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Program #21042RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Feb 19 — Feb 23, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: Activities, attractions and facilities are diverse, as are the animals and plants found both within Skukuza Rest Camp and the surrounding area. Skukuza Camp is an excellent rest camp from which to pursue the Big Five and birds in the vicinity. Lions are frequently spotted along this route. At night, look for the Fruit Bat that hangs under the eaves of the shop, and the Thick-tailed Bush Baby climbing the trees in search of gum. The camp was originally known as Sabie Bridge or simply Reserve, the name was changed in 1936. Skukuza Rest Camp in Kruger National Park is named after the Tsonga name for James Stevenson-Hamilton, the first warden of the park. Literally translated it means 'he who sweeps clean', a reference to his removal of all the local people to make way for the establishment of the Park. The Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Museum houses many interesting artifacts – very well known is the knife ranger Harry Wolhuter used to single-handedly slay a Lion and save his own life. Skukuza is the Kruger National Park's largest rest camp and administrative headquarters. It is situated on the southern banks of the Sabie River and is home to some interesting birds and amazing plant life.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
Kruger National Park
Kruger, South Africa
phone: +27214241037
web: www.krugerpark.co.za/Kruger_National_Park_Lodging_&_Camping_Guide-travel/skukuza-camp.html

Facility amenities: Information at Reception Public Telephone Post Box Public Telephone Bank Car Hire Car Wash 2 x Restaurants Auditorium and Conference Facilities Internet Café Delicatessen Communal ablutions 2 swimming pools in camp (for overnight residents only) Cafeteria Shop Laundromat Filling Station Communal Kitchens Cutlery and Plates Hampers (from Reception) Basic First Aid Assistance TVs (limited DSTV) available in family bungalows only DSTV (limited channels) available in Luxury Units only Day Visitors Picnic (located 4km outside the camp) with own swimming pool Cellphone reception Skukuza Indigenous Nursery (located approximately 5km outside camp)

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day One: Tuesday, February 19 - Cape Town / Johannesburg / Kruger National Park
Arrive To: Morning flights from Cape Town arrive in Johannesburg

Morning: You will be met at the airport and transferred to Kruger National Park. Check into the Skukuza Camp. Skukuza Camp is the capital of Kruger National Park. It is the biggest camp and includes facilities such as a shop, ATM, internet cafe, restaurant, library, fuel station and more. Skukuza Camp is an excellent rest camp from which to pursue the Big Five and birds in the vicinity. Lions are frequently spotted along this route.

Lunch: Stop for lunch at one of the small towns en-route to the park.

Afternoon: Your first afternoon will be spent driving inside Kruger searching for wild animals, accompanied by a professional guide, who gladly divulges information to you on the park's amazing diversity of wild and plant life.

Dinner: Back at the camp in the late afternoon, the guide will begin preparing the evening meal under the stars and served by candlelight. Apart from the cooking your guide is of course available to identify all the nocturnal sounds you hear, and possibly entertain you with some amazing experiences encountered over many years of guiding in Africa.

Lodging: Skukuza Rest Camp

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Activities, attractions and facilities are diverse, as are the animals and plants found both within Skukuza Rest Camp and the surrounding area. Skukuza Camp is an excellent rest camp from which to pursue the Big Five and birds in the vicinity. Lions are frequently spotted along this route. At night, look for the Fruit Bat that hangs under the eaves of the shop, and the Thick-tailed Bush Baby climbing the trees in search of gum. The camp was originally known as Sabie Bridge or simply Reserve, the name was changed in 1936. Skukuza Rest Camp in Kruger National Park is named after the Tsonga name for James Stevenson-Hamilton, the first warden of the park. Literally translated it means 'he who sweeps clean', a reference to his removal of all the local people to make way for the establishment of the Park. The Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Museum houses many interesting artifacts – very well known is the knife ranger Harry Wolhuter used to single-handedly slay a Lion and save his own life. Skukuza is the Kruger National Park's largest rest camp and administrative headquarters. It is situated on the southern banks of the Sabie River and is home to some interesting birds and amazing plant life.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
Kruger National Park
Kruger, South Africa
phone: +27214241037
web: www.krugerpark.co.za/Kruger_National_Park_Lodging_&_Camping_Guide-travel/skukuza-camp.html

Facility amenities: Information at Reception Public Telephone Post Box Public Telephone Bank Car Hire Car Wash 2 x Restaurants Auditorium and Conference Facilities Internet Café Delicatessen Communal ablutions 2 swimming pools in camp (for overnight residents only) Cafeteria Shop Laundromat Filling Station Communal Kitchens Cutlery and Plates Hampers (from Reception) Basic First Aid Assistance TVs (limited DSTV) available in family bungalows only DSTV (limited channels) available in Luxury Units only Day Visitors Picnic (located 4km outside the camp) with own swimming pool Cellphone reception Skukuza Indigenous Nursery (located approximately 5km outside camp)

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Two: Wednesday, February 20 - Kruger National Park
Breakfast: Breakfast picnic during game drive

Morning: The early morning wake up call signals the start of your second day at Kruger Park. After a cup of coffee and some snacks, your guide packs the vehicle and you begin your early morning drive. It's still really early in the morning, nice and cool, and the perfect time to spot elusive predators that at this time of the day are still very active. After a successful morning drive you stop at a picnic spot to enjoy a relaxed breakfast. After breakfast, continue driving searching for animals. You will find your guide to be a wealth of knowledge not only concentrating on the animals but also identifying birds, trees, insects and explains some of the park's fascinating geology. After a full morning's drive, return to the camp and have a couple of hours to relax during the hottest part of the day, when animals are generally less active and hiding from the midday sun.

