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SAVE NOW: In-depth African Safari

Book by 31 July & Save $1,250pp
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    DURATION
    8 days, 7 nights
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    DURATION DAYS
    8 days
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    DURATION NIGHTS
    7 nights
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    DEPARTURE MONTHS
    February 2024 - November 2024
  • All inclusive 7 night stay at Mabula Game Lodge
  • Surrounded in the wildlife and wilderness of South Africa’s bush
  • Spot the Big Five on seven game drives, two bush walks and a lion tracking experience

Embark on an extraordinary 7-night African safari, an immersive odyssey in the heart of South Africa's untamed wilderness at Mabula Game Reserve. This experience transcends the ordinary, offering more than mere wildlife sightings. Discover the celestial wonder as you map constellations on a starry night. Engage in lion tracking, bush walks, and daily game drives, encountering Africa's majestic Big Five, including lions, cheetahs, elephants, hippos, rhinos, and warthogs. Amidst this wild backdrop, delve into the world of conservation, learning about endangered species and the dedicated individuals who safeguard them. Break free from the checklist mentality, forging a deep connection with nature and its protectors during your stay at a luxury lodge.

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Inclusions/Exclusions

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  • 20 meals - 7 breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 dinners
  • All-inclusive stay, with daily high tea and free bar (local drinks) up to 12 hours a day
  • Accommodation - 7 nights in lodge
  • Local Representative
  • 14 Excursions & Visits
Your fare excludes:
  • A​irfares & Travel Insurance

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Mabula Game Reserve

Mabula Game Reserve feels like entering another world. A world that’s home to over 300 species of bird and 60 species of mammal, including the Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Plus, their lesser-known friends, the Little Five - elephant shrew, antlion, rhinoceros beetle, buffalo weaver and leopard tortoise. Join your tour group at the lodge.

Day 2 - Mabula Game Reserve

Up with the dawn chorus, we head out on our first game drive. With open-air safari vehicles and expert guides getting us closer to the action, we start to explore the grassy plains, rocky outcrops and watering holes that are home to wildlife including lion, cheetah, warthog, leopard, elephant, rhino, hyena, ostrich and jackal. Plus, the grumpiest of them all - the honey badger. With the best chance of seeing big game at dusk and dawn, we relax back at the lodge and listen to a wildlife talk before heading out on a second game drive this afternoon. orders of the sultans. Although it’s not open to the public, we’ll have private access to view the collection. Next, we’ll make our way to Misir Carsisi, the Egyptian Spice Bazaar, where spices, herbs and all sorts of dried teas have been sold since the 17th century, and where many locals still shop today. We’ll have time to wander through the warren of stalls, perhaps picking up some fragrant cardamom or saffron to take home. Our final stop for the morning is the Sunken Cistern, an atmospheric underground reservoir built in the 6th century and held up by more than 300 columns. The afternoon is free for you to explore Istanbul at your own pace. If you like, join our optional food tasting tour, where you’ll have the chance to snack on tasty Turkish street food at a mix of markets and pastry shops.

Excursions & visits: Two game drives in Mabula Game Reserve (morning/afternoon)
Wildlife talk

Day 3 - Mabula Game Reserve

It’s time to meet the top cats on a guided lion tracking experience. Experienced rangers get us within roaring distance of a pride of lions - teaching us about their behaviour, pride structure and the conservation efforts to protect them. Safari royalty, the power and majesty of these jungle kings is a humbling experience that we’ll remember forever. After lunch, we go out on another game drive - keeping watch for comical warthog, wallowing hippos and tree-pruning giraffes.

Excursions & visits: Madjuma lion tracking experience (morning)
Game drive in Mabula Game Reserve (afternoon)

Day 4 - Mabula Game Reserve

This morning, we take a walk on the wild side with a guided bush walk. Sticking to the open plains and grasslands, we look out for the morning grazers - including impala, giraffe and ostrich. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the lodge - settling in by the pool, booking a treatment at the spa or simply enjoying the lodge's surroundings.

Excursions & visits: Guided bush walk (morning)

Day 5 - Mabula Game Reserve

Heading out on a game drive before breakfast, we get to enjoy the stillness of the reserve as the sun warms the savannah and the bush comes alive. Wild animals don’t lie in, so this is an amazing time to see active wildlife before the sun gets too hot and the bigger predators go down for a mid-morning nap. The rest of the day is free before a stargazing experience tonight. Free from light pollution, the inky Southern Hemisphere skies above the reserve are mesmerising. A guide talks us through the planets and constellations and the local myths and legends that surround them.

Excursions & visits: Game drive in Mabula Game Reserve (morning)
Stargazing experience (evening)

Day 6 - Mabula Game Reserve

This morning is all about plant power. When faced with elephant ambling past your 4WD and warthog snuffling in the bushes outside your chalet, it’s natural to focus on the fauna. But the flora on the reserve is critical to the survival of both the wildlife and traditions here. Guided by a specialist in local medicine and holistic cultures, this morning’s bush walk focuses on identifying different native plants and their healing properties. This afternoon, we head out on another game drive.

Excursions & visits: Guided bush medicine walk (morning)
Game drive in Mabula Game Reserve (afternoon)

Day 7 - Mabula Game Reserve

The reserve is home to 300 species of bird including ostrich, osprey, nightjars and migratory swift, which we hope to see on this morning's guided bush walk. This afternoon, there’s the chance to spot non-feathered friends on a game drive. Spend your final night at the lodge dining under the stars, sharing your favourite moments with new friends, and having a farewell drink for the road.

Excursions & visits: Guided bush walk (morning)
Game drive in Mabula Game Reserve (afternoon)

Day 8 - Mabula Game Reserve

Our last day at Mabula, wake up for one final game drive as the sun rises over the savannah, before saying goodbye to your tour group for your onward travel.

Excursions & visits: Game drive in Mabula Game Reserve (morning)

**Please note the above itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Dates and Prices

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Book by 31 July 2024 and Save $1,250 per person*​

Safari on various dates between February, April & June to September 2024. Below pricing based on 11 September 2024 departure from Mabula Game lodge:

  • F​rom $2,610 $1,360 per person twin share*
  • From $3,499 $2,249 for Solo Traveller*

Call our team today on 1300 414 198 to book your preferred date. O​ur team can also assist with booking International flights and accommodation as part of your overall travel plans.

N​ote: prices are subject to change without notice.

Accommodation

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  • Mabula Game Lodge

FAQs

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Each of our tours has been given a rating from 1 to 3, with 3 being the most strenuous. It’s really important that you discuss with us your suitability for this tour prior to booking.

T​he above tour has been classified as:

  • Level 2 - A moderately paced holiday with more long days. Excursions may require moderate walking at a steady pace, and you might be required to walk further distances, including over mixed terrain and up and down stairs.

Please note: This is a guide only. Please be aware that for each level you should also be comfortably able to manage the requirements set out in the lower levels.

**Specific wildlife sightings on each experience can't be guaranteed. The daily schedule may change subject to local game viewing conditions and the day of your visit to the Ground Hornbill Project will be confirmed during your stay.

T&Cs

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Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.

Applies to all tours over $1,700pp. Subject to availability, in Australian dollars, and correct at time of print. Prices are per person, based on two people sharing. Deposit and final balance terms per standard conditions. Applies to new bookings only. Includes Private Jet bookings.

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