Eye Safaris

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