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On Safari in South Africa – Luxury Safari Plains

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Enjoy touches of luxury as you witness South Africa’s unspoilt natural beauty on this unique safari experience.  

Backed by the imposing Waterberg Mountain range, relax in total comfort in the five-star Safari Plains camp where high teas and sundowners promise an added touch of luxury to your adventures in the African bush. With decadent, tented cabins putting you right in the heart of the glorious savannah wildlife, and all-inclusive catering provided, you’ll be free to make the most of what matters and truly reconnect with nature. What’s more, you’ll have no transfers until your return flight, so you won’t need to pack and unpack between days. 

Perfect for families, honeymooners or simply groups of like-minded travellers, this is a safari like no other where luxury takes centre stage. Set in the world-famous malaria-free Mabula Game Reserve, guided safaris take you deep into the bushveld and offer the chance to see the ‘Big Five’. Witness the thrilling natural cycle of the region’s wildlife and spot a whole host of the most exciting creatures in the flesh from prowling hyenas to the endangered red hornbills.

What does this price include?

  • Seven nights’ all-inclusive accommodation at the five-star Safari Plains, Limpopo
  • Seven breakfasts, seven lunches, seven dinners and seven high teas
  • Drinks served between 12:00 and 22:00 (not including premium beverages)
  • An expert-led wildlife talk upon arrival
  • Three morning game drives
  • Three afternoon game drives
  • A sundowner with a drink and snacks
  • A stargazing experience under the South African night sky
  • A morning escorted bush walk
  • A traditional bush lunch
  • Return flights to Johannesburg
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel on transfers and comfortable 4x4 throughout all excursions.
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager and wildlife specialist

Your Itinerary

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  • Start your safari holiday with an overnight flight to Johannesburg.

  • Meet your driver as you touch down in Johannesburg this morning before taking a scenic drive north to your camp set against the backdrop of the Waterberg Mountain range. Arriving in time for lunch, you’ll have the chance to share a meal in the camp’s restaurant with your fellow travellers.

    You’ll have the afternoon at leisure to settle into your impressive new surroundings in the heart of the Mabula Game Reserve. Perhaps have a dip in the outdoor swimming pool or relax in the comfort of your private tent. Later, you can watch the sunset on your veranda for unparalleled views of the South African savannah. If you’re feeling peckish, why not treat yourself to a high tea at the camp’s restaurant?

    This evening, re-join your fellow guests for an expert-led wildlife talk courtesy of one of the reserve’s resident specialists before dinner.

  • Rise early this morning, and perhaps take a tea or coffee, ahead of your first game drive in Mabula. Witness herds of the region’s antelope moving in the open as they tend to move around more early in the day, to find the best protection from predators. 

    You’ll then return to camp for breakfast and time at leisure to enjoy under your own steam before lunch is served. More downtime will follow this afternoon, in between your daily high tea, for you to take in the warm South African sun. Whether you’re relaxing by the poolside or pampering yourself with a treatment in the on-site spa, there’ll be plenty to help you unwind.

    Dinner will be served in the camp restaurant this evening.

  • Wake up early and watch the sun rise over the mountains or take a lazy morning lounging with time at leisure after breakfast.

    Later this afternoon, set out in search of the ‘Big Five’ – the lion, leopard, black rhino, elephant and African buffalo – with a drive out into Waterberg’s idyllic open landscapes. As you pass through the South African bush, be sure to keep an eye out for the region’s big cats which are known to rest amongst the branches of the native acacia trees!

    After this afternoon’s safari, enjoy a true safari tradition with a relaxing sundowner. Watch the sun set over Waterberg with premium snacks and drinks served in the bush amidst the stunning savannah landscapes. Afterwards, reboard your vehicle for a drive back to the camp for dinner.

  • Take the morning at your own pace with time at leisure, accompanied by the day’s breakfast, ahead of the third game drive. With a diverse range of habitats housed in the Mabula Game Reserve, you’ll find an astounding array of wildlife besides the ‘Big Five’ which are synonymous with safari sightseeing. Look closely and you may see one of the region’s smaller, but no less exciting, creatures from the elusive bushbabies and vervet monkeys to the humble pangolin and burrowing mongooses!

