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"It is a wild, beautiful, raw, dynamic place. That you have to see and experience for yourself. I hope you have an experience that alters the course of your life because, after Africa, nothing has ever been the same. "
– Suzanne Evans.

Download our latest 2024 8 Night Safari Itinerary with MGS! 


All our safaris are personalised and tailor made for each trip, depending the family / group's requirements and any special interests. Please find below a very proven and popular Photo Safari itinerary with a good combination of great game-viewing, finding lots of animals, seeing the Big 5, lots of sights, culture and good lodging.

This 8 night combination trip will explore Mpumalanga’s fantastic wildlife including fantastic

Big 5 sightings up close in the Kruger National Park, Drakensberg sightseeing tour, optional Elephant experience up close, private game drives on the awesome Olifants 'Big 5 river, wildlife rehabilitation centre, curio shopping & more…

Big 5  Lowveld Explorer (8 nights)


  • Day 1
    Arrive in Johannesburg OR Tambo International airport for daily domestic connecting flights to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Nelspruit. Matthew Greeff Safaris are to meet guests at Airport with a short road transfer to our Gold Valley Lodge. 

Settle in, have a light lunch, maybe a nap and go on a late afternoon game drive on our own 3000 acre of wild bush with +-15 species of game including giraffe, zebra, kudu, wildebeest, waterbuck, nyala, impala & reedbuck to name a few…
At Gold Valley Lodge / ranch you can find your feet, do game drives and walks, shoot sporting clays, as well as nearby sight-seeing trips to gold rush town of Barberton and its Geo-trail into the mountains & Sudwala Caves.

  •  Day 2 @ Gold Valley Lodge

**We have found that jet lag is quite an issue for the first 2 nights.
- so this really works well!**


  • Day 3  

After breakfast, head north for scenic route tour to the Drakensberg mountains / Graskop, Gods Window, Berlin Falls, the Pinnacle and more…
- Lunch in the mountains.
Option to do the popular Elephant Sanctuary where you can have a Trunk in hand encounter (additional costs - See website below)
Dinners and overnight at Gold Valley Lodge.


  • Day 4 + Day 5 

Early morning departure for the famous Kruger National Park in search of Africa’s Big 5, giraffe and more… Spend next 2 evenings in the Park at overnighting camps such as Pretoriuskop, Skukuza, Berg en Dal & Satara, to name a few. For more than 3 people in a group we suggest your own private special adapted 9 seater open game viewing vehicle, with private experienced MGS guide. For single couples we use our own private MGS SUV or D/Cab vehicles.

  • Day 6 : 

Work your way out the Park to arrive at new Excellence Safari lodge in the early afternoon. Settle in at safari camp, game drive in afternoon /evening return along the Olifants river ... Lots of Hippo, Crocodiles, elephant, awesome birding etc...

  • Day 7

Breakfast and then a visit to the fascinating Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation centre near Hoedspruit. Opportunity to see and interact with cheetah, vultures, eagles and more... Lunch, some curio shopping and then return in afternoon. Late afternoon game drive. Usual awesome campfires with SA red wines and great food.

  • Day 8

After easy breakfast start working your way back to Nelspruit via the tribal lands of Acornhoek and Bushbuckridge to our Gold Valley Lodge for final afternoon / evening around campfire.. Final laundry can get done / pack for next part of trip etc ..

  • Day 9 Departure day 

Easy morning ,breakfast and transfer to Kruger Mpumalanga International (KMI) for scheduled flight to JHB for flight back home
for direct flight option from KMI to Cape Town or to Livingstone, Zambia / Victoria Falls for next adventure.

- ​Notes :
Some flights get into JHB during the day and early enough to connect with a flight to KMI. While some flights however arrive late afternoon and we then suggest Africa Sky Guesthouse for your 1st night arrival 
 Africa-Sky Guesthouse ( has a meet and greet service at OR Tambo Airport, a very short 12-15 min transfer, easy dinners on arrival and it is safe and very popular with all our guests.
Next day, short transfer back to airport, guests fly from JHB to our Nelspruit town’s Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, (these add on flights are with SA Air-link ) 
Direct scheduled flights daily from JHB OR. Tambo International to Kruger Mpumalanga International have a flight duration of 50 min. Meet and be picked up by one of our guides and transferred the +-40 minutes to our own Gold Valley Lodge to start your trip .
 If there are any flying issues… We have a meet and greet option at JHB airport or guesthouse next morning and then a +- 4 hour scenic drive to our Gold Valley Lodge / ranch with registered driver and air conditioned vehicle on easy highway. (Additional costs)
MGS Safari = 8 nights 
Included in cost:


  • Full time experienced guiding services all above and full time services of experienced guides, all Camp Staff, activities and all ground transportation / transfers throughout Safari.

Government Value Added Tax of 15% (current)

  • 8 safari nights with all private accommodations all meals & game drives at Gold Valley & Scenic Mountains tours.

  • All Kruger National Park drives in an open game viewing vehicle for better game viewing / photography (4+ in group) 

  • All Park entrance fees and conservation levies.

  • All vehicle and transfers between Lodges /attractions while on Safari and any airport transfers from and back to Kruger Mpumalanga InternationalBarberton Museum and Geo Trail, Drakensberg Mountains Scenic tour,

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Center visit

/ Lunches & Curio Shopping.

