Big Five Marathon

19 June 2021

Big Five Safari & Panorama Route 2020 (2021) - Manyeleti Private Game Reserve

Treat yourself to more game drives and bush walks! Stay at our Mantobeni tented camp situated near the world-famous Kruger National Park and extend your safari adventure.
22-26 Jun | 5 days | 1 250 EUR

Join us for an exciting safari trip which includes game drives, bush walks, and exploration of the area along the famed Panorama Route. 

Spot the Big Five game and a wealth of bird species, as well as other African wildlife. Our camp is beautifully situated in the Manyeleti Game Reserve, bordering the famed Kruger National Park. Consisting of fifteen stylishly-appointed tents with modern ensuite facilities and private terraces, a pool, bar, lounge and dining area and spacious, lush lawns, the camp provides an authentic African safari experience. 

During our stay in Mantobeni Camp, we will have the opportunity to visit a local community situated beside the reserve that our camp works closely with. This is a great chance to gain insight into the daily lives of the locals. If you are interested in the local community visit, please let the tour leader know in advance.

  • Day 1 - 22 Jun: Arrive in Manyeleti Game Reserve & Zipline Adventure

    After breakfast, we will leave Entabeni and start our drive to Mantobeni Camp. 

    The 7-hour drive will be broken up with an exhilarating zip wire adventure. Glide through a scenic river valley and enjoy astounding views from the treetops while swaying over a gushing waterfall and rushing river. The activity is suitable for everyone (not only for marathon runners) and includes a photo to bring back as a souvenir.

    There will also be a lunch stop (not included in the price) on the way to the camp. Dinner will be enjoyed at the camp.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner

  • Day 2 - 23 Jun: Game drive and/or bush walk

    Over the next few days, we will experience morning and afternoon safaris and hiking in the beautiful scenery. There is not much that can compare with the spicy morning scents and the special glow over the savannah in the early morning. It is cool and peaceful, and a quiet lull descends upon the savannah when the night’s hunting is over. 

    After breakfast, we will either go for a game drive or bush walk. In the afternoon after lunch, we set off for another game drive or bush walk and spend the afternoon exploring the bush. 

    Afternoon safaris begin late in the day when the sun has cast a warm glow over the landscape. Along the way we can enjoy the sunset. It's a bit of a sensory revelation when the sky darkens and the stars brighten the bush. The sounds of the savannah fills your ears and the smell of the red soil and the lingering fragrance of the animals clings to your nostrils. 

    Safari vehicles are open-terrain vehicles, and it’s quite an experience being at such close proximity to a huge elephant - not to mention a lion or rhino. But, fortunately, predators do not consider a car with passengers as food!

    Since it can be quite chilly in the early mornings and late evenings, we provide blankets in the open safari vehicles, but we also recommend that you bring a hat and a windproof jacket or fleece along.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Day 3 - 24 Jun: Panorama Route, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon (subject to weather)

    After breakfast we will drive from the camp to the province of Mpumalanga, which means "place where the sun rises." The Panorama Route is true to its name, with magnificent vistas and a stop at the scenic vantage point known as "God’s Window," with panoramic views of the lowveld savannah that lies 1,000m below the plateau. 

    The route also takes us to Bourke's Luck Potholes, a rocky landscape where water has carved deep cylindrical holes into the bare rock. Finally, we stop at Blyde River Canyon, which is the world's third largest canyon. We'll have a break for lunch in an old gold mining town, Pilgrim’s Rest (lunch is not included). We expect to be back in Mantobeni in the late afternoon, giving you some time to relax before dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner

  • Day 4 - 25 Jun: Game drive and/or bush walk

    After breakfast, we'll enjoy another day of game drives (morning and afternoon) and experience the bush. There will either be two game drives today or one game drive and a bush walk.  All meals will be enjoyed at the camp.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Day 5 - 26 Jun: Departure Day

    After breakfast, we'll head back to Johannesburg. The journey will take approximately 7 hours by bus. We’ll stop for lunch and be back in Johannesburg at around 3pm. Lunch is not included in the price. 

    Meals: Breakfast

     

  • Price Information

    Shared double room: EUR 1250
    Single room supplement: EUR +350

  • Inclusions
    • 4-night accommodation in Mantobeni Camp 
    • Game drives and bush walks 
    • Meals as per itinerary 
    • Transportation as per itinerary 
    • Zipline adventure 
    • Panorama Route tour 
  • Exclusions
    • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
    • Beverages
    • Personal expenses
    • Travel and health insurance 
    • Anything else not mentioned under "Inclusions"