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Pre-trip: South Africa: Karongwe Game Reserve

Stretching through 21,000 miles of pristine bushveld within South Africa’s Limpopo Province, Karongwe is a gem of wild beauty. This wildlife sanctuary, situated adjacent to Kruger National Park, is home to over 40 species of mammals, including the “Big Five”—lion, rhino, Cape buffalo, elephant, as well as the elusive leopard. In fact, Karongwe is one of the best places in the country to spot this legendary big cat. The wide open savanna here, overlooking the beautiful Drakensberg mountain range is ideal for spotting the rich diversity of game here. There’s also an abundance of birdlife and water species—such as hippos, terrapins, and crocodiles, which are often spotted along one of the four rivers that flow through the area.  And because this is a private reserve, you’ll be able to enjoy activities like going off-road during our game-viewing drives.

It's Included:
Accommodations for 1 night in Johannesburg and 3 nights in Karongwe Game Reserve
10 meals—4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners
6 game-viewing activities
6 small group activities
Services of expert driver-guides and camp staff
All transfers
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    You depart from the U.S. on an overnight flight to Johannesburg, South Africa.

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    Today, arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.

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    Today, we'll fly to Karongwe Game Reserve. We arrive at our lodge and have time to settle in before setting out for our first game-viewing drive with sundowners. During our drive, we may spot herds of elephant, buffalo, antelope, zebra, and eland—among other species.

    Your game-viewing drives will be led by knowledgeable guides who know the best locations for spotting wildlife, and will be pleased to point out highlights.

    We return to our lodge for dinner this evening.

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    This morning, we'll enjoy an early morning game-viewing drive. After returning to our camp for breakfast, the middle of your day is free. Perhaps you’ll simply take the opportunity to relax in camp and review your field guide. Or, opt for another chance to discover your surroundings on foot during a game-viewing walk. During your explorations in the bush, you may discover animals taking a drink from the nearby Makutsi River or take in the reserve’s natural beauty. We enjoy an afternoon game-viewing drive with sundowners. Keep an eye out for a leopard slinking by or perched in a tree. We return to our lodge for dinner this evening.

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    This morning, we set out for a game-viewing drive—during which we'll enjoy another opportunity to spot a number of diverse species, including cheetah, giraffe, baboon, vervet monkey, impala, and more. After returning to our lodge for breakfast, we’ll have the rest of the morning and the early afternoon at leisure. On our last full day in Karongwe, you’ll have another opportunity to take a game-viewing walk in the bush. This time, you may want to change your focus and start looking up: Bustards, bee-eaters, eagles, and herons are common in this area.  After tea back at our lodge, we’ll enjoy an afternoon game-viewing drive with sundowners as our final evening of exploration in Karongwe draws to a close.

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    • Meals included:

    After breakfast this morning, take one last game-viewing drive and enjoy breakfast at our lodge before flying to Johannesburg to begin your Ultimate Africa: Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe Safari adventure. You’ll arrive at your hotel in the mid-afternoon and have ample time to settle in.