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5 Days Affordable Safari in a Tent or Off-suite Hut at Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park, South Africa

South Africa Camping Safari

Experience Kruger Park in a comfortable tent with air conditioner, beds, linen and electricity (or off-suite hut) for 5 days. A Camping Kruger National Park Safari is a true explorer of African wildlife. You will have the opportunity to not only see the Big 5 but also animals such as Kudu, Bush buck, Hyena, Wild Dog, Cheetah, Fish Eagle, Kingfisher and Horn-bill.

Key information:

  • Group safari.
  • Minimum 1 and maximum 10 persons.
  • Children to under 6 years old are not allowed on sunset or night drives (other game drives up the guides discretion). No children under 13 are allowed on bush walks. Children from the age of 8 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starts and ends in: Kruger National Park
  • English speaking guide.
  • All entry fees and daily conservation levies are included in your package.

Highlights

  • One sunset or night game drive in Kruger National Park
  • 3 days of morning and afternoon game drives in Kruger National Park
  • Possibility to join in a Panorama Route tour as an alternative to an afternoon game drive
  • Chance to spot Africa's famous Big Five, bush babies, warthogs, vervet monkeys, and more
  • One scenic drive with fantastic photographic opportunities en route from Johannesburg to Kruger
  • Daily early morning coffee and rusks, buffet breakfast, and three-course dinner with water, juice, coffee, or tea
  • Transportation in open but roofed 4 x 4 safari vehicles during game drives
  • 4 nights tented accommodation

Styles


5 activity days
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer available:
O. R. Tambo International Airport (US$116 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Shopping
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • ATM / banking
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Currency exchange
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Medical assistance
  • Tour assistance

Your tent of off-suite hut is equipped with an air conditioner, comfortable beds with linen, electric outlet and light. Ablutions are close by and cleaned daily. For an authentic camping experience, a stay in a comfortable bed tent is a must.

The camp also has a shop, restaurant, a swimming pool as well as electric fence around it. This safari uses public facilities, however it is an intimate and rustic experience in the comfortable tent and friendly host (game ranger). You will be on safari with just a few other travelers (maximum 10 people).

Program

Day 1: arrival at Kruger

The optional shuttle from Johannesburg to Kruger Park leaves either at 6:45 am or 11:00 am from the OR Tambo bus terminal behind the Intercontinental Hotel (at an additional cost). Alternatively, you can be picked up from Nelspruit airport at 13:15 pm at an additional cost and from Skukuza Airport (at any time). This provides flexibility to get to the safari. A scenic drive with fantastic photographic opportunities takes you through the escarpment and the Lowveld to the Kruger National Park when taking the shuttle service from Johannesburg. Guests are advised to buy take-out meals at the standard road stop (not included).

Safari goers taking the 6:45 am shuttle enjoy a SANParks sunset game drive continuing after dark, while the guests taking the later shuttle will have a night game drive on an open-sided safari truck. Should guests arrive from the 11 am shuttle, they will first have dinner before departing on the activity. Guests meet the guide and / or host to check into the accommodation.

Dinner after the sunset game drive or before the night drive is pre-paid for on a set rate of 250 ZAR per person per night to choose drinks and meals from the rest camp restaurant menu. Different delicious dinner options are included to cater for various dietary needs. After dinner, exchange stories of Africa and listen to the sounds of the immense wilderness around you.

Day 2 to 4: game drive in Kruger National Park

The day starts early (after the game rangers or hosts’ wake-up call). The start time of your morning drive will depend on rest camp gate opening times (as it differs throughout the year) and you may still be able to see nocturnal animals. Enjoy hot beverages or juice with rusks. The morning game drive of approximately four hours offers guests the opportunity to cover vast distances and experience wild Africa like never before, to spot a vast array of interesting wildlife.

After the morning game drive, brunch is a full English breakfast buffet. The optional Panorama route occurs directly after brunch (available once during this safari). Guests not taking the optional Panorama route excursion can have a rest break until the afternoon game drive at 15:00 pm.

Animal sightings are not guaranteed, however, the chances to spot all of the big 5 on the safaris is very good. Once more, dinner after the game drive is pre-paid for on a set rate of 250 ZAR per person per night to choose drinks and meals from the rest camp restaurant menu. Exchange stories of Africa and listen to the sounds of the immense wilderness around you.

Day 5: departure day

The day starts early (after the game rangers or hosts’ wake-up call). The start time of your morning drive will depend on rest camp gate opening times (as it differs throughout the year) and you may still be able to see nocturnal animals.

Enjoy coffee or tea with rusks. The morning game drive is the last chance to spot the big 5, offering guests the last opportunity to explore spectacular wild Africa, to spot a vast array of interesting wildlife. After the morning game drive, brunch is a full English breakfast buffet. Guests are dropped off at Skukuza Airport according to their flight time, at Nelspruit airport strictly 13:15 pm and in Johannesburg between 17:00 and 18:00 pm.

