An Expedition to Protect and Preserve Africa’s Wildlife

Highlights

  • 10 days / 9 nights in Gorgeous, friendly, wildlife-filled South Africa at top notch resorts and lodges
  • Experience an authentic wilderness trip incorporating conservation project(s) such as collaring to protect elephants and other wildlife
  • Game Drive through the Iconic Kruger National Park in search of the Big Five in their untouched magnificent habitat
  • Drink in jaw-dropping mountain views, as well as the spectacular Blyde River Canyon, one the world's largest green canyons
  • Experience an early morning hot air balloon ride with superb photo opportunities of the amazing landscapes and wildlife
  • Join the ranks of the Global few who have powerfully impacted the Elephants Alive Project or The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) with the funds raised on this expedition, and for this we thank you!
  • Connect and create lifelong friendships with people from around the world who are just as passionate about making a difference as you

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What you'll do

Overview

NPE

Experience the adventure of a lifetime, and the essence of Africa, on this unique, bespoke, responsible adventure that has a focus on the preservation of this wild and beautiful land and the wildlife that roam there. This is the ultimate African experience, travelling in a small women-only group, and we can guarantee by the time you leave, the burning red sunsets and the incredible hospitality of the locals will have hooked you, and it won't be long until you're itching to get back.

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Arrival in Africa

On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, you’ll be welcomed by our guide. Assistance will be on hand at the airport for Currency Exchange, SIM card purchases etc. We’ll then get transported to our hotel for the night. An idyllic and exclusive haven, the Giglio is amongst Johannesburg’s finest luxury boutique hotels, located a mere ten minutes’ drive from OR Tambo International Airport.

 

 

Accommodation

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The Magic Begins

Wake up to an early breakfast and then we are transferred back to OT airport to catch our domestic flight to Hoedspruit. Where we will be collected from the airport and taken to our lodge for a late lunch. Hoedspruit is located between the world-renowned Blyde River Canyon and Kruger National Park.

Blyde River Canyon is one of the largest canyons on earth extending 26km’s in length and around 800m deep at its deepest point. Our accommodation for the next five nights will be the 4 sta...Read All

Hot Air Balloon Safari

Today you have an EARLY start. Weather permitting, we’ll have the opportunity to participate in the magic of a Lighter-than-Air Hot Air Balloon experience near the foot of the Drakensberg Escarpment (steep sloping mountain). Our one-hour long flight will take us over the scenic, Lowveld section of the Blyde River, 15 km West of Hoedspruit. The terrain is a mixture of farmland, private nature reserves and wildlife estates. The mountains to the South and West provide shelter from the prevaili...Read All

Exploring Kruger

Today is all about exploring the Kruger National Park. You’ll have the pleasure of taking a truly authentic safari that will give you an unbelievable overview of this iconic wildlife destination.

The entire day will be spent in your comfortable open vehicles with expert guides, taking lunch on the run as you explore inside the world-famous Kruger National Park.

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A Day of Working with Elephants

Today is a WOW day!! We’ll be working side by side with the professional wildlife veterinarians and the team from Elephants Alive collaring an elephant (or another endangered animal). Today you’ll want to bring your inner Jane Goodall or Dian Fossey. This is an experience you’ll never ever forget.

Why collar?

There are several critical reasons why we need to raise funds to collar elephants in this area: 

    ->Scientific research: As in everything in life, th...Read All

The Panorama Tour

The Panorama Tour – Nowhere else will you see so much natural wonder in such close proximity.

Today we’ll journey to some of the most captivating sights located within South Africa’s Mpumalanga province. The scenic route includes dramatic landscapes, the world’s third-largest canyon, the incredible Tufa waterfalls, and God’s Window – one of the most breathtaking views you’ll ever encounter. We’ll also see Bourke’s Luck Potholes, a natural water feature marking the beg...Read All

Migrate to the Timbervati Area

Today we’ll be moving to our new accommodation in the Timbervati area.

Kambaku is the Tsonga word for “great tusker.” It is the name of one of Africa’s Magnificent Seven – the largest elephant bulls once found in the Kruger National Park, each with tusks weighing 50kg and more. Kambaku represents a part of African heritage that is worth protecting. Lodge owners Bryce and Nicola were determined to raise their two children in an environment where our wildlife could be conserved...Read All

Spot the Big Five

The morning game drives depart just before sunrise, with the time dependent on the changing of the seasons. Wake up to a cheerful morning call and start your day with a freshly brewed cup of tea or coffee. After some time, we’ll stop for a bush breakfast, something to be treasured. Expect sightings of some of the region’s rarest wildlife – White Lions, African wild dogs, and bashful Aardvarks.

