Spurwing offers a seven day packaged safari to Hazyview area of the Kruger National Park and the Natal wetlands. On this packaged safari, guests stay at the popular Hippo Hollow Lodge or similar, situated near Hazyview on a half board basis. The package includes transportation and all Game Drives are conducted in open 4X4 safari vehicles inside the Kruger National Park. The guests then move on Hluhluwe for a couple of days, where they will experience a true Zululand experience before returning to Johannesburg.
Details: Transportation to Hazyview is operated by a Spurwing driver who will pick you up in Johannesburg on the morning of your departure. All transfers are done in a luxury air conditioned vehicle, where you will be transported via the Panorama Route to Hazyview. Panorama route includes God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, Pilgrims Rest and Graskop and all entrance fees are included in the package. There are numerous stops along the way for comfort breaks and photo moments.
Upon arrival in Hazyview, guests will check into Hippo Hollow Country Estate (or similar if not available), which is situated near the Phabeni Gate. The lodge is a 3 star establishment, rooms are air-conditioned and ensuite. All rooms have a view either over gardens or the Sabi River. The estate has two swimming pools and a restaurant where all the breakfasts and suppers are included. On particular evenings in the hotel, guests are treated to a Shangaan supper and entertainment. A hotel upgrade is available at a surcharge.
On your first evening, you will either partake in an afternoon game drive or an evening game drive. Spurwing’s guide will meet you at the lodge and transport you appropriately.
On your second day of the package, our guide will pick you up in the early morning and will spend the full day with you in the Kruger Park, where hopefully you will be able to view the Big Five. We will stop during the day for a number of comfort breaks and a chance to enjoy lunch. Our guides are highly trained professionals equipped with knowledge on virtually every living species in the Park, and will provide you with an insightful, unforgettable and enjoyable experience. You will be in an open 4×4 game vehicle, so please bring a hat, sunscreen and appropriate clothing. Day three will be a replica of day two.
On your fourth morning, we will depart mid-morning towards Zululand. Upon arrival, you will be accommodated at Ubizane Wildlife Reserve or similar and enjoyed your evening at leisure.
On day five, we depart for a boat cruise on the St Lucia Wetlands for a full day’s activity. This is the perfect opportunity to spot Hippo and Crocodiles in their natural environment. We then head towards Dumazulu Village, where we experience the true culture of the Zulu people. We join in the singing and dancing and also take a tour of the village with great stories told about the rich history of the Zulu Tribe.
On day six, we embark on a morning game drive in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve. This reserve is famous for the great numbers of both White and Black Rhino in the reserve. We return to the lodge for lunch a bit of relaxing and then in the afternoon we go out on another game drive in the nearby Reserve.
You last morning will be spent driving to Johannesburg from Hluhluwe, or alternatively you can be dropped off in Durban (subject to availability and an additional charge).
Please note that the Kruger Park charges a daily Conservation fee for each person entering the park. The cost of this fee is not included in the rates indicated for this safari, currently the rate per person is R280 per day. However, upon making the reservation this can be included in the total safari price and then paid in advance to make it easier when on holiday.
Should you want to explore something in addition to the above while on holiday in the Kruger, there are a number of extras that could be arranged through our office. The following are the more popular add-ons available:
• Elephant interaction and safari
• Golf at Skukuza Golf club ( Golf club in the Kruger National Park)
• Morning Bush walk
• Quad biking/ Adrenalin centre