5 Days Budget Safaris in Kruger National Park

  • Kruger National Park, Limpopo, South Africa

5 Days Budget Safaris in Kruger National Park

  • Kruger National Park, Limpopo, South Africa

Explore Wild Africa Kruger National Park Safari

Join this engaging and memorable South African holiday at Kruger National Park, that includes big five game viewing with an experienced safari guide. You will see a variety of big and small wildlife and birds. Game viewing is excellent throughout this country-sized destination.There are many opportunities to view the big five up close.


  • Drop by the elephant hall museum
  • Morning bush walk with a game ranger
  • 1-night game drive to view nocturnal animals
  • Visit a rhino museum in Pretoriuskop rest camp
  • Daily game drives to see the big five up close
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Daily appetizing African meals
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 4 activity days
  • English
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You will stay in rondavels, huts, and permanent safari tents with fans, air conditioning, communal bathrooms, and barbecue facilities.

Day 1

Depart O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) for Kruger Park Malelane Gate at 07:00, travel time is five hours. You will have lunch at Malelane Gate before making your way northwest on your first game drive to either Pretoriuskop or Berg-en-Dal rest camps where you will stay overnight. The game density in this area of the park is high and this is where you are most likely to find rhinos, there is a rhino museum in Pretoriuskop rest camp, as well as various game found in the plain such as impalas, zebras, giraffes, and kudus abound.

All of the big five are found at tours Kruger National Park Safari: elephants, buffalos, rhinos, lions, and leopards. The Matjulu Waterhole near Ber-en-Dal is always a game hotspot. You will have dinner al fresco style at the camp.

Day 2

Wake-up time is at 05:30 and coffee and rusks will be ready for you. You will have your breakfast of special muesli and fresh yogurt in the game vehicle to save time. The morning drive which is around 140 kilometers for six hours will get you to Satara rest camp at 12:00 where you will have lunch. The route is fantastic since it follows various rivers and passes many waterholes and pans where game congregates to drink.

Since you will go out at 15:00 for the afternoon drive, you'll be given plenty of time to relax in the park shop or at the pool or take siesta at your accommodation. The afternoon drive is from 15:00 until late in the afternoon. You will have dinner al fresco style at the camp. Weather permitting, you will see a few constellations in the night sky. You may do a night drive or bush walk.

Day 3

Wake up at 05:30 with the usual morning coffee and breakfast routine. Satara, which is a big game hotspot, is referred to as big cat central. All the cats and most of the larger mammals are regularly seen here. It has a choice of great hides, rivers, dams, and waterholes to explore. The terrain which is also very varied is the reason why you are most likely to spot the big five in one day.

There is a lovely swimming pool in camp and a waterhole just outside the fence where elephants and plains game come to drink. There are resident scops owls, which, being only 19 centimeters tall, are fantastic to behold. You will have a usual midday siesta at the camp after lunch when the game is having their midday siesta in the bush. You will be back out in the cooler afternoon for a late drive. You'll witness the most spectacular sunsets at the park. A sumptuous dinner will be served at the camp.

Day 4

Today, you will head a little north into Mopane Country and Letaba rest camp also known as Olifants Rest Camp. Letaba has the fabled Elephant Hall Museum, a tribute to the incredible "tuskers" that have roamed the park through the ages. During the midday break and after luncheon, you will visit this museum. Letaba has a lovely swimming pool and park shop where you can browse for curios.

The afternoon drive takes you over the Letaba River where you may alight the vehicle on the bridge to see all sorts of mammals, birds, and reptiles in the river below. Dinner will again be freshly prepared at the camp.

Day 5

You'll explore the Letaba, Olifants area of the park. The views from Olifants rest camp perched high on a hill overlooking the Olifants River are spectacular. The Letaba River holds many surprises. Over the river from the patio are many mammals and birds in the river bed, marabou storks, hippo, waterbuck, and much more.

The camp is a pure delight. Heavily shaded with many huge trees, it just exudes a cool relaxed atmosphere. You will often get a chance to see and hear the bush babies galagos. After lunch, you will leave the park and make your way up the spectacular Abel Erasmus Pass to Forever Resorts Blyde River Canyon for the Three Rondawels poised on the northern tip of the Panorama route.

