Your tour will start and end at Johannesburg International Airport (also known as OR Tambo). All participants will be transferred at set transfer times from the airport to Entabeni Game Reserve.
The set transfer departure times from the airport are: 08:30, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00. If none of these transfers fit with your arrival, it is possible to book an individual transfer at an additional cost.
Upon arrival in Entabeni, you will meet your tour leader and be checked in at your respective lodge/camp. Participants arriving on one of the first three transfers (departing from Johannesburg International Airport at 08:30, 10:00 and 12:00) will have the possibility to go on the first of many exciting game drives.
The afternoon game drive begins at 16:00 and arrives back at the lodge in time for dinner at 19:30. The afternoon drive not only provides an opportunity to encounter the exhilarating wildlife, but also offers the experience of a genuine African sunset in ideal settings: enjoying a cold drink out in the savannah, while admiring the changing colours of the darkening evening sky. The afternoon drive eventually turns into a night safari, where we will get the possibility to spot fascinating nocturnal wildlife with a spotlight.
Please note: June is wintertime in South Africa and while the temperatures often rise to 20-25 degrees Celsius during the day, temperatures often hover around 0 degrees Celsius at night! The significant drop in temperature from day to nighttime make the evenings and mornings feel extremely cold. It is therefore essential to bring a winter jacket, warm hat and gloves when going on game drives!
Over the last few years the reserve's wildlife has become increasingly accustomed to the visiting tourists. It is therefore not uncommon to see elephants, giraffes and different species of antelopes grazing in close proximity to the safari vehicles. A pride of lions even occasionally holds up traffic, lying lazily across the tracks. We use open 4x4 safari vehicles, which provide us with an excellent opportunity to view the wildlife safely.
During our stay, there will be several park rangers at the camps: one for approximately every ten participants. The rangers ensure our safety, drive the safari vehicles, provide knowledgeable guiding, coordinate the events with the race management, and are at our disposal around the clock. Furthermore, a Tour Leader will be with the group from beginning to end assisting with every need of the participants.