  • Big 5 Safari lodge reserve game drives/ lunches 

Excluded in cost:


  • Pending schedules and possible late afternoon arrival flights into JHB, your arrival evening and meet and greet service at Africa Sky guesthouse (settle bill directly with guesthouse).We would introduce you and arrange everything .

  • Liquor, beer and table wines at fair cost.

  • Gold Valley Laundry service @ $75 total per group/family once off.

  • Bar bill /drinks /additional laundry other lodges 

  • Personal items  and curios

  • Optional staff /guide gratuities

Some additional activities (extra costs)

to consider:

  • Elephant Sanctuary near Casa do Sol. (Trunk in hand program or Elephant Back ride optional add-on)

  • Clay pigeon shooting and tuition at our Gold Valley Clay Shooting range

  • Chimpanzee Sanctuary


Have a look at a few of these website below for fun activities!

- Costs / T'c & C's

  • The above 8 night Private Photo /Scenic safari will cost USD $6640-00 total per couple on a sharing room basis 

=  $ 3320-00 per person for 8 nights. 

  • To secure lodges and our services and dates - We require a deposit of 50% per person to our local USA account, to make payments via bank walk in / check deposits / wires transfer.. Very easy! The remaining daily rates are normally due 8 weeks prior to arrival in Africa.


  • We accordingly draw up an invoice reflecting all of above and figures quoted, to be signed off by both parties, so everyone is very comfortable.


  • After 35+ years in this business and a very reputable name in the industry and lots of great references throughout the world, we can assure you a personable, exciting yet very safe trip to our awesome country!

Exciting optional inclusions or add on's

to above trip can include:

  • 2 Nights at luxury Big 5 Photo Safari Lodge in the Sabi Sand or Timbavati Reserve home to the Big Five. Afternoon & evening game drives.

Game drives in open Land Rovers with an experienced ranger and tracker. 2 game drives daily, lasting approximately 3 hours each. Early morning drive and late afternoon game drive, sundowner in the bush then spot lights are used to track predators such as lion, leopard and other nocturnal animals. Game drives are exciting, often venturing off-road and offering exceptionally close encounters with Wild game. Photographic opportunities are outstanding. After brunch, a Safari walk is available for guests interested in the various animals, insects, trees, tribal values and animals tracks. Dinner is held in a boma around a glowing fire. Special venison dishes feature prominently on the varied four-course buffet menu. 

  • Cape Town - Wine Route, Cape Peninsula, Table Mountain 

Rovos Rail or Blue Train Journeys
Victoria Falls / Chobe / Okavango / Serengeti and more ...



Lowveld Attractions Image Gallery

A great combination of awesome game-viewing, seeing lots of animals, finding members of the Big 5, beautiful sights, unique cultures and great food ! This 8 night trip will explore Mpumalanga’s fantastic wildlife and birdlife, including exciting Big 5 sightings up close in the Kruger National Park, Drakensberg Mountains / Barberton Geo Trail sightseeing tours, optional Elephant trunk in hand experience, game drives ,sunset experiences, walking trails, curio shopping and much more ...


Cape Town offers a rich historical heritage of activities, excitement and has a cool urban feel.
Excellent art galleries, hip bars and world-rated restaurants. Artist and designers are drawn by the city's beauty and it has always been the most cosmopolitan city in Southern Africa. Our half day Cape Town city tour will take you through the streets of the city looking up at buildings crowded with history. You will be amazed of the architectural and charm the city has to offer. Our first visit of the day is to Table Mountain. The shape of Table Mountain is very characteristic with a flat top of more than 3 kilometres. One of the most representative symbols of the legislative capital of South Africa. After our visit up Table Mountain we will drive along the coast, passing the following areas. Camps Bay, Maiden Cove & Clifton beaches. 

Cape Town Image Gallery

Zimbabwe / Victoria Falls / Chobe River

Zimbabwe Image Gallery

Tanzania / Kenya 'Serengeti Masai Mara Migration' / Ngorongoro Crater & Zanzibar

Tanzania is full of safari highlights and exceptional game areas! After several trips up there with our own safari groups and families, we can advise on best time of year, where to go AND our tailor-made tours can be arranged to include Matt / MGS team member as personal guide / photography guide for this epic trip!

Highlights will include intimate tented camps that follow the Wildebeest Migration across Tanzania’s flagship Serengeti conservation area, to ensure front-row seats to all the action. Depending on what time of the year you travel, you could see spectacular river crossings or catch the dramatic calving season.

Pending duration most trips include the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire

and Lake Manyara National Parks. 


East Africa also offers incredible bucket-list Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking experiences in Rwanda / Uganda with the best times during the dry months, from June to September or between January and February. 

To see primates in their natural habitat is a life-changing experience. With our advice, we can tailor-make a dream gorilla and chimpanzee trekking experience for you.

Top off your trip with a few days unwinding in the peaceful atmosphere of your private ocean-front lodging on the Zanzibar coast. Explore the rest of the Spice Island on day trips to the historical Stone Town and Prison Island, and the fragrant spice plantations or go snorkelling, scuba diving, sea-kayaking, sailing, or simply just soak up the sun beside the pool.

Outer Country Attractions Image Gallery

Tanzania is full of safari highlights and exceptional game areas! After several trips up there with our own safari groups and families, we can advise on best time of year, where to go AND our tailor-made tours can be arranged to include Matt / MGS team member as personal guide / photography guide for this epic trip!