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7 Days Big Five Safari in Kruger National Park and Zululand, South Africa

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger Zululand Wildlife Safari in South Africa

Spurwing offers a seven day packaged safari to Hazyview area of the Kruger National Park and the Natal wetlands. On this safari package, guests stay at the popular Hippo Hollow Lodge or similar, situated near Hazyview on a half board basis. The package includes transportation and all game drives are conducted in open 4x4 safari vehicles inside the Kruger National Park. The guests then move on Hluhluwe for a couple of days, where they will experience a true Zululand experience before returning to Johannesburg.

Overview

  • Vaccines needed: Malaria vaccination is recommended
  • Children policy: Children under 5 years old are not allowed
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Big five, hippos, crocodiles
  • Starting point and ending point: Johannesburg
  • All park fees are included

Highlights

  • Game drives in Kruger National Park and Zululand
  • Opportunity to see the big five, hippo, and crocodile
  • Road transfers from Johannesburg via Panorama Route
  • Visit to Dumazulu Village and boat ride in St. Lucia Wetlands
  • Transportation on 4x4 safari vehicles
  • Entry fees to all areas stipulated
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 6 nights accommodation

Styles


5 activity days in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer included: O. R. Tambo International Airport
Airport transfer included: Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Baby sitting
  • Conference room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

Hippo Hollow Country Estate

Only ten minutes from the world famous Kruger National Park (Phabeni Gate), Hippo Hollow offers comfortable accommodation set within tranquil indigenous gardens just outside Hazyview, the activity gateway to the Kruger Lowveld. This is not your standard accommodation establishment. Hippo Hollow is non-traditional with a refreshing “Out-of-Africa” vibe leaving you feeling totally relaxed.

All rooms and chalets have en-suite bathrooms and tea/coffee facilities and are furnished with touches of local wood for a traditional finish. The beautifully maintained gardens, with two swimming pools, are home to a wonderful variety of bird species, and the Sabie River attracts hippo, crocodiles, monkeys, waterbirds and even elephants from Elephant Whispers.

They have 54 standard rooms which are ideal for guests who still want the basic comforts of television, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and guest amenities. These spacious rooms have balconies or verandahs overlooking the estates gardens. For younger children cots are available on request. For older children a number of inter-leading rooms are available.

Amenities

  • King / twin beds
  • State-of-the-art room safes
  • Linen and towels
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea/coffee making facilities
  • Showers

Ubizane Tree Lodge

Ubizane Tree Lodges consists of eighteen standard rooms that are perfect for a couple’s weekend away or for a more intimate holiday. Each standard Tree Lodge room comes with private viewing deck perfect for the bird watchers and game enthusiasts. Spot an array of animal life right at your doorstep as you look out into the beautiful Fever Tree Forest and Mzinene River gushing by.

For your ultimate comfort during cold and hot days, each room is fitted with an air-conditioner with both a heating and cooling function. Step right into your own private en-suite bathroom, beautifully equipped with a spacious shower, basin with granite tops and a toilet.

Zululand is a low-risk malaria area, so all beds in the standard rooms are fitted with a mosquito net to ensure a good night’s sleep. Go off to enjoy the pan-African cuisine while one of your attentive staff lower the nets for you and prepare your bed for the night, so all you need to do is hop right into it. You will also find a tasty treat left on your pillow and an African-inspired story for some bedtime reading.

Telephone in room if you’re needing to contact the outside world, or simply want to call a friend in another room, feel free to make use of the in-house phones. The reception desk and management offices are always available, should you need to request anything specific.

Program

Day 1: Johannesburg to Kruger National Park

Guests will be collected at 06:00 in the morning from your hotel or O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). You will then make your way to Hazyview via the panorama route which includes God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, and Graskop and all entrance fees are included in the package.

There are numerous stops along the way for comfort breaks and photo moments. Upon arrival in Hazyview, guests will check into Hippo Hollow Country Estate or Sabi River Sun (or similar if not available), which is situated near the Phabeni Gate of the Kruger National Park.

The lodge is a 3-star establishment, rooms are air-conditioned and en-suite. On your first evening, you will partake in an afternoon game drive. Dinner will be served at the lodge.

  • Meals included: dinner

Day 2: Kruger National Park

On your second day of the package, Spurwing Tourism Services' guide will pick you up in the early morning and will spend the full day with you in the Kruger Park, where hopefully you will be able to view the big five. You will stop during the day for a number of comfort breaks and a chance to enjoy lunch. Lunch is at your own cost.

Your guides are highly trained professionals equipped with knowledge on virtually every living species in the park and will provide you with an insightful, unforgettable and enjoyable experience. You will be in an open 4x4 game vehicle, so please bring a hat, sunscreen and appropriate clothing.

  • Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 3: Kruger National Park

Day three will be a replica of day two. Your guide will pick you up in the early morning and will spend the full day with you in Kruger Park, where hopefully you will be able to view the big five. You will stop during the day for a number of comfort breaks and a chance to enjoy lunch. Lunch is at your own cost.

  • Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 4: Kruger National Park - Zululand (Hluhluwe)

On your fourth morning, departure mid-morning towards Zululand. The drive from Hazyview to Hluhluwe takes about 7 hours including comfort breaks. Upon arrival, you will be accommodated at Ubizane Wildlife Reserve or similar and enjoyed your evening at leisure.

  • Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 5: Hluhluwe

On day five, the tour includes a full day in the St. Lucia Wetlands area. The morning is spent on a boat ride in the St. Lucia Wetlands, with an opportunity to spot hippo and crocodiles in their natural environment. The boat ride is subject to weather conditions. Lunch can either be enjoyed on the boat or en-route to your next activity.

You then head towards Dumazulu Village, experiencing the true culture of the Zulu people. Join in the singing and dancing and also take a tour of the village with great stories told about the rich history of the Zulu Tribe.

  • Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 6: Hluhluwe

On day six, you embark on a morning game drive in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve. This reserve is famous for the great numbers of both white and black rhino in the reserve. Return to the lodge for lunch a bit of relaxing and then in the afternoon head out on another game drive in the nearby reserve.

  • Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 7: Hluhluwe to Johannesburg

Your last morning will be spent driving to Johannesburg from Hluhluwe. Alternatively, you can be dropped off in Durban (subject to availability and an additional charge of 3000 ZAR per vehicle, for up to 4 guests.

  • Meals included: breakfast

Included excursions

Visit to Dumazulu village and St Lucia Boat Cruise is included in the price.

Location

This safari will take place in the Hazyview area of the Kruger National Park and the Natal wetlands in Zululand, South Africa.

Food

During this safari, breakfast and dinner are served daily.

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

What's included

  • Breakfast and dinner each day
  • 3 nights accommodation at Hippo Hollow or Sabi River Sun or similar
  • 3 nights accommodation at Ubizane Wildlife Reserve or similar
  • A sunset drive (subject to availability) in the Kruger National Park
  • Full day game drives in 4×4 safari vehicles on day 2, 3, and 6
  • St. Lucia Wetlands boat ride (weather permitting)
  • Airport and road transfers from Johannesburg via Panorama Route
  • En-route road transfer of Zululand
  • Entry fees to all areas stipulated
  • Services of a professional safari guide

What's not included

  • Lunch and drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Services not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance and medical repatriation
  • Kruger Park Conservation fees (328 ZAR per person per entry)

How to get there

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Arrival Airport

Guests can arrive at either OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP). They will then be transferred via road to their lodges throughout the entire safari.

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.
Airport: Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport Airport transfer included: Kruger Mpumalanga 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 30 days before arrival.

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For children under 12 years old, there is 50% discount.

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