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PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARIS

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"The people of Mpumalanga wait to welcome you with African warmth to their Province"

 

Contact  Matt or Sylvia for customised Big 5 photographic packages and rates

 

BIG 5 PHOTOGRAPHIC & AFRICAN EXPLORER SAFARIS

Day 1

  • Arrive Johannesburg / Cape Town International for daily domestic connecting flights to KMI Airport,  Nelspruit. 
  • Matthew Greeff Safaris to meet guests at Airport. Short road transfer to Gold Valley Lodge. 
  • Afternoon at leisure, relax at the swimming pool. 
  • Dinner and overnight at Gold Valley Lodge

 

Day 2

  • Breakfast at Gold Valley Lodge before departure for excellent game viewing in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, home to the Big Five. 
  • Afternoon & evening game drive. 
  • Dinner & overnight at luxury Lodge in Sabi Sand Reserve.
  • Game drives are in open Land rovers with an experienced ranger and tracker. 2 game drives daily, lasting approximately 3 hours each. Early morning drive and late afternoon game drive, sundowner in the bush then spot lights are used to track predators such as lion, leopard and other nocturnal animals. Game drives are exciting, often venturing off-road and offering
Big 5 Photographic anf African Explorer Safaris

 

 

 

Exceptionally close encounters with the Big 5. Photographic opportunities are outstanding.

 

On Safari in an open safari vehicle. Ideal for game photography

 

Bird enthusiasts paradise

  • exceptionally close encounters with game. Photographic opportunities are outstanding. 
  • After brunch, a Safari walk is available for guests interested in the various animals, insects, trees, tribal values and animals tracks. 
  • Dinner is held in a boma around a glowing fire. Special venison dishes feature prominently on the varied four-course buffet menu. 

 

Day 3

  • Morning and Afternoon game drive. 
  • Midday walk. Breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner.
  •  Overnight at luxury Lodge in Sabi Sand Reserve.

 

Day 4

  • Early morning game drive returning for breakfast. 
  • After breakfast leave game reserve for the luxurious Casa Do Sol Hotel at Hazyview. 
  • Option of drive via Kruger National Park to Casa Do Sol. 
  • Evening Cultural experience with dinner at Shangana
  • Evening Festival at Shangana Village. (Pending availability) 
  • Overnight at Casa Do Sol Hotel.

 

Day 5

  • Morning departure after breakfast to arrive at the Timbavati Game Reserve for two days of game viewing. 
  • Afternoon & evening game drive. 
  • Dinner and overnight at luxury lodge in Timbavati Game Reserve.

Day 6

  • Morning and Afternoon game drive. Midday walk. 
  • Breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner. 
  • Overnight at luxury Lodge in Timbavati Game Reserve.

 

Day 7

  • Morning game drive, breakfast, depart for Gold Valley Lodge via scenic Drakensberg Mountains, Blyde River Canyon and roadside curio shopping. 
  • Overnight at Gold Valley Lodge
  • Click here to continue to Day 8 (Cape Town/Winelands)

 

Morning and Afternoon game drive

 

Game drives are in open Land rovers with an experienced ranger and tracker

 

Game drives are exciting, often venturing off-road

 

RATES

 

Big 5 Safari & Explorer - Day 1 to Day 8

 

Included in cost :

  • Full time services of experienced Guide, Camp Staff and ground transportation while on Safari
  • Government Value Added Tax of 14% (current)
  • Luxury accommodation, all meals & game drives. 
  • Beverages to include Beer & Table wine and soft drinks at Gold Valley Lodge.
  • Laundry at Gold Valley Lodge
  • All Park / Reserve entrance fees

Excluded in cost:

  • Bar bill at Private Game Lodges / Guest Houses
  • Hard liquor / spirits at Gold Valley Lodge
  • Personal items
  • Gratuities

