Sabi Sabi 5 Night Wildlife Safari Package

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Basic Itinerary

Day Location Accommodation
1 Johannesburg Tladi Lodge (or similar)
2 Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve Little Bush Camp
3 Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve Little Bush Camp
4 Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve Little Bush Camp
5 Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve Little Bush Camp

Price Per person sharing: ZAR51,750

Approximately US$ |  £ |  €
Please ask about single supplements if you are travelling alone

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About Sabi Sabi

Sabi Sabi is widely acknowledged as one of the top destinations in the world for viewing and photographing Africa’s “Big 5” animals.

The reserve is situated adjacent to the Kruger National Park, one of the oldest and largest protected wildlife areas in Africa and there are no fences between KNP and Sabi Sands, so wildlife is free to roam between these two reserves.  There are four lodges within the Sabi Sabi reserve, of which Little Bush Camp is the smallest and most secluded, making this lodge very popular amongst our photographic guests. Many of them choose to return again and again to this place.

The specific location of this reserve is unsurpassed in terms of abundance and diversity of wildlife.  The area is particularly noted for its frequent sightings of the large cats, such as lion and leopard, and it boasts an incredible diversity of birdlife, with over 500 species recorded.

Game drives are conducted every morning and evening in open safari vehicles with an experienced ranger and tracker.  G-clamps and Manfrotto heads are available for use by our photographic guests on request (especially useful for 400mm, 500mm and 600mm lenses).

We have a close relationship with Sabi Sabi as we conduct our annual Ultimate Big 5 Group Photo Safari there every October so we will  do our best to ensure that your ranger is experienced with guiding photographers.

Primary Photographic Subjects

_MG_2969This safari is all about Africa’s Big 5 animals. If you don’t know what they are yet, here’s the list:

  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Buffalo
  • Elephant
  • Rhino

They are known as the “Big 5” because in the old colonial times these were the most dangerous animals to hunt. But they’re not all you’ll see at Sabi Sabi. There’s a good chance you’ll also get to see cheetahs, plus of course many other species, including zebras, giraffe, wildbeest and a large number of antelope. On night drives in the past we have encountered caracal as well as many other nocturnal creatures. And let’s not forget about the birds. Amongst the birds you’ll see at Sabi Sabi; lilac breasted rollers, eagle owls, green pigeons, eagles, bee-eaters and many more. On our first adventure to this region in 2010 we sighted over 120 different bird species.

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Suggested Gear

You’re going to get really close to the animals on this safari. More than once or twice on previous trips we’ve had leopards walking right next to our vehicles, so close that you could literally touch their backs with an outstretched arm. This of course would be the last time you’d ever see your arm if you did that, but we hope you get the proximity picture.

Ideally you should bring two cameras on this trip, one for closer stuff and one for stuff that’s not so close. A full frame DSLR with a 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom for the closer stuff is good and a second body with (say) a 200-400mm f/4 zoom or a fast prime with a teleconverter for the stuff that’s further away will have you well covered.

 

Flashes? Not unless you’re planning on using them at the dinner table. Rather save the weight and bring a wide angle lens because we like to do a bit of star photography at night when we’re at Sabi Sabi. This will of course mean you should bring a small travel tripod.

_DAL2392Sabi Sabi use open Land Rovers for game drives and these have three rows of elevated seats behind the driver. There are swing arms built onto the sides of each vehicle that allow you to clamp your gimbal head to them (if you have one), or alternatively you should use a monopod.

Bean bags will be of no use to you in this kind of safari vehicle.

Detailed Itinerary

Tladi Lodge Sandton

DAY 1:  ARRIVAL IN JOHANNESBURG

Highlights: Arrival in Johannesburg, optional half-day tour to Soweto, or other local attraction. 

After passing through customs and collecting your luggage, make your way to the arrivals lounge, where you will be met by a representative from the lodge (look out for a board with your name on it).  You will then be transferred to Tladi Lodge in Sandton.  In the early evening, you may be transferred to a restaurant of your choice (dinner for your own account).

Depending on the time of your arrival, we can arrange an optional half-day tour for you in the vicinity of Johannesburg.  We highly recommend a Soweto township tour, the Apartheid Museum or the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens.  

Overnight at Tladi lodge.

P9040121DAY 2: JOHANNESBURG TO SABI SABI GAME RESERVE

Highlights: “Big 5” Game-viewing, Birdwatching, Wildlife Photography

In the morning you can enjoy a relaxed breakfast at the lodge, after which you will be transferred to the Johannesburg airport to catch your flight to Nelspruit.  After your arrival in Nelspruit, you will be transferred to Little Bush Camp in the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve (an approximately 2-hour scenic road trip).  Here you can enjoy lunch and relax before departing on your first evening game drive.

Overnight at Little Bush Camp

_DAL2993DAYS 3-5: SABI SABI GAME RESERVE

Highlights: “Big 5” Game-viewing, Birdwatching, Wildlife Photography

The following is the typical daily programme during your stay at Little Bush Camp (times may vary slightly according to the season):

05h30:  Wake up and morning tea
06h00:  Morning game drive departs
09h30:  Return for breakfast

_DAL4419Optional walking safari (discuss time with ranger)
13h00:  Lunch
15h30:  Afternoon tea

16h00:  Afternoon game drive departs
19h00:  Return to camp

19h30:  Dinner

Overnight at Little Bush Camp

DAY 6: SABI SABI GAME RESERVE – JOHANNESBURG

Highlights: Morning game drive, flight to Johannesburg

After your morning game drive and breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in Nelspruit to catch your flight back to Johannesburg.

Price

Per person sharing:  ZAR51,750 | US$ |  £ |  €

Please enquire regarding single supplements.

Currency data courtesy coinmill.com. Prices in USD/GBP/EUR are provided as a guide only. You will need to deposit the ZAR amount shown by SWIFT transfer when payment is due.

PRICE INCLUDES:

Return flights between Johannesburg and KMIA (Nelspruit)

Airport transfers

Dinner transfers on first night

All meals at Sabi Sabi

Daily morning & evening game drives in an open safari vehicle (max. 6 guests per vehicle; one row per suite booked) with an experienced ranger and a tracker

Optional bush walks daily in Sabi Sabi

Selected beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) at Sabi Sabi

PRICE EXCLUDES:

International Airfare

Meals on the first day in Johannesburg

Premium branded drinks

Gratuities

Laundry

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Footnotes

About The Camp

Little Bush Camp is made up of 6 thatched luxury suites, each with its own private viewing deck overlooking the Msuthlu riverbed.  There is a swimming pool on the other side of the river (accessible via a footbridge), an outdoor dining area, plus a centrally positioned lounge and bar where you can relax between game drives.  All suites at Little Bush Camp are equipped with an air-conditioner, hairdryer, safe, telephone, mini bar, bathroom en suite, plus an outdoor shower and hot tub.  Wi-fi is available in the central lounge area.

Best Time To Go

This safari can be booked on dates of your choice, with the recommended season being from May through to October.  Please enquire if you wish to join our extremely popular annual Photographers.travel Ultimate Big 5 Safari, where we hire out the entire lodge for a week (max. 6-10 guests), usually during October of each year.

Extend Your Safari

Please enquire if you wish to book this in combination with one of our other packaged safaris.  We highly recommend combining this tour with a package to Victoria Falls, Chobe in Botswana or Cape Town.