Such an epic overland safari visiting both the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GTLP) and Botswana’s Northern Tuli Game Reserve. This is a must for all nature lovers! Explore the Greater Kruger National Park (KNP) and Tuli wilderness in closed and open safari vehicles, as well as on foot. Highly professional experienced guides will open your eyes to this wilderness wonderland, while catered accommodation will be provided in luxury safari tents, chalets and rustic cabins.
No of nights: 6 nights / 7 days
Cost of GLTP & Tuli Overland Safari Package
• R18 500 per person sharing
*Single supplement – add 50%
*Minimum: 4 participants
*Maximum: 8 participants
• 27 May-02 Jun 2017
• 10-16 Jun 2017
• 15-21 Jul 2017
• 12-18 Aug 2017
• 26 Aug-01 Sep 2017
• 09-15 Sep 2017
• 14-20 Oct 2017
• 18-24 Nov 2017
• 16-22 Dec 2017
• 2 night’s accommodation in luxury tents at Mtomeni Safari Camp
• 1 night in luxury tents at Singo Safari Camp
• 1 night in semi-luxury chalets at Awelani Lodge
• 1 night in rustic cabins at Malema Safari Camp
• 1 night in rustic log cabins at Mohave Bush Camp
• Meals – dinners and breakfasts
• Game drives in closed and open safari vehicles
• Game walks
• Park entrance fees except Kruger National Park (KNP)
• Travelling in a closed safari vehicle or mini bus with luggage trailer
• Pick-up and drop-off at OR Tambo international Airport Johannesburg
• Kruger National Park entrance fees at Pafuri gate
• Lunches and beverages
• All items of personal nature
•Botswana border costs (visas where applicable)
GLTP & Tuli Overland Safari Package itinerary
Day 1: Letaba Ranch Sector
Depart from OR Tambo International, and drive via the beautiful Drakensberg Escarpment to the Letaba Ranch sector of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Enter the park and drive to Mtomeni Safari Camp, which is situated on the banks of the Great Letaba River. Your first activity will be an afternoon game drive to explore this Big 5 wilderness area, which shares an unfenced border with Kruger National Park.
Tonight will be the first evening around the campfire under the vast, bright African sky.
Day 2: Letaba Ranch Sector
Early morning wake-up call, coffee and rusks before leaving on a guided bush walk.
You will be led by a professional experienced game ranger through this Big 5 area. Nothing can prepare one for the adrenaline rush when you experience wildlife encounters while traversing the area on foot! After a hearty brunch its time to laze about and soak up the African sun, read a book, or simply relax and chill. Another late afternoon game drive to a popular sundowner spot will be the perfect end to a wonderful day.
Day 3: Makuya Sector
Enjoy an early breakfast before departing in a northerly direction. Travel through the rural heartland of the Shangaan people. Stop at one of the local taverns to enjoy an ice cold drink and have a chat to the friendly locals. Continue on the journey and around noon you will start to notice the blue haze of the Tshamavudzi Mountains, which are situated in the kingdom of the Venda people. The road will lead you across the Luvuvhu River and follow the contours into and across the mountains en-route to the entrance gate of the wild Makuya sector. The Makuya, which also forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, shares an unfenced border with Kruger National Park, and displays the most phenomenal topography in the Kruger region. The tented safari camp is situated on a ridge high above the Luvuvhu River, with spectacular views into KNP. Will that huge herd of Buffalo come down to drink water?
Day 4: Kruger National Park
Leave early for Kruger’s Pafuri gate, where we enter the Kruger National Park. The two million hectare of Kruger National Park forms the backbone of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park’s three million-plus hectares. A daylong game drive will take us all along the lush Luvuvhu River, where besides the prolific wild life, we will also visit the famous “Crooke’s Corner”. This is where the Limpopo and Luvuvhu Rivers plus three countries – Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique meet. In the early 1900’s outlaws found Crooke’s Corner to be a safe haven, as it was easy to move across the river and into another country whenever police from one particular country approached. Exit the park in the late afternoon, and drive a short distance to Awelani lodge. Tonight’s “cave dinner” is not to be missed!
Day 5: Northern Tuli Game Reserve
Depart after breakfast for the wilderness of Botswana’s famous Tuli Wilderness area.
The road passes through this scenic bushveld past the town of Mussina, and loosely follows the Limpopo river to the Pont Drift border post between South Africa and Botswana.After completion of South African border formalities the vehicle literally drives across the Limpopo riverbed to the Botswana border post. Once formalities are completed on the Botswana side we exit the border post and immediately enter the wilderness of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve. A lovely game drive takes us to Mohave bush camp in the heart of the Tuli wilderness. A late afternoon game drive will continue into early evening, and is guaranteed to WOW one and all! Return to camp for a sumptuous dinner around the fire.
Day 6: Northern Tuli Game Reserve
Continue to explore the Tuli wilderness on foot and on open game viewing vehicles.
During the course of the day we will relocate to Malema Safari Camp, which is yet another intimate and exclusive camp. There are only 4 units located along the shady floodplain of the Limpopo River. The camp, which is situated a mere 600m from the river itself, is shaded by the many riverine trees, as well as the magnificent Mashatu and tall Apple-leaf trees. Tuli Wilderness is home to a diverse range of wildlife. The Tuli Area boasts the world’s largest elephant population to be found on privately owned land (over 1800 elephants) – offering some incredible sightings and providing fantastic photographic opportunities. This private and exclusive 24 000 acre unfenced concession borders the great Limpopo River at its Southern end and the Motloutse River to the East. It encompasses riverine thickets, mopane veld, open plains and boulder-strewn sandstone ecosystems, complete with all game one would expect in such habitat. Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Spotted and Brown Hyaena are amongst the many carnivore species that occur within the reserve. Large herds of free-roaming Eland, Zebra and Wildebeest are seen regularly and many other plains game species are also to be found in this area.
The last night of the tour will end with a magnificent bush dinner under a plethora of bright African stars (weather permitting)
Day 7: Polokwane
Final early morning game drive, followed by breakfast, thereafter we will reluctantly have to leave this wildlife paradise. To exit Botswana we will either use the Platjan or Zanzibar border posts to cross back into South Africa and drive through rural Limpopo to Polokwane, which is the capital of Limpopo Province. Travel via the N1 south, which will take us back to civilisation and OR Tambo International Airport, which will mark the end of this safari.