South Africa·August 4 - 14 2024

SOUTH AFRICA SAFARI 2024: PLUS 1 EDITION

An 11-day African safari adventure. So you don't have to leave your loved ones behind, we created our first +1 (all genders welcome) trip!  

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Overview

For years AdventurUs Women has been creating life-changing all-women experiences, making loved ones very jealous of our adventures. But this adventure is so epic we don't want you to leave your loved ones behind, so we created our first +1 (all genders welcome) trip! Bring your partner... father... brother... son... you get the idea. Single registration for AdventurUs Women is also available. Welcome to your dream safari trip.... we will be staying at a private lodge located in the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate close to Kruger National Park in the Greater Kruger Region. In addition to daily game drives to see the Big Five and local wildlife, our trip will include bush walks, a river cruise, a visit to an elegant sanctuary, watercolor and photography workshops, wine tasting, movie nights, time to chill by our private pool, a massage, and a traditional starlit bush braai! This trip is SOLD OUT.

Highlights

GAME DRIVES

GAME DRIVES

A game drive is an adventure that entails viewing wildlife in the comfort of a 4×4 open-sided safari vehicle, a sure way to give you that classical safari feeling!

BUSH WALKS

BUSH WALKS

A bush walk is just that - a walk thru the African bush! Guests are taken into a Big Five nature preserve to view wildlife on foot rather than in a game vehicle. The guided walk is led by an experienced guide who can describe and interpret the many species of wildlife that they encounter along the way.

ELEPHANT MOMENTS

ELEPHANT MOMENTS

Get up close and personal with the largest land mammal in the world! Learn from those who have rescued many of these gentle giants... with an option to adopt one!

BLYDE RIVER BOAT CRUISE

BLYDE RIVER BOAT CRUISE

Keep an eye out for hippos and crocodiles on this relaxing afternoon cruise through the world's third largest canyon!

CREATIVE WORKSHOPS

CREATIVE WORKSHOPS

Watercolor and photography workshops will be offered. Capture the magic of South Africa through your own eyes and hands...

INCREDIBLE MEALS

INCREDIBLE MEALS

You will never be hungry after the delicious and hearty meals we will share at the lodge!

REST & RESTORE

REST & RESTORE

We have built in time on this trip for deep relaxation and restoration. Massages are included.

Guides & Trip Leaders

MEET MARIA & REINHARDT!

MEET MARIA & REINHARDT!

Maria & Reinhardt Du Plessis have a great passion for customer service, and their focus is to create lifetime memories for the ones that want to discover wild Africa. Maria is our hostess with the mostest - - she will shower you with hugs and fill your bellies with delicious food! Reinhardt is our resident wildlife expert - - you will be amazed at the wealth of knowledge he brings while guiding you through the African bush. Their love for nature extends beyond the safari - it's their way of life and they can't wait to share it with you!

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MEET SAVERIA!

MEET SAVERIA!

Saveria Tilden (she/her) is the brains behind AdventurUs Women! She has a ridiculous amount of outdoor experience. As an educator in a variety of fields over the past twenty years, Saveria has experienced first-hand the magic that happens when women come together to learn about and explore the outdoors! As your Trip Leader on this trip, Saveria will have multiple touch points with you leading to the trip and will be on the trip ensuring that not only every detail is taken care of, YOU are taken care of. She is certified as a Wilderness First Responder and Leave No Trace Master Educator. Saveria lives in Bend, OR with her adventure pup @BettyBooInTheWild.

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MEET JEN!

MEET JEN!

Jen McVeay (she/her) is our resident safari expert! She has spent the last five years traveling to South Africa every chance she gets, to pursue her hobby as a wildlife photographer. Her passion is travel, and she has managed to combine her jobs as an event director and travel agent with her obsession for wildlife… and TA-DA!! …an AdventurUs Women South Africa retreat was born! When not traveling, Jen lives in Kailua, HI, along with her eyeless dog Toby. She is excited to be working with Saveria to make YOUR bucket list dream of a safari come true!

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Schedule

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DAY 1

August 4

Arrive Johannesburg (JNB) Overnight at City Lodge Hotel. Meet & Greet at hotel bar.

Not Included

Dinner

Alcohol

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DAY 2

August 5

Transfer from JNB to Rafiki Bush Lodge in Hoedspruit, where we will settle into our rooms and relax before our first game drive. 