Extra itinerary information

  • From April to September, the rest camp gates open at 6:00 am.
  • November to January the gates open at 4:30 am.
  • And in February, March, and October the rest camp gates open at 5:30 am.
  • One optional bush walk is included to replace a standard game drive (if you like the organizer to do so). It will take place depending on availability.
  • An optional visit to the Panorama Route is included (taking place on an available day in the middle of the safari, therefore not available on the day the safari starts or ends).
  • Places visited are Gods window, Bourke’s luck, Wonder view, Three Rondavels and one of the amazing waterfalls on route (time-dependent). Meal / lunch stop en route in Graskop (at your own expense). This excursion must be pre-arranged and is availability dependent.
  • Guests not wanting to take part in the Panorama route tour, can continue with the standard safari itinerary (afternoon game drive on the said day). Should you participate in this activity, you will start directly after your morning game drive, therefore missing your afternoon game drive.

Included excursions

  • Sunset or night game drive.
  • Panorama Route tour.
  • Morning and afternoon game drives.
  • Bush walk.

Please note that the optional Panorama Route tour takes place on one available day in the middle of the safari, replacing the afternoon game drive. Kruger Park Tours must be informed before travel if you will take the Panorama route excursion.

Location

This safari takes place in Kruger National park, South-Africa.

Animals to Look for in the Rest Camps of Kruger National Park while on Safari

On your visit to the Kruger National Park you will find quite a variety of animals right at your doorstep. Below you will see only a few which you will often come across in the Kruger National Park rest camps. The Kruger National Park is popular for it’s big variety of wildlife and different animal types, and offers such a fortunate experience as some of these animals move around you at your accommodation, whilst having lunch at a restaurant or visiting the shop in the Kruger National Park. You get opportunity to see wildlife close-up in the Kruger National Park, not only by partaking in game drives or activities, but also through moving around within your rest camp. Elephants often eat Marula Fruit next to rivers, while you are dining at the restaurants of the rest camps.

Elephants:

As one of the Big 5, elephants are regularly spotted in the Kruger National Park. Elephants can live up to 70 years in the wild and are herbivorous. They can also live in different habitats, including deserts and forests and normally found close to water. There are two types of elephants, African elephant and Asian elephant. The elephant species found in the Kruger National Park is the African bush elephant (Loxodonta africana) and weighs up to 7 tonnes and reaches a height of 3.3 meters to the shoulder.

Bush babies:

There are two types of bushbabies (Galagos) found in Kruger National Park, which are the Lesser bushbaby and Thick-tailed bushbaby. The Lesser bushbaby (Galago moholi), tree-dwelling and active by night, they can do remarkable distance between trees. When walking on the ground they can either walk on their hind legs or all four legs. Their diet consist of tree gum and insects and eating fruit is likely recorded. The thick-tailed bushbaby is a nocturnal with child-like cries, this is also where the English vernacular name originated due to its diet and larger body size and is the most social of all bushbabies. At dusk, groups disperse to feed alone while foraging for insects, but they will congregate with members of other groups at well-established gum licks and in fruiting trees.

Warthogs:

The warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) found in the Kruger National Park are day animals and mostly spend their time looking for food and are normally found in family groups. Warthogs have the peculiar habit of kneeling on the front knees while feeding and foraging in a localised area. They shelter in burrows at night, which they enter tail first. Socially, three main groups are encountered, namely solitary boars, bachelor groups, and matriarchal groups. Its diet is omnivorous, composed of grasses, roots, berries and other fruits, bark, fungi, insects, eggs and carrion.

Vervet monkeys:

Vervet monkeys are commonly found in the Kruger National Park as well as surrounding areas. Also known as (Cercopithecus Aethiops). The vervet monkey is classified as a medium to large monkey. Different types of vervets vary in colour, but generally the body is a greenish olive or silvery grey.

Fruit bats

There are three species of fruit bats found in the Kruger National Park and are quite large and can weigh up to 1.5 kilograms. They do not have a tail of a very short tail. Fruit bats require habitat where fruit trees bare fruit all year long. The three species found in the Kruger National Park are: Peter’s Epaulette fruit bat (Epomophorus crypturus), Wahlberg’s Epaulette fruit bat (Epomophorus wahlbergi), and Egyptian fruit bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus).

Glossy starling:

In the Kruger National Park there are four species of glossy blue starlings, namely Cape glossy, greater blue-eared, Burchell’s and Meve’s starlings. These birds are actually quite commonly found especially in the Kruger National Park rest camp. You will also notice that they normally surround areas such as restaurants and picnic spots in the Kruger National Park, to try and source any leftover food.

