South Africa is a bucket-list destination for many. But it doesn’t have to be a far-fetched dream this year. The country is welcoming back tourists after the double blow of the pandemic and the travel bans last year. And we have found a massively discounted deal to fly you off to the bush.
Leopard Lodge on Sebatana Private Game Reserve—around four hours from Johannesburg—is offering 47% off its price. You can stay in the 10-room intimate lodge for seven nights for as low as $1,699 on select dates from July 27, 2022-November 1, 2023. Two guests can stay in a Queen or Two-Twin bedroom, and enjoy the best of the bush.
All meals and local taxes are covered in the price and the roundtrip transfers from the airport in Johannesburg are also taken care of. In addition, you’ll also get four game drives, a bush walk, a city tour of Johannesburg or Soweto, and a trip to the Apartheid Museum. There’s also a champagne brunch and sunset toast that the lodge has added to the mix.
Located in the foothills of the Waterberg Mountains, Leopard Lodge is a newly-opened five-star lodge. It has all the trimmings of modern comfort including a pool and Jacuzzi and a full-service restaurant and a traditional boma.
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The 150-square-mile reserve is home to 75 species of mammals and more than 200 varieties of birds, along with other native plants and wildlife. During the seven-night stay, you will have plenty of opportunities to explore the bushveld and learn more about the wildlife that it sustains—not just the Big 5, but also porcupine, bush baby, hyenas, cheetahs, and several varieties of birds.
If you want more, you can pay a little extra for a nighttime safari to see the nocturnal creatures of the bush. There are other additional excursions and activities you can plan to experience the best of South Africa.
Since March, South Africa has allowed vaccinated travelers to enter without taking a test while unvaccinated travelers need a negative RT-PCR test. Before you plan anything, read the requirements first.
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