Ashtons has been in operation since 1993 and is a nationally bonded member of SATSA. We focus on the Greater Kruger and the Garden Route, offering up-close-and-personal safari encounters, quality game lodges and very affordable transfer options with our own vehicles and drivers.

Experience the real Africa in prime Big Five territory under the watchful eyes of professionally trained guides. Reduce your overall safari cost by booking onto the daily return Kruger Shuttle service between Johannesburg and the greater Hoedspruit area. Book a private transfer that suits your unique travel requirements. Experience unparalleled adventure and beauty on the Garden Route. See below for all your options

Shuttles & Transfers

Kruger Shuttle: 06h45 Daily from Johannesburg

The daily 06h45 Kruger Shuttle departure from Johannesburg provides affordable & reliable set-departure transfers to Hoedspruit and the Greater Kruger game lodges and safari operations located in the surrounding private game reserves. Transfer in air-conditioned comfort through some of South Africa's most beautiful scenery at a fraction of the flight cost and reduce the overall cost of your safari package

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Kruger Shuttle: 11h00 from OR Tambo Airport - Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays

The 11h00 Kruger Shuttle departs from Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. It provides affordable & reliable set-departure transfers to Hoedspruit and the Greater Kruger game lodges and safari operations located in the surrounding private game reserves. After flying into Johannesburg, transfer on the same day in air-conditioned comfort through some of South Africa's most beautiful scenery at a fraction of the flight cost and reduce the overall cost of your safari package

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Kruger Shuttle: 10h45 Daily from Hoedspruit

The daily 10h45 Kruger Shuttle departure from Hoedspruit provides affordable & reliable set-departure transfers back to Johannesburg from Hoedspruit and the Greater Kruger game lodges and safari operations located in the surrounding private game reserves.Transfer in air-conditioned comfort through some of South Africa's most beautiful scenery at a fraction of the flight cost and reduce the overall cost of your safari package

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Lodges & Safaris

Naledi Game Lodge

Naledi Game Lodge is for those who wish their Big 5 African Safari experience to be intimate, personal, private  and exclusive! Naledi is set right in the heart of Big Game Country, in the world's most famous reserve, the magnificent Greater Kruger National Park. Located in the private Balule Reserve which was incorporated into Greater Kruger some years ago, at Naledi you will have all the benifit of a private safari in a very private place!

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Masodini Private Game Lodge

Located within Balule Nature Reserve, part of Greater Kruger National Park, Masodini Private Game Lodge is "the" place to explore wildlife in a private reserve. Watch the Big Five from open game viewing vehicle and follow wildlife through the bush. An experience you'll never forget. The lodge is likewise a perfect starting point to explore the many outdoor activities around Hoedspruit and the Lowveld.

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Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge

Come and experience the magic of Mohlabetsi. Situated in the vast Balule Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger Park, this is Africa at its very best! At this small, intimate lodge, with only 20 beds, guests are assured of comfort and unobtrusive attentiveness, combined with an intimacy with nature. Come and be especially close to the African Spirit and join the many creatures that have made Mohlabetsi their home!

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Ezulwini Billy's and River Lodges

Ezulwini (Zulu for paradise) offers lodges of superb quality at very reasonable prices. Experience quality service and traditional cuisine in exceptional, panoramic, African settings. Ezulwini is situated in the Balule Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger Region which shares game with the Kruger National Park.

Billy's & River Lodge has its own unique theme and charm, and will provide you with an authentic, atmosphere-filled, African adventure.  Relaxation comes easily when surrounded by the restful allure of nature in our ecologically oriented lodges.  After your departure, Ezulwini lodges will provide you with enduring memories

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Greenfire Game Lodge

The Private Greenfire Game Lodge located in the 35 000 hectare Balule section of the Greater Kruger. The lodge has been carefully designed to integrate with the natural environment thereby enhancing the wilderness ambiance. It was completely revamped during the first half of 2013, and the resultant level of quality and comfort is guaranteed to exceed expectations. Offering flexibility is the key and we go to great lengths to ensure that everybody gets exactly what they want from their African adventure. Greenfire Lodge cater for those who are first timers to Africa and want to see as much game as possible, as well as those who want to absorb the finer detail of the bush on foot.

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Africa on Foot

Experience a Kruger Walking Safari with Africa on Foot. The Klaserie Private Nature Reserve is part of the Greater Kruger Park and shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park.

It is here that guests can take part in incredible walking safaris led by experienced and professional game rangers through a wildlife area rich in game including lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo as well as hyena, hippo, giraffe, zebra and a whole host of other wildlife.

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nThambo Tree Camp

Experience a Kruger Safari at nThambo Tree Camp and stay in unique authentic accommodation in the heart of the Southern Klaserie which boasts the plethora of interesting bird life and is a haven for bird-watches.Each Chalet is eye-level with the trees which makes bird watching and game watching conveniently comfortable from your balcony.The small size and privacy on nThambo means that activities are flexible and exciting night drives can also be conducted.

 

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Xanatseni

Xanatseni Private Camp is situated within the Savanna Biome which covers 32% of South Africa. The camp is known for its dense Mopane forest which is unique to this part of the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. Recently upgraded, Xanatseni Private Camp is a thatched, full board camp which provides absolute comfort while retaining the charm and ambiance of a bygone safari era. It has 5 main bedrooms, a boma area with camp fire, perfect for enjoying sundowners or evening drinks around the fire.

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Umlani Bushcamp Safari

See the real Africa at Umlani with its beautifully designed Eco Lodge offering intimate and thrilling wildlife encounters, award winning meals and a chance to reconnect with nature in the one of Africa's world-renowned wilderness reserves. Guests are accommodated in traditional African reed and thatch huts as well as eco Rondavels, which blend naturally with the environment and provide pure comfort.

As an ethically operated and Fair Trade certified safari camp, Umlani is dedicated to conserving the African wild and uplifting the local community. This gives guests an opportunity to have a more meaningful experience of Africa and a holiday that makes a real difference. 

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Bateleur Safari Camp

The 3500 hectare Bateleur property is located in the heart of the world renowned Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, an exceptional safari location. All artificial barriers between the Timbavati and the adjacent Kruger National Park have been removed and the Bateleur property itself shares unfenced borders with Kruger. 

On this exclusive property they proudly offer Bateleur Main Camp, an 8-bed up-market Safari Camp.This prime wilderness area boasts the Big Five, a large diversity of antelope species, the entire range of smaller predators, over 500 bird species, and a tremendous diversity of reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.

 

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Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

Shindzela (named after the Honey badger in the African Shangaan language) is an authentic tented Safari camp situated within the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. It is a simple yet comfortable and affordable South African bush camp, offering an authentic African safari experience in an unfenced, natural wilderness environment where you can explore the African wilderness on game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles and on foot during our walking safari trails. Safari activities are conducted by professional and knowledgeable safari guides.

 

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The Village Lodge

The Village Lodge with a three star grading, is situated in the centre of Storms River Village on the edge of the Tsitsikamma Forest. This pristine area of forest mountain and sea is a must for the Garden Route traveller and the Lodge is ideal for a stop over to enjoy all that this delightful area has to offer. 

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