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Of Kings and Beasts

A luxurious safari exploring the African wilderness in search of the ‘Big Five’. Start by discovering the vast elephant ranges of the Timbavati that are home to some of the last great bull elephants and home to a rich concentration of game. Stay in Kings Camp's luxurious,beautifully and tastefully appointed, suites.

Head for the world-renowned Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, and track the Big Cats made famous by National Geographic here. At Leopard Hills, Africa’s signature species abound in number and each day is different, as you explore the endless fascination of Africa’s wildlife in an open Landover. Leopard on the hunt. Lions roar at twilight. Overhead majestic eagles keep watch. These are just a few of the amazing encounters awaiting you!

Day One

On arrival at Johannesburg International Airport you will be met by a  representative, who will deliver to you your travel companion folder and assist you to the flight transfer check-in counter.

You will enjoy the ever-changing vistas on your flight from Johannesburg up into the Lowveld, with downtown Johannesburg replaced by Soweto and the industrial heartland of South Africa before panoramas of the bush begin to open up beneath you.

  

Kings Camp is situated in the well-known Timbavati Reserve. This exclusive area covers about 60,000 hectares of pristine African bush in part of the world famous greater Kruger National Park.

The vast elephant ranges in Timbavati are home to some of the last great bull elephants, many of whom have been wiped out elsewhere across the continent through excessive hunting and ivory poaching. Timbavati is committed to the conservation of these large tusked elephants.

It is also the ancestral home of the fabled white lion. Recently, two small lion cubs were born to parents whose combination of recessive genes turned the cub's fur bright white.

The ten Luxury Suites all have indoor and private outdoor showers. Beautifully and tastefully appointed, there are romantic, soft cascading mosquito nets, remote controlled air conditioners, a purposefully stocked mini bar fridge, tea and coffee facilities.

Kings Camp offers a lounge/dining room, bar, pool terrace and a game viewing platform which overlooks a very active waterhole. Other facilities include the curio shop, laundry, valet, fax, gym and library with internet facilities.

Day Two

During the early morning and late afternoon you will have the opportunity to embark on some fascinating game drives with knowledgeable rangers in open vehicles. The reserve is home to the much spoken about Big Five and much more. In between the drives the days are flexible and, weather permitting, you will be able to feel the soil of Africa beneath your feet on a bush walk.

You will be served tea, coffee and biscuits on your morning game drive and drinks and canapés on your afternoon game drive. Your afternoon game drive gets back after dark, which gives you the opportunity to spot our nocturnal animals with a spotlight. It is a privilege to quietly watch a wild animal in its natural environment going about its usual business.

Day Three

After the morning game drive and a scrumptious bush breakfast you will be transferred by light aircraft to Leopard Hills in the Sabi Sands. Here your every dream becomes a reality. The view of the wilderness is endless, the service impeccable and the setting breathtaking.

At Leopard Hills, Africa’s big game abounds and each day is different, as you explore the endless fascination of Africa’s wildlife in an open landrover. Leopard on the hunt. Lions roar at twilight. Hippo wallow in the river. Crocodile bask on a sandy bank. Overhead majestic eagles keep watch. Out walking you will discover some of the endlessly fascinating small creatures of Africa. These are just a few of the amazing encounters awaiting you!

Game, including the esteemed Big Five, can be viewed on game drives, walking safaris, or even from the privacy of your suite deck. A knowledgeable and professional ranger conducts early morning and late afternoon/evening game drives, in search of nature's bounty. State-of-the-art landrovers, specifically designed for Leopard Hills, have individual bucket seats with fold-down armrests, ensuring your optimum safety and comfort.

Walking opens up the bush and one is given the opportunity to experience the ‘finer’ aspects of the bushveld. The smaller things come to life on a walk: insects, grasses, trees and less obvious species that are all an integral part of the Kruger ecosystem.

The suites are generously spacious. Air-conditioning and overhead fans provide welcome respite against the harshness of the African heat. The breathtaking romantic bathrooms, which include double indoor and outdoor showers, have windows which open to a glorious view of the passing cavalcade below.

The comfortable beds are complete with beautiful crisp percale cotton linen, down duvets and pillows, and gracious mosquito netting. A special touch to each suite is the perfection of final touches provided– from weather notes and African poems, to a fine array of bath salts and other bathroom amenities.

An inviting lounge area is equipped with a comfortable couch and ottoman, perfect for enjoying a cup of tea or coffee whilst reading a novel or one of the environment or leisure magazines provided in each suite.

Enjoy the privacy of your suite and salute the timelessness of Africa over a drink or snack from your fully stocked mini bar. Or savor the day, either in your hammock or pool lounger outside, whilst listening to the tranquil sound of the surrounding bushveld. Aspects of nature have been incorporated into your suite, to provide the ultimate in luxury while experiencing Africa at its best.

A pre or post-dinner drink and fireside chat with your friendly ranger and new friends is always a superb way to close the day.

