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5 Days Private Safari in Kruger National Park

  • Swagat at Kruger Park Lodge, Portia Shabangu Drive, Hazyview, 1242, Mbombela, Ehlanzeni, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Self-Drive Kruger Park Safari

Being in Kruger National Park is at once peaceful and exhilarating. It is wonderful to be disconnected from the buzz of the internet and telephones. Just take in the unique sounds, sights, smells, and the air of the park. Nothing beats the excitement of being the ones to spot a leopard or hear a herd of 200 buffalo thundering past the car. There is truly a satisfaction and excitement in spotting animals on your own, feeling like you are really in a wildlife documentary. All you need is a car, binoculars, and a good camera. You're one step away from starting your safari adventure.

Highlights

  • A half-day guided safari
  • A full-day private safari with guide
  • Pick up to Kruger National Park
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • Self-drive safari tips
  • A boma dinner
  • 3 activity days
  • English
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Swagat at Kruger Park Lodge is a spacious 6-sleeper unit with 3 well-appointed, air-conditioned bedrooms. Each room comes with its own bathroom, a fully-equipped, self-catering kitchen with dishwasher, living room, dining room, and a lovely large deck with outside seating and braai / grilling facilities.

Block out curtains in all bedrooms allow you to enjoy the lazy mornings. There is a guest safe in the main bedroom for your electronics and valuables. The lodge has three swimming pools, tennis courts, a hippo hide, and a Gary Player-designed golf course.

The 5 day Kruger National Park safari is designed so you can experience an African safari in a fun, affordable, and adventurous way. This safari package has been put together based on years of experience to help you explore the world-famous Kruger National Park and the private Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

You will experience the combination of a private guided safari with self-driving so you will get the best of both worlds. For your full-day safari to Kruger National Park and late-afternoon / early evening Sabi Sand Game Reserve, you will get picked up from and dropped off at the doorsteps of your lodge.

Itinerary

Day 1

You will check in at Swagat at Kruger Park Lodge at 16:00.

Day 2

You will get picked up at your lodge for a full-day guided safari into Kruger National Park.

Day 3

You will enjoy the resort or take an early morning self-drive into Kruger National Park. After that, you will be picked up at your lodge around 14:30 for a private safari into the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Upon arrival, you will be served by tea, coffee, and biscuits at a private lodge, followed by a late afternoon / early evening safari in Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Break for sundowners, you will head back to the Sabi lodge for a boma dinner before heading back to Swagat at Kruger Park Lodge.

Day 4

You can enjoy the lodge’s many amenities during your leisure time along with a leisurely self-drive into Kruger National Park or the Panorama Route.

Day 5

You will check out at 10:00.

This safari will take place at Kruger National Park and Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Kruger National Park is an enormous South Africa's flagship game park, nearly 2 million hectares. The park is about the size of Northern Ireland or the state of Connecticut, teeming with lions, elephants, rhino, giraffe, leopards, honey badgers, kudus, impalas, zebras, buffaloes, numerous birds, insect, and plants species.

Established in 1898, Kruger is called home by 147 mammals, 114 reptiles, 507 birds, 34 amphibians, 49 fish, and 336 trees. In addition to the fauna and flora, Kruger National Park offers visitors the chance to view rock paintings and visit the ancient archaeological sites of Masorini and Thulamela. Kruger National Park has an extensive network of tarred and dirt roads and each gate and camps sell a detailed map with dams, picnic spots, hides, distances, and an animal and bird identification guide.

You will be served a boma dinner on the third day. Other meals can be enjoyed at any one of the many local restaurants in Hazyview or you can cook in the fully-equipped kitchen with ingredients bought at the supermarket.

  • Hiking at the local mountains
  • Horse riding
  • Hot air balloon
  • Rafting

You can enjoy a wonderful and relaxing massage at the local spa for an additional cost.

  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • A full-day private guided safari at Kruger National Park
  • A half-day guided safari into Sabi Sand Game Reserve
  • A boma dinner
  • Self-drive safari tips
  • Breakfast
  • Fuel
  • Kruger National Park daily conservation fee (15 USD for adults and 8 USD for children) when self-driving into Kruger National Park
  • Lunch
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.

Testimonials

  • Review by Joyce Z from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "This is a beautiful freestanding house, we visited for the second time! The golfcourse is "your back yard"! House is compleet and tastefully furnished. Beautiful sunset view from the big terrace. Kruger Park entrance 10 min. drive. Shopping centre 2.5 kmWe'll visit again!"

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  • Review by Gabi S
    10 out of 10

    "Although we did not stay Swagat as it was too far from where we needed to be in the Kruger the following day, I reached out to Heeten the owner as I had heard he is a Kruger expert and he did not disappoint. He spent over 45 minutes with me giving me fantastic advice on the entire kruger even though he knew we were not going to be able to stay there. I look very forward to staying at the Lodge on our next trip to SA!"

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  • Review by Catherine P from France
    10 out of 10

    " We really enjoyed our stay at Swagat Kruger Park Lodge. The accommodation is exactly as described. Plenty of space for our party of 6, very well equipped and very clean. The chalet is in a great location whether you want to enjoy a safari in Kruger or do one of the huge choice of activities in the area. Thank you for helping to make our stay in South Africa such an enjoyable one!"

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