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 

  • A deposit of 50% of the total daily cost is required to confirm the booking
  • Balance of daily rates payable 60 days prior to commencement of safari
  • All payments to be made in cash, traveller’s cheques or Swift Wire Transfers (New price list to apply for following year)
  • Deposits are not refundable but by the sole discretion of the company can be transferred or carried over to the following season.
  • NOTE: All reasonable precautions to ensure the safety and good health of clients will be taken. However, no liability will be accepted for injury, loss or illness before, during and after the safari.
  • Prices are subject to change without prior notice. (New price list to apply to following year if there is no signed contract between parties.
  • All clients are required to read and sign our indemnity form prior to commencement of safari.
  • Due to the extreme fluctuation of exchange rates, all contracted costs (incl. Daily rates, trophy fees & all written costs) are subject to change should the US$ to SA Rand currency buying rates of First National Bank, South Africa fluctuate below SA R 9-00 to US $1-00 at the time of part payment or payment in full.

 

METHOD OF PAYMENT

  • Preferred method of payment is cash, travellers cheques or by advanced wire transfer only and credit cards are not accepted.

 

LIABILITY AND CONDITIONS

  • Prior to commencement of Safari, clients will be requested to enter into an agreement with Matthew Greeff Safaris. A comprehensive Safari Contract, Questionnaire and Indemnity Form is to be completed to protect all parties involved.
  • Whilst Matthew Greeff Safaris exercises every possible precaution to ensure the safety of it's client's, we cannot be held liable for personal injury or loss suffered whilst in our care. You are thus required to make arrangements for your personal travel and all-risk medical insurance.
  • Matthew Greeff Safaris reserves the right to cancel tours in the event of unforeseen events, which, in it's judgement, might prejudice the safety or well-being of client's in given areas.

 

For further information or queries, kindly contact us, or E-mail Matthew Greeff Safaris

Close up photographic opportunities like no other!

 

Photographic Safarise in Big 5 Country

 

Beautiful photo opportunities in Southern Africa

 

EXCITING OPTIONAL ADD-ONS INCLUDE :

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Our base-camp, Gold Valley Lodge is nestled in the mountains outside Nelspruit, in the Province of Mpumalanga.

 

Luxury thatched accommodation, en-suite chalets, a dining / entertainment area, fireplace and swimming pool ensure an unforgettable stay with us.

 

ATTRACTIONS

 

The proximity of our Lodge to the following Lowveld attractions include:

  • Kruger National Park
  • Premier Private Big 5 Game Reserves
  • Blyde River Canyon - Drakensberg Mountains
  • Kingdom of Swaziland
  • Historic Gold Rush Town
  • Fishing, Golf, Clay Shooting
  • Airports – KMI International Airport
  • Shangana Cultural Village

 

TRAVEL

  • Consult your travel agent on visa requirements, personal / baggage insurance and ensure all documentation is in order.
  • Major Airlines maintain a direct service to Johannesburg’s OR TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
  • Daily scheduled flights to Nelspruit’s KRUGER MPUMALANGA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT take+/- 50 min, where guests are met and driven to our GOLD VALLEY LODGE only 40 minutes away.
  • Private Charter Flights to neighbouring countries and remote areas within South Africa can be arranged. We use professional

 

 

Travel Agencies that offer the best fares - Please consult us!

 

Mpumalanga’s climate is mild throughout the year. Temperatures vary from mild winters between 0 –15’ C (32-59’F) to warm hot summers between 20-34’C (68-104’F),pending altitude and area.

 

Summer is from October to April and winter from May to September which provides a welcome getaway for visitors from the Northern Hemisphere.

 

Our rainy season begins towards the end of October through February/March. Average temperatures in Nelspruit and our Gold Valley Lodge:

 

SUMMER

17-28 ‘C

 

63-82 ‘F

 

AUTUMN

14-26 ‘C

 

57-79‘F

WINTER

7-23 ‘C

 

45-73 ‘F

SPRING

12-26 ‘C

 

54-70 ‘F

 

CLOTHING AND PERSONAL KIT

 

Natural colour clothing, comfortable well- worn footwear and sun hat are the most important items.

 

Light and warm clothing requirements will vary between some provinces. Consult us!

 

No inoculations are required although precautions against Malaria in the Lowveld region are recommended. Medication program to be started prior to the Safari.

