7 Days Open Vehicle Kruger National Park Safari

7 Days Open Vehicle Kruger National Park Safari

  • Pretoriuskop Camp - Lower Sabie - Shingwedzi Camp - Letaba Camp

Birdwatching and Wildlife Safaris in Africa

Explore from South to North the world famous Kruger Park with its amazing wildlife and bush. You will have the chance to soak up and enjoy the best sights and wildlife from open vehicles in Kruger Park; find the big five and all the other amazing animals, and enjoy the lush bush sights, smells, and sounds in an open vehicle with your professional safari guide to enhance your experience. The insights of your guide and the superb visibility afforded by the safari vehicles will amaze you.

Highlights

  • Game drives to spot the Big five
  • Professional safari guides during the whole trip
  • A dream location for photographers and nature lovers alike
  • See the amazing birdlife in Kruger National Park
  • Open vehicle for transprtation in the park
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 7 activity days
  • English
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You will stay in various huts within the Kruger Park, namely one night at Pretoriuskop Camp, two nights at Lower Sabie, two nights at Shingwedzi Camp, and finally at Letaba Camp. All these accommodations are air-conditioned.

Day one

After arriving at Skukuza Airport, an open safari vehicle will pick you up so that you can start the trip straight away. Another option is to shuttle from O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), or to self-drive to Hazyview. Your safari guide will take you into Kruger Park for an afternoon safari in an open vehicle. After all the sightings, you will arrive at the camp and spend the night in an air-conditioned hut in Pretoriuskop Camp, where you can enjoy the sounds of wildlife.

Days two and three

Both days are full-day safaris. The southern region of Kruger has more rain and it has the highest concentration of wildlife and predators than any park in the world, so sightings will be amazing. Let the safari guide with all his knowledge explain the behavior of the wildlife, and provide information on each species. His knowledge of Kruger Park and where the animals are found at any time of the year in the different habitats will give you many amazing sightings.

You will spend both nights in Lower Sabie in an air-conditioned hut, and also get the opportunity to watch hippos, crocodiles, and other animals from the restaurant deck.

Days four and five

It's off to the middle region of the more than 400 kilometers long Kruger Park. This region is more flat, so there are amazing views of wide open spaces with tons of elephants moving around. Other animals, such as cheetah, occur mostly in these areas as well. The middle region is also the start of the massive African baobabs.

There are some gems like viewing hides and panorama view points with hidden-away waterholes dotted all over. As it is dryer and more open, all the animals concentrate around the more lush water holes. Here you will also stay in camps with nearby shops and restaurants, and spend both nights in your air-conditioned hut in Shingwedzi camp overlooking the Shingwedzi River.

Days six and seven

It’s off to the remote north of the Kruger Park, to the quieter camps. This amazing region is much loved by the guides themselves. There are very few other vehicles and one can travel for hours alone. The totally varied habitat means changing visuals all the time from wide rivers to mountains and then the dense forest tunnels along the Great Limpopo river to enjoy totally on your own. This is Big five area, with massive tuskers, massive herds of buffalo, and big open African skies.

Spend the last nights in an air-coditioned hut in Letaba camp, overlooking the Letaba River with its hippos and wildlife. By now you will have a lifetime of memories and even award winning photos before heading back to Skukuza Airport or to the shuttle for your trip back to Johannesburg.

About open vehicle safaris

A safari in an open vehicle into Kruger National Park is a privilege beyond imagination. One of the world’s most famous game reserves is not only vast with a glorious diversity of wildlife and birdlife, it is also renowned for its ever-changing African landscapes. For photographers, it is a dream destination, with no fewer than 147 mammals and over 500 species of bird waiting for the click of your camera.

Qualified, experienced field guides know the terrain and the protocol intimately, and their skills, combined with the superb visibility afforded by the specially modified safari vehicles guarantee you’re in the pound seats for a wonderfully wild experience. Kruger is teaming with game, big and small, and you will be as spellbound by the Big five.

You will get to explore Kruger National Park from South to North, and also spend two days in the middle region.

