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Keep an eye out for the zebra.
Keep an eye out for the zebra.
One of the big five is the elephant.
Best be on the watch for the lions.

Honeyguide Safari

Thursday, December 13, 2001
Lochie takes you on a safari camp called Honeyguide, located within the Manyeleti Game Reserve. Manyeleti means "place of the stars".

Manyeleti, which means "place of the stars" is on 23,000 hectares and has its own governing body. Honeyguide takes up 10,000 hectares of the heavily wooded area and attracts up to 5000 visitors a year, most from overseas countries. They operate eco-safaris in a vast private concession area which can be explored in open game viewing vehicles or on foot under the guidance of armed and experienced rangers. These tours operate day and night.

The reserve was set up in the 1960s during the apartheid era specifically for black people as they were not allowed into Kruger. The infrastructure was never developed and unlike other reserves, is still quite "wild". There are only three camps in Manyeleti Pungwe, Kohoka Moya and Honeyguide, which takes its name from the honeyguide bird. As there are only three camps, there are never more than three vehicles at a sighting at any time.

While seeing the big five: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino is not guaranteed, chances of seeing at least three are pretty good.

The camp has 12 east African style tents and takes a maximum of 24 guests. The tents have ensuite facilities with hot and cold water and are furnished in safari style. Each has a front deck giving views of the forested dry river bed. There is a splash pool and separate bar area along the walkway through the riverine forest. Meals are usually taken under the stars at a large oval table while you listen to the sounds of Africa. The second area, Outpost Camp, offers more rustic safari tents with private outdoor bathrooms.


Manyeleti Reserve, a five-hour drive from Johannesburg or 40 minutes from Hoedspruit Airport.


Qantas flies four times a week to Johannesburg. Return airfares start at $2149 from Sydney Melbourne Brisbane and Adelaide and $1899 from Perth.
South African Express has daily connections from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit starting from $298.A three-night package including meals, airport transfers and safari activities starts from $900 pp. Prices are as of the above date.

More information

Qantas for information and reservations Phone:1800 067 575
Africa Travel Centre 1800 622 984

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