Example Trip Itinerary
On arrival at Johannesburg airport you will be met airside by a Jacada representative as you enter the terminal building. You will be fast-tracked through immigration, assisted with baggage collection and assisted to your onward arrangements.
Light Aircraft flight from Johannesburg to your Kruger Lodge
Accommodation in The Kruger
- Fifteen suites with indoor, outdoor showers, bathtub and private deck area
- Large communal pool
- Lounge and bar area
- At the shared facilities:
- Spa & gym
- Curio Shop
- Childminding services
- Laundry and valet services
Perched dramatically on a bluff overlooking the park, Lebombo offers its guests fantastic views across the park and Singita’s Kruger Concession. Its strikingly contemporary design acts as a counterpoint to the rugged, undressed landscape making it quite an architectural and design landmark. The large, spacious interiors are dressed in clean whites and feature vast windows which reveal the contrasting landscape outside. A spacious deck area with a long pool for lounging makes Lebombo a superior choice. The fifteen suites sit on various points of the hill, each decorated with delicate balance of man-made and natural materials. Bleached branches adorn the roofs whilst floor to ceiling windows let the light in, providing a light, spacious feel. As well as the communal areas of the lodge, guests can enjoy the spa and curio shop located between here and Sweni. The game drive is exemplary with excellent guides and trackers as well as extremely comfortable vehicles. All in all, a strikingly different lodge experience in terms of both design and feel.
- Six suites with indoor, outdoor showers, bathtub and private deck area
- Communal pool
- Lounge and bar area
- Spa & gym
- Boutique & gallery
- Premier wine boutique
- Laundry and valet services
- Childminding services
With just six rooms, this is a small but intimate property. Care has also been taken in the design to make the lodge feel homely and welcoming, there’s an abundance of dark woods throughout. At the centre of the communal lounge area is a bar (which guests are encouraged to enter and use as their own, though service is always close at hand if they prefer). This helps to create a more relaxed convivial atmosphere, making it a particularly friendly lodge to stay in. The six rooms here are stunning, a design masterpiece. Natural African woods merge seamlessly with the modern floor to ceiling windows. Step out onto the deck and you can observe the river below (where one may often spy hippos wallowing the river or climbing the banks on the far side). Though there are large windows guests can expect total privacy and can thus enjoy the view from the large bathtub and showers set next to the windows out across Singita’s Kruger Concession. Rooms come with all the modern comforts one would expect in a luxury hotel (though set in the bush) with the exception of television. There’s a shared pool area to cool off in during the afternoon and guests can also enjoy the ample spa (set between here and Lebombo).
- Nine luxury suites
- Family rooms available
- Central public pool and private plunge pools
- WiFi in public areas
- Childrens’ activities and baby sitting available
- Curio shop
- All meals and selected local beverages
- Twice-daily game drives
Tinga Lodge is a remote and beautiful camp situated on the bank of the Sabie River in a private concession of the Kruger, bordering the Lion Sands Reserve. Its grand, African design gives the lodge a feeling of spaciousness and true luxury, while its phenomenal location guarantees you a superior safari experience. Accommodation is composed of nine luxury en suite rooms, in private spots overlooking the river. Each feature indoor and outdoor showers, separate lounge areas with minibars, private plunge pools and decks and 24 hour air-conditioning. The communal areas of the lodge are sophisticated and serene with a large open lounge and dining area complete with a fireplace, a central public pool and wooden decking. Surrounded entirely by bush and sky, Tinga Lodge is one of only seven private concessions in the Kruger National Park and is a year-round safari destination. The Kruger National Park boasts the highest concentration of Black Rhino in the whole of South Africa, and the lodge offers both morning and evening game drives in open safari vehicles, bush walks and a whole host of other activities – such as nights out in the Tineyeleti Treehouse – to give you a safari experience like no other.
- Nine suites, each with their own plunge pool
- Main lodge with bar, wine cellar and library
Strewn along the bank of the Sabie River, Narina Lodge is part of the family-run Lion Sands Reserve, sitting within a private concession of the Kruger bordering the Sabi Sands. Designed with a genuine African flair, with no compromise on luxury, each of the large thatched suites sits high on stilts for those impressive river views. Take in the breath-taking vistas of hippos lazing in the river whilst you soak in your secluded plunge pool, free-standing bath tub or as you relax on your private viewing deck. Then, get even closer to the resident wildlife on safari drives and bush walks alongside your expert ranger, before retreating to the main lodge to swap safari stories with fellow guests. The game found here is truly outstanding, from frequent lion and leopard sightings to a healthy population of the endangered black rhino – your safari activities are sure to impress.
