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4 Days Greater Kruger National Park Safari in South Africa
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Classic Safari in South Africa

Join a luxurious Big Five safari experience in the heart of the Greater Kruger National Park and sharing unfenced boundaries with the iconic Kruger Park. With private chalets delving into the home of the wilderness, game drives etching you into the liveliness of your surroundings and the careful touch of true hospitality, come and make yourself at home with Raptor Retreat Game Lodge and let your imagination soar!

Key information

  • Minimum of 2 and maximum of 10 participants.
  • Children from the age of 12 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting point and ending point: Johannesburg
  • Afrikaans and English speaking guide.
  • All gate and entrance fees are included.
  • Group safari


  • 3 game drives
  • Chance to spot the Big Five
  • Full day panorama route tour
  • Extensively explore Kruger National Park
  • Game drives in an open sided 4X4 vehicle with professional guide
  • Daily meals with coffee, tea, and water
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • 3 nights’ accommodation


4 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Afrikaans
Group size: 2-10 participants
Airport transfer included: O. R. Tambo International Airport
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Three nights of accommodation at Raptor Retreat Game Lodge in a luxury unit with your own splash pool is included. Each spacious air-conditioned unit has high thatched ceilings and a huge, built in king size bed, as well as large sliding doors that open onto a private deck with double recliners. Slip into your own splash pool and cool off under the hot African sun whilst watching game graze nearby. Complimentary teas and coffees are provided as well as a fully stocked mini bar fridge.

The open plan wet bathroom features sliding doors, dual basins, a large shower and a free standing bath. Eco friendly toiletries of superior quality are as well as insect repellent is supplied. Mosquito nets. Hairdryer, bath, and swimming towels are available in your unit. Free Wi-Fi at the main lodge is also available. Free parking is available on-site.


Day 1: Johannesburg to Raptor Retreat (Scenic Route)

At 06h45, a shuttle will transfer you in air-conditioned comfort from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport to Hoedspruit. There are two 15-minute comfort stops along the way, allowing you to stretch your legs, have a bathroom break, and buy some drinks and snacks for the road. Arriving in the greater Hoedspruit area soon after midday, the shuttle will deliver you to Three Bridges where you will be met by a lodge representative and transferred to Raptor Retreat. This will be a 10 minute drive to the entrance of the Balule Parsons Game Reserve.

Once you enter the gates, your experience with nature begins. After check-in, you will have time to relax and unpack before enjoying a light lunch at the main lodge. From here you will be departing on a three hour sunset game drive in an open safari vehicle. You will be driving on an 11000ha traverse which has the Big Five and will stop for sun downers and snacks, whilst you experience the true magic of an African sunset.

After the game drive you can join them at the main lodge viewing deck for some drinks before joining them for dinner.

Day 2: Full Day Kruger National Park Safari

You will be departing from the lodge at 05h30 in an open safari vehicle to the Kruger National Park for a full day of game viewing. You will enter at the Orpen Game and a packed breakfast is included. Your guide will stop at one of the picnic spots for you to enjoy your breakfast. This area of the Kruger Park is rich in wildlife and makes for excellent viewing and photographic opportunities.

A slow drive will give plenty of opportunity for game viewing and photographing animals like buffalo, elephant, giraffe, hyena and much, much more. You will enjoy a lunch break at the Satara Camp and continue on your safari in the Kruger National Park. Once you arrive back at the lodge you will have time to freshen up and relax before joining them for drinks and dinner.

Day 3: Panorama Route Full Day Tour

After enjoying a breakfast at the Main lodge at 08h00, you will depart for the Panorama Route, where you will see the splendor of the Blyde Canyon - which is the 3rd largest green canyon in the world. The top viewing portions along the Panorama Route can be experienced from the numerous stop-over points at the edge of the escarpment. God’s Window and the Three Rondavels are all magnificent viewpoints of canyons, ravines, and waterfalls of the Lowveld. Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Berlin Falls and numerous other waterfalls are spectacular attractions along the route.

Descend into the gorge in Graskop in a glass elevator and explore beautiful laid-out pathways in the rainforest below. All of this will be in the luxury of a closed, air-conditioned vehicle with a guide. Water and fruit juice will be provided on the vehicle. All entrance fees are included, as well as lunch in Graskop at the famous Harries Pancakes.

You will arrive back at the lodge at approximately 17h00 and have time to unwind, freshen up, and join them for drinks and dinner at the main lodge.

Day 4: Return to Johannesburg

This is the last day of your stay with Raptor Retreat Game Lodge. Join them for a morning game drive at 05h30 and stop for amarula coffee and rusks whilst you enjoy the sunrise. After your game drive you will have breakfast at the main lodge, freshen up, and check-out. You will be departing at 10h30 from the lodge to Three Bridges where your shuttle will pick you up for your transfer to OR Tambo International Airport. The shuttle departs at 11h45.


Raptor Retreat Game Lodge is situated on the Balule Parsons Nature Reserve in the Mopani region, and form part of the Greater Kruger National Park area. We are situated on the Balule Parsons Nature Reserve in the Mopani region, approximately 40km north of Hoedspruit and only a 4km game drive away from the banks of the Oliphant’s River. Parsons Nature Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park and we offer easy access to Kruger Park gates.

This unspoiled corner of South Africa is renowned for its abundance of wildlife, mountainous scenery, indigenous forests, cascading waterfalls, and diverse cultures. Raptor Retreat is an owner managed game lodge, offering luxurious accommodation and excellent service.

With the possibility of having the Big Five on your doorstep and an abundance of bird life all around you, feel free to explore by through a game drive or walk (accompanied by an experienced ranger), promising you much more than just a game viewing experience.


The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 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)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Roundtrip shuttle from OR Tambo to Raptor Retreat
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • All meals during your stay
  • Refreshments and drinks on the morning and afternoon game drives
  • Full day Kruger Park Safari and all entrance fees, as well as breakfast and lunch
  • Full day panorama tour and all entrance fees, as well as lunch
  • Conservation fees at Balule Parsons Gate

What's not included

  • Drinks during lunch and dinner at the lodge
  • Drinks and snacks from your mini bar in your unit

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Raptor Retreat Game Lodge will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: O. R. Tambo International Airport Airport transfer included: O. R. Tambo International Airport No additional charges. 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 on departure.
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