5 Days Thrilling Big Five Safari South Africa

  • Balule Nature Reserve - Kruger National Park


Budget Safari in South Africa

Experience the majestic Greater Kruger which borders Kruger National Park without fences! The best thing about this treehouse safari is being able to do game drives, guided safari bush walks, and to see a few highlights on the Panorama route. Kruger Park Tours make use of experienced game rangers for your personal safety and guarantee a service excellence on your African safari.


  • Big Five safari
  • Daily game drives
  • Guided safari bush walks
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • A professional guide
  • Airport transfers
  • Transport

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 9.

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Tremisana Game Lodge

Tremisana Game Lodge is the largest and leading lodge in Balule Nature Reserve, having a total of 15 chalets plus a two-bedroom guest house. It can accommodate a maximum of 40 guests. Every unit is en-suite (shower, toilet, basin) and all units are air-conditioned. Perhaps the most striking feature of Tremisana Game Lodge is the beautiful gardens. The presence of numerous bougainvilleas and various palms and cycads gives the camp a subtropical feel.

Marc's Treehouse Lodge

Marc’s Treehouse Lodge offers rustic but comfortable accommodation geared to put one in close contact with the sights, sounds, and scents of the wild. The treehouses are made of wood and reeds under thatch and blend harmoniously into the dense riverine vegetation.

Creature comforts include electric fans, mosquito nets, and comfortable beds, with linen, towels, and soap provided. Each treehouse has its own private ablutions and has a viewing deck overlooking the perennial Klaserie River or the "breakfast" dam, where animals often come to drink.

It is important to note that this is not a private safari and more than likely there will be other guests joining you on the game drive vehicles, air-conditioned mini bus transfer vehicles, as well as in the dining facility.

Transfers from and to Greater Kruger National Park (Balule Nature Reserve) is in a 12 seat bus and game drives take place in open safari vehicles to offer the best possible game viewing experience. Vehicles are equipped to provide guests with highest possible levels of safety, comfort, and experience.


Day 1

You will travel via farmlands to the picturesque Lowveld and on to Tremisana Game Lodge in the Balule Section of the Kruger Park. After a short break, during which you may unwind at the bar, have a swim or relax in the tropical gardens, you will board the open Landcruiser for a 3-hour sunset drive and night drive. Your guide will show you various animals and birds and after darkness falls, you will use spotlights to locate nocturnal species. Dinner will be an unforgettable bush braai at the Marula Tree Boma. After dinner, you will continue the night drive and overnight in comfortable air-conditioned en-suite thatch-roofed chalets.

Day 2 - 3 (Balule Nature Reserve)

You will awaken at sunrise for an exhilarating day of unforgettable bush life. Then, drive to a remote part of the Balule Nature Reserve where you enjoy a 4-hour bush walk. Your experienced field guide will lead you through the bush. The thrill of following Africa’s Big Five until you can take a exhilarating close-up photo of a wild animal will remain with you forever. Adrenalin surges will be acute, notwithstanding the presence of your armed ranger. You will then return to Tremisana Game Lodge for brunch. At around 15:00, you will go on an afternoon game drive. You are then transferred to Marc’s Treehouse Lodge where accommodation is in fascinating and romantic treehouses.

Day 4 (Kruger National Park)

After a relaxing night at Marc’s Treehouse Lodge, you will travel to the Kruger National Park where you will board Kruger Park Tours' open game viewer. The absence of windows and elevated vantage position will allow for excellent photographic opportunities. You will have an amazing chance not only to view beautiful African wildlife, but also to listen to the African bush and its denizens and smell the clean air of nature.

There will be regular stops at picnic spots and rest camps. Your experienced ranger will show you the many hideouts and habitats of the animals, birds, and insects that live within this wildlife paradise. The Orpen / Satara region boasts open plains and supports large herds of zebra, giraffe, and antelope that attract numerous predators. In fact, the zones you will visit have the highest concentration of lions in Africa!

Day 5 (Panorama route tour)

You will enjoy an early morning bush walk accompanied by an armed ranger. You will then drive to the awesome Three Rondawels and the Blyde River Canyon. Then, return to Gauteng in the late afternoon to be transferred back to the airport.

On this safari, you will experience a Panorama route tour which includes driving to the awesome Three Rondawels and the Blyde River Canyon as well as Big 5 Drives in Private Game Reserves and Kruger Park. Bush walks also form part of the tour itinerary.

This safari will take you to Balule Nature Reserve and Kruger National Park in South Africa.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Ayurvedic
  • Fruitarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Hallal
  • Lactose Free
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Naturopathic
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Paleo diet
  • Pescatarian
  • Raw food
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Whole food
  • Yogic
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • A professional driver or guide
  • Airport transfers
  • All transportation
  • Bush walks
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Daily game drives
  • Drinking water
  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • Accommodation on the day before the tour departs
  • Accommodation on the last day
  • International flights
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Some meals (as specified in the day-by-day)

Arrival by airplane

You can be collected from all hotels and guesthouses in Gauteng as well as from O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in the early morning at more or less 7 a.m by Kruger Park Tours.

You can also be picked up any time of day from Hoedspruit Airport (HDS) which is closest to the lodge and between 1 and 2 p.m. at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP). The pick-up is included in the price. You will reach the lodge in the late afternoon due to a 6-hour drive.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 51 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 43 days before arrival.


  • Review by Kamalika Gosh from South Africa

    "Rochelle, from Kruger Park Tours, arranged a weekend getaway for me. She answered all my questions, smoothed out issues. The trip itself was great, pickup on time, leisurely safaris, comfortable chalets, and good food. Wish I could’ve stayed longer!"

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  • Review by Johan Botha from South Africa

    "The whole trip was excellent in all aspects of our stay. Management was very professional, always informative and accommodative."

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  • Review by Ravi from Canada

    "Staff was very friendly and helpful. We saw all Big Five in Kruger."

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Kruger Park Tours offers budget Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands, and Greater Kruger luxury lodge safaris, as well as Kruger Park game drives and other African safaris.

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Pricing information

You will depart with a minimum of one person at a slightly higher per person rate.

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