Included

Transfers

Game drive

Afternoon Snack

Dinner

Not Included

Breakfast

Alcohol

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DAY 3

August 6

Two Game Drives, Photography Workshop, Wine Tasting, Braai

Included

Game Drives

Photo Workshop

Brunch

Afternoon Snack

Dinner

Wine

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DAY 4

August 7

Bush Walk or massage, relaxation at the lodge poolside as animals wander by, afternoon game drive, movie night

Included

Bush Walk or Massage

Game Drive

Brunch

Afternoon Snack

Dinner

Not Included

Alcohol

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DAY 5

August 8

Today we will head out for a scenic drive. The Panorama Route is a scenic road connecting several cultural and natural points of interest. This route, steeped in history, has some of the most stunning views in the area.

Included

Brunch

Dinner

Entry Fees

Not Included

Lunch

Alcohol

Souvenirs

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DAY 6

August 9

This will be a day to remember! Meet, feed, and bond with a huge African Elephant! Enjoy a midday massage, followed by an afternoon cruising the Blyde River, wine tasting, and Braai.

Included

Elephant Moments

Brunch

Watercolor Workshop or Massage

Blyde River Boat Cruise

Afternoon Snack

Dinner

Wine

Not Included

Souvenirs

Gratuities at Elephant Moments

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DAY 7

August 10

Two Game Drives, a fun game night, and wine tasting.


Included

Two Game Drives

Brunch

Afternoon Snack

Dinner

Wine

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DAY 8

August 11

More game drive adventures, hiking, and free time.

Included

Two Game Drives

Brunch

Afternoon Snack

Dinner

Not Included

Alcohol

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DAY 9

August 12

Today we head into Kruger National Park for a full day of game drives!

Included

Full Day of Game Drives

Light Breakfast & Coffee

Dinner

Not Included

Lunch

Alcohol

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DAY 10

August 13

Our last full day will be full of game drives, a watercolor workshop, and a traditional Bush Braii on a Big Five preserve, under the African stars!

Included

Two Game Drives

Brunch

Afternoon Snack

Bush Braii Dinner

Wine

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DAY 11

August 14

One last game drive before heading to the Hoedspruit airport to fly back to JNB and head home.

Included

Game Drive

Brunch

Not Included

Lunch

Dinner

Gratuity for Safari Guide

Gratuities for Lodge Staff

Alcohol

What's Included

What's Included

All flights & transportation within South Africa

Group Zoom call leading up to the trip

10 nights lodging

Game Drives & Bush Walks

In Room Private Massage

4 Wine Tasting Nights

90% of Meals

Entry fees to excursions

Elephant Encounter

Blyde River Boat Cruise

1 on 1 planning call and check-ins prior to trip to help prepare for your adventure

Memories to last a lifetime!

Trip insurance with medical & repatriation coverage (required). Cancellation insurance recommended.

Alcoholic beverages

Guide & Lodge Gratuities

Airfare to and from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)

Personal expenses

Souvenirs

Tickets

Leopard Room-SOLD OUT

Leopard Room-SOLD OUT

Double Occupancy Room with Twin Beds (can be made a King); sign up with a roommate, or one will be assigned. Additional details about the room below. Please note: Our international trips require a deposit of 50%. 15% of the full trip price is non-refundable.

FROM$6,590.00/pp

Buffalo Room-SOLD OUT

Buffalo Room-SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT! King Bed - $7290 per person single occupancy rate if traveling solo; $6590 per person double occupancy - must sign up with roommate and you will be sharing one bed. Additional details about the room below. Please note: Our international trips require a deposit of 50%. 15% of the full trip price is non-refundable.

FROM$6,590.00/pp

Elephant Room-SOLD OUT

Elephant Room-SOLD OUT

Queen Bed - $6990 per person single occupancy rate if traveling solo; $6390 per person double occupancy - must sign up with roommate and you will be sharing one bed. Additional details about the room below. Please note: Our international trips require a deposit of 50%. 15% of the full trip price is non-refundable.

FROM$6,390.00/pp

Exploring South Africa

Discovering the beauty of Africa

Hoedspruit is located in the Limpopo province in South Africa. The town sits at the base of the Klein Drakensberg mountains. Hoedspruit is situated on the railway line from Tzaneen to Kaapmuiden. Hoedspruit's main advantage is its proximity to the Kruger National Park and the privately owned lodges of Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and Klaserie Private Nature Reserve.  

This small town is one of South Africa's major eco-tourist destinations to visit game lodges and private reserves.  The countryside rich in game and open spaces is an adventure lover's paradise.  It is surrounded by the largest conservation area in the world and specializes in mango and citrus fruit production.

Most of the rainfall here occurs in the mid-summer months with it being its coldest in July. Late Winter/Spring is the height of the dry season which is when we will be visiting. Because the rivers and dams are low, high concentrations of game can be viewed at these areas and game viewing in general is good. 

