South Africa Suggested Itineraries
 
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South Africa suggested itinerary combining the legendary MalaMala Private Game Reserve (where extraordinary wildlife viewing is practically guaranteed), with Camp Jabulani Elephant Experience and its quintessential style, this itinerary is arguably one of the best safari experiences in Africa.

MalaMala safari - leopard
MalaMala is undergoing an extensive refurb so rates for this package have not been released for 2018 but send us an email and we can check on developments (it is being done in stages) and make suitable recommendations should package not be available.
 
MalaMala is situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and has become legendary for some of the best safari game viewing in the world.
 
Camp Jabulani is situated in the Kapama Game Reserve and has a unique story of an abandoned baby elephant who could never have known the impact he would have on the lives of 12 other elephants, and on thousands of people around the world (see below for info).
 
Brief itinerary:
Day 1: You will be met on arrival at O.R. Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg). Travel documentation is handed over, and you will board your scheduled Federal Air flight to MalaMala Game Reserve.
Day 1 – Day 3: Spend two nights at MalaMala Game Reserve
Day 3: Short charter hop from MalaMala to Eastgate Airport (Hoedspruit). Transfer via road to Camp Jabulani – approximately 20 minutes transfer time.
Day 3 – Day 5: Spend two nights at Camp Jabulani (BONUS for longer stays: Stay 3 nights and get 50% discount on the last night or stay 4, pay 3 - Valid to 10th January - 15th December 2017
Day 5: Road transfer back to Eastgate Airport to connect on a scheduled flight back to Johannesburg.

TOTAL COST PER PERSON SHARING (to give you an indication of total package rates - these are for 2017 though):
 MalaMala Main Camp and Camp Jabulani Per person
sharing
Single
Supplement
10 January 2017 – 31 March 2017 R46 690 R17 315
01 April 2017 – 20 December 2017 R53 225 R22 175

INCLUSIONS:
Scheduled flight Johannesburg to Skukuza.
Road transfer from Skukuza Airport to MalaMala Main Camp.
2 nights accommodation at MalaMala Main Camp in a luxury room inclusive of all meals, snacks, daily game drives, guided nature walks, limited laundry service.
Road transfer from MalaMala Main Camp to MalaMala Airfield.
Scheduled light air transfer from MalaMala Airfield to Eastgate Airport.
Road transfer from Eastgate Airport to Camp Jabulani.
2 nights accommodation at Camp Jabulani in a luxury suite, daily laundry service, all meals, snacks, beverages and local branded alcoholic drinks, daily activities including The Elephant Experience*, game drives in open safari vehicles and guided bush walks, Internet usage and R 750 bush spa voucher per couple.
A visit to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.
Road transfer from Camp Jabulani to Eastgate Airport.
Scheduled flight from Eastgate to Johannesburg.
 
*The Elephant Experience includes observing the heard in close proximity, learning more about their behavior, their unique character traits, their incredible story and what it takes to take care of them. Much of this takes place whilst the elephants are in the natural environment, foraging in the bush, walking through the reserve or swimming at the waterhole. Photographic opportunities with the elephants are also afforded.

EXCLUSIONS:
All flights not mentioned above i.e. domestic, regional and international flights.
All items of a personal nature i.e. curio shop purchases, gratuities, porterage, telephone calls etc.
Activities not included above.

PLEASE NOTE:
These rates are based on a package price per person sharing with a minimum of 2 persons and are subject to change due to airfare increases, hotel rate increases, currency exchange fluctuations and any other unforeseen circumstances, without prior notice.
The quoted prices are based on our cheapest available airfares. A limited number of these seats are available per flight, and we cannot guarantee their availability for each and every client. If we are unable to secure this fare, we will try for the next best fare when making your booking.

MalaMala Game Reserve
MalaMala safari - Buffalo
 
At a mammoth 13 200 ha (33 000 acres), MalaMala lies sandwiched between the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and the world famous Kruger National Park. The 19 km (12 mile) unfenced border with this massive wildlife conservancy provides unimpeded access to wildlife. Of great appeal to such wildlife is the vast array of MalaMala’s habitat type - ranging from open savannah to dense riparian zones and granite outcrops. But perhaps the strongest allure to wildlife is the perennial Sand River of which 13 km (8 miles) flow through the reserve.
It’s this habitat diversity – and sound conservation management – that has earned MalaMala a reputation as the foremost game viewing destination in the world.