    You’ll then join your driver and fellow travellers for an excursion into the UNESCO-listed Waterberg Biosphere, an area rich in biodiversity and home to hundreds of species of native flora and fauna. Here, you’ll find an area abundant in flocking zebra, roving antelopes (including the rarer tsessebe), and giraffes which are certain to provide an enchanting day afternoon out on the open savannah.

    Enjoy dinner this evening back at the lodge’s restaurant.

  • Another game drive awaits this morning and with it comes another chance for you to see the ‘Big Five’. Fuel yourself with a hot drink this morning before taking to the savannah plains under the morning sun – the perfect time to catch a glimpse of the area’s vibrant birdlife with the endangered Ground Hornbill a particular highlight while out in Mabula. If you’re lucky may also spot some of the region’s native kori bustards or the impressive martial eagles.  

    Returning to the camp for breakfast, you’ll then be able to spend the rest of the morning at your own pace before lunch is served. Spend the afternoon at leisure, whether that’s taking Waterberg’s striking landscapes from the comfort of the camp, having a drink at the bar or enjoying afternoon tea.    

    However, you choose to spend your afternoon, be sure to reconvene with your tour group this evening for an early dinner and stargazing experience under the unobstructed night sky. Joined by an experienced guide, enjoy a different side to your safari as you chart the constellations amidst the tranquil Waterberg night. Listen closely too and you may find the silence broken by the roar of distant big cats! 

  • Head out at sunrise for your next safari experience – this time, by foot*. Enjoy the fresh air as you stretch your legs, giving you a different more intimate perspective of the reserve. Being closer to the ground also allows you to track the paths of animals including kudu, zebra and maybe even lions that have followed the same path just a few hours before you. Come closer than ever to the region’s most exotic sights from vibrant plant life, hidden away in the bush, to the smallest of South Africa’s creatures that you might have missed. Standing face-to-face with these exotic delights, a bushwalk offers a unique opportunity to take in the intricate details of Mabula’s captivating wildlife. 

    Having returned to camp this morning, enjoy a late breakfast and time at leisure ahead of your lunch. Afterwards, head back into the bush for an afternoon game drive in Mabula. As you set out today, you’ll have the chance to see some of South Africa’s most symbolic animals from the lively springbok, an emblem of South African sport, to the blue crane, which is the country’s national bird.   

    This evening, take dinner back at the lodge in the company of your fellow guests. 


    *Please note: Children aged under 16 cannot participate in the bush walk for safety reasons.

  • Gaze out on a memorable sunrise over the Waterberg mountains before fuelling yourself for your final full day in the South African bush with breakfast with your fellow guests. This morning will see you set out on your last game drive so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for any of your wish-list sights as you journey through the Waterberg Biosphere. 

    After this morning’s excursion, you’ll stop at a scenic spot in the bush to enjoy a delicious traditional lunch – crowning your time on safari in unique and truly authentic style. 

    You’ll then return to your luxury camp this afternoon for the final dinner of your safari adventure.

  • Enjoy your breakfast at the camp and make the most of your final day in South Africa with a morning under your own steam. Packed and ready to go, now is the time to tick off any last experiences at the camp that you might have missed.  

    You’ll then depart back to Johannesburg for an overnight flight back to the UK.

  • Land back in the UK today, relaxed and thoroughly pampered, after your unforgettable safari adventure with memories that are sure to last a lifetime.  

    Please note: The order of itinerary may change at the tour manager’s discretion.

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Safari Plains, Limpopo

Combining five-star comfort with unrivalled views of the diverse wildlife of the Waterberg’s savannah, the Safari Plains camp offers a beautiful space within the natural, indigenous bushveld. Situated in the Mabula Private Game Reserve and in the Waterberg Biosphere, this camp ensures that you’ll be conveniently placed. 

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