Please ignore the above start and end dates, these dates do not relate to your booking dates. Price is per person.
2021/2022 Big 5 Lodging and Ground Transportation Package – Per Person
Start Date: 30-12-2022
End Date: 31-12-2022
996 Spot/s available
Traveling for safari in South Africa can be challenging. As a service, Eagle Eye Safaris offers a relaxing, stress-free Ground Transportation Package for those who do not want to rent a car and brave the roads, or pay the high price of a private flight to the Lodge.
The Safari Lodge is approximately 7-8 hours away from Johannesburg, and a good portion of the drive is on unmarked, poorly maintained two-lane gravel, sand, and tar roads where GPS can be unreliable. South Africa is left-hand drive, which can be confusing for those who are from right-hand drive countries, especially when you are exhausted from a long flight and on the “back side of the clock.” Arrival time for safaris is typically 1pm. You’d have to leave at 5 am to arrive in time for lunch (if everything goes perfectly), and going on safari after a stressful 8-hour drive isn’t fun. When you add together the cost of a hotel, car rental, petrol, tolls, gate entrance and conservation fees combined with the exhausting driving schedule, it will be more than you bargained for. Please trust us with that advice. Our Ground Transportation Package is designed to avoid a bad experience, making your trip the vacation you dreamed about.
Our two-night schedule allows you to adapt to the time change, get a good night’s sleep, have a few excellent meals, and arrive at the Lodge refreshed and ready for safari.
Minimum 2 days prior to safari: Arrival night in Johannesburg with airport pickup and overnight at a cozy, quiet, family-owned Guest House not too far from the airport so you can recover from your long flight — B&B lodging included. Dinner is available with prior notice ($10-15) and dietary needs can be accommodated. You may also use your night in Johannesburg at the end of your safari. Some clients prefer to start in Cape Town and will be able to use their Johannesburg B&B night after the safari, if desired.
The day before safari, fly to Nelspruit (MQP) in the late morning after a sumptuous breakfast. Flights are not included, but average $250 round trip on SA Airlink. We have advised the best flight times below to ensure you get a good night’s sleep, a leisurely breakfast, and arrive in Nelspruit in time for a special tour of Chimp Eden at 2pm. Chimp Eden is Dr. Jane Goodall’s Rescue/Rehab facility. If you are coming from Cape Town, there is one direct flight at 10:00 am.
We’ll provide airport pickup and overnight in Nelspruit at a top B&B Guest House with an incredible view, outstanding service, and exquisite rooms. If you take a suggested late morning flight (one hour flight time), you can enjoy the 2pm tour of Dr. Jane Goodall’s rescue/rehab facility, Chimp Eden. You’ll be back at the Guest House by 4:30 and can watch the sun set over the valley with a cocktail in hand, then have dinner on the property at Orange Restaurant, one of the finest dining experiences to be had in Africa (dinner not included) or UBER elsewhere for your meal. Settle into your comfy bed for a good night’s rest. Wake up refreshed and ready for safari!
You’ll have plenty of time for a decadent buffet and made-to-order breakfast (included). The vehicle will depart for the Safari Lodge around 10:30-11:00. The driver will be happy to make restroom stops but please give as much advance notice as possible so they can plan a stop at a clean bathroom. They have a planned stop about 1.5 hours into the drive at Perry’s Bridge Reptile Park, which includes a curio shop, craft shop, coffee shop, brewery, and a Belgian Patisserie combined with a wine shop. You’ll have a few minutes to buy snacks or drinks (it’s always nice to buy one for your driver if you want to). The total drive to the Safari Lodge is 2.5-3 hours. Our service uses clean, new vehicles with safe, friendly, English-speaking drivers who will be happy to tell you about the sights and culture of the areas through which you will travel.
You’ll arrive at the Lodge rested and relaxed, with plenty of time to settle in before our delicious lunch, after which we will hop into the safari vehicles for the afternoon game drive. You are on safari!
On the last day, we’ll enjoy the morning game drive, have our last decadent breakfast, and the vehicle will depart at 10:30-11:00am to transport you back to Nelspruit Airport or a Nelspruit hotel if you want to stay longer. Please do NOT book a return flight earlier than 16:40 as the vehicle can NOT leave early. Specific flight numbers in order of choice are listed below to help you to book the best, most stress-free experience.
Prices are in Rand and are per person double-occupancy (single occupancy/solo supplement available). Please disregard the dates shown on the website; your booking will apply to your safari dates. We can book additional nights in Johannesburg or Nelspruit at your request.
1 B&B Night in Johannesburg near OR Tambo Airport including in-airport pickup (may be used at the end of safari instead of arrival night) with separate or queen beds, full breakfast
1 B&B Night in Nelspruit including airport pickup, with separate or queen beds, full breakfast
2pm guided tour of Dr. Jane Goodall’s Chimp Eden
Round-trip transportation to the Safari Lodge with 14:00-15:00 drop-off at the airport on the last day of safari (other Nelspruit locations are an option, please inquire)
Gate fees, conservation fees, community fees as applicable
Meals and snacks other than breakfast, drinks outside of breakfast, alcoholic drinks, airline flights, extra activities, personal purchases, gratuities.
Flights: When booking your flights, choose Johannesburg – Nelspruit Kruger Mpumalanga Airport (JNB-MQP) from these choices listed in order of best convenience: 10a (SA 8843), 11:05 (SA 8841) or 9:30am (SA 8825). These are ordered so you can sleep in, eat a nice breakfast, shower, and get to the airport to arrive in Nelspruit prior to noon. You can book a later flight but will miss the tour of Chimp Eden. Flights frequently sell out; please book as soon as possible.
Please choose SA 8846 at 16:40 or later as your return flight—you can not get back to Nelspruit in time for an earlier flight.
You can also get to/from Nelspruit and Cape Town, if you want to extend your trip. There is one direct flight daily. Connecting flights through Johannesburg typically add an hour to your travel time but are up to half the cost.
Book directly at www.flyairlink.com
Double Occupancy, Single Occupancy