This is an exciting new offering from Lawson’s, taking in South Africa’s two largest and most authentic wildlife regions – the the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and the Greater Kruger National Park. We start off with a flight to Upington for 3 nights at a lodge on the Botswana side of the Nossob Riverbed in the Kgalagadi TFP. The trans-national park incorporates some 36 000 km² of semi-arid savanna habitat that is home to an array of nomadic herds of antelope and associated predators, where the open habitat and water scarcity make for a particularly exciting photographic destination. From there we head back to Johannesburg and on to Dullstroom for a night before we continue eastwards to the Kruger. The Greater Kruger concept incorporates the National Park and the neighbouring private game reserves, of which the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is undoubtedly one of the top big cat destinations on the continent. Our itinerary will include 3 nights in the Kruger itself, followed by 3 nights at a lodge in the Sabi Sands as a grand finale to what promises to be an exciting and rewarding wildlife and photographic safari experience.
18 – 28 April 2020 (10 nights / 11 days)
Starts in Johannesburg (O. R. Tambo International Airport) on the 18th April 2020 with a mid-morning flight to Upington. Participants are advised to overnight in Johannesburg the night before, as it’s a long travel day if only arriving from international destinations on the same morning (though it is possible to arrive on the first day on early morning international arrivals). Tour ends at Kruger / Mpumalanga International Airport on the 28th April 2020 for afternoon flights back to Johannesburg. Please check with us before booking any flights.
2020: ZAR 80 495 per person sharing, ZAR 13 195 single supplement
Price may be subject to change based on factors beyond our control.
• All meals
• Entrance fees
• Ground transport
• Bottled water in Lawson’s vehicle whilst travelling
• Personalised checklists
• Specialist guide fees
• All airfares
• Travel and medical insurance
• All drinks
• Optional excursions where applicable
• Items of a personal nature
• This itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions at the time and other factors beyond our control.
• The species mentioned in the itinerary represent only some of the possible ones we may see on the tour, however, none of these can be guaranteed even though every effort will be made where possible to locate them. A full list of possibles appears on your checklist.
Group size: limited to a maximum of 6 participants.
Areas visited: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Kruger National Park and Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
Expected weather conditions: Warm to hot in general; some chance of late seasonal rains. Can be cool to cold on open vehicles, especially on the morning drives.
Tour tempo: Medium, lots of early morning starts but full days in the same camp usually entail mid-day rest periods.
Accommodation standards: medium to high; National Park rest camps and private lodges.
Mammal viewing: excellent; mammals are the main focus of the safari. Tops for big cats. Chances for Wild Dog in Kruger and Sabi Sands.
Top mammals: The Big Five, Cheetah, African Wild Dog, African Wild Cat, Meerkat, Cape and Bat-eared Foxes, Gemsbok, Honey Badger, Nyala.
Birding in brief: excellent overall, good diversity; particularly good for raptors.
Top birds: Martial Eagle, Bateleur, Secretarybird, Lappet-faced Vulture, Red-necked Falcon, Common Ostrich, Kori Bustard, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Lilac-breasted Roller, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater.
Add-ons: Cape Town and Victoria Falls make good add-on options for this safari.
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