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4 Days Unforgettable Classic Safari in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Best Kruger Safari in South Africa

Be amazed by the Big Five as well as hippo, hyena, kudu, giraffe, zebra and so much more on several open vehicle game drives and a SANParks sunset drive (which gives you the opportunity to see nocturnal animals) on this Kruger classic safaris. While there are never any guarantees, the more time you spend on this safari, the better! You also have the option of visiting Bourke's Luck Potholes, Three Rondavels in the Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window on the Panorama Route, which provides some of the most magnificent scenery in the country. Delicious breakfasts and dinners give you ample time to get to know your fellow travelers and exchange stories while sitting around the campfire and listening to the sounds of the bush around you.

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Minimum group size: 1 person
  • Maximum group size: 16 persons
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 12 years old are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting point and ending point: Johannesburg
  • Languages: English speaking guides
  • All park fees are included.

Highlights

  • A SANParks sunset drive
  • Chance to see the Big Five, hippo, hyena, giraffe, and zebra
  • Two daily game drives with experienced, FGASA-registered guides
  • Unforgettable wildlife sightings in a world-renowned game reserve, Kruger Park
  • Assistance from safari specialists with over 20 years experience, when you enquire
  • Breakfast and dinner included and prepared on-site by talented chefs
  • Accommodation in chalets with beds, linen, towels, and soap
  • Game drives conducted in an open safari vehicle

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


4 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
Airport transfer available:
O. R. Tambo International Airport (US$113 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (US$28 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
07:00
Check-out Time:
18:00

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms

This Kruger Classic Safari accommodation is in en-suite chalets with beds, linen, towels, and soap. The chalets have a small fridge, air conditioning and mosquito proofing on the doors and windows.

Program

Day 1: Gauteng to Kruger National Park

The group leaves on your Kruger Park safari from Johannesburg in the early morning to allow for various collection points. The route to your Kruger safari takes you through the Highveld with its wide-open spaces, down the escarpment and through the scenic Lowveld area. En-route to the Kruger National Park, you stop for lunch (own expense).

You will go out on your first Kruger safari (a SANParks Sunset Drive) after settling into your accommodation. A sunset drive affords you the opportunity to see nocturnal Kruger wildlife. Kruger Park’s rangers are allowed to return after the normal gate closing times. Also, this is not a private Kruger safari so other guests may be joining you on this drive.

A three-course dinner will be served al fresco at the camp in the evening (weather permitting).

Days 2 and 3: A full day in Kruger Park

Kruger Park safaris are all about early mornings, and getting out there and seeing the wildlife! The time you go on your Kruger safari varies according to the seasons and camp gate opening times. You have tea or coffee with snacks before departing on the game drive, which will take approximately three to four hours. Your guide has an intimate knowledge of Kruger Park, which contributes a great deal towards brilliant sightings!

Upon returning to camp, brunch will be ready. You’ll then have time to enjoy a swim, visit Kruger Park’s shop, which includes African curios, general food items, and drinks, take a walk around the camp, or simply take advantage of the Kruger National Park accommodation and relax in your chalet. Be sure to bring your binoculars, Kruger Park is a bird watcher’s paradise!

After your leisure time, you set off on the afternoon Kruger wildlife safari. The team conducts this Kruger safari in specially adapted 4×4 open game drive vehicles to allow you the best possible vantage point. The group shares African safari stories under the stars after a scrumptious dinner served at the camp.

  • Breakfast and dinner are included.

Day 4: Kruger Park to Gauteng

The final day of your Kruger Park safari will be your last chance to see the Big Five animals that have eluded you thus far. After breakfast, you return to Johannesburg. The drive back takes at least six hours and guests are advised to sleep over in Johannesburg on this night.

  • Breakfast and dinner are included.

Vehicles use on this safari

Transfers from and to the airport, as well as to the Kruger National Park, is in a 12-seater bus and game drives take place in open safari vehicles to offer the best possible game viewing experience. Vehicles provide guests with the highest possible levels of safety and comfort.

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 minibus transfer vehicles as well as in the dining facility.

SANParks sunset drive

Please note that sunset game drive times are subject to change and availability on the day. These drives are conducted by SANParks, by one of their rangers and in one of their vehicles. There will most likely be other guests on this drive. Children under 12 years of age are not allowed to join this safari.

