TREEHOUSE ACCOMMODATION ADJACENT TO THE GREATER KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
Tremisana Game Lodge • Marc’s Treehouse Lodge
Balule Big Five Reserve • Kruger National Park • Tshukudu Game Reserve
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre • Blyde River Canyon
The 3-night/4-day Kruger safari tour offers a different and exciting trip to guests who don’t mind roughing it slightly to enjoy the privilege of a unique African bushveld experience. Guests stay in rustic but comfortable treehouses at a bushveld lodge on a private game situated on the border of the Kruger National Park. The treehouses are nestled in a riverine forest with views of the Klaserie River and a busy waterhole. Game viewing at Marc’s Treehouse Lodge is 24/7.
The tour is a combination of guided sunrise bush walks, Big Five safari tours with a professional safari guide in an open safari vehicle and evenings spent under the stars enjoying an authentic African bushveld braai (barbeque).
The 4-day Treehouse Kruger safari ends with a tour of the Panorama Route which includes the world-renowned Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondavels. Transfers to and from Johannesburg and Pretoria in an air-conditioned luxury Quantum.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 4-DAY TREEHOUSE KRUGER SAFARI • TREEHOUSE ACCOMMODATION
- 1-night at Tremisana Game Lodge
- 2-nights in a treehouse at Marc’s Treehouse Lodge in Balule Big Five Reserve in Greater KNP
- 3-hour sunset game drive on Balule Big Five Reserve
- bush barbeque under the stars at Marula Tree Boma
- 4-hour morning guided Big Five bush walk in Balule Big Five Reserve
- 2-hour afternoon game drive in Balule Big Five Reserve
- full day safari tour of Kruger National Park in an open safari vehicle
- 1-hour morning guided bush walk with a professional safari guide
- scenic highlights of the Panorama Route, including Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondavels
FULL ITINERARY OF 4-DAY TREEHOUSE KRUGER SAFARI • TREEHOUSE ACCOMMODATION
Collect: 7h00 from OR Tambo International Airport or any hotel/guest lodge in Johannesburg and Pretoria
Drop-off: By 17h00 on last day of tour at arranged destination
Travel in an air-conditioned luxury Quantum via Dullstroom or Nelspruit to Tremisana Game Lodge in the Balule Big Five Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park.
At 17h00, board a luxury Toyota Landcruiser open safari vehicle for a 4-hour sunset game drive. Return late evening after an exciting night safari.
Dinner is served under the stars at Marula Tree Boma, situated deep in the bush. Enjoy an authentic bushveld braai (barbeque) and relax around a roaring fire lulled by the distant call of hyenas and lions. Spend the night in a comfortable chalet with air-conditioning and en-suite bathroom at Tremisana Game Lodge.
Early morning wake-up for tea/coffee and rusks before setting off to a remote corner of Balule Game Reserve where you will be taken on a 4-hour guided bush walk with an armed professional safari guide. Enjoy the sights and sounds of a real bushveld experience while keeping a keen eye on the thick bush for the Big Five and an abundance of antelope, predators and indigenous birds.
Return to Tremisana Game Lodge for a late breakfast and refreshments; relax and freshen up before it’s time for mid-afternoon tea and the afternoon game drive which takes guests to Marc’s Treehouse Lodge. Enjoy a leisurely drive through Balule Big 5 Reserve and arrive at Marc’s as the sun sets low over the pristine bush.
Your accommodation is a rustic but comfortable treehouse, nestled in an indigenous riverine forest. Three treehouses face on to a floodlit waterhole and the other nine treehouses overlook the Klaserie River. Game viewing at Marc’s Treehouse Lodge is 24/7.
Enjoy an authentic bushveld braai under the stars at Marc’s reed boma, lulled by the call of the wild and a roaring campfire.
Wake up early for a hearty breakfast. Enjoy the early-morning sound of the bushveld and birds waking up. Freshen up with a dip in the pool or relax on the lodge patio before it’s time to depart in an open safari vehicle to Orpen Gate at the Kruger National Park. Enjoy a full day Kruger safari; sight-seeing, game viewing and bird watching and picking up tips on tracking and spoor identification from your professional safari guide.
