Following in the footsteps of the pioneering “Voortrekkers” we travel across the daunting Drakensberg Escarpment into the Lowveld, before entering the Big 5 wilderness area of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. This safari is aimed at the true adventurer and nature lover, who wants to experience the thrill of negotiating a 4×4 vehicle on “off-road” tracks and trails, whilst camping wild in this 3 000 000 plus hectares of pristine wilderness. Vehicle requirements: 4×4 vehicle with high ground clearance, low range and own camping gear.
No of nights: 6 nights / 7 days
Cost of Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park
• From R 8 500 per person sharing
*Minimum 6 participants
*Maximum 12 participants
• 05-11 Mar 2017
• 09-15 Apr 2017
• 18-24 Jun 2017
• 23-29 Jul 2017
• 24-30 Sep 2017
• 22-28 Oct 2017
• 1 night camping with limited ablutions in the Drakensberg Escarpment
(Add R 200.00 pps to upgrade to a rustic rondavel with communal ablutions)
• 1 night wild camping in the Letaba sector of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park
• 1 night camping with full ablutions at Baleni camp
(Add R375.00 pps to upgrade to a rondavel with bedding and en-suite bathroom)
• 2 nights wild camping in the Makuya sector of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park
• 1 night camping at Awelani Lodge bush camp site
(Add R350.00 pps to upgrade to a luxury chalet with bedding and en-suite bathroom)
• Dinner on the last evening
• Park entry fees except Kruger National Park
• Guide driving own vehicle
• Two-way radios in vehicles
• 4×4 Vehicles (rental 4×4 Safari campers available on request)
• All items of personal nature
• Kruger National Park entry fees
Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park Package itinerary:
Day 1: Drakensberg
Meet at and depart from the Tobatse Crossing Mall in Burgersfort. Travel to the Olifantsriver for the first river crossing of this epic safari. Leaving civilization behind, we select low range and follow the 4×4 tracks into the Drakensberg Escarpment. This is God’s own country, with beautiful vistas and breathtaking scenery all the way to the overnight campsite. The first evening on safari will be spent around the communal campfire, which should prepare us for the adventure that lies ahead.
Day 2: Letaba Sector
After breakfast, follow the 4×4 tracks along ancient pathways whilst we descend into the valley below. Final re-fuel at Gravelotte, before we enter the Letaba sector of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. The 4×4 trail winds through this Big 5 territory until we reach the banks of the Baderoukwe River. This is our overnight camp sight. The watering hole adjacent to the camp attracts a variety of game – especially elephant, which will ensure that we experience wild camping at its best!
Day 3: Letaba Sector
Enjoy an early breakfast before departing in a northerly direction. The 4×4 wilderness trail leads one to the cool waters of the Great Letaba River, before we exit the Letaba sector. Staying on 4×4 tracks, the convoy will slowly make its way to the Little Letaba River for a welcome lunch stop. After deflating tyres, we will enter the Little Letaba River and follow the riverbed for one of the most scenic 4×4 river trails in Limpopo. Two hours later the trail exits the riverbed and we arrive at Baleni camp. What an exciting day of off-road driving and adventure.
Day 4: The Makuya Sector
After breakfast the day commences with a transit route through the rural heartland of the Shangaan people. At around mid-day you will begin to notice the blue haze of the Tshamavudzi mountains, which are situated in the kingdom of the Venda people. The road will lead us across the Luvuvhu river and follow the contours into and across the mountains before entering the wild Makuya Park. The Makuya sector, 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. Wild camping in the Big 5 territory at the confluence of the Lambwe and Luvuvhu rivers.
Day 5: Makuya Wilderness
Depart after breakfast and venture further and further into the Makuya Wilderness. The track winds its way by following the Luvuvhu River across mountains and valleys. After a lunch stop next to the river, it’s back in our vehicles to continue discovering this topographical wonder-world. We will stop for sundowners at World’s View, before arriving at our campsite next to the Luvuvhu River. Another evening around the campfire – will you hear the Lions and Hyenas in the African night?
Day 6: Kruger National Park
Leave after breakfast for KNP’S Pafuri gate, where you will enter the renowned 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. Today’s 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 and 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 to another country whenever police from one particular country approached. Exit KNP in the late afternoon, and drive a short distance to Awelani lodge. Tonight’s “cave dinner” is not to be missed!
Day 7: Home
Depart after breakfast. Travel back to the N1, and from there via Louis Trichardt to Polokwane. The tour ends at the Shell Ultra City, which is situated on the N1 south just south of Polokwane.