Overview-Kruger Park Safari

Experience a Kruger Park Safari in South Africa’s premier inland tourism destination. Viewing game and immersing yourself in the wilderness are some of the most sought-after and enriching experiences that South Africa has to offer. And there is no better way to intimately discover the bush than to walk through it. In the iconic Kruger National Park, 147 species of mammals exist – more than any other African wildlife area – alongside 517 bird species, 114 different types of reptile,etc

TypeGuided safari
LocationKruger National Park, South Africa
Group size2 or more
Duration5 days- 4 nights
GradingEasy
Day StagesTwo early morning walks-3-4 hours
DistanceAbout 6- 8 hours slow walking
TerrainGame drives and bush walking
AccommodationKruger Park chalets
MealsIncluded
CostFrom R25 000 per person (2019)
DatesWhole year

Trip details

  • Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Rates & incl
  • Travel info
  • More info

The Kruger National Park is world renowned for its vast savannahs and incredible biodiversity with large herds of plains game and high numbers of predator species. You will explore this rich African reserve in an open safari vehicle over five days with opportunity to see the “Big 5” of Africa as well as a vast variety of bird and smaller animal species. Your experienced guide will explain the habits and interesting behaviour of animals on daily morning and afternoon drives. Included in this package is a night drive to find the less seen nocturnal cat species and other rare animals like the porcupine, aardvark or owls. You will have the opportunity to do a morning guided morning walk with a park ranger to see animals on foot, an experience not to be missed.

Highlights

The Kruger Lowveld area

Kruger Lowveld is a region of superlatives. From the Great Escarpment’s scented forests and tumbling waterfalls, to the majestic Blyde River Canyon with its endless vistas over the Lowveld; from the southern reaches of the Kruger National Park, where it abuts the rolling cane fields of the Onderberg, to Barberton, in the lea of some of the world’s oldest mountains and the memories of the thrilling Gold Rush that once took place here.

Blyde River Canyon

The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world (now renamed Molatse River Canyon). It is within the Blyde River Nature Reserve. The 29 000 hectare Blyde River Nature Reserve rests against the Greater Drakensberg escarpment and preserves not only the canyon but other natural wonders of Mpumalanga.The beautiful Panorama route offers magnificent landscapes and scenic landmarks like Three Rondawels, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Lisbon Falls, Wonder View, God's Window and the Pinnacle.

Game 

Animals exposed, fabulous photos, wild walks and bright-plumed birds. South Africa is globally renowned for its phenomenal game viewing and sound conservation ethics. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the iconic Kruger National Park, where 147 species of mammals, more than any other African wildlife area, exist alongside 517 bird species, 114 different types of reptile (there are 3 000 Nile crocodiles), 33 species of amphibian and 50 kinds of fish. The Big Five

Birds

The Kruger Lowveld region has some of the most diverse habitats in South Africa and boasts an impressive bird list of close to 600 species. With some significant altitudinal differences of around 1800m over a relatively short distance one can spend the morning birding the escarpment with its Afro-montane forest habitats and spend the afternoon seeking out the species which prefer the lower altitudes of the Lowveld.

Accommodation

Two bed chalets in SANParks Restcamps

Culture and history

The Kruger Lowveld is also a place of historical and cultural significance. Iron Age trade routes and African traditions reach back across many centuries. Gold rushes at Pilgrim's Rest and Barberton were precursors to the discovery of gold in Johannesburg. Steeped in the history of traditional cultures, pioneers and fortune seekers, visitors will encounter a contemporary Lowveld culture with a wealth of stories that inspire the senses and connect them to the land and its people.

 

Day 1
Your guide will pick you up at Nelspruit Airport, or Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (Please schedule flight to arrive no later than 13h00)
Lunch not included
45 min. drive to Kruger National Park gate
Afternoon drive to camp, reaching camp before gates close
 
Day 2
Early morning guided walk, 3-4 hours (Walks are only permitted within 10km from the camp and a maximum of 4 hours)
Return to camp for lunch
Leisure time in camp before a late afternoon drive, return to camp
Night drive from 18h00- 20h00, dinner
 
Day 3
Early morning drive, return to camp for breakfast
Drive to second camp, lunch
Late afternoon drive, return to camp for dinner
 
Day 4
Early morning easy guided walk, 3-4 hours
Leisure time, lunch
Afternoon drive until sunset, returning to camp for dinner
 
Day 5
Breakfast in camp
On our last day we will drive back to the park gate before leaving the park for the airport and your onwards flight or simply to your next bushveld destination

Clients can request less or more time on drives depending on their preference.

