Limpopo Safari & Culture Tour Itinerary (5 Days)

Starting in Phalaborwa | Rates available on request

Highlights: Big 5 reserve wildlife experience, personal and authentic interaction with locals and their traditions guided by local experts, small and rustic camps with hyper-personal interactions, rustic accommodation with excellent sustainability standards

Day 1 – Mtomeni Safari Camp, Letaba Ranch

game drive letaba ranch

Afternoon Game Drive

The guide will meet you in Phalaborwa (airport or other accommodation) and transfer the group to the unfenced Mtomeni Safari Camp in Letaba Ranch, part of Greater Kruger National Park. An afternoon drive will afford you your first chance to see the wildlife of the area. Dinner is around the campfire and you’ll sleep in safari tents with en-suite ablutions and showers.

Day 2 – Mtomeni Safari Camp, Letaba Ranch

giraffe in letaba ranch

Morning & Evening Game Drive

Depart at first light on a game drive in an open safari vehicle. Stop at strategic points for short walks to see additional details. Return to camp for a late brunch. Rest in camp during the heat of the day and depart mid-afternoon for an evening game drive, returning to the camp at sunset. Dinner is served around the campfire.

Day 3 – Baleni

Baleni Salt Harvesting

Depart Mtomeni after a leisurely breakfast and head north towards Giyani. Visit a craft-co-operative and take a guided walk through downtown Giyani to experience the vibrancy of urban living. Arrive at Baleni Cultural Camp early afternoon and join the guides as you visit the Geothermal hot-spring & meet the salt harvesters. Dinner will be served back in camp and will consist of a range of local, traditional food. You will sleep in Tsonga-style rondavels with en-suite ablutions.

Day 4 – Modjadi

Baleni to Modjadi

Depart Baleni after an early breakfast and travel to Duiwelskloof, and the Modjadji Cycad Reserve. At the entrance to the ‘Garden of the Rain Queen’ you will have a chance to see the traditional home of the Modjadji’s Rain Queen, and get an insight into their traditions. The guide will then take you on a hike through the famous cycad reserve, ending in the Modjadji Cultural Camp. Check in for the last evening and enjoy the storytelling and convivial atmosphere around the campfire.

Day 5 – Phalaborwa

Modjadji to Phalaborwa

Depart Modjadji after breakfast and return to Phalaborwa airport.

Inclusions

All transport in 10-seater MPV with aircon, with driver
Accommodation in safari tents or rondavels with en-suite and basic solar lights. Linen provided.
Meals provided cooked in local style
Community-specialized guides at both the camps and en-route between camps
Game drives, walks and visit to salt harvesters included

Exclusions

Meals not specified
Personal purchases & gratuities

View the Camps

Mtomeni Safari Camp

Letaba Ranch, Greater Kruger National Park

Situated on the banks of the Great Letaba River, Mtomeni Safari Camp offers an incredible Big 5 experience in the unfenced Letaba Ranch section of the Greater Kruger National Park. The reserve is well known for its large herds of elephant, giraffe sightings, and is a hotspot for the elusive African Wild Dog.

Baleni Camp

Klein Letaba River, Limpopo

This camp is situated in the eastern Lowveld on the banks of the Klein Letaba River near Giyani. The camp is adjacent to a natural hot spring – Mkhulu, a sacred place about which legends abound. Watch in Winter as the local Tsonga women produce natural salt using ancient methods.

Modjadji Camp

Modjadji Nature Reserve, Limpopo

This camp is located within the Modjadji Cycad Reserve. This is home to the mystified Rain Queen Modjadji, hereditary ruler of the Balobedu people, renowned for her rain making powers. Meet a vibrant community focused on the Lobedu traditions.