- 2 lodges and 1 seasonal camp:
- 2 lodgesMain Jock:
- Main Jock Safari Lodge:-
- 12 individual thatched suites
- Communal lounge § dining decks
- Rock swimming pool
- Internet on request
- Fitness RoomFitzpatricks at Jock:
- Fitness Room at Jock:
- 3 suites
- Fitzpatrick's at Jock:-
- Private lounges and decks
- Rock Pool
- Explorer Camp:-
- 3 x spacious campaign canvas tents sleeping a maximum of 2 people each
- Explorer Camp operates during the cooler months with the first trail in April and the last trail at the end of October
- Each trail is 2 nights with a set departure each Friday of the week.
- No persons younger than 16 years will be able to participate.
A tale of companionship in a vast wilderness, ‘Jock of the Bushveld’ is on most safari travellers’ reading lists and the lodge, being owned by the family of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick (the author), is christened in tribute to this moving story of man and his best Staffie friend. Nonetheless it is not just the novel that makes the lodge so well-liked and why guests often return year on year, but its modest, informal atmosphere, warm staff and their knowledgeable and friendly team of rangers. Located in the Jock Concession of the Kruger National Park, game drives here are ideally placed to spot and track the Big Five and there’s a fantastic nocturnal safari option to see the area’s 34 different species of amphibians. The Main Jock Lodge has 12 individual thatched suites done up in the traditional ‘Old World’ style of colonial adventurers and named after various places in the novel (“treacherous Pettigrew’s Road”). Twisted Jackalberry tree trunks shape the supports of the typically open-plan suites which are all designed to enhance both the wilderness around you the comfort of your more immediate surrounds. The decor pervades the pioneer romance with classic luxury in the form of roll-top Victorian baths, oil lanterns and four poster beds blending with local Zulu and Shangaan artisanship. Plus each suite has its own “sala” (private viewing deck) and plunge pool. Fitzpatrick’s Lodge at Jock offers personal service in an intimate atmosphere, perfect for small parties and families. Fitzpatrick Lodge overlooks the Biyamiti Riverbed and has just 3 large, luxury suites (2 of the 3 rooms can sleep 2 adults sharing with 2 children) and is a bit more modern in its design. Placed a little further away from Main Jock for greater personal service and privacy, the whole property can be hired exclusively for families or a group of friends (in which case you get your own personal chef, ranger and private game drives). The Explorer Camp at Jock Safari Lodge offers guests a unique experiential insight of a bygone era, a time when exploring really was an adventure into this unknown Big 5 wilderness, as did the legendary Percy Fitzpatrick in the 19th century. The camp and tents have been meticulously recreated with the similar style camp beds, canvas washing basins, lanterns etc in order to transport guests back in time. This two day educational, walking safari is lead by two highly specialised guides and nights are spent around the camp fire enjoying hearty bush meals whilst learning more about the history of Jock of the Bushveld, Percy Fitzpatrick and how the Kruger was born. During the day, guests explore on foot, a remote part of this private concession in the heart of the Kruger National Park, to get a real sense of how trekking was done during the early days of exploration – a tribute to the original and authentic African safari adventure.
- Twenty thatched, freestanding chalets
- One further luxurious large safari suite with private pool
- Main Lodge:
- Main lounge
- Swimming Pool
- Private pool and vehicle for the Family Suite
Ngala was the first private reserve to be incorporated into the Kruger National Park and its established reputation and impeccable service is immediately sensed. In terms of wildlife, this 14,700-hectare reserve is similar to what the Kruger possesses (Big Five) but Ngala benefits from good concentrations of lion, frequent leopard spottings and wide open terrain preferred by the wild dog. Ngala Safari Lodge’s 20 thatched and spaced out chalets provide a good standard of privacy and are styled to be comfortably classic giving them a real home-like quality. Children of all ages are welcome here which, along with the set out, activities tailored for kids and warm service of the staff, makes Ngala a lodge well-matched for families. The chalets are well-equipped for both hot and cold weather with en-suite bathrooms and pleasant verandas, and the main lodge has a particularly inviting lounge done up in all the tradition of a hunting lodge sitting room. Dining is either in the romantic outdoor boma or lantern-lit in the walled courtyard. There is one further luxuriously appointed and spacious family suite here at Ngala which has 2 ensuite bedrooms, sitting room, private swimming pool, and a private vehicle should you be a couple or family looking for that extra slice of exclusivity.