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Trip Tips

TRAVEL PLANNING ASSISTANCE

TRAVEL PLANNING ASSISTANCE

We are proud to partner with JennyMac Travel Adventures for all of your travel needs! Whether it’s booking airfare, lodging, or a rental car for your next AdventurUs Women trip, Jen is committed to making your next adventure as fun as can be. Let Jen do the planning so you can focus on the adventure! Explore travel options at www.jennymactravel.com or contact Jen@jennymactravel.com!

REQUIRED TRIP INSURANCE

REQUIRED TRIP INSURANCE

Trip insurance with medical and repatriation coverage is required for our international trips. Cancellation insurance is also recommended. Our travel partner, JennyMac Travel Adventures, is happy to book travel insurance for you at competitive rates. Contact Jen@jennymactravel.com! (You are also welcome to book insurance on your own... please be aware we will require proof of insurance prior to the trip.)

DEPOSITS & CANCELLATIONS

DEPOSITS & CANCELLATIONS

Travel is a big commitment — and so is planning, designing, and hosting a trip. So we’ve built a policy that can be flexible for our Travelers, while still protecting the work that our Hosts and Trip Operators do at each stage of the process. Our international cancellation & refund policy is set out below: 180 days (6 months) or more before trip start date: Full refund minus a 15% cancellation fee based on the full trip amount; 179-91 days (3-6 months) before trip start date: Full refund minus a 25% cancellation fee based on the full trip amount; 90 - 0 days (0-3 months) before trip start date: No refunds, no exceptions. 50% can be transferred to another trip within a year. If the trip / retreat does not meet the minimum # of participants 90 days before the trip start date the trip will be cancelled and full refunds will be issued. Any refund shall be made less any platform, transaction and processing fees that have been incurred. We strongly recommend purchasing "cancel for any reason" trip insurance.

You'll Be Staying Here

Rafiki Bush Lodge

Rafiki Bush Lodge

We would like to introduce you to Hoedspruit's newest luxury Bush Lodge in the Wildlife estate, Rafiki Bush Lodge.

We’re getting back to the basics... nature, romance and African style, all combined into one incredible experience right in the heart of The Greater Kruger. Located within the safe and secure surroundings of the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate in Limpopo, South Africa. Welcome to Big 5 country!

The laid back atmosphere and surrounding bushveld makes it the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city and a perfect stopover to fill days during your Bush holiday. It's located very central to use as a base to explore the Lowveld and surroundings. Right in the heart of the Greater Kruger area.

Rafiki is located within a private Wildlife Estate in Hoedspruit and is home to all the usual suspects: wildlife, beautiful sunsets, majestic mountain views and rare sightings of leopards. Rafiki means "friend" in Swahili - and that's what you are to us, a friend, not just a guest.

Leopard Room

Leopard Room

This stunningly stylish room can be set up with two twin beds, or converted to a king size bed for the romantic at heart. The Leopard room also has its own private patio providing an exclusive bushveld view. This room is special, since a family of Bush Babies lives just steps away from the porch! f you're lucky, you will spot these tiny adorable primates heading out into the night as the sun sets, or hanging out of their house to cool off on a hot day! This well equipped room offers free bath and pool towels, bathrobes and complimentary toiletries. The private en-suite bathroom offers a tub as well as an outside shower. Like all of our rooms, guests in the Leopard room enjoy air conditioning, a coffee station, complimentary high speed internet, and in room safe.

Giraffe & Elephant Rooms

Giraffe & Elephant Rooms

These airy and well-appointed rooms are exclusively decorated with your convenience in mind. They have beautiful bush views. The Giraffe & Elephant rooms have their own private patios providing an exclusive view, as they overlooks the African bushveld of the secure Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate - you might spot the local wildlife cruising by! These well equipped rooms offer free bath and pool towels, bathrobes, and complimentary toiletries. The rooms have an outside shower and flyscreens to keep the room airy. The floor plan is open, with the toilet and shower as part of the main room - - so this room is ideal for couples, singles, or very good friends. (For privacy purposes, an alternate half bath with toilet and sink are located just steps away in the common living area.) The Giraffe & Elephant rooms boast a Queen size bed, air conditioning, coffee station, complimentary high speed internet, and in room safe.

Buffalo Room

Buffalo Room

This luxurious and spacious room is exclusively decorated with your comfort in mind, and offers stunning views.  The Premier Buffalo Room has its own private veranda providing an exclusive view, as it overlooks the African bushveld and majestic Drakensberg mountains. This well equipped room offers free bath and pool towels, bathrobes and complimentary toiletries. There is also an outside shower for the adventurous traveller and mosquito netting over the bed. The Buffalo room boasts a King size bed, private en suite bathroom with tub and separate shower, air conditioning, coffee station, complimentary high speed internet, and in room safe.

