5 Days Kruger National Park Safari South Africa

  • Kruger National Park, Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces, South Africa

Fascinating Classic Safari in South Africa

Join this 5-day safari inside the mesmerizing Kruger National Park, South Africa. Here, you will experience a breathtaking wildlife in one of the biggest national parks in Africa while you go on game drives and a nature walk with your professional guide. This is an ideal safari holiday for you who need an amazing adventurous escape with a minimum budget.

Highlights

  • 3 full-day game drives
  • A guided Kruger morning walk
  • Game viewing activities on arrival and departure
  • Transfers to and from the accommodation
  • Daily dinner and breakfast
  • 4 nights' lodging
  • 5 activity days
  • English
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You will be accommodated for 4 nights at the rest camp inside the Kruger National Park.

Day 1

Departure from Johannesburg: you will be collected from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) or any other destination in and around Johannesburg. You will drive along a scenic route to Numbi Gate of the Kruger National Park. You will use Numbi Gate, as it is the closest gate from Johannesburg. The duration of the drive will be anything between 4 and 5 hours, it all depends on where the departure point is.

Departure from Nelspruit: you will be collected from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP) or any other destination in and around Nelspruit. It is not a long drive and you will use any of Numbi, Phabeni or Malelane Gates of the Kruger National Park, it all depends on the departure point. The duration of the drive to the Kruger National Park would only be between 30 and 60 minutes.

Departure from Maputo (Mozambique): you will use a shuttle service that departs from Pestana Rovuma in Maputo at 06:00. You will drive straight to the South African Border Post. The drive to the Kruger National Park is only 30 minutes from there. You will use the Crocodile Bridge Gate of the Kruger National Park, as it is the closest gate to Maputo. The total duration of the trip from Maputo to the Kruger National Park is only about 2 hours.

Afterward, your open safari vehicle and guide will wait for you at the gate or somewhere close to the Kruger National Park, where you and your luggage will be transferred to the open safari vehicle. Your game viewing will start as soon as you enter the Kruger National Park. After the game drive, towards the evening and before gate closing time, you will arrive at the rest camp, where you will book in and freshen up before dinner.

Day 2, 3, and 4

Your day will start very early in the morning, as this is the best time to see the elusive animals of the Kruger National Park, especially lions and leopards. You will start your day with a cup of coffee or tea and rusks or biscuits (cookies) and make sure that you will exit the gates of the rest camp as soon as they open.

Starting your game drive, you will visit rivers, waterholes, and lookout points in the search of the Big Five and other animals that you might want to see. You might even visit the waterhole where the famous battle at Kruger took place.

As Africa Spears is in constant radio contact with other open safari vehicles, they will also ask for any updates regarding any special sightings. You will stop at a rest camp or picnic site to enjoy a scrumptious breakfast, before carrying on with your game drive and only return to the rest camp later for lunch and a short siesta.

After your break, in the afternoon, you will head out for another game drive. Please note that if you prefer to stay out on safari the whole day, then, you can do that.

Day 5

This will be your last day inside the Kruger National Park and you will again start very early with a cup of coffee or tea and rusks or biscuits. After a short game drive, you will stop at a rest camp or picnic site to enjoy breakfast, before you start heading your way to the gate where you will exit and return to your destination.

Your 5-day safari holiday will take place in the gorgeous Kruger National Park, South Africa. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. It is one of the largest national parks in the world, covering an area of nearly 2 million hectares (19,455 square kilometers) and extends 360 kilometers from north to south and 65 kilometers from east to west. Kruger National Park is home to an impressive number of species: 147 mammals, 507 birds, 114 reptiles, 34 amphibians, 49 fishes, and 336 trees. This is the land of baobabs, fever trees, knob thorns, marula, and mopane, and home to the Big Five.

On this safari holiday, you will be served daily breakfast, dinner, and drinks (bottled water). A cup of coffee or tea and rusks or biscuits will be prepared daily before you start your safari activities.

  • Bush braai (barbecue)
  • Guided walk
  • Night drive
  • Sunset game drive
  • 1 guided morning walk
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Bottled water available for the duration of your safari on the vehicle
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Daily game drives
  • Entrance fees
  • Game drives in an open safari vehicle
  • Personal guide service
  • Return transfers to and from the Kruger National Park
  • Drinks with dinner
  • Lunch

Arrival by airplane

If you depart from Johannesburg, please book your flight to arrive at O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). Meanwhile, if you depart from Nelspruit, you can book your flight to arrive at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport.

