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Ethical Kruger Safari

Tour Duration

5 Nights

Starting From

US$4,700

Tour Highlights:

Truly wild big game viewing
100% ethical, both to local people and wildlife
Immersive safari - luxury huts and tents

Ethical Kruger Safari




Overview

The Ethical Kruger Safari is the first of its kind: a five-night safari that is 100% ethical and sustainable. Safaris may at first glance appear to be ecologically sound things to do, concerned as they appear to be with wildlife and the natural environment. However, the reality is that many safari operators give a token nod to conservation but few actually live and breathe it. Conservation, particularly sustainable conservation, is very hard to do well, particularly in a country like South Africa where local people have been systematically dispossessed of land and resources. It requires constant and unwavering attention to both people and planet, constantly juggling the competing demands of each.

After landing in Johannesburg, you’ll spend a night at The Peech Hotel in Rosebank, soaking up the sounds and vibe of this amazing African metropolis. The following morning, you start your ethical safari with a flight to Hoedspruit Airport from Johannesburg and are then collected and transferred to Timbavati Game Reserve.

Timbavati is a large reserve but private, meaning access is limited only to those staying in one of its five lodges, so you’re very unlikely to encounter other humans on your game drives. However, it is totally unfenced to the Kruger National Park so the game roams freely around both camps and your game drives take you right into Kruger. You’ll stay at Umlani Bush Camp (three-star) for two nights where you’ll enjoy the off-grid ecological experience of staying close to nature.

You’re then transferred to Tanda Tula, a luxurious five-star tented camp for three nights where your game viewing adventure will continue, only this time with a bit more luxury and pampering.

On your last morning, you’ll be transferred back to Hoedspruit Airport to continue your African journey from Johannesburg.

 

Your journey begins here

DAY 1

The Peech Hotel



You'll be collected from O R Tambo Airport in Johannesburg and transferred to The Peech Hotel.  The Peech is located in a 1950’s, Art Deco-style building, built by the same family that still owns it now.  James Peech is still involved in daily operations.  It’s since extended into a sixteen-room hotel, but still retains a lot of the character of a large family home.  It’s in the Melrose North, one of the upmarket areas of Joburg’s northern suburbs and a very pleasant part of town to relax in.  It also happens to be opposite one of Joburg’s most pleasant parks, the James and Ethel Grey Park, which has its own bird sanctuary.  The Peech offers a bistro, a large outdoor pool, one acre of lush gardens, a library and nearby gym access.

 

After many years of informally flying the flag of responsible business practice, both from a social and an environmental standpoint, The Peech was finally awarded the coveted Fair Trade in Tourism accreditation in 2010, making it one of the first hotels of its size in the country to get the award.  This award acknowledges the efforts The Peech has made to make its operation sustainable both in terms of waste and water management, procurement and particularly in the way staff are paid and supported in their work.

 


www.thepeech.co.za
61 North St, Melrose North, Johannesburg, 2196
Tel +27 (0) 11 537 9797

The Peech Hotel

A beautiful picture of The Peech Hotel

Another beautiful picture of The Peech Hotel

A wonderful picture of The Peech Hotel
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DAYS 2 and 3

Umlani Bush Camp



Tanda Tula Safari Camp is also located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, just a 45 minute drive from Umlani.  However, it’s a completely different experience: very much in the realm of the luxury safari including an executive chef, it none the less retains an intimate connection with the natural surroundings as all the accommodation is tented.  Don’t confuse ‘tented’ with ‘basic’. These are ultra-luxurious, permanent tents built on solid floors with en-suite bathrooms, outdoor showers and private decks overlooking the river.

It’s set on the banks of the Nlharalumi riverbed which means that it’s shaded by majestic trees and overlooks a watering hole that attracts wildlife from dawn till dusk. Even more exclusive than Umlani, Tanda Tula only offers 12 tents which are all completely private, surrounded by lush riverine bush.  Don and Nina Scott, the owners at Tanda Tula, established the camp way back in 1976 and as such, Tanda Tula has earned its stripes as one of the longest-standing examples of how to run a sustainable safari operation.  They and their staff live and breathe responsibility to people and planet, such as personally working in and funding an adult literacy program for the staff and partnering with the Southern African Wildlife College to upskill local people to become fully qualified guides who they then mentor or employ.  As such, the feeling of arriving at Tanda Tula is more one of staying with a large family: everyone who works here is personally acknowledged on their website and many guests return specifically to see their new found friends again.

As with Umlani, your rate is fully inclusive of all meals and guiding, both on foot and in special game viewer vehicles so you’re guaranteed a highly personalised, intimate, game viewing experience.


www.umlani.com/
Timbavati Nature Reserve, Hoedspruit, 7985
Tel +27 (0)21 785 5547

Umlani Bush Camp

A beautiful picture of Umlani Bush Camp

A beautiful picture of Umlani Bush Camp
Your journey continues

DAYS 4, 5 & 6

Tanda Tula



 

Tanda Tula Safari Camp is also located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, just a 45 minute drive from Umlani.  However, it’s a completely different experience: very much in the realm of the luxury safari including an executive chef, it none the less retains an intimate connection with the natural surroundings as all the accommodation is tented.  Don’t confuse ‘tented’ with ‘basic’. These are ultra-luxurious, permanent tents built on solid floors with en-suite bathrooms, outdoor showers and private decks overlooking the river.

It’s set on the banks of the Nlharalumi riverbed which means that it’s shaded by majestic trees and overlooks a watering hole that attracts wildlife from dawn till dusk. Even more exclusive than Umlani, Tanda Tula only offers 12 tents which are all completely private, surrounded by lush riverine bush.  Don and Nina Scott, the owners at Tanda Tula, established the camp way back in 1976 and as such, Tanda Tula has earned its stripes as one of the longest-standing examples of how to run a sustainable safari operation.  They and their staff live and breathe responsibility to people and planet, such as personally working in and funding an adult literacy program for the staff and partnering with the Southern African Wildlife College to upskill local people to become fully qualified guides who they then mentor or employ.  As such, the feeling of arriving at Tanda Tula is more one of staying with a large family: everyone who works here is personally acknowledged on their website and many guests return specifically to see their new found friends again.

As with Umlani, your rate is fully inclusive of all meals and guiding, both on foot and in special game viewer vehicles so you’re guaranteed a highly personalised, intimate, game viewing experience.

 


http://www.tandatula.com/
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Limpopo, South Africa, 1380
Tel +27 (15) 793 0369

Tanda Tula

A beautiful picture of Tanda Tula

A beautiful picture of Tanda Tula

A beautiful picture of Tanda Tula
Your journey continues

DAY 7

Hoedspruit



On your last day, you’ll be collected from Tanda Tula and transferred back to Hoedspruit Aiport (45 minutes).  From there, you’ll fly back to O R Tambo and continue with your onward journey.


http://www.tandatula.com/

Hoedspruit
Your journey ends here
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100% ethical accommodation and guiding throughout the trip



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We’re an ethical private travel planning company focused on Southern Africa.

We offer ready-made and also customised holidays and journeys across this unique region of the world.

When our clients travel with us, they are assured that their travel spend is directly supporting local African companies that offer sustainable products and services, both in terms of people and planet.

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The cave system has so far given rise to the remains of over 15 individuals, making it the largest hominid fossil remains site ever discovered.

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