You will be accommodated in chalets in SANParks Restcamps. It will normally be two camps and depends on availability. For safaris from Nelspruit and back the options are Skukuza, Berg-en-Dal, Pretoriuskop, Lower Sabie and Crockodile Bridge. If your safari started in Nelspruit and ends in Hoedspruit the choices are Skukuza, Satara, Orpen and Olifants.

Skukuza Restcamp
Satara Restcamp
berg en dal camp
Berg-en-Dal Restcamp
lower sabie
Lower Sabie Restcamp

 

Rates

Pickup and drop-off options:

Transfer from and to Johannesburg- R27 600 per person sharing (2019)

Transfer from and to Hoedspruit or Nelspruit- R25 000 per person sharing (2019)

Rates are quoted per person for two people sharing and are subject to change without prior notice. Rates include government taxes, where applicable.
If taxes increase, we reserve the right to increase the rate accordingly. 

Included

Accommodation in two-bed chalets, all meals, guide and guiding fees, all-day game drives, transfers between pickup and drop-off, entrance and conservation fees

Not included

Items not mentioned above, eg : Transport to and from Johannesburg or Nelspruit or Hoedspruit, medical and travel insurance, drinks and alcoholic beverages.

Grading
Overall rating of Kruger Park Safari: "Easy". You do not need to be ultra-fit but if you choose to do the walks you should be able to walk between 10 and 20 km per day. The route takes you along paths, tracks and through the veld.
See Walking grades for more details about "Easy" rating.
Game

The area affords you the opportunity of excellent game viewing in this diverse habitat of mountains and plains. More species of mammals than in any other African wildlife area

Tours to add to your trip

You can combine the Kruger Park Safari with one or both of the following:

Kruger Wilderness Trails, and

Blyde River Canyon Tour.

Additional activities

Alternatively you can add attractions in the vicinity to your program-before or after the safari. We can recommend a number of interesting options and can assist with bookings to compliment your Kruger Park Safari. The costs of these options are available on request.

When to do the Kruger Park Safari

Bookings can be made throughout the year.

Climate

Mild winters, with chilly evenings Summer months (September to April) are hot with occasional rains.

Getting there

Getting to Hoedspruit or Nelspruit

For international visitors:

Fly to OR Tambo International Airport. From there an internal flight to Hoedpruit or Nelspruit or we can arrange a transfer from Johannesburg or you can self-drive.

Route from Johannesburg by car:

Take R21 from OR Tambo International Airport, then N12, N4, R540, R36 en R527 to Hoedspruit (About 430 km- 4/5 hours) When we confirm your booking suggestions will be given about places to visit along the way from Johannesburg

What to take

Comfortable, well ventilated clothes in keeping with the season. Wear neutral colored clothing. Always bring a thick windbreaker/jacket, good walking boots (already worn-in) ,hiking sandals and several pairs of cotton or wool socks. For your daily needs, you are advised to have a day-bag, a plastic bag to waterproof your day-pack, sun-hat, sunglasses, sun block, a water bottle, personal first-aid kit, camera, binoculars. A torch and headlamp are important. Basic solar heating is provided. Cell phone charging facilities available.

Insurance

We recommend that you arrange appropriate holiday insurance giving you cover against illness, injury, and loss or damage to luggage. This insurance should also cover the possibility of your having to cancel your holiday for any reason.

Your guides

All walking trails are conducted by an experienced and knowledgeable guide who will point out the wildlife, birds and ecology of the area. You will be allowed to walk at your own pace amid splendid scenery and stop and enjoy what is of interest to your group. Although you may see amazing things, our game walk is not intended to bring you close to dangerous game.

What to do

Your Guide will discuss this in great detail. Some of the rules are:

  • Always listen to the guide
  • Never leave the group
  • Speak softly
  • Make sure your guide knows your capabilities
  • Do not go on a long walk if you are unfit

The guide’s responsibility on a walk

  • Walk as fast as the slowest guest
  • Keep count of all guests
  • Be armed and firearm trained (Two armed guides per walk)
  • Water supplies
  • First aid kit
  • Radio communication
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Map

Location of Hoedspruit and Nelspruit

Pictures can be viewed in Kruger Park Gallery

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