5 Night South African Safari

Rhino on a South Africa Safari

A traditional South African Safari is on many peoples ultimate wish list.

Idube Game Reserve and Lukimbi Safari Lodge offer a fantastic 5 night safari experience.

Idube Game Reserve is located in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, adjoining the world famous Kruger National Park. This reserve is internationally recognised for its efforts in conservation, especially in its endeavours to save the Rhino. It offers amazing game viewing opportunities being home to the Big Five. Enjoy guided bush walks, safaris in open air 4 x 4 vehicles with a ranger and tracker and endless relaxation in world class facilities.

Lukimbi Safari Lodge is located in the Southern Part of the Kruger National Park and is a perfect complement to Idube Game Reserve.  Kruger National Park offers exceptional Big Five game viewing and is home to a multitude of other animals and bird life, all which are able to freely roam through this natural habitat. The southern part of Kruger is well renowned for its leopard sightings.

Why not enjoy a 5 night Safari combining 2 Nights at Idube Game Reserve in a Safari Chalet & 3 Nights Lukimbi Safari Lodge in a Classic Suite.

Contact African Sands for more information on this 5 Night South African Safari.

 

Great Train Journeys – Rovos Rail – Pretoria to Durban including the battlefields  

KwaZulu Natal Drakensburg Mountains

There is something quite exotic about a “great train journey”! Rovos rail definitely does not disappoint.

Board this opulent train reminiscent of a bygone era, and start your exceptional rail safari across the Drakensburg Mountains to Durban.

This train journey covers some of the most magnificent scenery in South Africa and combines the glamour and excitement of the golden age of rail travel.

Enjoy discreet 5 star service, gourmet cuisine and award winning wines while you travel from Pretoria to Durban.

Outline itinerary

Depart Pretoria and enjoy a delicious lunch as the Drakensburg Mountains come into view. In the afternoon the train climbs to Majuba Hill (2146m/7040ft). Dinner is served enroute to Elandslaagte where the train stops for the night.

Next morning, wake up early and d enjoy Tea, coffee, juices and pastries in the dining car before embarking on a game drive in search of the Big Five in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve. Return to the train for brunch before heading to Escourt. In the afternoon, disembark for a 40-minute drive to Spionkop Lodge where there is a choice of two excursions: an escorted tour of the battlefields or a game drive in the Spionkop Game Reserve. Return to the train for dinner.

Relax and enjoy breakfast in the dining car as the train descends the escarpment enroute to Lions River Station.  Visit the famous Ardmore Ceramics Gallery including an equestrian display and tea.
Reboard the train and traverse the spectacular Valley of a Thousand Hills before arriving into Durban

If you have the time, why not start this journey in Cape Town, with a 2 night Cape Town to Pretoria Rail Safari

This 1 600-kilometre meander is a perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country.

Starting in Cape Town, travel to Matjiesfontein for a visit to the historic village; this is an authentic perfectly preserved Victorian Village – founded by Mr Logan as a refreshment stop in 1890. Continue onto Kimberley providing an opportunity to enjoy a city tour and a visit to the Diamond Mine Museum and the world’s largest man-made excavation, the Big Hole. Travel through the grasslands of the Highveld before arriving into Pretoria.

All of these itineraries can be done in reverse.

Contact African Sands to plan your Rail Safari 

 

8 Day Luxury Safari in the Kruger National Park

Hippos in Sabi Sand Reserve

Going on a safari is probably an item on many people bucket list. And who can blame them?  A safari is a truly incredible experience, which allows you to relax with spectacular nature surrounding you and offers an incredible opportunity for you to get up close with the Big Five.

It is a time to lock the mobile phone away, forget about the WIFI, your job and all the city stresses. Just relax…. Breathe deeply….. and enjoy the peace and tranquillity!

African sands has a fantastic 8 night luxury safari in the Kruger National Park that allows you to explore the 3 distinctly different sides to the Greater Kruger National Park.

Starting up North in the Makuleke Concession, spend three nights at The Outpost, overlooking the Luvuvhu River Vally, Pafuri enjoying spectacular views of this vast remote wilderness areas

Then move onto Kings Camp Private Game Reserve, situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Enjoy two nights of splendour in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve while revelling in the warmth of gracious hospitality from a bygone era at the ultra-luxurious Kings Camp. Live the true African Safari game viewing experience in refined luxury a leopard on the hunt, lions roaring at twilight, hippo wallowing, or a crocodile basking on a sandy beach; each viewing will enthral.