Lunch break at a popular Kruger National Park rest camp. Return to Marc’s Treehouse Lodge as the sun sets low over the spectacular private game lodge. Enjoy an authentic bushveld braai under the stars at Marc’s reed boma, lulled by the call of the wild and a roaring campfire.
Marc’s Treehouse Lodge offers guests a real safari experience; the treehouses are nestled in an indigenous riverine forest and although rustic, they’re very comfortable. Three treehouses are built around a floodlit waterhole and the other nine treehouses overlook the Klaserie River. Game viewing at Marc’s Treehouse Lodge is 24/7.
Wake up early and join your professional safari guide for a 1-hour bush walk in the private game reserve. Enjoy a hearty breakfast before departing for the Blyde River Canyon and popular attractions on the Panorama Route, which includes the spectacular Three Rondavels.
Return to Johannesburg by 17h00; drop-off by arrangement at OR Tambo International Airport or any hotel/guest lodge in Johannesburg and Pretoria.
R7 895 sharing
R8 595 single adult
R4 195 per child
All-inclusive tour price:
- collection and drop off at OR Tambo International Airport or any hotel in Johannesburg or Pretoria in a luxury air-conditioned Quantum
- all meals as indicated in the itinerary
- FGASA- and DEAT-registered professional game ranger
- Kruger National Park and Balule Big Five Reserve entrance fee and conservation levy
- free Wi-Fi at all safari lodges (not Marc’s Treehouse Lodge)
Tour price excludes:
- international and domestic flights
- personal items and purchases, including toiletries, snacks, drinks and curios
- cash bar for alcoholic beverages and extra soft-drinks at safari lodges and on game drives
- gratuities for lodge staff and professional guides
MORE ABOUT LODGES & RESERVES • 4-DAY TREEHOUSE KRUGER SAFARI
Tremisana Lodge offers budget-friendly accommodation in Big 5 safari country. The lodge is ideally located in the northern region of Mpumalanga; an easy drive from the Kruger National Park, Hoedspruit and the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Tshukudu Game Reserve.
The private safari lodge is owned by Viva Safaris; a leading tour operator that works in close association with Moafrika Tours. Viva Safaris specialises in overland safari tours to the Kruger National Parks and premier game reserves in the region.
Tremisana Lodge was a founder member of the Balule Game Reserve; the largest and leading lodge in this section of the Greater Kruger National Park. The safari lodge accommodate up to 40 guests in 15 luxury tented chalets and a two-bedroomed guesthouse. Each room is air-conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with a shower.
The most striking feature of Tremisana Game Lodge is its spectacular bushveld garden setting; indigenous South African plants blend in seamlessly among exotic species, which includes striking bougainvillea, cycads and aloes. The lodge and gardens are protected from curious wildlife by an electric fence; but you’ll still see and hear the presence of lions, elephant, buffalo and hyena.
Guests only stay one night at Tremisana Lodge on the 4-day Kruger safari but it’s enough to soak up the soothing effect of the lodge; with romantic walks along softly illuminated pathways and the glorious sounds of birds waking up in the stunning garden setting.
Your stay at Tremisana Lodge is made even more pleasurable by members of staff from the local village who have been with Viva Safaris for more than a decade. Chef Delina Mnisi whips up mouth-watering dishes served with her famous homemade bread and hearty local vegetables and healthy salads.
Marc’s Treehouse Lodge
Marc’s Treehouse Lodge offers rustic but comfortable accommodation in safari tents and authentic African treehouses; designed to get visitors up close to the sights, sounds and scents of the wild African bush. The treehouses at Marc’s Camp are made of wood and reeds with traditional thatch roofing, blending in to the dense riverine vegetation.
Marc’s safari tents and treehouses are equipped with electric fans, mosquito nets and comfortable beds; bed linen, towels and soap are provided. Each treehouse has its own bathroom and a private deck overlooking a waterhole or the Klaserie River or, as the locals call it, Breakfast Dam where animals come early in the morning to drink.
