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4 Day Lodge/Treehouse Safari - Marcs Tree House Lodge
Balule Nature Reserve
Kruger National Park
Blyde River Canyon
Marc’s Treehouse Lodge offers rustic but comfortable accommodation geared to put one in close contact with the sights, sounds and scents of the wild. The tree houses are made of wood and reeds under thatch and blend harmoniously into the dense riverine vegetation. Creature comforts include electric fans, mosquito nets and comfortable beds, with linen, towels and soap provided. Each tree house has its own private ablutions and features a viewing deck overlooking the perennial Klaserie River or the "Breakfast Dam", where animals often come to drink.
The tree houses are unobtrusively located on the elevated banks of the river, providing excellent views of the terrain. Marc’s Treehouse Lodge forms part of the Motlala Game Reserve which boasts well-watered grazing for its varied fauna. White and black rhino, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and numerous antelope have made the Motlala Game Reserve a real wildlife paradise. Among the predators, leopard and hyena are more often heard than seen.
The nights at Marc’s Treehouse Lodge are enriched by the calls of its denizens; the eerie whoops of hyena, the spine-tingling wail of jackals, the distant roar of lions, and the plaintive cry of the thick-tailed bush baby add an unforgettable aural dimension to one’s appreciation of the bush.
Birds tend to be more vocal than most other creatures. In the thick canopy of the treetops at Marc’s Treehouse Lodge, probably due to restricted visibility, the avifauna are particularly noisy as they warn of predators, call their mates or proclaim the boundaries of their territories. Among the feathered fraternity at Marc’s Treehouse Lodge, colourful specials include narina trogon, purple-crested touraco, trumpeter hornbill, natal francolin and natal robinchat. The early morning cacophony of birdsong is a stark reminder that one is deep in the riverine bush.
HIGHLIGHTS 3 hour SUNSET DRIVE on BALULE Big 5 Game Reserve BUSH BRAAI at Marula Tree Boma 4 hour BIG FIVE BUSH WALK WITH ARMED RANGER 2 hour AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE on BALULE FULL DAY IN KRUGER ON OPEN GAMEVIEWER BLYDE CANYON HIGHLlGHTS
DAY ONE : We collect our clients from all hotels and guesthouses in Gauteng as well as from Johannesburg Airport. We travel via farmlands to the picturesque Lowveld and on to Tremisana Game Lodge in the Balule Section of the Kruger Park. After a short break, during which you may unwind at the bar, have a swim or relax in the tropical gardens, we board the open Landcruiser for a 3h Sunset Drive. Your guide will show you various animals and birds and after darkness falls, we use spotlights to locate nocturnal species. Dinner will be an unforgettable BUSH BRAAI at our Marula Tree Boma. After dinner continue the Night Drive and overnight in comfortable air-conditioned en suite thatch-roofed chalets.
DAY TWO : Awaken at sunrise for an exhilarating day of unforgettable bush life. Drive to a remote part of the Balule Game Reserve, where you enjoy a 4h Bush Walk. Your experienced field guide will lead you through the bush. The thrill of following Africa’s large animals until you can take a photo will remain with you forever. Adrenalin surges will be acute, notwithstanding the presence of your armed ranger. Return to Tremisana for brunch. At around 15h00 we go on an afternoon game drive. Transfer to Marc’s Treehouse Lodge where accommodation is in fascinating and romantic treehouses.
DAY THREE : We travel to the Kruger Park where we board our open Gameviewer. The absence of windows and elevated vantage position allow for excellent photographic opportunities. You will have an amazing chance not only to view game but also to listen to and smell the African bush and its denizens. There will be regular stops at picnic spots and rest camps. Your experienced ranger will show you many animals and birds that frequent this wildlife paradise. The Orpen-Satara region boasts open plains and supports large herds of zebra, giraffe and antelope that attract numerous predators. In fact the zones we visit have the highest concentration of lions in Africa !
DAY FOUR : Enjoy an early morning walk accompanied by an armed ranger. We then drive to the awesome Three Rondawels and the Blyde River Canyon. Return to Gauteng in the late afternoon. Airport dropoff by arrangement.
Inclusions & Exclusions
TARIFF includes all transfers, all entry fees, all game drives/ walks, breakfasts and dinners.