This retreat will take place in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Kruger is renowned for its ever changing African landscapes, with no fewer than 147 mammals and over 500 species of birds waiting for the click of your camera, so it is a dream location for photographers and nature lovers alike.

Meals are not included in the price, but the restaurants in the camps are very relaxed and priced reasonably.

There are various extra activites that you can do in Kruger Park, and that can be at least as rewarding and informative as the safari itself. These activities can be a huge help to conservation and usually have very dedicated and professional staff.

Canyon cruise and endangered species tour

The tour departs daily at 7 a.m. and returns at around 3:30 p.m.

Enjoy the splendor of the third largest canyon in the world, and unquestionably the largest 'green canyon' due to its lush subtropical foliage. An interpretation tour by a tour guide will take you to the rare living Kadishi Tufa waterfall and the Three Rondavels. An abundance of wildlife will keep you distracted while learning more about the natural history of the Blyde Canyon.

The Blyde River Canyon supports a large diversity of life, including numerous fish and antelope species, as well as hippos and crocodiles, primate species, and a diversity of birdlife, such as the African Fish Eagle and African Finfoot. Possibly the best view in the whole of the Blyde River Canyon is of the "Three Rondavels", huge, round rocks, thought to be reminiscent of the houses or huts of the indigenous people, known as rondavels.

The Canyon is famous for the Kadishi Tufa waterfall. At 200 meters (around 660 feet) in height it is the second tallest tufa waterfall on earth. In the case of the Kadishi Tufa fall, the formation that has been produced strikingly resembles a face which is crying profusely, and is thus sometimes known as 'the weeping face of nature.'

Elephant Whispers

This activity departs daily on request at 9 a.m., 12, and 4 p.m. It lasts for one hour (interaction only) or one hour and a half when the interaction is doubled by a ride. No children under the age of eight are allowed on the elephant ride.

People have an affinity to elephants, no doubt about it. There is something near-human about these gigantic mammals, and you too will make that connection at Elephant Whispers. Here, you will meet six rescued African elephants ranging in age from eight to 25, now at home in this haven where they are treated with dignity. Elephant Whispers is set on the banks of the Sabi River on the over 2000-hectare Sandford Conservancy, so everybody has elbow room.

On your trip, you will experience Elephant Interaction, a fascinating educational interactive experience, where you’ll be touching, feeding, and learning about these gentle giants. Your visit there ensures that these six magnificent mammals continue in their important role as wildlife ambassadors for their own kind, and you will surely feel a certain pride in having played a part in that future.

Other extra activities

Other available activities include microlight flights, horse riding, river rafting, quad biking, and a walk with cheetah morning tour at the Maholoholo rehabilitation center.

Panorama route

The activity departs at 9 a.m. and returns around 4:30 p.m. Mpumalanga is a magnificent region, home to many of South Africa’s most spectacular natural sights. You will journey to the best of the best, visiting the legendary Blyde River Canyon, third largest in the world, and enjoying the never-ending Lowveld landscape from the ledge of God’s Window.

You will also visit the quaint historical mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest, and tuck into a delicious lunch at the famous Harrie’s Pancakes. In the afternoon, there will be time to explore the extraordinary rock formations of Bourke’s Luck Potholes, one of nature’s most intriguing creations. From canyons to potholes, Mpumalanga is a province of many splendid things!

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All game drives detailed in the itinerary
  • Kruger Park safaris in an open vehicle
  • Professional guides
  • Transfers from and to Skukuza Airport (SKZ)
  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • All meals
  • Conservation fees
  • Tipping
  • Visa

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Skukuza Airport (SZK). Spectafrica will pick you up from the airport in an open safari vehicle. The pick-up is included in the price.

Other options include flying to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMI) which is an hour away, or getting a shuttle from the O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) to Hazyview. You can also self drive to Hazyview, where Spect Africa will collect you in an open vehicle.

Arrival by bus

A private company called Private Connections operates the shuttle service from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) to Kruger National Park. The trip takes about one hour and 20 minutes.

Arrival by shuttle

A number of coach tours are available, each providing varying degrees of luxury. Transport companies, often in conjunction with tour operators and travel agents, facilitate these.

  • 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.

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