Testimonials

  • Review by Alexandra T from Johannesburg, South Africa
    9 out of 10

    "I can't recommend this company enough. Everything was just perfectly organized. Ivan answered all my questions before the trip so quick and with a lot of patience. My lovely pickup and dropoff driver from and to Johannesburg, Johan, was a source of wisdom about all the things along the way. He is one of the kindest people I've ever met. Thank you so much for everything from water to my lovely new tiger eyes. A special thank goes to our amazing guide, Dave, who showed us all these beautiful places, animals and especially the flowers and herbs. He knows so much and he never gets tired of all the questions. We were so lucky to have him as our guide. He even found ostriches who are rarely seen in that area. It was an incredible trip and I will never forget my amazing time in Kruger with Africa Spear."

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  • Review by Najat D
    9 out of 10

    "We spent four amazing days in the park with our lovely guide, Dave L. Thank you so much, Dave, for having shared your extended knowledge about fauna and flora and for the fantastic stories about the elephants. We learned so much during these four days and we saw much more than the Big Five, a leopard chasing impalas and the lions so close to us. Above all, thanks to Dave for having been so friendly and patient during these four days with the five “naughty” girls. Thanks also to Ivan for organizing this last minute trip. We really enjoyed the experience and we felt very safe and comfortable the whole time. Thanks to Johan and Million for the trip from and to Johannesburg. We definitely recommend Africa Spear."

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  • Review by a traveler from New York City, USA
    9 out of 10

    "My husband and I recently went on a two-day safari with Chris at Africa Spear, and it easily surpassed our expectations. Communication with Ivan about booking and logistics was terrific and he always responded very promptly to emails. We arranged for pick-up at our residence in Johannesburg and drop-off at the Nelspruit airport for our flight to Durban, which made it easy to fit into our overall travel arc, especially since the whole thing was completely arranged around our schedule - the guide and the safari vehicle were just for the two of us, which was pretty incredible. (The transfer from Jo'burg was in a normal car, and we met up with Chris and the open-sided safari vehicle in White River; then it was another 40 minutes or so in that to the park gate.) We saw an elephant within minutes of getting inside the park, and four of the big five (all but a leopard) the first day - and we did find a leopard on day 2. There were a number of people self-driving in normal cars, which I'm sure has many advantages as well, but we felt it was so worth it to have a knowledgeable guide (who also is in radio contact with other guides and gets some great tips that way - i.e. the leopard), and being in the open-sided safari vehicle was also a joy, as you see so much more. "

    "We also signed up for a sunset drive, run by the park staff from Skukusa Camp, which had pros and cons - it allowed us to be out of the camp later than we could have been with our own guide, since the gates close at a certain time, and we saw some cool things and the sunset was gorgeous, but being in our private vehicle with Chris was a lot more pleasant than being crammed in with a bunch of strangers, and we could see a lot more, too, since there weren't so many other bodies always jockeying for position. While we enjoyed it, we half-wished we had just been able to stay out with Chris until just before the gates closed."

    "Dinner at the camp's restaurant is included (you pay separately for drinks and tip) and the food is decent, plenty of variety. There's also a shop on site that sells, among many other things, wine and beer that you can enjoy in your cabin in the evening. We were treated to an insane lighting storm which eventually settled into a beautiful heavy rain. It gets very dark once the sun sets - a flashlight (even if on your phone) is a good idea."

    "We got going fairly early the second morning (though the start time was totally left up to us.) Chris showed up at our cabin with muffins, coffee, and tea, and then we set out for a morning drive and had some more great sightings. I will say that even with a forecasted high of nearly 100F for that day, it was quite chilly in the open-sided vehicle in the early morning, especially after the rain. We also had a mid-morning stop for a more proper breakfast at the Skukusa Golf Club, then a few more hours of driving and wildlife-watching before we had to head to the gate and Nelspruit airport (Chris took us there directly in the safari vehicle). "

    "Ultimately we were satisfied with the two-day safari - even though both of our days were on the short side, making it more like two half-days, we still felt like we had plenty of time in the park. (Although we were also quite fortunate with our sightings - it is, of course, possible that you might have a slow day and not see as much.) If I were to do it again, though, I would seriously consider a third day (or at least a second night) simply because that would give us the time to travel further and see more of the park. Because of our time constraints, we spent all of our time in a fairly limited area in the southern section of the park - which was lovely and delightful and I have no complaints; I would just be curious to cover more territory since the landscape is quite interesting as well."

    "The one negative of our trip was that the driver who picked us up in Johannesburg was an hour late and then had to drop a friend off downtown, adding roughly another half hour to the trip before we actually got on the road. However, he was an overhire driver from another company and this is zero fault of Ivan or Africa Spear; Ivan was very apologetic. And while this was a drag and cut into our time in the park, I would still not hesitate to recommend Africa Spear very highly."

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Mpumalanga Province, South Africa

Based in Mpumalanga Province on the outskirts of White River, Africa Spear is a tours and safari company specializing in multi-day safaris and day tours.

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