DAY 1: BLACK LEOPARD CAMP
We pick you up at Johannesburg's O.R Tambo International Airport and drive to Black Leopard Camp near Lydenburg. It should take roughly 3 hours. This is a luxury tented camp with stylish bedrooms. You should arrive in time for a dip in the pool overlooking the mountain gorge, before afternoon tea and time to rest and recuperate. The evening meal will be taken in the tree top dining room after which you can relax by an open fire in the well-appointed lapa. Dinner.
DAY 2: BLACK LEOPARD CAMP
You are woken with a cup of tea or coffee before setting off on a morning game drive that includes the camp's unique 'bush senses' experience. This always proves very popular with safari guests. In a fun way it encourages you to use all of your senses when in the bush. Not just sight, but also smell, hearing and touch - it's an ideal preparation for any safari. Brunch is followed by siesta time. When the heat of the day has faded a little, join rangers to learn how to track leopards and other predators within the Thaba Tholo reserve, where the Ingwe Leopard team are monitoring the resident leopard population. Full board.
DAY 3: BLACK LEOPARD CAMP
You have a morning game drive before brunch, game viewing in the reserve as well as stopping off to visit the many early San people settlements. In the late afternoon you'll help site camera traps. Guided by the Ingwe Leopard Conservation team, select places along game trails that you feel are likely places to capture photographs of local leopards as they roam overnight. Leopard movement changes almost on a daily basis, making this a fascinating and fun exercise and helps you feel part of the Ingwe team. Return to camp for an early dinner followed by a night drive on the Thaba Tholo Reserve. Full board.
DAY 4: BALULE GAME RESERVE
After breakfast and a morning game drive in the reserve, you transfer to the 40,000 hectare Balule Game Reserve in greater Kruger, arriving in time to settle in before high tea is served. You enjoy an afternoon game drive within the reserve, returning for dinner. Full board.
DAY 5: BALULE GAME RESERVE
You set off this morning on a Big 5 game drive within the Balule Game Reserve. Returning to the lodge in time for brunch, you then transfer to Zuleika Country House where you spend the night. Full board.
DAY 6: THORNYBUSH GAME RESERVE
After breakfast you visit the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre to see some of the wonderful conservation work they do. You then drive to the exclusive ThornyBush Game Reserve. On arrival at Tangala Safari Camp, there will be time to settle in before high tea and an evening game drive in the Reserve. Tangala is a truly sustainable and wonderfully relaxing haven. Full board.
DAY 7: THORNYBUSH GAME RESERVE
On an early morning game drive you hope to check out scenes from the previous evenings events; however, each safari offers a new exciting experience. You return to the lodge for breakfast, after which you have the option of taking a guided bush walk. You return to the camp for a well-deserved rest during the heat of the day, where there will be time to relax or enjoy the plunge pool overlooking the waterhole, which is often host to zebra, buffalo, giraffe, elephant, rhino, and lion. The afternoon game drive starts after high tea and takes in previously unseen areas of the reserve. Full board.
DAY 8: TO BLACK LEOPARD CAMP
A morning game drive aims to visit those parts of the concession that you've not yet had time to reach, offering an opportunity to get those final photographs. Time
permitting you can take a short bush walk from the vehicle, before returning to the lodge for a late breakfast. Transfer back to Black Leopard Camp, where you'll have time to unwind before dinner. Full board.
DAY 9: BLACK LEOPARD CAMP
Late morning bush walk with the Ingwe Leopard team within the Thaba Tholo Reserve. At this point we open doors that are not available to anyone other than conservation professionals, providing you with the chance to join dedicated leopard conservationists, working to conserve not only leopards but all predators within the Reserve. Their aim is to preserve the last of the big five that survives outside of game reserves. Full board.
DAY 10: DEPART
You take an early morning game drive to monitor and record predator tracks and
movement as well as to recover camera traps and return to camp to download and review the images captured. A prize is given for the best photo. All photographs will be
added to the Ingwe Leopard Research data base and form part of the research
data. Brunch and a final game drive back through the Thaba Tholo Reserve is followed by an
afternoon transfer to Johannesburg airport. Brunch.