From Kings Camp, you will be whisked off to the world famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve where you can relax and soak up the tranquillity of the African bush for three wonderful nights at Leopard Hills Private Game Lodge. This exclusive lodge is built on a hill overlooking a natural waterhole with spectacular game viewing from the deck of your private suite… explore the endless fascination of Africa’s wildlife in open, state-of-the-art game viewing vehicles, indulge in pampering treatments and savour spectacular sunsets. En-route to Leopard Hills from Kings Camp, you will be transferred to Elephant Whispers where you will be enthralled by a two hour Ultimate Elephant Experience. Interact, ride and indulge in a champagne picnic surrounded by these gentle giants.

Finally, it will be time to make your way back to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport for your return flight to Johannesburg.

This is an incredible safari experience that is fully inclusive: Accommodation, All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and Drinks (local brands) as well as scheduled activities – such as game drives and bush walks.

Prices from ZAR 81,800.00 per person sharing 

Contact African Sands for further information on this 8 Day Luxury Kruger Park Safari 

 

Cape Malay Cooking Safari

Cape Malay Cooking Safari

For me, travelling is all about discovering the local culture. Learning about the history, the people and events that have affected or influenced the culture of that society.

It is fascinating, and makes visiting new destinations that much more interesting.

The fastest way to learn a new culture, is to learn about their foods.

In Cape Town, there is a REAL interactive experience in the Cape Malay quarter, one of the countries oldest established communities. This community dates back to the early settler days, when captives were brought to the shores in the 1600’s to work on the farms.

Start your day with a Walking Tour of this historic, Heritage Protected area, visit to a Community Empowerment Project, the popular local Spice (Masala) shop and the Bo-Kaap Museum.

Then it is time to visit your hostess – a local resident, for an exciting encounter with her religious, cultural and indeed culinary background – in her own home! You will participate in preparing and cooking samoosas, Rooti (flat bread) and chicken or veg curry-in the kitchen around her table. Once the lunch is prepared, you get to sit back, relax and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

It is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the local culture

Contact African Sands to learn more about a holiday to Cape Town & the Cape Malay

Beach & Bush Holiday in South Africa

South Africa is a great place to visit for a relaxing holiday!

Why not try and combine a “Beach & Bush” holiday to enjoy a truly relaxing vacation.

When people think of South Africa, they generally think of Cape Town and the Kruger National Park. They tend to forget about South Africa’s sub tropical gem… KwaZulu Natal.

We feel that this is the perfect destination to offer a wonderfully relaxing “Beach and Bush” experience. With so much to do and explore, you will never be bored!

The Natal North Coast has a wealth of activities to enjoy, from simply relaxing on white sandy beaches and soaking up the golden sun rays to being as actives as you want with golf, micro lighting and fishing top of the list!

Highlights in the area include:

  • Enjoy a boat ride along the coast and get close up to the bottle-nose dolphins
  • Enjoy a microlight ride for the adventurous with breathtaking views
  • Visit the only organisation of its kind in the world – The Natal Sharks Board. Observe a shark dissection, see an audio-visual presentation and learn about the sensory biology of sharks and their role as top predators in the marine food chain. For the more adventurous, join the inspection crew for their eary morning tour of the nets off the beaches in Durban.
  • Explore the Hluhluwe Imfolozi National Park and spot the Big Five on a game drive!
  • Visit the Greater St Lucia Wetlands area and Spot hippos, crocodiles and fish eagles as you cruise the lake at this World Heritage Site
  • Visit one of the many Zulu cultural villages offering an unforgettable insight into traditional customs, ancient lore and legend and the sangoma (witchdoctor). Be entertained by the tribal dancing and learn about the beer ceremony.
  • At uShaka Sea World you come face-to-face with the ocean’s most amazing creatures.
  • Croc Valley Nature Reserve – Get back to nature as you meander through the coastal swamp forest

Then continue onto an exciting Bush experience.

The KwaZulu Natal north coast has a wealth of game viewing opportunities and fantastic scenery to explore with lots of history and culture around. The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National park is one of the oldest game reserves in South Africa and is home to the “Big Five” including the elusive White Rhino.

The Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park or the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park as it is now called is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its immense beauty and incredible natural wildlife biospheres.

Activities in the area include

  • Lake St Lucia – boat trips, water activities
  • Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve – day trips and game excursions
  • Outdoor activities – hiking, walking, kayaking, horse riding and quad biking
  • Cheetah and Serval project – see big cats close up and learn about the conservation efforts to protect these beautiful animals
  • Visit a Zulu Cultural Village and learn more about these fascinating people and their history

See “wild” Africa at its best and come home feeling truly rejuvenated – what a great holiday!

Contact African Sands for more information or to make an enquiry!