 

  • natural / neutral clothing
  • 4 shirts: 2 long / 2 short sleeves
  • 3 pairs long / 3 pairs short pants
  • warm sweater / jacket / windbreaker
  • comfortable camp shoes
  • evening wear / nightwear
  • woolen socks
  • flashlight
  • camera: wide/long lenses
  • flash / film / batteries
  • video camera
  • tapes / spare batteries
  • 220V converter / adapters
  • plug-in vehicle charger
  • battery charger
  • spare batteries
  • sun glasses / hat / cap
  • lip balm / sun screen
  • any medical prescriptions
  • toiletries, shaving etc
  • swimsuit
  • warm gloves
  • pocket camera
  • diary

 

MPUMALANGA AT A GLANCE

 

The Province of Mpumalanga, meaning, “place of the rising sun” is situated on the north east border of South Africa. Mpumalanga formerly known as the Eastern Transvaal, is one of South Africa’s top tourist destinations. Mpumalanga borders on two foreign countries, namely Swaziland and Mozambique.

 

The Province consists of two sharply contrasting types of scenery – the escarpment which drops more than 3,000 meters to the hot and humid bush of the Lowveld, which overlooks Kruger National Park. Waterfalls cascade from the escarpment, to carve canyons, crevasses and caves which can be explored on foot or on horseback. The wildlife, birds and plant life are all truly representative of Africa. The scenery is majestic and endless.

 

The Kruger National Park, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1998, spans much of the Lowveld, covering an area of over 20,000 sq. km. Some 750,000 people from all over the world visit the Kruger each year, but their numbers, as well as the camps and infrastructure to accommodate them, are lost in the vastness of it all.

 

On the borders of Kruger National Park are luxurious private game lodges, where visitors can enjoy close encounters with the wildlife, especially Big Five game viewing on game drives in open-topped vehicles.

 

The Blyde River Canyon is one of the greatest natural features in southern Africa; the Blyde River, which has created the canyon, is a paradise for white water rafters, whilst scenic drives provide stunning views of this dramatic landscape, which includes the triple peaks known as the “Three Rondavels”.

 

Prospectors combed the area during the late 19th century gold rush, leaving behind a fascinating history. Visitors are transported back to those days in the village of Pilgrim’s Rest, a national monument. Potholes are named Bourke’s Luck after the prospector who struck it rich there. Other tourist attractions, such as Barberton, can be seen from our Lodge, Sabi and the Long Tom Pass also offers an intriguing glimpse into a colourful past.

 

Nelspruit is the colourful Capital of the region, a friendly commercial city set in lush surroundings. The city is the central axis for the many other tourism attractions in the Lowveld region, including the Kruger National Park, Barberton, the N4 route westwards to Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Sudwala Caves, the scenic drives to the forestry town of Sabie and the attractive regions around White River and Hazyview, where many fine establishments serve the tourism trade and West of Nelspruit the highland artists’ village at Kaapsehoop where some excellent hiking trails and scenic walks are located.

FACT FILE:

 

Land Area :

 79 490 sq. km (30 700 sq. miles)

Population : 

2.65 million

Population Density : 

33 per sq. km (12 per sq. mile)

Languages : 

Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Sepedi, SiSwati, Tsonga

Airports : 

Nelspruit, Skukuza (Kruger Park), Malelane

Roads : 

Good, suitable for all vehicles

Hours of Business : 

8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Internet : 

Operates countrywide

Cell phones : 

Major routes and all centers 

 

 

Close up encounters lion sized!

 

For Birding enthusiaists, Southern Africa abounds in birdlife.

 

A beautiful subject for bird photographers

 

Lions of Africa.

 

The seldom seen Ground Hornbill

 

On the run

 

The Kruger National Park - a wildlife photographers dream

 

 

 

Combine your Big 5 Photographic Safari with our special interest attractions including :

  • Sporting Clays & Golfing
  • Fresh Water/Fly Fishing for Tiger Fish & Yellow fish
  • Mozambique Salt Water Fishing

 

Experience the wonder of the mighty Victoria Falls and Livingstone Island or add a visit to Cape Town at either the beginning or end of your Big 5 & Lowveld Explorer Safari.