  • 1-night game drive to view nocturnal animals
  • Morning bush walk with a game ranger
  • Visit a rhino museum in Pretoriuskop rest camp
  • Visit the elephant hall museum

Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is located in the lowveld in the north-eastern region of South Africa and spans across two provinces, the Mpumalanga and Limpopo. It is not only the largest national game reserve in South Africa, but also the most prestigious and impressive. This world-renowned park, which occupies an area of about two million hectares or 20,000 square kilometers, is home to a large variety of fauna and flora.

The Kruger Park, which boasts of the richest assortment of life forms in Southern Africa, offers one of the best safari and game viewing experiences. The park is about 360 kilometers long from north to south, about 65 kilometers wide from east to west, and about the same size as Wales. The Kruger, formerly proclaimed a national park in 1926, forms part of the Great Limpopo Frontier Park.

This massive peace park links the Kruger with the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe and with the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. Zimbabwe lies to the north and Mozambique to the east of the Kruger Park. The Kruger Park, which is famous for its abundant wildlife, is also a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques. Several rivers flow through the Kruger in an easterly direction, including the Sabie, Olifants, Crocodile, Letaba, Luvuvhu, and Limpopo rivers.

You have included in the price daily delicious African meals. The food served by Armadillo Overland Tours is different from what is normally expected in a safari. It is always freshly prepared with only top quality ingredients and includes meals such as homemade giant kebabs, basil pesto pasta, beef fillet or picanha rump with fire baked potatoes, bacon feta and avocado wraps, Thai green or massaman curries, smoked pork fillets with gnocchi, beef or chicken stir fry with noodles, smoked pork neck, fresh green, potato and beet salads, rocky road muesli with yogurt, and a variety of vegetarian meals.

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers to and from O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
  • Daily game drives to see the big five up close
  • Daily meals
  • Honesty bar facilities on board the safari vehicle
  • One morning bush walk
  • One night game drive
  • Park entrance and conservation fees
  • Visit the rhino museum in Pretoriuskop
  • Visit the elephant hall museum
  • Wood and ice for camp fires and to keep drinks cool on board

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Armadillo Overland Tours will pick you up from the airport.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 33% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.


  • Review by Jon von Oy from United States
    10 out of 10

    "From the very beginning of email communication to the end of our trip both owners and our guide Morris were very responsive, caring, and easy to work with. The trip went off without any problems, just as planned. The custom built truck is amazing, with every comfort feature you could imagine to make your Safari one of a kind. And my fiancé and I loved our guide Morris! His knowledge of South Africa, the Park, and every single animal was amazing and he has eyes like a hawk for spotting creatures. He was the most wonderful guide, easy to talk to, warm and friendly, and cooked great meals. If you can possibly request a guide, he is most definitely the one you want. Thank you for a most wonderful experience Armadillo Overland Safaris!! :-)"

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  • Review by Catherine from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "We carried out a lot of research before choosing to book with Armadillo; this company stood out because it was very apparent that this is a family run concern which cares deeply about their beautiful country and who want to show it off as best they can to their customers. We made right choice. Truck Norris has been discussed in detail before, but when you are travelling with children, the benefits of being high cannot be over emphasised. One morning we watched as a mother cheetah and her four cubs took a stroll through the long grass. We had a perfect view but other people in cars and jeeps were craning their necks to see them. "

    "Morris was a charming host; his energy,enthusiasm and knowledge is amazing. He was our guide, driver and chef for the five nights and must have been exhausted by the time we left him. For us this was a perfect holiday; we loved the rhythm of the days, early starts, picnic lunches and eating outside by the fire in the evening discussing what we had experienced and what we hoped to spot the following day. It was a wonderful experience and it was quite hard to leave at the end - thank you Armadillo."

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  • Review by Harry from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "As said it was very well organised, from being picked up from the hotel to the drop-off at the airport. Transport was amazing as we were able to see from above any other cars in the Kruger by having a higher viewing platform. All the Kruger overnight compounds were excellent and enjoyed the adventurous feel of camping in the tents. Morris, our driver, guide and cook was superb providing us with anything we might have needed. Saw all animals, only animal we didn't see was a cheetahs but safari's are unpredictable. What more can I say but thanks for the memories."

