Kruger’s Privately Guided Bush, Photography & Stargazing Safari

11 days
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  • Privately guided with one of the continent’s best guides
  • Personalised service & exclusive lodges
  • Phenomenal wildlife photography opportunities
  • Stargazing & learning about constellations under African skies
  • Wildlife encounters including Africa’s best leopard sightings


You will be accompanied from the beginning of your journey right through to the end by one of Africa’s best guides on this 11-day bush, photography, and stargazing safari in South Africa. When you choose a privately guided safari you have someone dedicated to your travel party, exploring truly inspirational corners while benefitting from the knowledge and company of an expert.

Your adventure begins in the Timbavati Game Reserve, home of the ‘magnificent seven’ – lion, leopard, wild dog, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and cheetah. You will learn all about wildlife photography, stargazing and acquire some bush skills, including baking bread. You will then move on to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, one of South Africa’s most prestigious reserves with unforgettable sightings of leopard. The last leg of your journey takes you to the remote northern region of the Greater Kruger, a place of incredible natural beauty, sparsely populated by people but abundant in wildlife and true African safari experiences.


  • Tour Duration: 11 Days

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Welcome to South Africa

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Welcome to South Africa | 3 Nights

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After landing at Hoedspruit-Eastgate Airport, you will be welcomed by your private guide and road transferred to Simbavati Safari Lodge in the Timbavati Game Reserve – part of the Greater Kruger National Park. The lodge is on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River and exudes an ambience of intimacy and exclusivity, shaded by ancient Jackalberry and Leadwood trees.

Your next three nights will be spent at this safari home-away-from-home. Your private guide will take you deep into the heart of this wild landscape, exploring its intricacies and sharing knowledge about its geological wonders and the history of this famed area.

You will have the opportunity to learn the art of tracking and wildlife photography, delve into bush crafts, and bake bread in true bush style - on an open fire. Your nights are reserved for stargazing, far from the influence of city lights. African skies are among the world’s darkest, and there are few sights as beautiful as the Magellanic Clouds, the arc of the Milky Way and the Southern Cross – the most famed of all southern constellations.


Big Cats Territory | 3 Nights

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Kruger National Park, Kruger Private Reserves, South Africa

After breakfast, your journey continues to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, one of South Africa’s oldest private game reserves and famed for its big cat sightings, especially leopard. Your next three nights will be spent at Arathusa Safari Lodge which has a traditional bush lodge feel. The name is derived from the local Siswati language and means ‘the land of the rising sun’. Perched on the bank of a waterhole, be sure to keep your camera on hand to capture shots of the female leopard ‘Safari’ who is often seen roaming nearby.

Your private guide will take you on early morning safaris to track down these elusive beasts and make plaster casts of their tracks. You’ll enjoy a presentation on predators, learning about their anatomy, social structures, and evolution. On your last evening, it’s back to stargazing and learning the techniques of night-time photography.


A Remote Corner of the World | 4 Nights

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Kruger National Park, South Africa

After a hearty breakfast, you will be transferred to the far northern reaches of the Greater Kruger to Pafuri Tented Camp. Arguably the most beautifully scenic area of the region, Pafuri lies literally around the corner from the largest fever tree forest on Earth, as well as the famous Crook’s Corner – where the borders of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique meet.

The tented suites and main decks of Pafuri Tented Camp sit right on the bank of the Luvuvhu River, where you could see elephant and buffalo come down to slake their thirst and graze in the riverbed. You will explore the area with your private guide on thrilling game drives, or on foot and focus on landscape photography and great open skies.


A Farewell South Africa!

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After breakfast at the lodge, it’s time to wish Africa farewell and make your way home. Your last day sees your private guide transferring you to Polokwane for your onward travel arrangements.

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  • 11 days private guiding
  • Kruger road transfers
  • Return HDS Aiport - Pafuri flights
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  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature


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Dates Price
2022-07-01 — 2022-08-31 $14,785
2022-09-01 — 2022-09-30 $14,785
2022-10-01 — 2022-12-18 $14,785
Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:
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