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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
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
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.
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
Meals not specified Personal purchases & gratuities
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.
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.
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.