Welcome to GAP Tours & Transfers
GAP Tours & Transfers offer Big 5 safari tours all around the Kruger National Park. Overnight in the Kruger National Park to get the full Big 5 safari experience while interacting with the elusive nocturnal wildlife. GAP Tours & Transfers offer Big 5 safari tours in the Kruger National Park which can be conducted in either open safari or closed air-conditioned vehicles. GAP Tours & Transfers offer tours & transfers in and around Mpumalanga and between Mpumalanga, Swaziland and Oliver Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg). All transfers are conducted in air-conditioned vehicles. The size of the vehicle will be dependant on the number of passengers. Wildlife Tours:
Moholoholo is a wildlife center which contributes to the conservation of endangered species and undertakes the rehabilitation of injured, orphaned and poisoned wild animals and birds. Creatures which cannot be released back into the wild, make their permanent home at Moholoholo, and we take our guests to the center for an interactive experience with these animals.
From Moholoholo we visit the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre at Kapama Game Reserve. The HESC runs a successful breeding programme for several endangered and vulnerable species. Following an introductory presentation, guests are taken in an Open Vehicle for a tour of the center. Moving between the various enclosures, guests can view (and learn more about) cheetah, wild dogs, black-footed cats, African wild cats, ground hornbills, sable antelope, and others.
Blyde Boat, Reptiles and Wildlife Tour:
From Moholoholo we go to Khamai Reptile Park, a center for reptile related research and public education. Home to many species of snakes, at Khamai guests, will also see other reptiles, numerous amphibians, and arachnids, many species of which are endangered.
After lunch guests board their boat on the Blydepoort Dam for a view of the mountains from the bottom of the Canyon. The 1.5-hour excursion in spectacular surroundings is not to be missed!! Game on the riverbanks is viewed from the boat, and the occasional hippo or crocodile may come past for a closer look at the visitors!
Pilgrim’s Rest is well worth a visit. This old mining town was established during the heady days of the gold rush in the late 1800’s and the whole town is now lovingly preserved as a national monument. From Hazyview, the tour begins as it climbs towards the town of Graskop, and the southernmost point of the Blyde River Canyon. The Panorama Tours encompasses some spectacular scenery, with breathtaking views of the Blyde River Canyon, and out over the endless Lowveld beyond. We take guests along the edge of the escarpment, to look out points offering magnificent views, including God’s Window, Wonderview, and the Three Rondawels. Along the route, we visit the famous Bourkes Luck Potholes – deep cylindrical cavities formed by thousands of years of water erosion at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur Rivers.
At lunchtime the tour will stop back in Graskop so that guests can have lunch at a restaurant, and if time permits, can spend a while browsing in local shops or along the pavements. Street vendors sell an amazing variety of goods – from nuts and fruit to beaded necklaces and carved wooden animals.
Near Graskop, where numerous waterfalls tumble down the mountains, we will visit the beautiful Berlin Falls and Lisbon Falls on the way back to Hazyview.
We meet our guests at their hotel and take them to the Kruger National Park to meet the National Parks ranger who will accompany them and share his knowledge of the bush. After a short game drive to the walking area, guests are given an introduction to tracking, the medicinal uses of plants and trees, and animal and bird identification. Walks are conducted in an area renowned for the rhino population, so “Big 5? sighting is a realistic possibility!
Elephant Back Safari:
We leave early in the morning to take our guests to the Kapama Game Reserve, where, on arrival, the elephant master introduces each elephant and talks about their personalities and behavior. Guests are seated behind an experienced elephant handler, on canvas covered saddles which are comfortable for both elephant and rider. From this lofty vantage point, guests are in close and natural proximity to the other wildlife, as the elephants amble quietly through the bush. After this truly memorable experience, breakfast is served at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, before guests are welcomed for a tour of this breeding and research establishment.
Day Safari Tours:
The recorded presence of man – including Bushman rock paintings and archaeological sites, are conserved along with the Park’s natural assets. If time permits, at least one of these will be included in the trip.
From an Open Safari, Vehicle guests can smell the dust and the sun-warmed grass, listen to the cicadas and the cry of the Fish Eagles, and enjoy the heat of an African day. However, we are also able to offer safari tours in closed, air-conditioned vehicles. This is a pleasant and comfortable option especially in very hot weather, for older guests, and for families traveling with young children.
Night Safari Tours:
A night safari tour in the Kruger National Park gives guests an unforgettable evening in the bush. The spotlight on the open safari vehicle allows guests to see shy, nocturnal animals, seldom seen during the day.
Dinner is a candle-lit barbeque buffet in the bush, accompanied by the sounds of the African bush at night, and illuminated by the stars of the African night sky. An armed ranger provides protection from any carnivores that may wish to join the feast.
After dinner, the game drive continues on the way back to the gate.
Sunset Safari Tours:
We take our guests to the Kruger National Park and they are met there by their Kruger National Parks ranger. Late afternoon is a good time for game viewing, and as evening approaches, nocturnal animals become active, and guests are able to experience at first hand the amazing colors of an African sunset.
Once the sun has set, and night begins to fall, the spotlights are switched on. In the quiet of the darkness, guests can expect a different safari experience from that of the daytime, and as they become aware of their surroundings they will see smaller, more elusive, shy and rare creatures, not usually seen during the day. No stops are made during this safari, but guests may bring along a small cooler box with soft drinks if they choose.
Swaziland Day Tours:
The Kingdom of Swaziland is an absolute Monarchy, ruled by King Mswati III, and is famous for the ceremonial culture where old traditions and beliefs still govern every aspect of life.
Swazi’s pride themselves on the warmth and friendliness that they extend to all visitors, and are well known for their skills as artists and craftsmen. We take our guests to visit places such as Swazi candles, Maguga dam, Ngwenya Glass, Mantenga Village, and King Sobhuza II Memorial Park.
We will stop during the day for lunch, which is for guests’ own account
Reach out and touch, and let Africa touch you ……….
Situated on five thousand hectares of pristine Africa Bush, Tshukudu Private Game Reserve is the ideal location to experience Africa’s Big Five. With the breathtakingly beautiful Drakensberg mountain’s on the horizon, the abundance of wild game, an astonishing variety of bird species, family-style hospitality, luxurious accommodation, Tshukudu is the place to “reach out and touch, and let Africa touch you”