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  • Review by Sarah and Robbie from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "This was our second 8 day camping safari with Armadillo, and yet again it was an unforgettable experience... Morris our tour guide/driver/cook was brilliant throughout our safari and worked constantly for the 8 days to ensure that our family group of 6 was very well looked after. Morris has excellent local knowledge as he has worked within Kruger Park for many years and was able to answer any question we threw at him! Not only about the animals but also about living and surviving in the bush. "

    "We were very impressed with the food provided on the safari, all food was freshly cooked by Morris and he was able to fully cater for 6 people including one vegetarian/gluten free guest without problems. "

    "All camping and other equipment on the truck was clean and in top notch condition, all the camp sites we visited on our safari were lovely with clean, great facilities. "

    "Kruger park is a beautiful place, and Truck Norris is the best and most memorable way to see it! We would highly recommend Armadillo and we will surely be using them again on our next Kruger Adventure!"

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  • Review by Patricia Pallot from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "We had a truly wonderful time with a great guide. Thank you to him and the team at Armadillo for a wonderful holiday."

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  • Review by Sabina from Brazil
    10 out of 10

    "Our 3 nights/4 days Kruger Safari Tour was the experience of a lifetime. I went with my husband and my 7 years old son. The 3 of us absolutely loved everything."

    "The truck is amazingly well equipped, very spacious and comfortable. The big windows allow a wide view of the landscape. It is very important that, once inside the truck, you have a point of view which is far above the ground, a view from the top, which promotes a great sightseeing."

    "Morris, our guide, does his work in a brilliant way. Unwearying, very skilled, he is able to drive throughout the park spotting many animals, even small and hidden ones, besides cooking very nice food and solving the daily problems that may appear during the trip. He has great knowledge of the animals and the wildlife of the park. Is always willing to make the best of our time. Excellent worker, excellent company. We are very satisfied. Definitely recommended. "

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  • Review by Marie from United States
    10 out of 10

    "In October we went on a wonderful 5 day Armadillo safari. Their truck is so roomy it allows you to move around to get the best angle for photos, plus you are situated high above many obstacles."

    "The best part of the trip was our guide Morris, who was so in tune with the animals and always eager to share his knowledge and stories. He worked all day as driver, cook, and guide and never lost his enthusiasm. We started at 6 am, and later ate picnic breakfast and lunch at beautiful set aside areas in the park, with another picnic outside our rooms at night. I occasionally asked him if he was tired and would like a break, but he said no, he loved being out looking for the animals."

    "This small family-run company gets the highest recommendation from us!"

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  • Review by Lara K from United States
    10 out of 10

    "Armadillo Overland Safari company - Chris, Nicky, and Morris specifically - is a wonderful organization. They were responsive to emails and helpful with logistics beyond just the tour. "Truck Norris" is truly a unique vehicle to tour Kruger. Unlike all other vehicles we met on the road, Truck Norris has enormous windows and an aisle to easily jump to either side of the truck for the best viewing and pictures. Most tours have seats window to window and you see what you see from your seat only. The truck also has a great library to help you identify all of the wonderful things you see. Another real bonus is that we carry our meals and bags with us, so we don't backtrack to a spot to find meals or retrieve our bags. Finally, Morris our guide was gracious and knowledgeable. I will never understand how he spots lions under a tree 100 yards away, but he does it! Please remember, nature is not predictable, Morris works with what he has. For an example, we saw 102 unique species of birds, animals, and all of the big five on our trip. It was amazing, but I'm sure experiences vary."

    "While I don't find these things bothersome, some of you might want to know the following. Wifi is available in the truck, but you're in a National Park, so understand it won't be reliable, not the guide's fault. Guest houses sometimes have an en suite bathroom and sometimes do not. You're in a park so things like cicadas might be in season and create a maddening/hilarious experience, but hey, that's part of the adventure! Finally, the "roads" are bumpy, you'll be seated but turning your head to look outside a lot, your body may feel some of that after six days (great excuse for a massage), but again, I wouldn't trade the experience for any other."

