Between the Drakensberg Mountains and Kruger National Park lies Makutsi Safari Springs. It is raw African bush enjoyed by those who appreciate the peace and serenity of nature. Among the acacias and bushveld, elephants, rhinos, lions, cheetahs, leopards and more can be spotted on game drives. Soft thermal-mineral water bubbles from two hot springs that nestle amidst indigenous trees.       

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Chance to enjoy a number of game drives in open four wheel drive safari vehicles, searching for the Big Five.

Sightseeing visit to Blyde River Canyon and the Drakensberg Mountains with a stop at the Three Rondavels.

Enjoy a Simba Safari with sundowners while watching the sun set followed by searching for nocturnal animals.

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Makutsi Classic Safari

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Day 1

Hoedspruit Airport - Makutsi Safari Springs

A representative from Makutsi Safari Springs meets you at either Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa Airport for the one hour transfer to the lodge. Upon arrival enjoy an afternoon of relaxation and getting to know the camp and the mineral springs. Dinner will be served in the traditional open air “Lapa”. (D)

Day 2

Makutsi Safari Springs

Before breakfast your ranger will take you for a three hour morning game drive in an open Land Rover. Most of the African wildlife can be encountered here, including elephant, rhino, zebra, lion, giraffe, crocodile, hippo, leopard...the list goes on. After breakfast you deserve a rest and time to enjoy the Makutsi Springs. Early in the afternoon, depart for another three hour game drive before returning just in time for a sundowner at the Makutsi Lapa. (B)(D)

Day 3

Makutsi Safari Springs (Kruger National Park)

Depart at 5am for a full day’s game viewing in the world famous Kruger National Park. The early hours of the day are used for finding as much game as possible. Your guide will take a picnic style breakfast along, and a stop is made at one of the many rest areas. After breakfast, head off on more game exploration until lunchtime (at own expense), when you stop at one of the camps inside Kruger National Park. After lunch, take off again for more exciting game viewing. Return to Makutsi around 4-5pm. (B)(D)

Day 4

Makutsi Safari Springs (Simba Safari)

Today the morning will be at leisure. Enjoy the warm mineral pools or your own private safari while sitting on your terrace, reading a good book. Depart Makutsi at 3pm for a five hour game drive. Around sunset, light snacks and drinks will be enjoyed during a short Sundowner break. After snacks, continue your safari in search of the various nocturnal animals. Take a jacket along in winter, as it can get chilly once the sun disappears. Return to Makutsi Main Camp around 8pm when dinner will be served. (B)(D)

Day 5

Makutsi Safari Springs (Drakensberg Mountains & Blyde River Canyon)

After breakfast depart at 9am for a day of sightseeing in the breathtaking Drakensberg Mountains and Blyde River Canyon. Several stops are made along the way, including the Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels Viewpoint overlooking the Blyde Dam. Changes to the itinerary can be made subject to weather conditions. A lunch stop will be made (at own expense) before returning to Makutsi around 4-5pm. This day offers opportunities to purchase locally made crafts and curios. (B)(D)

Day 6

Makutsi Safari Springs

Enjoy your third three hour game drive in an open Land Rover on the Makutsi Game Reserve, either early morning or in the afternoon. For the remainder of the day, enjoy relaxing in the pools, reading on your terrace, visiting the Hippo Hide...  Let Africa take care of you. (B)(D)

Day 7

Makutsi Safari Springs – Hoedspruit Airport

After breakfast depart Makutsi for your transfer to either Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa Airport. (B)

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