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SOUTH AFRICA HIDDEN GEMS

8-Day Safari to Thanda Private Game Reserve and Marakele National Park

Sweeping vistas and spectacular game viewing await you on this one of a kind safari experience that features some South Africa’s best kept secrets. Thanda Private Game Reserve, near South Africa’s Eastern Coastline, and Marakele National Park in the heart of the country, are both mountainous concessions where the great game viewing could only be topped by the incredible views. Add in some authentic culture, convenient flights and delicious food and you’ve got yourself a wonderful African safari, South Africa style.

Safari Itinerary

DAY 1 – ARRIVE JO’BURG/THANDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE: Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa and connect to your flight to Richards Bay (flights priced separately). Transfer to your lodge. Time permitting; enjoy lunch and a shared afternoon safari activity. Dinner and overnight at Thanda Tented Camp. (L, D, Dr)

Thanda Tented Camp Offers an authentic bush experience in the 34,594.75 acres Thanda Private Game Reserve in northern Kwa-Zulu Natal. Although traditionally a Big 5 safari destination, Thanda Tented Camp is also perfectly located to take advantage of the remote north coast, only an hour away. The Camp has 14 luxury tents reminiscent of a bygone era. Tents are slightly raised on wooden platforms, spacious, with en-suite canvass bathrooms and viewing decks.

DAYS 2 & 3 – THANDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE: Enjoy two days of shared safari activities at Thanda Private Game Reserve. Activities included are morning and afternoon game drives. A variety of nearby additional activities are offered; from bush walks, bird watching, crocodile feeding and traditional village tours to diving, turtle tours, whale watching and deep sea fishing (all additional costs). Overnights at Thanda Tented Camp. (B, L, D, Dr)

DAY 4 –THANDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE/MARAKELE NATIONAL PARK: Enjoy a shared morning safari activity, then fly to Johannesburg (flight priced separately). Upon arrival, transfer by road to your lodge, located in Marakele National Park. Dinner and overnight at Marataba Safari Lodge. (B, D, Dr)

Marataba Safari Lodge is situated on a private concession in the Big Five Marakele National Park and boasts spectacular mountain scenery. 15 luxurious tented suites blend into the surrounding bush, the canvas and stone structures built on elevated platforms. Each has a bathroom with a large stone tub. Tasteful, modern furnishings, light open spaces and private decks with bush and dramatic mountain views encourage visitors to absorb the tranquillity.

DAYS 5 to 7 – MARAKELE NATIONAL PARK: Enjoy three days of shared safari activities. Overnights at Marataba Safari Lodge. (B, L, D, Dr)

DAY 8 – MARAKELE NATIONAL PARK/DEPART: Enjoy a shared morning safari activity, then transfer to O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg for your flight home. (B, L)

END SERVICES FOR SOUTH AFRICA HIDDEN GEMS
Photo courtesy of Stella Spalding, Africa Adventure Consultant’s Safari Specialist

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Duration
8 days

Departures
Mar 1 – Dec 17

Accommodations
Luxury tent and lodge

Fitness Rating
Easy

Activities
Game drives, nature walks,

*Land-Only Price
$

Style:
Value I Deluxe I Luxury

Flight Price
Call for pricing

*$ = >$4,999; $$ = $5,000 – $9,999; $$$ = $10,000+

All pricing per person based on double occupancy. Pricing varies based on travel dates, call for a customized quotation matching your travel needs. Changes to itinerary and pricing may apply. Price includes all accommodations, meals, some drinks, transfers, vehicles, park fees, guides and activities as indicated, and a $25 donation to a worthy African charity. Price excludes international flights, visas, tips, inoculations, travel insurance, and anything not specified above. We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover & AMEX. No refunds—see terms & conditions for details.

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