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4 Days Big Five Safari in South Africa

  • Bushwise Safari Lodge, 2821, Seekoei Road, Marloth Park, Nkomazi, Ehlanzeni District, Mpumalanga, South Africa


Wildlife Thrilling Kruger Safari

Many people want to have a safari in a place full of hidden treasures such as a wildlife park. You can make it your real lifetime experience and become a part of that wildlife in Africa where you will hear the roar of lions, the call of hyenas, and the grunting of hippos. You will become one with nature and enjoy the thrill of observing the animal in their true colors. Don’t just dream, come and feel the excitement!


  • A Big five game drive in Kruger Park
  • A Sunset drive in Kruger National Park
  • A morning walk with an armed guide in the Kruger park
  • Daily breakfast and 3-course dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 3 activity days
  • Afrikaans, English
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Bushwise Safari Lodge is a lodge that combines the real Kruger safari experience with accommodations boasting a unique ambiance. All the rooms are air-conditioned and furnished with a rustic and ethnic touch, inspired by the African bush. All rooms have ceiling fans, air conditioner and mosquito screens in front of all the doors and windows. The bathrooms are en-suite with showers and one room is available with a bathtub. The lodge has an upper deck with swimming pool and bar area with amazing views of the Kruger Park and the Crocodile river.

There are spa treatments available at a beauty spa nearby, and that can be booked at at additional cost.

Shared lodge
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Internet access
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Private single roomShared lodge

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Internet access
  • Mosquito net
  • Private bathroom
  • Double bed
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Private double roomShared lodge

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Internet access
  • Mosquito net
  • Private bathroom
  • Double bed
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Shared twin roomShared lodge

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Internet access
  • Mosquito net
  • Shared bathroom
  • Twin beds
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You will be picked up and dropped off at the Nelspruit Airport (NLP) / Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP). During this four-day / three-night stay, you will join a game drive safari in the park to spot the big five, a morning walk, and a sunset safari drive.

All safaris are conducted in a registered open game viewing vehicle. There are full-time guides, who are well qualified and experienced, and will share their passion for the African bush and all its creatures with you. They know the Kruger park like the back of their hand, and if you are lucky the big five will be waiting for you to make your day!

Sunset drive in Kruger Park

On the sunset drive you, get to see all the nocturnal animals of Kruger that are usually absent during the day. Experience an unforgettable sunset that only Africa can produce. Spotlights are provided on the open safari vehicle to help in the hunt for the glinting eyes of nocturnal animals. This is an adventure not to be missed. You will depart the lodge at 4 p.m. and arrive at Kruger where the sunset drive will start from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Please note that no children under 6 years old can attend this activity.

Morning walk in Kruger Park

Take a walk on the wild side in the Kruger National Park, get to feel and smell the bush where armed Kruger guides will introduce you to what Kruger has to offer on foot. You will be leaving the lodge at about 4:30 a.m. and be back at the lodge at about 10 a.m. for a well deserved hearty breakfast. Tracking of animals and the medicinal use of plants and trees are just a few of the topics that will be covered as well as identification and habits of birds and animals. Sightings of some of the big five is a realistic possibility. Please note that no children under 12 years old can attend this activity.

  • Game drive to spot the big five
  • Morning walk with armed guide
  • Sunset drive in Kruger Park

This safari will take place at Kruger National Park, in South Africa. The park is one of the most unspoiled natural ecosystems left in Southern Africa. It is a 20,000 square-kilometer park that houses the five most dangerous species to hunt: elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, and buffalo, which are known as the big five. You can also encounter other big animals, such as giraffe, hippo, cheetah, wild dog, and hyena. %This wildlife area is also home to some 33 species of amphibian, 115 species of reptile, and 140 species of mammal, including all the big game species that were nearly wiped out by the hunters of the nineteenth century. Approximately 470 bird species have been recorded there, more than half of Southern Africa’s total. The southeastern part of Kruger is well known for its superb game viewing, with frequent sightings of lion and leopard.

Nearby places

  • Nelspruit Airport (NPL) / Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP), 100 kilometers
  • O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), 425 kilometers
  • Spa, 8 kilometers
  • Swimming
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Mosquito net

Full English breakfast and a three-course dinner served under the African sky by candle light on a daily basis are included in the price of this safari package. Light lunch can be offered at an extra charge.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • 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)

Bush orientation walk - Marloth Park

Enjoy a leisurely walk on the border of the Kruger Park along the banks of the Crocodile river with a field guide, who will enlighten you with his knowledge and his passion for the African bush. Zebra, blue wildebeest, kudu, warthog, and giraffe are just some of the game that you might encounter on the walk. The guide will also point out the amazing variety of bird species and trees in and around Kruger. The price for this walk is 460 ZAR per person and its duration is of one and a half to three hours. All ages are welcome.