 

Destination South Africa

Gold Valley Lodge with Luxury en-suite thatched chalets is nestled high in the Crocodile Gorge Mountains outside the town of Nelspruit on some 3000 acres of unspoiled bush, in Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. The Lodge with its magnificent views of the fabled De Kaap Valley and Swaziland Escarpment joins the beauty of the luxury of the Lodge.

 

Matthew and Sylvia, your hosts, will ensure that every detail of your trip is carefully planned and welcome you to join the many satisfied guest we have had, returning year after year.

 

- Satisfaction Guaranteed –

Mozambique Salt Water Fishing

 

Experience the wonder of the mighty Victoria Falls and Livingstone Island

 

 

FAQ,s

  • Both our Gold Valley Lodge and Nottens Bush Camp all have hairdryers in rooms.

 

  • .Nelspruit town has everything you need and more…if you needed something.
  • .Internal /domestic flights with SA Airlink etc. within South Africa are strict on luggage and only one bag of 20 kg (44lbs) checked luggage is permitted per person + hand-luggage.
  • Laundry gets done daily here at Gold Valley Lodge (weather permitting) for free . Big 5 Lodges/hotels in area also do laundry but at extra costs.
  • .Bug lotion can be purchased here at Gold Valley or in towns.
  • Our bathrooms and most lodges have shampoos/creams /soaps complimentary . If needed our pharmacies in town have all the 'best fancy shampoos the ladies use!
  • .We suggest the one a day Malaria tablet (Malarone) versus the one a week tablet Larium etc… Some of our guests have had side effects from Larium.
  • .Binoculars are in my opinion the single most important item for game viewing and bird watching etc. Try bringing a pair for each person.
  • .If you have a converter plus adapter plugs bring them along but if not, we do have adapter plugs available for charging. 12V car chargers are convenient to have!

Open vehicle big 5 photographic safaris

 

Close up and personal wildlife shoots in South Africa

 

TESTIMONIALS

Matt & Sylvia,

Our second trip with MG Safaris was even better than the first.

Your hospitality, friendship and professionalism are unmatched. Thanks so much for taking us into your home and treating us like family.

We look forward to another trip, this time with our wives. Africa will always be dear to our hearts because of you.

Thank you.

Bruce MacKay

 

Reno, N.V. (BDO) mackayb@eldoradoreno.com

 

 

Matthew, Sylvia, Savannah & Amber,

Thank you for making all our Dreams come true. A combination Hunting and Photographic Safari for Kathy’s first trip to Africa. It all worked out so perfect. Matt, you are the best at what you do! The photographic safari was extra special with your knowledge and help with my Canon. Your ability in the “bush” is second to no one .

Sylvia, you are a great host and a Five ***** cook.

See you soon in Texas.

WB “Trey” Robbins III

wbriiicpl@aol.com Midland,

Texas, USA

 

Thank you for making the trip for a non hunter such a lovely experience. So much to see and do and the Big 5 up close was the highlight!

Sincerely, Kathy Robbins

kathyg.robbins@gmail.com

 

Matt, Sylvia, Savannah & Amber, Matt, we  couldn't have asked for a better guide and it was amazing to watch you work. Sylvia ,every meal was unbelievable and you did an amazing job on the couple days you took us around. Savannah, it was so special watching you break clays. Keep it up... you’re a natural! Amber – so happy you came with us to Kruger. Keep learning about all these animals, it was great having you as our guide.

Kruger is amazing; you all are so lucky to live so close.

Hope to see you in Reno soon.

Cheers, Jeff Thruston

jeff@bernardandassociates.com

Sporting Classiscs Magazine Reno,NV

 

 

 

CONTACT

 

ADDRESS

 

VISIT ALSO

 

 

 

Matthew and Sylvia Greeff

 

Fax : +27 86 546 6922

Cell : +27 83 265 2824

Cell : +27 82 334 2020

 

E-mail:

mgsafari@iafrica.com

 

Website :

www.mgsafaris.com

 
 

P O Box 26056

Nelspruit

1200

Mpumalanga

South Africa

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