- 9 tented camps
- Main tented lodge with lap pool, sitting room and dining areas
Ngala was the first private reserve to be incorporated into the Kruger National Park and its established reputation and impeccable service is immediately apparent. In terms of wildlife, this 14,7000-hectare reserve is similar to what the Kruger possesses (Big Five) but Ngala benefits from good concentrations of lion, frequent leopard spottings and wide open terrain preferred by the wild dog. The nine tented camps positioned on raised platforms and spaced out for more privacy at Ngala are exceptionally cosy and romantic. Soft swathes of canvas draped into a dome look over a large king bed, wooden floors, modern appliances and simple, stylish fittings. Well-equipped for both hot and cold weather the tents have en-suite bathrooms with deep bath tubs, an outdoor shower, separate toilets, and although the tents are quite sparsely decorated, it’s all you’ll need and more. The main tented lodge has a refreshing lap pool with loungers and some good elevated patios looking onto the Timbavati riverbed. The rolled-up sides allow for good views from the sitting room and dinner is usually under the stars on the patio.
Founded in 1898 by President Paul Kruger, this National Park remains one of the oldest and largest wildlife reserves in the world. However it’s not just the Kruger’s size or age that has really helped distinguish itself as one of Africa’s premier and consummate National Parks, but its ground-breaking conservation philosophy and practice that has led the way for other wildlife sanctuaries not just in Africa. And it’s no wonder when you think of the Kruger’s sixteen different habitats, 517 species of bird, and more varieties of mammals, including the Big Five, than any other reserve. So it’s often said, you won’t get a better safari anywhere else.
Lying in the north-eastern region of South Africa and at a size of about four million hectares, the main Kruger National Park is open to all. However, we use only lodges in Private Concessions and Reserves bordering the park so that you can enjoy an exclusive, real safari experience and have the best possible game viewing. These private reserves make up the Greater Kruger Park (the wildlife is the same throughout) and possess, what is often agreed, as the finest safari lodges and luxury hospitality on the continent.
Transfer back to Nelspruit (Kruger) Airport
Flight from Nelspruit to Livingstone
Livingstone and Victoria Falls
Private transfer from Livingstone airport to lodge or hotel
Accommodation in Livingstone and Victoria Falls
- Four villas
- Dining area and lounge
- Restaurant and bar
You’ll find the Island Lodge in prime position on the exclusive Katombora Island, protected by the Katombora rapids. A Relais & Châteaux property, and sister to the River Lodge, the Island Lodge offers guests a tranquil, luxurious, and exclusive getaway. The lodge divides itself between four, spacious and magnificent villas, providing guests with the utmost privacy during their stay. Each villa sleeps between four to six people and features private decks and spacious rooms, surrounded by the island’s unique baobabs and two thousand year old Jackalberry trees. Visit the intimate boma area for outdoor evening meals or the dining room for indoor occasions. There’s also an infinity pool, spa facilities, and two lounges for you to enjoy during your stay.
- 12 Luxury Tree Houses
- 2 private Chuma Houses
- Swimming Pool
Named after Dr Livingstone’s faithful friends Sussi & Chuma, this boutique property has been built on a dramatic bend of the Zambezi River, 12km upstream from the mighty Victoria Falls in Zambia. Located in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park amongst Jackalberry Trees and Phoenix palms, Sussi & Chuma offer an exclusive escape with incredible views. Accommodation is in 12 Sussi tree-houses connected by raised wooden walkways, as well as two private Chuma houses. Rounded and thatched, built on stilts into a canopy of trees, the luxury tree-houses line the banks of the Zambezi River in a riverine setting. They feature open plan bathrooms (separate toilet) with a bath and shower, bathroom amenities, air-conditioning, mosquito nets and a private viewing deck to take in the magnificent views. The two Chuma houses are perfect for families, each with two en-suite bedrooms, a spacious lounge, dining area, private plunge pool, private chef and house staff. The main lodge, built on two levels, has a clean, organic, minimalist feel and large comfortable furniture. The top floor is dominated by the open sided bar; below there is a wine cellar, lounge and open air dining area. A shady path leads you to the river fronted swimming pool with sun loungers and day beds and the superbly located sundowner deck with stunning views onto and across the Zambezi River. Guests staying at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma are able to indulge in a range of spa treatments – including massages, facials and manicures – while enjoying spectacular views over the Zambezi River. The treatment room has been constructed on stilts on the riverbank, providing guests with up close views of African wildlife while they are being pampered by a trained Africology spa therapist. Facilities include Shower, changing room and indoor and outdoor treatment room. Activities offered at Sussi & Chuma include game drives in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, a tour of Victoria Falls (one visit per stay, includes Heritage fees), sundowner cruises, canoeing, walking safaris, local school and village tours, and more.
