Photographic Safaris & Side Trips

Here are sample itineraries to give you an idea of what is available:

  • Packages can be linked
  • The itinerary may vary slightly according to accommodation availability
  • We usually need to book these quite some time in advance in order to secure place.


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Big 5 Photographic Adventure

4 Days, 3 Nights. Arrive at Hoedspruit airport.

This four day Safari takes you into some of South Africa’s prime “BIG FIVE” country, revealing wildlife that Africa is famous for. You will experience viewing dangerous game “up close” and night drives from an open safari vehicle. Time will also be spent in the Kruger National Park where you will be able to absorb vast tracks of virgin land and the wildlife it holds. A visit to the Letaba Elephant Museum that hosts the Kruger’s famous “Magnificent Seven”, is simply a MUST!

Listen to the roar of a lion or the call of a night jar, and know that you are in AFRICA!

Includes full board, transfers & entrance fees. Excludes beverages & gratuities.

Kruger National Park

3 Days, 2 Nights. Arrive at Phalaborwa airport & spend 2 nights in Kruger, sightseeing; where nearly 2 million acres of unrivalled diversity of life forms fuses with historical and archaeological sights – this is real Africa.

Includes full board, transfers & entrance fees. Excludes beverages & gratuities.

7 Day – Limpopo Past and Present

Shi-awela (“A Peaceful Place of Rest”) invites you to share LIMPOPO’S HERITAGE, as we take a light hearted journey through the past and present. Experience scenic drives, and visits through the LIMPOPO Province, while enjoying the warm hospitality of our people, the tapestry of wildlife, landscape, history and culture.

This Exclusive Safari is based from Shi-awela Safari Lodge and takes guests through some of the most diverse fauna and flora and biodiversity in Southern Africa. It covers areas in the central, northern and eastern regions of the Limpopo Province crossing early trading routes (800AD), paths of famous ivory hunters, the battlefields of the Anglo Boer War, and the sacred lands of the Native Tribes.

Upgrade to ten days possible.

Includes full board, transfers & entrance fees. Excludes beverages & gratuities.

Cape Town

Three nights luxury accommodations at the Portswood Hotel, B&B on the famed Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Airport transfers, private driver / guide. Half day Table Mountain Tour, Full day winelands tour, Full day Cape Point tour.

Includes B&B, all transfers & entrance fees. Excludes lunches, dinners, beverages & gratuities.

Victoria Falls

Two nights luxury accommodations at the Victoria Falls Hotel B&B. Airport transfers, Sunset River cruise and tour of the Falls included.

Includes B&B, all transfers & entrance fees. Excludes airfares, lunches, dinners, beverages & gratuities.

Mozambique Ocean Adventure

Five days, four nights luxury accommodations at Azura. Island paradise – your second honeymoon.

Deep Sea fishing, Snorkelling, Diving all available. Simply enjoy this wonderful un-spoilt part off Africa’s coast line, with warm water and lovely beaches. This is the ultimate luxury.

Full board, transfers, & helicopter flight to the island. Excludes flights, visas, activities & gratuities

Stockmen’s Cattle Safari

Eight days, seven nights accommodations at Shi-awela. Enjoy time in the cattle kraal, evaluating and selecting BALL NGUNI cattle, intermingled with enjoying time on the extensive estate.

Visit local stockmen, view their cattle, attend local cattle auctions, and see differing management systems. Enjoy time in rural Vhavenda Land, and learn about the diverse and rich culture. Visit a local feed lot and/or dairy. Enjoy the bushveld.
Includes full board, airport transfers, all ground transfers and activities.

Excludes beverages and gratuities.

Day Trips Available From Shi-awela

Venda : 1/2 day trip

Depart from Shi-awela after breakfast, and journey into rural VENDA. Watch the skilled pinch pot masters make simple clay come to life. Seemingly unaffected by modern technology, this window into the rural life is inspiring. May continue into Louis Trichardt local town for some shopping or errands.

Soutpansberg Mountain: 1/2 to full day

Depart from Shi-awela after brunch, and journey along the N1 north, through the Soutpansberg mountains, and then head west. Climb, climb and climb some more… fortunately the vehicle does the work. Enjoy a refreshing beverage from the top.
Drink in the beautiful views, and hopefully view some of the unique wildlife.

Tzaneen : Full day trip

Depart from Shi-awela after breakfast, and travel east to the highly fertile and productive area of Tzaneen. We will visit the area’s first hotel, The Coach House, where they have a delightful country nougat factory, that produces world class nougat that is exported all over the world. We will also enjoy time at the Agatha Crocodile ranch, and lunch up in the romantic Mountains. The Haenetsburg area has the historical monument for the women and children lost in the Anglo Boer War.


This is one of the most remarkable icons in the Limpopo. Mapungubwe is situated at the confluence of the Shashi and Limpopo rivers, where the three countries of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana meet. This is approximately a two hour, scenic drive from us.

The great ruins at Mapungubwe, in the Limpopo River Valley, show remains of the first and greatest ever South African kingdom to have flourished. Mapungubwe shows remains of human occupation in and around 850 AD (two and a half centuries before Great Zimbabwe).

The most significant find at Mapungubwe was a gold rhinoceros and gold bowl, dating back to around 1200AD. The artefacts at Mapungubwe illustrate a flourishing trade & advanced social systems of African kingdoms in the 13th Century. It offers a unique bio diversity, birding, game viewing, (elephant if we are lucky) as well as a very interesting, guided tour of the archaeological site that was restricted to the public in the apartheid era. This also offers a tree top walk through the Limpopo forest.
(elevated wooden paths on stilts). Mapungubwe is also the land of the iconic Baobab tree.

Lalapanzi Anglo Boer War Museum

Visit a very charming little local pub and hotel, close to home. This is home to the Anglo Boer War Museum, where many artefacts are displayed from the skirmishes during the War.