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Mpumalanga’s ‘Panorama Route', (gateway to the game reserves of Kruger National Park), is a spectacular circuit that leads through the rugged mountain range and forests of the northern Drakensberg. The area is a dream for photographers and the stretch of the route at Blyde River Canyon – the third deepest canyon in the world – is particularly impressive and it is possible to take a scenic helicopter flight over it, or trek through it. Towns in the region include Pilgrim’s Rest, a living museum dating back to the heydays of the gold rush, while the surrounding area is famous for its birdlife and well-stocked rivers and streams, as well as some fine golf courses.
Luxury Safari: Kruger National Park & Sabi Sand Reserve
As a first-time, or returning, visitor to either the Kruger National Park or Sabi Sand Game Reserve, you can expect your safari to be filled with an abundance of exciting experiences. A typical safari day may start pre-sunrise around (5am), when you board your safari vehicle and, holding onto your hat with your camera at the ready, you venture into the bush. Each Guide uses a combination of their knowledge of local haunts, their instinct, radio reports from other Guides and evidence of the previous night’s kill to steer the morning's activities and locate as many animals as possible for you. Stopping for drinks in a dry riverbed, then returning after a few exhilarating hours for breakfast, allows for a welcome stretch, rest and re-fuel.
Kruger National Park & Sabi Sand Reserve
There is the opportunity to spot the 'Big Five' (rhinoceros, elephant, buffalo, lion, and leopard)as well as more unusual animals including the rare and elusive Pangolin – a pre-historic looking creature that is on the 'most want to see' list of all Rangers.
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.
We highly recommend combining a visit to two, or even three, luxury safari camps. Travelling by air, between one game reserve district and another, makes the subtle changes in terrain and animal sightings more apparent. And, just as each game reserve has its own landscape and particular wildlife, each luxury lodge has its own unique offering, whether it’s the location, decor, cuisine, amenities or entertainment.
Whilst taking a safari during the South African winter is often advised, (because the grasses are short, making it easier to see the animals), visits during early December should not be discounted – it’s an incredible time as the bush is coming into its lush, green summertime, with an abundance of baby animals to be seen. Migratory birds such as kingfishers add a flash of colour, elephants gather in large herds with their young to drink and bathe in the rivers, baby Duiker antelopes are almost everywhere, and the sun, although strong, has yet to scorch the earth.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Mpumalanga.
From London Heathrow to Johannesburg: 10 hours, 50 minutes.
Onward connecting flight from Johannesburg to Kruger Mpumalanga: 45 minutes.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
New rules apply with regards to children travelling to South Africa. Parents travelling with children under the age of 18 will be asked to show the child’s full unabridged birth certificate. The full unabridged birth certificate should list the child's details and both parents details. The abridged (short) birth certificate which only lists the child's particulars won't be accepted. The South African Department of Home Affairs are not accepting uncertified copies of birth certificates, passports or copies of parents/guardians identification.
Where one parent is accompanying, in addition to the unabridged birth certificate there will be a need for parental or legal consent for the child to travel for example an affidavit from the other parent,(a letter from the parent witnessed and stamped by a solicitor), court order, or if applicable a death certificate . A copy of the parent's passport is also required signed and stamped by a solicitor.
Where a person is travelling with a child who is not their biological child, they must provide the unabridged birth certificate for the child, affidavit from the child's parents or legal guardian giving consent and copies of the identity documents or passport of the parents or legal guardian.
For further information or any other requirements please check the government website. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-africa/entry-requirements
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.