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On Safari in South Africa – Rhino East Lodge

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A BUSH BREAK OF A LIFETIME

An immersion into the extraordinary South African wilderness featuring opportunities to connect with nature, engage in local cultures, and gain insights into the destination’s history. 

Prep your khaki gear for the first part of your African adventure with malaria-free Sebatana Private Reserve as the backdrop and the five-star, full-board Rhino East Lodge as a base. Open-air vehicles will venture into the bush daily, allowing for ample ‘Big Five’ sightings under the direction of experienced guides.   

Itinerary enhancements feature wildlife talks, slow-paced nature walks, and a Champagne brunch in the heart of the savannah. Sundowners will mark night falling, and dinners, served under the starry sky, can be accompanied by traditional music and dancing. Engagement with the local community allows you to gain a better understanding of the culture, and days spent in Johannesburg and Soweto provides further comprehension of the nation’s past.  



What does this price include?

  • Seven nights’ carefully chosen full-board accommodation at the five-star Rhino East Lodge, plus two nights on the aircraft
  • Seven breakfasts, seven lunches and seven dinners
  • Five game drives in Sebatana Private Reserve and Welgevonden Game Reserve
  • A wildlife talk with a local guide
  • A guided walking tour
  • A Champagne brunch in the bush
  • A Champagne sundowner
  • Visits to Johannesburg, the Apartheid Museum and Soweto
  • Return flights to Johannesburg
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager and wildlife specialists

Your Itinerary

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  • Travel to South Africa on an overnight flight.  

  • Upon arrival in Johannesburg, South Africa’s biggest city, you’ll be met by your local tour manager and set off on a scenic transfer to the Sebatana Rhino Lodge. Once you’ve unpacked and settled in, lunch will be served.  

  • After breakfast, you’ll venture into the reserve in an open-air vehicle on your first game drive. During this journey, your guide will provide a wildlife talk about the different animals, birds and plants that inhabit the area, as well as the area’s history.  

    This drive will be followed by lunch and some free time back at the lodge before you return on an afternoon game drive, with a local tracker, who’ll do his best to seek out wildlife. Keep an eye out – and have your camera at the ready – for zebras, meerkats, giraffes, wildebeest, and impalas. 

    In the evening, dinner will be served at the lodge.  

  • Following breakfast this morning, you’ll join a ‘Big Five’ game drive and visit one of the best private reserves in South Africa, Welgevonden Game Reserve.  

    Set within the UNESCO-protected Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, this expanse of wilderness is home to more than 50 mammals, including lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalos, and elephants. Access to the reserve is subject to extensive restrictions, so it’ll feel like you have the whole place to yourself.  

    After the sun has set, you can choose to join an optional tribal dinner, with the opportunity to gain insights into African culture and lifestyle. You’ll be able to taste local dishes and beverages, learn about traditions and customs, as well as watch a performance of dancing and music in a replica of a cultural village.  

  • This morning, you’ll join an experienced guide for a gentle bush walk into the Sebatana Private Reserve. Listen intently as your guide points out animal breeding areas, local plant life and the Waterberg Mountains. After the walk, return to the lodge for some well-earned lunch. 

    After lunch, you’ll be collected in an open-air vehicle for a game drive to Christina’s Wallow, a hide with direct views of a waterhole, which is often teeming with giraffes, wildebeest, and impalas. For a truly authentic wildlife-spotting experience and to have the least impact, you’ll complete the journey on foot.  

    At dusk, you can join the optional night game drive, giving you the unique opportunity to witness how the bush changes as the sun goes down, and a different animal kingdom emerges. With the help of powerful spotlights, you’ll hopefully see nocturnal creatures, like caracals, bush babies, porcupines, and ant bears.  

    On the way, you’ll stop at ‘Flintstone Cave’, where the chef will have prepared a special three-course dinner spread across beautifully set tables and looking out over a fire – a wish-list experience.  

  • You’ll rise early this morning for a game drive and the chance to spot herds of antelopes moving in the open. Antelopes and other prey animals tend to move around in the morning to find the best protection from predators, so this is time best time to see them.    

    Around mid-morning, you’ll stop at Kudu Rock for a lavish Champagne brunch, enhanced by the backdrop of the African bush. Here, you can tuck into your meal while soaking up the surrounding vista, perhaps even seeing an animal or two.  

    Afterwards, you’ll return to the lodge to unwind and in the afternoon, you have the chance to go on an optional tour to a school or local community. This excursion allows you to better understand the people who live in the area.  

  • Enjoy breakfast and a day of leisure at the lodge, taking advantage of the amenities, or join an optional excursion to Pilanesberg National Park, the fourth largest of its kind in South Africa.  

     This expansive park is situated in a volcanic crater and presents further opportunities to spot the ‘Big Five’ as well as the endangered white rhinos, cheetahs, hippopotami, and over 300 bird species. When you arrive, you’ll board an open-air vehicle and traverse through the park with an experienced guide who’ll provide you with facts about the park and the animals that reside here.  

     In the evening, dinner will be served back at the lodge.  

  • After breakfast, you can spend another day at the lodge lounging by the pool or join the last game drive into Welgevonden Game Reserve. If you still want to tick some of the ‘Big Five’ off your list, this is the perfect opportunity.

    In the mid-afternoon, there will be one more game drive to Sunset Rock, a fitting finale to your South African adventure. This spot is where you’ll have a magnificent vantage point and a chilled glass of Champagne while looking out over the Waterberg Mountains as the sky turns a cascade of red and orange. 

    You’ll then return to the lodge for a final dinner with your newfound friends.

     

  • Have your last breakfast and say goodbye to your hosts as you depart for Johannesburg.  

    Depending on the season and availability, your driver and guide will try to make as many cultural and historical stops as possible. Visits will include the Apartheid Museum, which documents South Africa’s troubled past and racial segregation, as well as Soweto, an urban settlement or ‘Township’ just outside of the city.  

    After this excursion, you’ll be driven to the airport for your flight back to the UK after your African adventure.  

  • You'll arrive early this morning after a memorable South African adventure.

     

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Hotels

Sebatana Rhino Lodge East, Lephalale

Encompassing 10 bungalows, this five-star lodge is positioned in the wildlife-rich and malaria-free Sebatana Private Reserve. An intimate and authentic African safari holiday is guaranteed given the lack of public access to the reserve and the restricted number of guests. 

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Further Information

  • Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 2.5 hours.

  • A visa is not required for UK citizens travelling to South Africa, but your passport must be valid for six months beyond the date of entry to the country and have two adjacent blank pages. Special entry rules apply for children under 18 years.

  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

  • You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.

  • If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

  • The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.

  • Requirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.

  • Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

  • Please note that the lodge is cashless. The payment of the final bill in the resort will be in euros with a Visa/MasterCard credit or debit card. Only a small amount of local currency is required for purchases on the road and for tips to staff members (at your discretion) at the end of your stay.

  • The following optional excursions are available on this tour and are only bookable in resort and cannot be prebooked. Prices quoted are 'from' prices and subject to change without notice.

    Pilanesberg National Park – from 160 Euros

    Night safari – from 75 Euros

    Tribal evening – from 65 Euros

    Welgevonden Reserve game drive – from 135 Euros

    A package with all four tours is available in resort from 349 Euros. Children aged 0 – 11 are half price.

     

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