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 4-night/5-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 the opportunity to interact with injured and orphaned animals and birds of prey in the care of a wildlife rehabilitation centre. Evenings are spent under the stars enjoying an authentic African bushveld braai (barbeque).
The 5-day Classic Bushveld 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 5-DAY TREEHOUSE KRUGER SAFARI • TREEHOUSE ACCOMMODATION
- 2-nights 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
- full day safari tour of Kruger National Park in an open safari vehicle
- morning tour of Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
- 3-hour afternoon game drive at Tshukudu Game Reserve
- 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 5-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 to Tremisana Game Lodge in the Balule Section of the Greater Kruger National Park.
At 17h00, board a luxury Toyota Landcruiser open safari vehicle for a 4-hour sunset game drive.
Dinner is under the stars at the lodge lapa, 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.
Early morning wake-up for tea/coffee and rusks before setting off to remote corner of Balule Big Five Reserve for a 4-hour guided bush walk with an armed professional safari ranger. Learn more about the flora and fauna of the Kruger National Park while keeping an eye on the bush for the Big 5. Your private safari guide will teach you to identify wildlife tracks and spoor and you’ll tick off many of the Kruger’s birds.
Return to Tremisana Game Lodge for a late breakfast and refreshments; lunch is served at 13h00. The afternoon game drive departs at 14h30 and takes guests on a leisurely safari tour through Balule Big Five Reserve to Marc’s Treehouse Lodge.
Your accommodation is a rustic but comfortable treehouse, nestled in an indigenous riverine forest. There are twelve reed and thatch treehouses; three of which 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.
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 to Orpen gate at the Kruger National Park in an open safari vehicle. Enjoy a full day in the Kruger in the Orpen-Satara-Nwanedzi region of the central-west belt; 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. Dinner is served at the lodge lapa.
After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely drive to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre; located at the base of the majestic ‘Mariepskop’ mountain range in Hoedspruit. Interact with the injured and orphaned wildlife ambassadors and learn more about the incredible conservation efforts of the Moholoholo team.
At 15h00, depart for Tshukudu Game Reserve for a 3-hour afternoon game drive. This is a Big Five game reserve so be on the lookout for lion, rhino, buffalo, elephant and leopard.
Return to Marc’s Treehouse Lodge after an enjoyable night safari for a much-needed drink and a delicious meal at the lodge lapa.
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 a stop at 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.
R9 695 sharing
R10 395 single
R5 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
- Game reserve entrance fees and conservation levies
- free Wi-Fi at all safari lodges (not at 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 • 5-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 the Klaserie River or, as the locals call it, Breakfast Dam where animals come early in the morning to drink.
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 enriched 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.
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.
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is a sanctuary for injured, poisoned and orphaned wild animals and birds; with a focus on healing and rehabilitation so they can be returned to the wild. Those that can’t be set free stay on at Moholoholo and become wildlife ambassadors for conservation, helping to educate visitors on the harmful practices that endanger our precious natural resources.
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre lies in the shadow of the majestic “Mariepskop”, a pinnacle landmark in the lush valley of Hoedspruit. It lies on a route to famous South African destinations in the Limpopo Province, including the Kruger National Park, Blyde River canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Pilgrim’s Rest, Graskop and Sabie on the scenic Panoramic Route.
Some of the animals you’ll see at Moholoholo include lion, leopard, serval, cheetah, hyena aswell as an array of eagles and vultures. The most famous resident at Moholoholo is Stoffel, the cutest and naughtiest honey badger you’ll ever meet. The centre also runs a successful wildlife breeding programme so you’ll get to see a selection of cute, gorgeous “want-to-take-home” babies.
A visit to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is fascinating but it’s also an opportunity to support an incredibly worthy cause. The centre is self-funded and relies on the generous support of corporate donors, volunteers and visitors. The Moholoholo team are very involved in the anti-rhino poaching initiatives that dominate the region where wildlife conservation runs thick in everyone’s blood.
Tshukudu Game Reserve
Tshukudu Game Reserve is a family-owned private game reserve in Hoedspruit and adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park. The popular reserve was established in 1980 by the Sussen family and was named after the Sotho word for rhino, Tshukudu.
The 5 000-hectare reserve is characterised by thick bushveld teeming with game and good numbers of the Big Five, with panoramic views of Mariepskop which is a spectacular Hoedspruit landmark and forms part of the Drakensberg Mountain.
Tshukudu Game Reserve runs a successful lion breeding project and cares for injured and orphaned wildlife. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with its cheetah ambassadors that have been raised in Tshukudu from birth.
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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