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Embark on an outstanding adventure in Kruger National Park, South Africa's premier safari destination. It's the largest wildlife conservancy in Africa, set in one of the most accessible yet unspoiled wilderness areas in South Africa. This four-days budget Kruger National Park safari is easy on your budget, and big on game viewing. Book early to avoid disappointment!
Kruger National Park offers a vast range of safari lodges to suit all lifestyles and budgets, from basic bungalows to comfortable chalets and cabins and deluxe safari tents - with en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, private decks, and jacuzzis. During this safari you will be accommodated on a private or shared basis in lodges within the park.
You will depart at 08.30 from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg or any of the surrounding airport hotels. A scenic five hour drive brings you to the entrance of the Kruger National Park. Here you'll change Wild Wings Safaris' luxury air-conditioned minibus, and continue the trip in an open safari vehicle, perfect for game viewing, which starts immediately on entering Kruger National Park.
You slowly make your way to the rest camp, looking for wildlife as you go. Some of the more common animals you can expect to see on the first afternoon include impala, kudu, waterbuck, warthog, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, elephant, hippo, baboon, monkey and, hopefully, rhino and buffalo.
You also hope to see lion and possibly an elusive leopard or cheetah. You'll arrive at Wild Wings Safaris' camp by sunset and check in. Your accommodation is bungalow, with en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. Dinner will be prepared by your guide and may take the form of a traditional South African braai (barbecue), weather permitting. Alternatively, you may use the camp restaurant.
Rise early so you can be on the road as the sun rises. This is the best time of day for game viewing as the animals are at their most active, and you'll be on the lookout for nocturnal animals like spotted hyenas returning to their dens for the day. On your drives you may stop at waterholes, view points or picnic sites, where you can get out and stretch your legs, and enjoy some refreshments.
Breakfast is usually a mid-morning feast, enjoyed at a picnic site somewhere in the bush. There is no fixed schedule to keep, but usually you'll return to camp late morning, so you can spend the noon hours lazing around the pool or watching animals from the deck. An afternoon siesta is also a popular option. Lunch is for your own account and you can purchase a light meal from the take away deli at the camp. There is also a curio shop with basic supplies in the camp.
In the afternoon you'll embark on another exciting game drive. As the day cools down, the animals become more active again and game viewing becomes easier. You'll look for the Big five and all the other animals, birds, and interesting plants you may find.
The excitement of a game drive is that you never know what you will find, and each one is different. Perhaps you saw giraffe yesterday, but today you may see them drinking, or fighting, or eating from a nasty thorn tree without injuring themselves! Your guide will be able to interpret the behavior of the animals and share interesting stories and facts about the bush, which makes every drive that much more interesting.
You'll return to camp around sunset and enjoy another delicious dinner around the fire or in the camp restaurant.
This morning you'll head out on a final early morning game drive. If you are lucky you may see wild dogs or another rare animal that you have not seen before. After breakfast, it is time to pack up and start heading back towards the gate, where you'll swoop over to Wild Wings Safaris air-conditioned minibus for the drive back to Johannesburg. You'll normally arrive back in Johannesburg between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., depending on the traffic.
The Kruger National Park is in the north-eastern corner of South Africa, against the border with Mozambique. The Kruger Park is an easy five hours' drive from Johannesburg, or a one-hour flight. Coming from Cape Town, it is best to fly to Johannesburg or to Nelspruit, the closest city (Nelspruit Airport / Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP). Cape Town to Nelspruit is a three-hour flight, and from Nelspruit it is another hour by road to reach the Kruger Park.
During the safari tour, you have included in the price two breakfasts and two dinners.
You can book a night drive with Wild Wings Safaris in advance on one of the evenings. These are conducted on an open game viewing truck by one of the Kruger Park's rangers.
Please book your flights to O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP). Wild Wings Safaris will pick-you up from the airport. Transfers from and to these airports are included in the price.