Blue headed tree agama:

The blue-headed tree agama is also known as the Southern tree agama and are very commonly found in different habitats and you will most definitely come across this beautiful lizard in the Kruger National Park. Their diet mostly consist of ants and termites, although they also eat other insects. The female will lay up to 14 eggs, normally in a hole in the ground which they cover. Be on the lookout in the Kruger National Park, in trees or on the ground as you will definitely spot them around your rest camp.

Features

Activities

  • Shopping
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Restaurant

Services

  • ATM / banking
  • Currency exchange
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Medical assistance
  • Mosquito net

Food

Breakfast:

  • Hot beverages (coffee, tea ,hot chocolate, cappuccino, juice)
  • Rusks

Brunch (breakfast buffet).

  • Full English Breakfast (buffet with cereal, fruit & yogurt with a hot breakfast buffet and bottomless tea, coffee & juice).
  • The hot breakfast includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, peri-peri chicken livers, sautéed mushrooms, potato roast, baked beans, grilled tomatoes, grilled onions and toast with a selection of jams and butter

Dinner (3 course dinner).

Guests are allocated 250 ZAR per person per night to choose a meal and drinks from the rest camp restaurant menu.

Three-course dinner example menu choice:

Starters:

  • Stuffed mushrooms - Tasty deep-fried white buttons, filled with a delicate, mixture of cheese, breadcrumbs, parsley & sherry and served with the unique tartar sauce.
  • OR
  • Calamari Steak Strips - Soft & tender calamari steak strips, deep-fried to a golden hue and served with tartar sauce.

Main Menu:

  • Grilled Sole - Grilled East Coast Sole brushed with a choice of lemon or garlic butter sauce and served with savory rice.
  • OR
  • Sirloin (300 g) - Sirloin steak seasoned & basted with a secret basting sauce and grilled to your satisfaction. Served with a choice of rice, french fries or baby potatoes.

Dessert:

  • Malva Pudding - Traditional favorite served with custard and cream or ice-cream.

Drinks with meals (as part of the breakfast buffet):

  • Water.
  • Juice.
  • Coffee.
  • Tea.

Note: Dietary needs can be suited as per the menu provided at the restaurant.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

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

What's included

  • One sunset or night game drive in Kruger National Park
  • 3 days of morning and afternoon game drives in Kruger National Park
  • Possibility to join in a Panorama Route tour as an alternative to an afternoon game drive
  • Qualified game rangers (FGASA qualified)
  • Shuttle service from and to Skukuza Airport
  • Activities, entry fees, and taxes
  • 4 nights tented accommodation
  • Daily buffet breakfast and three-course dinner according to your dietary requirements (different options available)
  • Beds with linen, towels, and electricity (including lights, air conditioner / heater and electric outlet)
  • Open-side game drive vehicles used (SATSA bonded)
  • Ablutions close-by and with warm water
  • Mosquito zip net under main zip door
  • Your own private tent (you will not share with strangers)

What's not included

  • Mosquito repellent
  • Tips, personal items, and souvenirs
  • Babysitting service
  • Transfers are excluded from the safari rates
  • Transfers from OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg cost 1700 ZAR per person return
  • Transfers from Nelspruit Airport are 850 ZAR return

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at either of the following airports: O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP), or Skukuza Airport (SZK). Transfers from Johannesburg and Nelspruit Airports can be booked at an additional cost. The transfers from Skukuza Airport is included in the price, however needs to be pre-arranged. The optional shuttle from Johannesburg to Kruger Park leaves either at 6:45 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. from the OR Tambo bus terminal behind the Intercontinental Hotel. Alternatively, you can be picked from Nelspruit Airport at 13:15 p.m. and Skukuza Airport (at any time).

On departure day guests are dropped off at Skukuza Airport according to their flight time, at Nelspruit Airport strictly at 13:15 p.m. and in Johannesburg between 17:00 and 18:00 p.m.

Flight check-in and check-out for international flights can take up to 3 hours

Flight check-in and check-out for local flights can take up to 2 hours

International departure flights from OR Tambo (JNB) should be booked for no earlier than 20:00 p.m.

Transfers from OR Tambo Airport (JNB), Johannesburg cost 1700 ZAR per person return.

Transfers from Nelspruit Airport cost 850 ZAR return.

Airport: O. R. Tambo International Airport Airport transfer available: O. R. Tambo International Airport (US$116 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 61 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 55 days before arrival.

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Children policy
  • Children to under 6 years old are not allowed on sunset or night drives (other game drives up the guides discretion).
  • No children under 13 are allowed on bush walks.
  • Should you have young children, they can take part in a normal morning / afternoon game drive (up to the park guides discretion) in place of SANParks activities such as bush walks or sunset drives (on special arrangement only). Alternatively, adults in the group must make turns to babysit.

 

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