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Game Drives

“MUST DO: Go on a morning or afternoon Safari in an open vehicle”

When you stay at Ubuntu Luxury Villa we can book you on a game drive / safari. Game drives are conducted by Khaya Ndlovu in an open safari vehicle, with a professional guide and tracker, on the 5,500 hectare Rietspruit Game Reserve. The reserve is home to a huge variety of wildlife with wide-ranging views of the beautiful Drakensberg Mountain Range and Blyde River Canyon. The reserve is home to the Big 5. The entrance gate of Rietspruit Game Reserve is only a 10 minute drive from Ubuntu Luxury Villa, just outside town.

Safaris typically last between 3 – 3.5 hours depending on the sightings during the course of the drive, and departure times vary according to the season.

Morning Game Drive

Depending on the season a morning drive will start at 05.00 or 05.30 AM.

Why choose a morning drive:

  • Watch the amazing African Sunrise
  • Mostly light conditions during the drive
  • Discover wild animals such as lions, cheetah, leopard, white rhino as well as general game such as zebra, giraffe, kudu, wildebeest, impala and many more.
  • Enjoy a cup of coffee-tea with some rusks during a stop in the bush
  • Combination with a nice and full breakfast afterwards

Afternoon Game Drive

Depending on the season an afternoon drive will start at 3.30 or 04.00 PM.

Why choose an afternoon drive:

  • Combination of day and night drive
  • Watch the amazing African Sunset
  • Discover wild animals such as lions, cheetah, leopard, white rhino as well as general game such as zebra, giraffe, kudu, wildebeest, impala. But also typical nocturnal animals such as bush baby, shrubhare, night birds etc.
  • Enjoy a sundowner (Beer, Gin-Tonic, Amarula, Wine) during a stop in the bush
  • Combine your drive with a lunch before or dinner afterwards

Game Drive on our own Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate

It’s only a short drive from the villa to the wilderness area on the estate. You can use the large printed map from the villa to plan your route. Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate is a real gem, home to free roaming wildlife like;

Impala, Giraffe, Zebra, Kudu, Waterbuck, Wildebeest, Warthog and your occasional Leopard.

You can park your car at one of the three dams and exit the car for a short walk or visit one of the bird hides. 

TIP: take the cooler box from the villa and fill it up to have a nice sundowner at one of the dams.