Lunch: Lunch at the camp

Afternoon: In the late afternoon you will again embark upon a game drive which gives you an opportunity to hopefully spot some of the animals that have eluded you thus far.

Dinner: Dinner prepared by your guide at the camp.

Lodging: Skukuza Rest Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Activities, attractions and facilities are diverse, as are the animals and plants found both within Skukuza Rest Camp and the surrounding area. Skukuza Camp is an excellent rest camp from which to pursue the Big Five and birds in the vicinity. Lions are frequently spotted along this route. At night, look for the Fruit Bat that hangs under the eaves of the shop, and the Thick-tailed Bush Baby climbing the trees in search of gum. The camp was originally known as Sabie Bridge or simply Reserve, the name was changed in 1936. Skukuza Rest Camp in Kruger National Park is named after the Tsonga name for James Stevenson-Hamilton, the first warden of the park. Literally translated it means 'he who sweeps clean', a reference to his removal of all the local people to make way for the establishment of the Park. The Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Museum houses many interesting artifacts – very well known is the knife ranger Harry Wolhuter used to single-handedly slay a Lion and save his own life. Skukuza is the Kruger National Park's largest rest camp and administrative headquarters. It is situated on the southern banks of the Sabie River and is home to some interesting birds and amazing plant life.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
Kruger National Park
Kruger, South Africa
phone: +27214241037
web: www.krugerpark.co.za/Kruger_National_Park_Lodging_&_Camping_Guide-travel/skukuza-camp.html

Facility amenities: Information at Reception Public Telephone Post Box Public Telephone Bank Car Hire Car Wash 2 x Restaurants Auditorium and Conference Facilities Internet Café Delicatessen Communal ablutions 2 swimming pools in camp (for overnight residents only) Cafeteria Shop Laundromat Filling Station Communal Kitchens Cutlery and Plates Hampers (from Reception) Basic First Aid Assistance TVs (limited DSTV) available in family bungalows only DSTV (limited channels) available in Luxury Units only Day Visitors Picnic (located 4km outside the camp) with own swimming pool Cellphone reception Skukuza Indigenous Nursery (located approximately 5km outside camp)

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Thursday, February 21 - Kruger National Park
Breakfast: Breakfast picnic during game drive

Morning: After an early wake-up call, depart the camp for another morning game drive through Kruger National Park. Followed by a mid-day rest period.

Lunch: Lunch is served at the camp

Afternoon: Continue the game drive in the late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at the camp

Lodging: Skukuza Rest Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: the 3-star Peermont Metcourt at Emperors Palace offers stylish and comfortable rooms as well as a "group-friendly" experience for corporate, convention and leisure guests. The hotel offers a variety of room configurations and amenities which include LCD flat screen TV, satellite DSTV channels for all languages, tea and coffee stations, secure internet connections, laptop safe, working desk with business-convenient plug points. The hotel's clean and modern façade is complimented by a private and sheltered pool terrace, set in a beautifully landscaped garden, providing guests with food and beverage service throughout the day. Specifications include a comfortable, large ground floor reception area with enough space to accommodate large tour and convention groups with ease. There is also an express-style deli for quick and convenient meals, a business centre with workstations and data connectivity for laptops, boardroom with state of the art facilities, and Wi-Fi internet access in public areas. The hotel also features the F.L.A.G Café and the 21° Cocktail Bar.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
Emperors Palace - 64 Jones Road Johannesburg
Kempton Park Gauteng, South Africa
phone: +270119779299
web: www.metcourt.com

Facility amenities: Services: •Air-conditioning •Analogue Internet Dial-Up •Business Panel •Electric Shaver Point (110/220V) •Electronic Laptop Safe •Floating Writing Desk •Hairdryer •Interactive Sony Bravia TV •International Direct Dial Telephone •Local TV/Radio Stations •Modern Ergonomic Furniture •Sattelite TV Channels •Tea/Coffee Stattion •Unique Bathroom Layout

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Pricing based on availability
Contact PD to book additional nights


Day Four: Friday, February 22 - Kruger National Park / Johannesburg
Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.

Morning: Safaris are all about early mornings, getting out there and seeing animals. This morning is no exception and whilst you are leaving Kruger National Park today, there is still time for a couple of hours drive in hope of seeing and possibly photographing animals you have not yet seen. Your guide knows Kruger intimately and will focus on areas he knows produces animals you still need to see. It's not guaranteed, but you stand a good chance. Arrive in Johannesburg in the early afternoon and check into the hotel.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to pack and relax before the flights home.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel

Lodging: Metcourt Hotel at Emporers Palace

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Five: Saturday, February 23 - Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Using the free shuttle provided by the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flights back to North America

Meals Included: Breakfast

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5 Field trips
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