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Short South Africa Safari

Fly-In & Big Five

With only a week in South Africa you want to make the most of the wildlife viewing opportunities it has on offer. Fly into Johannesburg and connect straight out the the greater kruger area, heading for one of the conservancies. spend 3 nights each at two different lodges here in conservancies such as Sabis Sands and Timbavati. These reserves are renowned in their own right, allowing you to veer off the obvious route and deeper into the surrounding area. As fencing was removed years ago, this has enabled the abundant game to move completely freely between the national park and the reserves, leading to thrilling game viewing.

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Located north of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, on the western edge of the Kruger National Park, Timbavati Nature Reserve is teeming with wildlife and is home to all of the big five as well as over 40 species of mammals and 360 species of birds. It is renowned for its white lions, who were discovered in the mid 1970's to exhibit a natural phenomenon called leucism, where the fur is white but the eyes and skin are pigmented. If you're lucky enough, you will be treated to a rare glimpse of these incredible animals. Enjoy your days on game drives from your lodge and guided walks. We love this reserve because of the quality of guiding, fewer vehicles and larger herds than in neighbouring reserves.

Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives inside the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, home to the big five and more. The oldest and most established of Kruger’s private game reserves, the Sabi Sands sits adjacent to Kruger National Park on its western border and, with no boundary fences, the wildlife is free to roam between the reserves and the park. The Sabi Sands is renowned as one of the best places in Africa to see leopards. Named after the rivers that dissect the reserve into four quarters, many would say it is the experience of staying in some of South Africa’s most revered lodges, combined with some of the best game viewing to be had from the natural water sources, that embodies the Sabi Sands experience.

Why book this trip?


Fly in safari meaning you get the most out of your safari

Big Five & Big Cats

Encounter the African big cats while on safari with your expert guide. Learn about the big 5 and other animals while on morning and afternoon activities.

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Accommodation Highlights

Lion Sands River Lodge

Lion Sands River Lodge, nestled on the banks of the Sabi River in the heart of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, offers a captivating blend of nature, warmth, and comfort. From the moment you arrive, the lodge's welcoming staff ensures your every need is met. The lodge's spacious design invites you to unwind and immerse yourself in the tranquility of one of Africa's premier game areas. Relax in the cozy lounge, enjoy the sounds of the bush, or bask in the warmth of a roaring fireplace on chilly nights. The lodge comprises eighteen well-appointed rooms, each featuring a private wooden viewing deck overlooking the Sabi River. With the Sabi River's renowned leopard sightings, you might even spot wildlife from the privacy of your room. Your room serves as a serene haven, equipped with a king-sized bed and a spacious en suite bathroom. Air-conditioned for your comfort, it's the perfect base for your Lion Sands River Lodge experience, with wooden boardwalks connecting communal areas and rooms for a seamless retreat.

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Wildlife Specialists

Wildlife remains our primary focus and we ensure accommodation is carefully selected as the very best places to stay for front-row wildlife spectacles for the time of the year you are travelling. We want you to experience wild Africa at its very best, listening out at night for the saw-like grunt of a leopard, or the deep bone trembling roar of lions.

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Wealth of Experience

Natural World Safaris has a long established pedigree in Africa, starting in 2005 after our CEO and Founder Will Bolsover had spent many years guiding on the continent. We maintain close relationships with our partners on the ground, from lodge owners to frontline conservationists, affording our clients access and opportunities that nobody else can match.

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Tailored Safaris

Share your interests with our Destination Specialists and we will match you to the in-country experts, providing you with nothing but the best access and highly experienced wildlife trackers and guides. Safari are meticulously planned to be seamless in terms of quality and service, with private transfers available throughout.