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Secluded South Africa Safari

Escape the Crowds on an Expertly Guided Small-Group Adventure into Remote Private Reserves
Day 1: Johannesburg, South Africa
Our South Africa tour—which includes a slice of neighboring Botswana, too—begins on arrival in Johannesburg, where we gather for a welcome dinner with our Safari Expedition Leader.

Days 2–4: Mashatu Game Reserve
Fly and drive to Mashatu Game Reserve just over the border on the remote eastern edge of Botswana. The Limpopo River, which Rudyard Kipling made famous in his “Just-So Stories,” crosses into South Africa near here. More than 700 elephants live on this reserve, the largest single population on privately owned land in Africa, as well as impressive numbers of lion and cheetah. Along the river, huge Mashatu trees provide shade for wildebeest, giraffe and zebras, while at night, bat-eared foxes, African wildcats and leopards search for prey. We stay in the center of it all at Mashatu Tented Camp, an intimate accommodation offering unexpected amenities in such a wild locale.

Days 5 & 6: Northern Kruger National Park,  Private Concession
After a final wildlife drive in Mashatu this morning, we continue to Kruger National Park. Our destination, The Outpost, is a luxury safari camp in a private northern sector of the Kruger, one of the last tracts of true wilderness left in South Africa. This remote region, the ancestral home of the Makuleke people, is the most ecologically diverse in Kruger, with 80 percent of the park’s flora and fauna found here. The game viewing and birding are excellent, with large herds of elephant and buffalo, and the more elusive leopard and lion. The Luvuvhu River sustains massive baobab and ebony trees as well as many animals not found in the drier southern reaches of the park, such as eland, nyala and Sharpe’s grysbok. Our open-air rooms are perched above the river with views of the valley below. The area is rich in human prehistory, boasting ancient fossils, rock engravings and stone tools.

Days 7–9: Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Fly to Sabi Sand, South Africa’s premier safari destination. This private reserve is renowned for some of the best Big Five viewing in Africa. These famous five—elephant, rhino, Cape buffalo, lion and leopard—were once favorite hunting targets. While many were hunted nearly to extinction, reserves like this one have made exciting strides in bringing them back. Sabi Sand is famed for its leopards, which we often see at quite close range, making for exciting photography opportunities. We stay at Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp on the shaded banks of the Msuthlu River, for the consummate safari camp experience. 

Day 10: Johannesburg / Depart
After breakfast and a morning activity, we take an early afternoon flight back to Johannesburg to connect with onward flights or extensions.

Physical Rating: Easy

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