The dining room has a beautiful view of a waterhole beyond, and holds the finest in silver service dinners. A bushveld meal would be incomplete without one of South Africa's fine wines to accompany it. Here the esteemed wine cellar underneath the dining room is a treat for the avid wine connoisseur as well as the learning amateur, and is brimming with racks of celebrated local and international wines. The friendly team will assist you in choosing the perfect wine according to the menu for that evening.

The traditional Shangaan boma is used on warm nights and is a truly memorable way to experience an evening under the African night sky next to a crackling warm fire.

Day Four

You will be awoken early for the (now customary) morning drive or walk. Guests may have the opportunity to appreciate the aroma of a sumptuous breakfast in the heart of the bush, but also the amazing smells and sounds that flow from a new day dawning in Africa. Unless, that is, you elect to stay at the Lodge and enjoy the splendor of your surroundings.

The team’s utter dedication and pure passion to pleasing each guest according to his or her needs is apparent in every aspect of the lodge, and particularly the central area. The main deck is perfect for whiling the day away with a pair of binoculars in the glorious sun or under the shade of an umbrella. From this view you will find many untold secrets of the African bush while enjoying a sumptuous breakfast or decadent lunch.

When the heat is on, cool down on the open-air veranda, and when in Africa, do as the Africans do and sink below the refreshing surface of our main swimming pool.

Lunches are served under big shady umbrellas, and are an occasion in themselves! The team incorporate the best locally produced ingredients and modernise old classics to produce cuisine that make you feel satisfied in every way.

A new addition to Leopard Hills is the treatment sala and gym. Spend a pleasurable few hours being pampered while still enjoying the stunning views across the bush.

Cooking with character is the highlight of every dinner at Leopard Hills. Here, the personalities of the chef and her team are reflected in decadent dining and creative settings. No dinner will be the same at Leopard Hills, from dining under the stars in the traditional boma to fine silver service dinners in the dining room.

On warm nights in summer, guests may be treated to a three-course meal in the heart of the bushveld. As guests complete their evening game drive, they will be enticed by the essence of a burning fire, to arrive to a hurricane lit ‘dining room’ in the bush. With the finest in cuisine and service excellence, guests will enjoy an unforgettable feast under African starlit skies.

Day Five

Traditional Full English and Continental breakfasts are served on the main deck when the travelers return, with its stunning view over the waterhole yielding frequent sightings.

During your three night stay at Leopard Hills, it is highly recommended that you  embark on a viewing trip of a somewhat different kind! And fear not, it will not interfere with your precious game viewing time.

Swoop over deep and mysterious gorges, linger above roaring rivers and cascading waterfalls and view the fascinating and dramatic rock formations of the Blyde River Canyon (Motlatse).

This is an exhilarating flight that swoops over deep and mysterious gorges, through lush valleys bursting with vegetation and colour. We will linger above cascading waterfalls, allowing for spectacular photographic opportunities. The flight will continue along the escarpment to God’s Window, which offers awesome panoramic views of the bushveld below and on to the fascinating and dramatic rock formations of the 3,300 feet deep, 19 miles Blyde River Canyon, (the third deepest and the greenest Canyon in the World).

Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the curious Three Rondavels! We will land at a site with magnificent views of the Mpumalanga Lowveld, where you are invited to enjoy a delicious picnic accompanied by South African Sparkling wine.

You will return in time to enjoy the afternoon's game viewing activities.

An option is to have a private dinner on the deck of your suite, offered to couples wanting to spend time together in privacy. The ultimate in romance, private dinners at Leopard Hills seduce the senses and soothe the soul- the perfect end to the perfect safari experience!

Your table carries candles and rustic hurricane lamps, which complete the full experience of true African dining. Starters will be served by your waiter at your table, followed by a delicious main course reflecting the environment you are in.

Guests will be invited to chose from a selection of unique South African dishes, from stir fry to game kebabs, from the finest in South African fish to dishes served in traditional cast iron pots, all cooked and served before you, and guaranteed to delight your tastebuds.

The Head Chef ensures that every meal at Leopard Hills is a special occasion, preparing fresh, wholesome and honest cuisine.

Day Six

After a final morning spent out in the bush you will be transferred by flight to Johannesburg International Airport.

The Real Deal
 

Absolutely no visit to South Africa is complete without a visit to Cape Town - Mother City of South Africa.  Cape Town is not just another city. It is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

We recommend 4 nights at the lovely Colona Castle to complete a great journey to South Africa.

Should you be interested in traveling to Cape Town by luxury train you have a choice of either The Blue Train and Rovos Rail.

Johannesburg once known as the city to be avoided. Not anymore, it has become a buzz with trendy hotspots and exciting happenings!  Not withstanding the interesting tours to Soweto, the apartheid museum, the gold and diamond mines to explore, Sterkfontein caves and great art galleries.

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