Elephant interaction and elephant back safari

Get up close and personal with the elephants. You will go on a game farm to meet these magnificent animals of Africa. They will allow you to touch and exchange greetings with the elephants and experience their exceptional intelligence for about half an hour.

You also have the option to experience and enjoy an exciting elephant meander on the back of the elephant through the private game park for another half an hour. Departure from the lodge depends on booking time. The elephant interaction costs 810 ZAR per person while the elephant back safari costs 1050 ZAR per person. No children under 6 years old are allowed.

Full or half day safari in Kruger Park

You will depart at 5:30 a.m. and return late afternoon or at noon on the half day safari. Your personal guide will cook you breakfast, overlooking on of the water holes if you go on the full day safari. On the half day safari you will be served a packed breakfast so as not to encroach on the game viewing time. There will be a number of stops during the day, one of which you will have the opportunity to buy yourself lunch. Experience the African bush and wilderness at its best.

The Kruger Park boast of over 140 animal species, including the bog five: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo and 500 birds species. The price for this activity is 1050 ZAR per person for the full day safari that lasts seven to nine hours and 890 ZAR per person for the half day safari that lasts five to six hours. All ages are welcome.

Horse riding in a gamer reserve

The horse riding game reserve is situated 40 kilometers away from your accommodation. For the experienced as well as the novice rider, horse riding safaris are conducted on a private game farm where riders can explore the unspoilt African wilderness on horseback. Departure from the lodge depends on booking time. The price is 810 ZAR per person and children under 6 years old are not allowed.

Maputo city full day tour

Let yourself be introduced to Mozambique with its Portuguese and African culture. Your first stop will be a coffee shop on your way to Maputo. You will also pay a visit to the town hall and Catholic cathedral, the Steel House, the Botanical Gardens, the Fort and Train Station, the Wood Market (only on Saturdays), the fresh produce and fish market and visit the Polana hotel. You will stop for lunch at a beach front restaurant where you can enjoy prawns, seafood platters, and local beer not included in the price. Depart the lodge between 7 and 8 a.m. and return about 5 p.m. Visas can be obtained at the border post (for your own account) and you will be assisted by our guide. The price is 20180 ZAR per person and all ages are welcome.

Microlight safari

You’ll be flying in a fixed wing bantam microlight aircraft over a private game reserve on the southern border of the Kruger Park. Expect an exhilarating big game experience. Flights are conducted early morning or late afternoon and availability is weather dependent. The price of this activity is 1620 ZAR per person and no children under 12 are allowed.

Panorama route full day tour

On this full day tour, you will get to experience Mpumalanga’s most spectacular scenery. Visit the charming village of Graskop and the spectacular Lisbon falls, Mac-Mac falls, and Berlin falls. The breathtaking view form Gods window overlooks a sheer 300 meter drop into a ravine which houses an indigenous forest and Kruger Park can be seen in a distance. The natural potholes of Bourke’s Luck are deep cylindrical holes formed by the action of sand and rocks carried down by the water when the river is in flood.

You will also be visiting the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world. Lunch will be at the famous Harry’s Pancakes at your expense. Depart between 7 and 8 a.m., return at 6 p.m. This trip is for all ages. The price for this tour is 1620 ZAR per person.

Quid biking - game farm bordering Marloth Park

This is a conducted quad biking experience through a scenic bushveld farm, for around one hour. The price is of 890 ZAR per person and children under 12 years of age are not allowed to participate.

Swaziland full day tour

Visit the Swazi cultural village of the King of Swaziland where you will get to learn some of the Swazi customs and way of life on a conducted tour through the village. Get to watch them preform local dances in traditional dress and experience their amazing natural African talent for rhythm. Visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory (hand made glass), the Ezulweni Valley, Craft Market (crafts and curios) and Rose Craft (Mohair products). Lunch will be at a local restaurant on your own account.

Swazi candles will be the last visit on the list, watch the creation process and meet the artisans. Depart the lodge between 7 and 8 a.m. and return about 5 p.m. Visa’s can be obtained at the border post (for your own account) and you will be assisted by your guide. The price for this full day tour is 1620 ZAR per person and all ages are welcome.

Tiger fishing - Komati River

The tiger to be found on this river is by far the most powerful fresh water fish on earth. Because of their furious teeth, their scientific name is translated literally as water dog. Tiger fish have been recorded to hit their prey at 50 kilometers per hour speed. They have 20 cone shaped teeth that are extremely sharp. A half day fishing safari starts early morning or in the afternoon. An experienced fishing guide caters for the novice and experienced fisherman alike. The duration of this activity is five to six hours and no children under 8 years old can participate. The price is 890 ZAR per person.

