I am looking at the Discovery Package for 3 nights Does it include transfers from the Hoedspruit Airport and game drives and if not, how much are they per person? I think we would like to have day 1 to acclimatize ourselves, then game drives on day 2 and 3, leaving early the next morning. Please let us know what you would recommend. Thanks in advance.
Have you used a Travel Agent? If so, they should be able to answer your questions. If not I would suggest that you contact Camp Jabulani and ask them. No doubt they will collect you. There is no other way of getting there. Also, check park fees. These have to be paid to enter. I would also suggest that you book the elephant safari before leaving home. We paid extra for this and also make sure that you go to the Endangered Species Centre. It is about 15 mins away. The safaris are included and Camp Jabulani are very flexible with times. You don't have to go if you don't want to. See how you feel when you arrive and if you don't want to go leave it until the next one. You will probably have another couple with you so you will all have to agree on the times. You will have a marvellous time. I am jealous and would love to go back.
We arrived in Africa after the 15 hour flight from JFK and the short trip to Hoedspruit. I would also strongly recommend against "acclimatizing".. we went on a game drive within about an hour after we arrived at our first camp and it was SO WORTH IT!! I can't speak to prices -- our arrangement was through @TravelBeyond and they took care of everything. I can tell you, however, that our 12-year-old still talks about Camp Jabulani (all the time in fact) ... and so do we. A magnificent property, managed beautifully and the most memorable vacation we've ever enjoyed.
I don't know if it includes transport from the airport but would guess it does as the airport is part owned by the owner of Camp Jabulani and is right on the edge of the reserve.
I would highly recommend not acclimatising but going straight on a game drive. You will have a morning drive and an afternoon/evening drive which they organise around you. Really not to be missed if you can is the bush walk/safari on the backs of their elephants. An amazing experience. Have a great time.
Certainly recommend stsying overnight in Johannesburg. We did the Four Seasons about half hour away. Nice pool, outdoor restaurant and room. Check out Sengita instead, much cooler and way more animals. Camp seemed more like Disney Animal Kingdom.
What we did was to spend overnight in Johannesburg at a Protea Hotel--there is one that is attached to the airport or the one that is a wee bit off the airport (that is the one we stayed in and it is very nice).
When we landed at the Hoedspruit Airport, Craig met us and drove us across the street to enter the grounds of the camp. Our trip to the lodge began immediately and we saw so many animals--wonderful!
I don't know where you are traveling from, but I can tell you that staying overnight at the Protea Hotel was the best thing we did to help us get adjusted to the time difference.
We loved the camp and would do it again--without hesitation.
As far as we know, the game drives are included in the price of staying in the camp.
Sorry, forgot to say that the game drives are all included as well in a shared vehicle but probably with just one other couple. If you want a private vehicle and guide it is a bit extra.
99% certain it will include transfers. I don't know the particular package but Hoedspruit airport is right on the edge of the Kapama reserve and the rangers meet planes at the airport. Your safari experience starts right from the airport drive in and you will start seeing the animals immediately. We saw a leopard cub on the way in which was pretty amazing plus lots of other animals. Wouldn't waste day 1 acclimatising and would plan to go out on the afternoon drive straight away, plus sundowners. As for length of stay, it is a great place and you will love it however long you are there. Three days would be pretty good and you will see most things in that time, plus an elephant safari or two.
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