FAQs

We want each experience to feel intimate and special and as such, keep our adventure trips small. This trip requires a minimum of 5 participants to run and may have up to 8.

Arrivals: We will be meeting at JNB on August 4th and staying the night at the airport before transferring to Hoedspruit the next day.

You should plan on leaving the U.S. on August 2nd or 3rd to arrive by August 4th.


Departures: We will be back at JNB around 3pm please plan your travel home accordingly.



We spend a lot of time in the Safari vehicles on bumpy and rough roads on the reserve. Guests should be comfortable climbing in and out of the vehicle using high steps and rails to hold onto. Guests with back problems or who get car/motion sick may have issues. We recommend reaching out to us before booking so we can chat about it and share what to expect.

We are proud to partner with JennyMac Travel Adventures for all of your travel needs! Whether it’s booking airfare, lodging, or a rental car for your next AdventurUs Women trip, Jen is committed to making your next adventure as fun as can be.  Let Jen do the planning so you can focus on the adventure! Explore travel options at www.jennymactravel.com or contact Jen@jennymactravel.com!

Insurance is mandatory for our international adventures. Therefore this trip requires that we all have trip insurance that includes medical evacuation and repatriation insurance, which covers medical costs and the cost to get home if needed. Our travel partner, JennyMac Travel Adventures, is happy to book travel insurance for you at competitive rates. Contact Jen@jennymactravel.com! (You are also welcome to book insurance on your own... please be aware we will require proof of insurance prior to the trip.)

Please check that your passport does NOT expire within 6 months of our trip dates. (There is a funny story behind how we know this that may be shared over a glass of wine!) Also, be sure that you have at least two consecutive blank pages in your passport.

No vaccines are required for South Africa. The area where we are traveling is considered a low malaria zone, especially during winter when we will be there, but we encourage you to chat with your personal physician to make the decision that is best for you.

We get it - - morning game drives and bush walks require a very early wakeup! At any point if you don't feel like getting up, that is totally up to you - - this is YOUR adventure. Similarly, if you just need an extra afternoon nap and don't feel like doing the afternoon game drive, feel free to grab some extra zzz's or just hang by the pool. This goes for all of our workshops and excursions... (but we know you will have FOMO and will probably go to all the things)! We want you to have the best time possible, whatever that may be for YOU!

No problem - - just let us know in advance so that the lodge is aware of any allergies or special food needs.

August is wintertime in South Africa, but the days will be warming up! Daytime highs can range from 72 to 94, while nights and early mornings can still be quite chilly, so we encourage you to pack layers and a warm jacket. (Blankets and hot water bottles are always available during game drives.) Good hiking boots and long pants are encouraged for bush walks, but you'll also want to pack your shorts, swimsuit, and flip flops! Also, neutral colors are encouraged for bush walks - - khaki, brown, green, tan - - nothing too bright. We will give you tips for a packing list when we do our 1 on 1 check-ins before the trip!

Yes there is! We will be flying Airlink from JNB to/from our lodge in Hoedspruit. These are smaller planes so the weight limit is approximately 40 lbs. (20kgs) per bag. But don't worry - there is no need to overpack. You only need to pack for 5 or 6 days, then we can do laundry as needed at the lodge. We recommend you bring one mid-sized suitcase plus a backpack -- and pack an extra duffel bag just in case you buy too many souvenirs!

Travel is a big commitment — and so is planning, designing, and hosting a trip. So we’ve built a policy that can be flexible for our Travelers, while still protecting the work that our Hosts and Trip Operators do at each stage of the process.


Our international cancellation & refund policy is set out below:


180 days (6 months) or more before trip start date: Full refund minus a 15% cancellation fee based on the full trip amount;


179-91 days (3-6 months) before trip start date: Full refund minus a 25% cancellation fee based on the full trip amount;


90 - 0 days (0-3 months) before trip start date: No refunds, no exceptions. 50% can be transferred to another trip within a year. 


If the trip / retreat does not meet the minimum # of participants 90 days before the trip start date  the trip will be cancelled and full refunds will be issued. Any refund shall be made less any platform, transaction and processing fees that have been incurred.


We strongly recommend purchasing "cancel for any reason" trip insurance.


All participants should be prepared to follow all current government and international travel requirements. 

Let us know if you have any specific questions that aren't answered here! Email us at info@adventuruswomen.com and jen@jennymactravel.com.

SOUTH AFRICA SAFARI 2024: PLUS 1 EDITION

South Africa· August 4 - 14 2024· 10 nights

FROM$6390/pp