Visit to as Swazi cultural village

Visit the Swazi cultural village where you will get to learn some of the Swazi customs and way of life on a conducted tour through the village with one of the local guides. Get to watch them perform local dances in traditional dress and experience their amazing natural African talent for rhythm. Cuisine lunch available for your own account. No visa is necessary. The cost is 890 ZAR per person and all ages are welcome. This trip will last five to six hours.

  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • All entry and conservation fees
  • Big five game viewing safari
  • Daily English breakfast and three-course dinner
  • Morning bush walk
  • Sunset safari drive
  • Transfers from / to Nelspruit Airport / Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP)
  • Alcohol and beverages
  • Lunches
  • Wi-Fi

Driving directions from Johannesburg / Nelspruit

  • Upon leaving O. R. Tambo Airport (JNB), follow the road signs onto the R21S Boksburg.
  • Take the N12 freeway heading eastward toward Witbank.
  • The N12 then joins the N4 freeway.
  • Stay on the N4 as it bypasses the town of Witbank.
  • Go toward the town of Middelburg and then it also bypasses Nelspruit.
  • Keep on the N4.
  • Pass Nelspruit.
  • Go through Malelane toward Maputo.
  • About 9 kilometers after Hectorspruit, you will see a sign that reads Marloth Park.
  • Don’t turn off there, as it is a very bad dirt road.
  • About 4 kilometers further, take the Tenbosch turnoff which is a tar road.
  • Continue along this road for about 10 kilometers until you reach the entrance gate into Marloth Park.
  • About 3 kilometers further, you will find a road sign on your left hand side that reads Waterbok Street.
  • Turn right into Waterbok Street.
  • Continue for about 100 meters.
  • Turn right into Swartwitpens Street at the Y-junction.
  • Turn left into the first street preceding the Y-junction.
  • Continue for about 1 kilometer until you see a T-junction with the river and Kruger Park in front of you.
  • Turn right 5 meters before the T-junction at the ‘Bushwise Safaris and Lodge’ sign.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Nelspruit Airport (NLP) / Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP). Bushwise Safaris will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up and drop-down are included in the price.


  • S 25° 20’ 11.2”
  • E 31° 47’ 28.8”
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.


  • Review by Taylor from Toronto, Canada

    "Bushwise was an excellent place to stay during our trip to Kruger National Park. The room was beautiful and clean, and all of the common areas were just the same. We ate breakfast and dinner at the lodge each day and the food was delicious - they served a variety of different dishes. We did a safari with their tour guide each day and he was very knowledgeable on the animals and the wildlife in general. All in all we had a great experience at Bushwise and with their staff. The owners, Tim and Annette, were very friendly and accommodating as well. Highly recommend!"

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  • Review by Jessica

    "We have stayed at Bushwise twice this month. The first time we did a 1-day safari tour and our guide took us off the beaten path and we had a wonderful experience. Our guide was dedicated to our experience, very knowledge and even stayed out longer than scheduled to look for lions. The lodge is well kept, clean and has a create open space to look out at the river or swim in the pool. Our rooms were on the second floor so we had great views. All the amenities are modern and tasteful. It one of my favorite safari stays in South Africa!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Johannesburg, South Africa

    "This is a good place to stay to explore the southern end of Kruger National Park. It has great views overlooking the Crocodile River on the southern border of Kruger with spectacular sunsets from the upper deck where one can enjoy sundowners while spotting game. It allows one easy access to the park which is about a 20-minute drive to Crocodile Bridge Gate. The privilege of being greeted in the morning by a handsome Kudu bull, sporting impressive horns right outside our bedroom, more than compensated for any slight discomfort. Dinners are enjoyed outside in the boma. The food was simple but surprisingly tasty."

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  • Review by a traveler from Cologne, Germany

    "It is a beautiful small lodge in Marloth Park, located directly on the border of Kruger National Park. It is a great starting point for visits to Kruger Park. The people are very nice. The rooms are beautiful and the food is fantastic. On days without visits to Kruger Park, you can even observe animals in Marloth Park like kudu, impala, giraffe, and so on or take a walk on the border to Kruger Park and observe animals from there. I hope I will have the chance to come again."

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  • Review by a traveler from Pretoria, South Africa

    "This was our third stay in this venue and we were welcomed like friends. It is an enjoyable stay and has friendly owners and staff who makes you easily feel at home. It also has a beautiful environment, good food, and all in all, a great experience. We will be back soon."

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Marloth Park, South Africa

Bushwise Safaris boasting a unique ambiance and offers a variety of safari activities as well as excursions to suit every taste, timetable, and pocket.

Speaks English

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4 days / 3 nights

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Children under 2 years old can join free their parents, while children between 2 and 12 years old pay 75% of adult rate.

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