While it’s become the exception rather than the rule for all members of the Big Five not to be seen on a single day, MalaMala’s certainly not just about the big and hairy. CEO and owner, Michael Rattray, has been closely associated with the MalaMala area for almost 70 years and his formidable conservation expertise ensures that smaller beasties like dung beetles have right of way! Indeed, MalaMala is a sanctuary for rare and endangered wildlife where nature lovers may see threatened animals such as cheetahs, pangolins and the wild dog – Africa’s second most endangered carnivore! The variety of birdlife in the reserve regularly rewards even the most seasoned ornithologist with surprising finds: the martial eagle and ground hornbill for instance.

Activities range from walking safaris to 4x4 safaris which may include sumptuous bush breakfasts, picnic lunches and the opportunity to quaff sundowners as the sun sets behind the dusty horizon. Outdoor activities are led by highly qualified rangers, most of who have university degrees in the natural sciences and are thoroughly conversant with all aspects of bushveld ecology.

MalaMala’s accommodation is the Rattray trademark incarnate: discreet, classic and elegant African opulence. The ochre-coloured buildings of MalaMala Main Camp are clustered amid shady trees and manicured lawns overlooking the Sand River. The individually decorated, spacious and comfortable rooms under traditional thatching offer spectacular views of the river and the wild- and bird life that are attracted to the water for refreshment and refuge from the hot African sun. The rooms are equipped with ‘his-and-hers’ bathrooms, 24 hour temperature control, insect proofing, direct dial telephones, a mini-bar and a mini-safe. Despite the comfort offered, MalaMala retains an authentic bushveld camp atmosphere, where the attention to detail for which MalaMala is world-famous shines through.

Camp Jabulani elephantsCamp Jabulani
Camp Jabulani is located within a private reserve in the Limpopo Province which enjoys panoramic views of the nearby Drakensberg mountain range. It is also central to some of the most magnificent scenic areas of both the Mpumalanga and Limpopo Provinces.

As a result of a game relocation program, the reserve now supports a wide variety of game including elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, giraffe, zebra, blue wildebeest, waterbuck, kudu and many other species of antelope. Predators include lion, leopard, cheetah, and the spotted hyena.
With a Relais & Chateaux accreditation, this camp is guaranteed to offer first class accommodation, cuisine, facilities and personalised service.

Camp Jabulani represents the epitome of style, luxury, gastronomic excellence and warm hospitality. But at the heart of this five star operation lies a cause far greater than its tangible elements. This camp was conceptualized and created for one purpose. To support and sustain thirteen elephants who by the hand of fate had found themselves in the custody of wildlife visionary, Lente Roode. Founder and owner of the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, Lente has committed her life’s purpose to conservation and the preservation of animal species.

The story began with an orphaned baby elephant, Jabulani (meaning “rejoice”). At four months of age, he was found stuck in a silt dam 100kms north of Hoedspruit, abandoned by his herd. When rescued, he was at death’s door – severely dehydrated and in a state of shock. Many doubted he would make it. Lente, however, has never been one to give up. In close consultation with veterinary experts, a unique milk formula was developed for the tiny pachyderm. Over a period of a year he was slowly nursed back to health. This process came with a price. When the time came to re-introduce him to the wild, he would have none of it! He had become accustomed to his human companions. Attempt after attempt to send him on his way within the private game reserve failed. It became apparent that Jabulani was there to stay.

News then reached Lente of 12 trained Zimbabwean elephants who faced a grisly fate. Their owner’s farm was in the process of being expropriated - they were tagged for their meat. With military precision, a rescue mission was orchestrated. In just three weeks, all 12 animals were moved to South Africa – again to the Hoedspruit Centre. It was in awe that spectators witnessed the introduction of Jabulani to the herd. Tokwe, the matriarch, tenderly welcomed him. He had found his kin.

This camp would enable travelers from all over the world to experience the extraordinary impact of interacting with elephants. But no ordinary camp would do…. This camp would have to be the very best of the best, very personalized while harmoniously blending with the African bush.
Camp Jabulani was born - For the elephants.
The intimate camp environment was designed open-plan to merge seamlessly with the surrounding bush. Facilities include an open air spa, lounge, dining room and shaded wooden deck overlooking a dry river-bed.

Each of the 6 ultra luxurious suites has a private plunge pool and deck area. Within the suite is a lounge area with fireplace, a free standing stone bath tub and double vanity, a glass enclosed shower within the surrounding bush, and a separate WC.

Activities include daily elephant back safaris with expert grooms and handlers; game drives in open safari vehicles; visits to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and simple relaxation around the camp or in the “Bush Spa”. Additional activities which may be arranged at a fee include early morning hot-air ballooning over the reserve, and clay pigeon shooting.

Meal times at Camp Jabulani truly are a celebration of the senses. Perfectly sized portions are arranged in an art form of colour, texture and balance. A fusion of tastes and ingredients thrill the palate. As course after course materialise from the magicians in the kitchen – culinary appreciation reaches altogether new heights.

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