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  • Review by Gary Dukeshire from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I preface this review with the fact that this is the first and only safari I have taken, so I have no other frame of reference with regards to safari service. However, it is difficult to imagine better service than we received. "

    "I am Canadian and was in South Africa on business in October/November 2016. My colleague and I researched various companies and chose Armadillo because of the good reviews and the advertised unique truck they offered. It is truly rare when already high expectations are exceeded in every possible way. We were taken on this experience by Morris, a guide employed by the owners, Kris and Nicky."

    "The only other spiral galaxy besides our own that can be seen with the naked eye is the Andromeda Galaxy. It takes approximately 2.5 million light years for its light to reach Earth. Even if I contemplated for this amount of time, I could not come up with one way in which Morris could have been a better. He was a fantastic guide, cook, driver, and general resource for everything. He literally worked non-stop 13-15 hours a day to make our safari experience the best it could be, even to the point of us asking him to take a break. He knew the name of every plant, animal, bird, and tree imaginable along with the anatomy, habits, and pretty much anything else we asked. As a spotter, he could spot the smallest animal in the tallest grass, all while driving. Many times we needed to strain 2-3 minutes to discover what he had seen. It was truly uncanny. We have also never seen anyone who can stop at a rest area and within 15 minutes have prepared a full, hot breakfast. He catered to our every need. For example, my colleague mentioned that she may need to buy a new suitcase as the zipper on one of hers had completely broken. The evening we went out on our night drive, when we returned, it was mysteriously fixed. Morris is truly one of a kind."

    "The vehicle was amazing and lived up to its billing. Kris, the owner, certainly has a unique talent as he custom built it. It was kind of cool to be stared at every time we pulled into a parking lot. We gladly gave tours of the truck to a few people, as if we ourselves had anything to do with creating this work of art. There is a fridge, electrical outlets to charge all your devices, a coffee machine, a mini bar, and the floors open up to reveal ice boxes for any beverages you may wish. I'm not sure how many other safaris end the day watching animals while sipping a pop or beer in the comfort of a truck which allows an incredible view of everything. The wifi offered in the truck was also very important, as wifi in the park is otherwise pretty much non-existent. "

    "Suffice it to say we appreciated our experience. Based on my experience, you can't go wrong with this company."

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  • Review by Bernadette from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I just finished my safari with Armadillo Overland Safari (Full House) in the beautiful Kruger National Park. My expectations for this 4 day-3 night safari were high. I have to say that my expectations were exceeded. This safari was absolutely phenomenal! I don’t even know where to start. "

    "Well, I will start by the guide/driver/cook, Morris. He provided us with a remarkable service and did everything possible to make our safari an unforgettable experience!"

    "I was very impressed with his personal knowledge of this particular ecosystem and the wildlife of the Kruger Park. Obviously, Morris knows this area like the back of his hand. He knew not only the name every single animal, bird and even tree we saw, but also much more information about them. He answered all our questions. Morris is also a great spotter! While driving, he was able to spot everything, even the smallest creature, even if it was the same color as the grass or the threes. "

    "He was so resourceful too! I mentioned that my suitcase was ruined because the zipper was broken. We went for night game and when I returned, he had fixed it! I have to say that the vehicle is amazing! It was so comfortable and everything was carefully designed. It was high which make it easy to see the animals. We had Wi-Fi, refrigerators and a freezer, a bathroom and plenty of space to put all our stuff. The company took care of everything for us (for example we were provided with blankets, with binoculars, etc.). "

    "The experience of being in this wild and beautiful Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa and following trails in areas of wilderness that seemed almost untouched by humans was absolutely fascinating. We not only saw the Big Five, but so many more animals and birds! I just can believe how many animals and birds we saw! "

    "We had a sublime safari! I want to add that the panoramic Route we followed the first day (including Blyde River Canyon, God's Window, the Mac Falls etc.) was an excellent inclusion. We were able to stop and take as much time we needed to admire the magnificent many views. Morris took us to several best spots. It seems that he knew them all!"

    "Many thanks to Chris (owner) and Morris (guide/driver/cook) for this wonderful experience! I really recommend this company to anyone."

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  • Review by Susan

    "This was the best safari experience one could expect, better than self-driving. A tailor sewed safari on your own conditions and budget. In a game viewing truck with a built in honesty bar, a great driver, and host, wonderful food. Unreal to fall asleep to the sound of lions. We slept in tents but other accommodations are available."


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