Makutsi Family Safari
Between the Drakensberg Mountains and the Kruger National Park on the banks of the Makutsi River, lies the family-owned and managed Makutsi Safari Springs. It is raw African bush enjoyed by people who appreciate the peace and serenity of nature – palms and acacias, elephants, rhinos, giraffe, crocodiles, lions, cheetah, leopard and bushveld. Soft thermal-mineral water bubbles from two hot springs, nestling among indigenous trees. The food is a healthy variety of venison specialties, homegrown vegetables and home-bred beef.
Life is a journey not a destinationRalph Waldo Emerson
Makutsi Main Camp is set on about 10 hectares of tropical and landscaped gardens that provide guests with plenty of quiet places to relax and take in the surroundings. The camp is rustic, clean and well organized, offering privacy and personal attention to each and every guest. Nestled among indigenous trees, Makutsi offers two warm thermal mineral water pools, allowing for adventure and relaxation to be combined.
Location: South Africa
Duration: 7 days
From Price: $6135 (family of 4)
Group Size: 2 adults and 2 children under 12 when sharing with two adults.
- 6 Breakfasts & 6 Dinners
- Return Airport Transfers
- 4X4 Safari Vehicle
- Safari Minibus
- English Speaking Guide
- Game Drives
- Sundowner Safari
- All International and Domestic flights
- Visa Fees
- Tips, gratuities and porterage
- Laundry & Drinks
- Optional Activities
- Comprehensive travel insurance
- All items of a personal nature
- Any items not mentioned in the above itinerary
Day 1 : Makutsi Safari Springs
The representative from Makutsi Safari Springs meets you at either Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa Airport for the 1-hour transfer to the lodge. Enjoy an afternoon of relaxation and getting to know the camp and the mineral springs. Dinner is served in the traditional open air “Lapa”.
Day 2 : Makutsi Safari Springs
Before breakfast our ranger will take you for a 3-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 afternoon, depart for another 3-hour game drive before returning just in time for a sundowner at the Makutsi Lapa.
Day 3 : 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, off on more game exploration until lunchtime (at own expense), when you stop at one of the camps inside the Kruger National Park. After lunch, off again for more exciting game viewing. Return to Makutsi around 4-5pm.
Day 4 : Makutsi Safari Springs
Morning of 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 5-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.
Day 5 : Drakensberg Mountains and 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.
Day 6 : Makutsi Safari Springs
Enjoy your third 3-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.
Day 7 : End of Makutsi Family Safari
After breakfast you depart Makutsi for your transfer to the Airport