Children information

Although Outlook Safaris welcomes children on this safari, they reserve the right not to allow younger children on normal game drives. This will be entirely up to the guide’s discretion and will be in order to ensure a pleasurable game drive for all the guests (including the parents). Should this be the case, a bush bumble (kiddies game drive) will be conducted after the normal game drive, especially for the kids. Outlook Safaris does not offer babysitting and as such one of the parents will have to stay behind to watch the children. Private game drives for families can be arranged at an extra charge.

Location

Kruger National Park

The diversity of the Kruger National Park is truly astounding, a veritable nature lover and photography enthusiast’s paradise. All wild and free-roaming animals, that have always occurred here naturally, integrating perfectly into their respective ecosystems.

If, as a visitor to the Kruger National Park, you want to see a wide range and diversity of wild animals, there is no better national park to visit on the entire African continent. Yes, Kruger Park is commercial and yes, there are a lot of people driving around and, at some sightings especially the Big 5, it can become overcrowded. But the diversity of species found in Kruger Park is fantastic. Visitors are seldom disappointed. Kruger Wildlife Safaris has, on many occasions during the course of a single morning game drive on one of their safaris, seen all of the Big Five, and it did not end there. You’d be hard-pressed to have as an exceptional experience in other National Parks in Africa.

The Big Five consists of lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, and elephant. Originally a hunting term used to describe Africa’s 5 most dangerous animals to hunt on foot in the bush, the photographic safari industry has “hijacked” the phrase and it’s now used worldwide as a marketing tool to attract tourists to Africa’s National Parks in the hopes of spotting these animals.

And yes, the Big 5 are fantastic to see, but remember, Kruger Park offers so much more than just the Big 5. Antelope, giraffe, hippopotamus, crocodiles, beautiful birds such as ground hornbills, lilac-breasted rollers and fork-tailed drongos and stunning savannah and bush landscapes all make the Kruger National Park a must-see when visiting South Africa.

Food

Included meals

  • Day 1: Dinner
  • Day 2: Breakfast and dinner
  • Day 3: Breakfast

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) 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

Things to do (optional)

Morning walk

A walk in the Kruger Park affords you the opportunity to experience the bush from a totally different perspective. You really do get up close and personal with Africa's wild animals, insects, trees and birds. Qualified trail guides take you on a three-hour walk where there is a chance you could come across Africa's Big 5 on foot.

Please be advised however, the focus is not on Big Five encounters, but rather smaller and often very interesting aspects of the bush that only a walk can offer. This activity is available at an additional fee of 570 ZAR per person and needs to be pre-booked with your consultant when you confirm your Kruger safari tour with Outlook Safaris. This activity is dependent on availability.

Panorama Route

The full day Panorama Route tour covers the best sights of this famous South African sightseeing route. The tour will include the Three Rondavels, Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes, God's Window and the glass elevator near the town of Graskop. This tour is available at an additional cost of 795 ZAR per person and needs to be pre-booked with your consultant when you confirm your safari with Outlook Safaris.

If you choose to do the Panorama Route, you forfeit your morning and afternoon drive in the Kruger Park as there is not enough time to include both activities. You cannot book a Panorama Route tour whilst on safari. Kindly note that this excursion is not available on the first or last day of your safari due to time constraints. All entry fees and the glass elevator are included in the price. Lunch is excluded.

Please note that optional extras that are pre-booked are non-refundable in the event that you decide to no longer participate in the activity.

What's included

  • 2 safari per day
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Professional drivers/guides (FGASA registered - Field Guides Association of Southern Africa)
  • Meals as specified per itinerary
  • All game drives in the Kruger National Park in an open game drive vehicle
  • A SANParks sunset drive
  • All entry fees and daily conservation levies

What's not included

  • Meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary
  • Pick up and drop off in Johannesburg/Pretoria
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at either O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP). Please send an inquiry to Outlook Safaris if you need more info regarding how to get to the meeting point in Outlook Lodge O.R. Tambo.

Shuttle service from the departure points in Johannesburg to your camp is an extra 1,720 ZAR.

Airport: O. R. Tambo International Airport Airport transfer available: O. R. Tambo International Airport (US$113 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport Airport transfer available: Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (US$28 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 non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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