limpopo ivory trail tour

Join us on this epic adventure to places others only dream of. We camp in places so special that normal people have never even heard of. This tour is for the person drawn to the African wildernesses. It is a world of breathtaking scenery and endless vistas of African bush where to this day, large herds of elephants roam. Lets go do adventure on the wild-side of Limpopo. Don’t miss out on this one.

When: 16 – 24 April 2022
Cost: R6 700 p/p sharing

Places we visit:

  • Blouberg Nature reserve
  • Mapungubwe
  • Tsipise
  • Makuya
  • Kruger National Park
  • Shingwedzi
  • Private Camp near Skukuza

The route has its origins in the legendary ivory hunters and gold traders and today is an important ecotourism and 4X4-adventure destination. It offers excellent Big Five game viewing, birding and camping spots.

Blouberg Nature Reserve

Blouberg Nature Reserve is an unknown gem with some fantastic drawcards. For instance; it harbours the biggest breeding colony of Cape Vultures in the world. The breeding colony hosts more than 1000 breeding pairs. We can view these birds at close range, either from below the breeding colony or at the vulture restaurant. You can also book a guided Vulture Trail which takes you to visit the plateau above the colony, and experience a face-to-face encounter with the vultures in flight.

The 9 000 odd hectare Blouberg Nature Reserve has a bird list of well over 225 species and sighting over 100 different birds in one day is not unusual. It is thus a fixture on the birding trail where the chance of seeing the rare melanistic Gabar goshawk and other raptors such as Verreaux’s eagle-owl, brown snake-eagle, tawny eagle and a series of owls.

Friends of Blouberg (who contracted Geoland Surveys)

Mapungubwe

Positioned at the meeting of 2 mighty rivers and 3 countries, Mapungubwe National Park is a great natural attraction and has always been a place of mystery. This Limpopo nature reserve in South Africa has long been a sought after area, attracting people and wildlife across thousands of years.

Its here where you can discover The Lost City on Mapungubwe Hill and learn about what went on there and why this area is so important. Interesting natural habitats host an impressive array of wildlife including Elephant and even Leopard. Game movement between the 3 countries is high but if you are lucky you could see Rhino, Lion and Hyena amongst many other amazing animals.

Things to see:

  • The lost City
  • Wildlife
  • The Confluence
  • The Mapungubwe Museum
  • Birdhide
  • Guided game drives
Golden Rhino from Mapungubwe

Makuya

Makuya is one of the lesser known reserves in the Limpopo. With a magic wilderness and a non-touristy feel to it as a result. Baobabs pepper the landscape, the Big 5 are readily available within the reserve and the birdlife is abundant – the Luvuvhu-Pafuri region is one of the birding hotspots of South Africa. This feels more like Botswana than South Africa. This is most probably the only true wild camping place in SA.

The Luvhuvhu River where hippos, elephants and crocodiles are easy to spot forms a natural divide between Makuya and Kruger. Any game happy to cross it, gains access to either. You can easily spot elephant, hippo, buffalo, lion, hyena, otter, impala, nyala, warthog and other game. No fence between Makuya and Kruger.

Makuya National Park

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park, in northeastern South Africa, is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. Its high density of wild animals includes the Big 5: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos. Hundreds of other mammals make their home here, as do diverse bird species such as vultures, eagles and storks. Mountains, bush plains and tropical forests are all part of the landscape.

We will spending 3 nights in Kruger of which 2 will be in an very exclusive private campsite just outside Skukuza.

What do you need:

  • A good reliable, serviced 4×4 vehicle with high ground clearance
  • Fuel range of app. 500km’s including extra fuel containers like long range tanks and jerry cans if you can’t make 500km.
  • Camping equipment and cooking/braai accessories.
  • A ground tent is good.
  • Fridge/Freezer and solar to charge
  • Malaria Prophylaxis taken as prescribed by your GP.
  • Last but not least – A good sense of humour and a positive outlook.

2 way radios will be supplied by ourselves.

Price includes:

  • Camping fees
  • Conservation fees
  • Park entry fees as per itinerary
  • Experienced tour guide and medic

Not included:

  • 4×4 vehicle hire
  • Fuel
  • Food
  • Daily activities
  • Transfer fees
  • Game drives

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