- 10 suites, sleeps 20 in total
- Dining area and lounge
- Bar and wine cellar
- Kid's Club
Set on a quiet, secluded spot some distance up the Zambezi river, the Royal Chundu River Lodge oozes sophistication and grace. Overlooking the unspoiled expanse of the Zambezi River and the Zimbabwean savanna of the Matetsi Private Game Reserve, it’s a place to come and relax by the river, watching for the wildlife that pass by. The lodge is a Relais & Châteaux property, only one of two in Zambia. The other is The River Lodge’s sister property, The Island Lodge. Composed of 10 luxurious suites sleeping 20 people in total, River Lodge is the main hub at Royal Chundu and the larger of the two lodges. Each magnificent and spacious river-front suite features thatched roofs and opens on to a private deck for uninterrupted river views. Suites come with double showers and king-size beds. For evening meals, enjoy the unique African experience of the dining outside at the beautiful boma. There’s also a dining room for intimate indoor occasions. Excellent spa facilities will help you unwind while activities are a mix of river-based relaxation and Falls-based adventure.
- Ten chalets
- Swimming pool
- Dining area, bar and lounge
This owner-run lodge commands a magnificent vantage point and views on a sweeping bend on the Zambezi River. What’s more, this elegant 1940s homestead offer a glimpse into the region’s past with the owner, Peter Jones, and his team of guides helping to bring alive the history of Livingstone. What started as a settler trading post became a destination for Royal travellers and Hollywood stars, and the area is just as popular today. Perhaps the most important point to remember is that The River Club is the place where there are no early 05:30 wake up calls, for here guests are encouraged to lie in and enjoy the surroundings. The ‘Do Nothing Activity’ (DNA) around one of the most magnificent pools we know is very popular indeed, especially at the end of a safari.
- 173 rooms and suites
- Bar and Lounge area
- Riverside deck
- Massage rooms
Set just a short walk away from the falls themselves on the banks of the Zambezi, one can admire the coil of steam and spray rising from the falls on the horizon. The 173 rooms and suites are set in well manicured gardens along the banks of the river. This is one of just a few hotels from which the falls can be accessed on foot, making it ideal for those who want to be as close as possible. The hotel has been built in a colonial style, harking back to the days of it’s namesake, with grand dining and lounge areas as well as a large outdoor pool and riverside deck.
The mighty Victoria falls rank as one of the most spectacular sites in all of Africa. As the mighty Zambezi river crashes over sheer cliffs onto the rocks below it sprays a cloud of water high into the air. Enjoy a variety of activities in this area (as well as the falls themselves).
Victoria Falls, now in its 150 millionth fantastic year, reaches its zenith in about May each year. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is 'Nature’s Supreme Masterpiece'.
You'll be collected from your hotel and transferred to the jetty to join the African Queen or Princess. The boat meanders slowly upstream along the length of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park looking for game on the way. Enjoy a chilled drink as you cruise slowly up river with the sun setting in the background. A number of animals and a host of bird species can be viewed from comfortable chairs on cool wooden decks while hot and cold snacks are served on board. The bar is well stocked with spirits, wine, beer and soft drinks.
Transfer from your lodge or hotel to Livingstone airport
Flight from Livingstone to the Okavango Delta
Accommodation in Okavango Delta
- 12 bush pavilions with plunge pools
- In room air conditioning and Wi-Fi
- Geoffrey Kent Luxury Suite
- Swimming Pool
- Spa and fitness centre
- Powered by a solar farm
Positioned on Chief’s Island in the Okavango Delta, where seasonal floodwaters cause wildlife to congregate in great numbers, you cannot get closer to the wildlife of this rich habitat and in more natural luxury than at Chief’s Camp. Each of the 12 luxury bush pavilions are vast with their own private decks, plunge pools and a dining area. Bathrooms enjoy showers both inside and out and a large bath tub with beautiful floor to ceiling windows and folding glass doors with a stunning outlook over the surrounding waters of the Okavango Delta. There’s also the exclusive Geoffrey Kent Luxury Suite, named after the luxury safari pioneer Geoffrey Kent, that can host 4-6 people with its own lounge, boma area, kitchen, bar and a private vehicle, guide and waiter. The camp is located in part of the Moremi Game Reserve, often termed the ‘predator capital of Africa’ in that nowhere else will you see such a range of these natural hunters in one place: wild dog, cheetah, leopard, lion, not to mention a large concentration of elephant too. With great guides who take you out on Mokoro (dug-out canoe) safaris when the waters are high, this offers a unique and intimate angle to tracking wildlife and spotting the bountiful birdlife of the delta. There are also 4WD game drives and helicopter air safaris available, although the latter is an additional activity, but well worth it.
