5 Days Budget Safaris in Kruger National Park

  • Kruger National Park, Limpopo, South Africa

Overview

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.

Highlights

  • 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.

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    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.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

    • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
    (If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
    • 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.

    Testimonials

    • 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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    Midrand, South Africa

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