Upon our return we’ll be met with a delicious brunch served by our accommodating and ...Read All

An African Bush Experience

Today we continue to explore and look for wildlife. You could spend 100 days in the wild and still not see everything it offers.

Tonight, we have a treat in store for you!!! A Bush Dinner. You’ll spend your last night in the magnificent Timbervati eating delicious food while listening to the night life around you. This experience will imprint on your hearts – the sounds of the Wild while a million stars dance above your head.

 

 

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Farewell to Africa

Sadly, our time in the Timbervati area has come to an end, but today you will know that your life has been enriched forever.

You will be collected by our road transfer company and driven to Hoedspruit East Airport where you will catch your domestic flight back to OT airport in Johannesburg in time to catch your evening flight home. As you get ready for your flight home, you can take the time to reflect and remember. We’ll arrive in JHB by 13h00, so any connecting flights must be book...Read All

What's included

Included

  • Expedition leader, native South African – Carla Geyser
  • Guide/Hostess – Doni Belau
  • All accommodation (**Single occupancy, you can save if you want to share)
  • All meals & water as shown in itinerary
  • National Park fees & taxes where applicable
  • Allocated Wine and/or local beer at dinner to the value of $30pp per day
  • $1,000pp fundraising for our chosen beneficiary: Elephants Alive Charity(This is INCLUDED in the price)
  • Road Transfer from JHB OT Airport to Hoedspruit (Day 1)
  • Local Charter Flight from Hoedspruit (HDS) to JHB (Day 9)
  • All activities detailed in the itinerary
  • Transportation to and from Hoedspruit airport and in between lodges
Your local host

Doni Belau

An inveterate traveler, I’ve been to nearly 70 countries (and counting). I come alive when I travel, when I’m exploring, and when I’m seeing, tasting and feeling something new. I love to help other women experience this sensation as I truly feel it helps us see a larger world of possibilities within ourselves. The experiences I offer are an invitation to travel with me to explore another part of the world while we explore another part of ourselves.

An inveterate traveler, I’ve been to nearly 70 countries (and counting). I come alive when I travel, when I’m exploring, and when I’m seeing, tasting and feeling something new. I love to help other women experience this sensation as I truly feel it helps us see a larger world of possibilities within ourselves. The experiences I offer are an invitation to travel with me to explore another part of the world while we explore another part of ourselves.

Location

Your guides and driver will meet you at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg,  and youll be taken to your hotel for the first night of your adventure.

Just 10 minute drive from the airport the Hotel Giglio Boutique is a luxurious retreat to rest and revive before your safari starts.

You’ll then spend the next 5 nights at the 4 star Safari Moon in Blyde River Canyon, followed by a night in Unembeza Boutique Lodge and Spa and then three nights in Kambaku safari Lodge.

 

FAQs

What does the $1000 fundraiser entail?

In order to have unique wildlife experiences created just for us, we have agreed to make a $1,000 donation per client towards the Wildlife preservation organisation, Elephants Alive, and have included this donation in the holiday price.

Could the weather play a part?

The Hot Air Balloon is weather dependent - they will let us know the afternoon before.

We have a Bush breakfast and Bush Dinner in store for you, but these are also weather dependent.

Can the itinerary be changed at all?

We’ll have exclusivity at the lodge so if we need to change our itinerary slightly, we have a bit of wriggle room.

This expedition is about helping and learning about wildlife conservation but also about your own enjoyment and discovery.

Who will be leading the tour?

Our partner on the ground in South Africa and the trip leader is Carla Geyser, founder of the Blue Sky Society Trust (BSST) and Blue Sky Expeditions who has led many successful Safaris all over Africa.

If you are an enthusiastic adventurer who is passionate about conservation and takes life as it comes, then this incredible experience is tailor-made for you! Her organization brings together like-minded people from around the world on trips that focus on exploring while raising funds for wildlife initiatives along the route.

Can anyone go?

This is an exclusive female-only trip.
In addition, please note that all of our trips are organised and priced based on single occupancy at all the places we stay. If you’re travelling with a friend/relative or would prefer to save some money by sharing a room, we can usually organise double occupancy and a reduction in cost.

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