- Nine tents with en-suite shower and W.C
- Dining room and sitting room
- Safari shop
Nature meets comfort at Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp to create a unique safari experience of both land and water game activities. Set on the edge of the beautifully remote Okavango Delta, this rustic camp boasts just nine tents with a maximum of only eighteen guests staying here at one time. Each tent provides a large en-suite with shower and w/c facilities, while a private deck offers stunning floodplain views. The rest of the camp includes a dining room, sitting room, pool and safari shop. With a wildlife wealthy location, watch out for the impressive animals that reside in this area including buffalo, elephants and hippos plus the big cats such as lions, leopards and cheetahs. The varying range of land and water based excursions on offer consist of bush walks, exciting mokoro and power boat trips plus day and night safaris in 4×4 vehicles.
- 9 Spacious tents with private plunge pool
- Dining and Lounge Area
Xaranna has a uniquely contemporary style, uncommon in the delta with the use of clean whites and colourful textiles and fittings in its decoration. Set on an island in a private concession of 25,000 hectares There are 9 very spacious tents, each with their own private plunge pool. This is a water-based camp but there is a full range of activities on offer, from the traditional Mokoro rides, to boat safaris, game drives and guided bush walks. The standard of service and guiding here is exceptional. Xaranna is very much a place to come and look for the detail, the smaller animals and birds that live in the delta as well as the beauty of the habitat itself. This means it’s best combined with another lodge that has more big game activity to provide a balanced stay whilst in Botswana.
- Eight tents
- Swimming pool
- Multi-tiered dining area
On a verdant palm island in the middle of the northern Okavango, Shinde is a classic safari camp, intimately sized and surrounded by animal and birdlife. There are eight spacious tents with large walk in showers and sliding doors leading onto a decking area and breathtaking views over the open floodplains and waterways of the Delta. At the camp’s heart, a multi-tiered dining room and lounge set under canvas provide a welcoming communal area, as does the bar and fire. Thanks to its location, Shinde can offer both water and land activities year round. Motorboats or Mokoro provide a chance to experience the incredible bird, plant and reptile species found in the aquatic habitat of the Okavango Delta and game drives are conducted by a personal guide in comfortable, specially designed game drive vehicles. For the more adventurous, guided walks are also available while fishing enthusiasts will enjoy fishing for a variety of species such as tilapia and tigerfish.
- 10 double and two family tents
- Skybed sleeping platforms
- Swimming pool
- Bar and fire pit
Sable Alley sits on the banks of a lagoon that’s connected to the winding River Khwai, a short way from world-famous Moremi Game Reserve but within its own vast private concession in which game is abundant. The camp itself has 12 luxury safari tents elevated on decks to give you a view of the lagoon, each with en suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers and a veranda. You can watch passing herds of plains game, elephant and buffalo coming to drink from the camp’s swimming pool, lounge and bar. The surrounding 200,000 hectare Khwai Private Wildlife Reserve is a community based joint venture partnership and ensures economic stability for its people – Khwai villagers make up the majority of the staff – and it adheres to environmentally sensitive practices. Red lechwe, waterbuck and reedbuck, along with many antelope species are full time residents, whilst sightings of lion, leopard, sable spotted hyena and African wild dog are excellent and elephant abound in this fantastically diverse patchwork of wetlands, floodplain, islands and woodland. Rhino can also be spotted here. Being within a private reserve means that you can explore on walking safaris and night excursions as well as traditional game drives and canoe trips. You can also spend a night under the stars in one of the Skybeds deep within the Khwai Private Reserve. Atop a three-storey platform gently illuminated by lanterns, your bedroom overlooks a water hole that draws wildlife big and small from all around making for a truly unforgettable experience in the African bush.
Experience the beauty of the Okavango Delta and the magnificent wildlife that lives here. This is a unique opportunity for both water-based safaris by mokoro and boat and land-based big game drives taking place in the mornings and evenings. Your expert guide will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding the environment and wildlife as you are privately driven across the Delta. Depending on which lodge you choose to stay at there will be a number of different activities that you can choose from to immerse yourself in this incredibly diverse, natural environment.
Light aircraft flight from the Okavango to Maun
Flight from Maun to Johannesburg