Four treehouse suites have a bathroom on the ground level and the other eight treehouses have an en-suite bathroom. Three units are built around a floodlit waterhole and the other nine treehouses are built along the bank of the Klaserie River, surrounded by lush riverine bushveld and tall, imposing trees. Game viewing at Marc’s Treehouse Lodge is 24/7 with exciting sightings of lion kills on the river bank and the trailing predators and vultures that follow in their wake.
Marc’s Treehouse Lodge is part of the Motlala Game Reserve which boasts 3 of the Big 5 (rhino, buffalo and leopard) and an abundance of antelope and predators. Nights time spent at Marc’s Treehouse Lodge are made special by the calls of its local wild residents; the eerie whoops of hyena; the spine-tingling wail of jackals, the distant roar of lions and the plaintive cry of the thick-tailed bushbaby and the soft ‘whoo-whoo’ of an owl.
Birdlife is prolific at Motlala Game Reserve; expect sightings of the elusive Narina Trogon and purple-crested Touraco, and the cheeky trumpeter hornbill, Natal francolin and Natal robinchat. When you need a break from game viewing and bird watching, enjoy a refreshing swim in the lodge pool.
Balule Big Five Reserve
Balule Big Five Reserve is a 35 000-hectare private safari concession situated adjacent to the Kruger Park, and home to the Big Five and an abundance of wildlife and birds. The reserve falls within the Greater Kruger National Park, and was established in the early 2000s when the game fences between a grouping of farms were dropped and the newly-proclaimed land was integrated into the Kruger National Park.
The beauty of Balule Big Five Reserve is the perennial Olifants River flows through the centre of the reserve for a stretch of about 20 kilometres. This abundant water supply attracts scores of game and prolific birdlife, being a rich eco-zone with lush riverine forests and bushveld.
Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s largest game reserves and one of South Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. Located in the north-eastern region of South Africa in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, the reserve is 19 485 square kilometres and shares a border with Mozambique to the east and Zimbabwe to the north.
The wild bushveld region was proclaimed a protected wildlife reserve in 1898 and became South Africa’s first national park in 1927. The reserve is named after former president Paul Kruger who foresaw the urgent need to protect South Africa’s wildlife from rampant poaching. The Kruger National Park is rich in history and boasts several impressive archeological sites.
Fences were dropped between the Kruger National Park and its neighbours to create a peace park that links the Kruger National Park with the Gonarezhous National Park in Zimbabwe and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. This vast protected wildlife belt is known as the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.
The Kruger National Park falls within the Kruger-to-Canyon Biosphere; an area designated by UNESCO as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve, awarded for the seamless integration of man and wildlife in a region characterised by rich diversity of flora and fauna.
The Kruger National Park is world-renowned as a Big Five destination (which includes elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard and lion), its abundance of antelope and predators and prolific birdlife. In addition to incredible sightings of wildlife on a guided safari tour, the Kruger National Park is a destination purely for the rich biodiversity, and cultural and archeological heritage.
Blyde River Canyon
The Blyde River Canyon is an impressive natural landmark in South Africa and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mpumalanga Province. It forms the northern part of the Drakensberg escarpment, stretching 25 kilometres in length and 750 metres deep in places. The canyon consists mostly of red sandstone and the sheer cliff faces glow in the evening light.
The Blyderivierpoort Dam lies at an altitude of 665 metres and at the centre of the canyon is the Three Rondavels (South African word for small huts). The Three Rondavels is a grouping of huge, round rocks that look like the traditional homes of the indigenous people of South Africa. Blyde River Canyon is the second largest canyon in Africa and regarded as one of the largest canyons on Earth, and referred to as a ‘green canyon’ as it is carpeted in a blanket of lush subtropical foliage.
The canyon is part of the world-renowned Panorama Route; which takes visitors on a scenic drive through expansive man-made forests and indigenous bush through the historical mining towns of Graskop, Pilgrim’s Rest and Sabie. Popular attractions along the route include God’s Window, the Pinnacle and Bourke’s Luck Potholes.
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