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4 Days Kruger National Park Tours and Budget Safari

  • Kruger National Park, South Africa

African Safari in Kruger National Park

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!

Highlights

  • Experienced safari guide
  • Big five game viewing in the best wildlife areas
  • Return transfers from Johannesburg or Nelspruit
  • Kruger National Park entrance fees and conservation fees
  • All game drives on open safari vehicle in Kruger National Park
  • Air-conditioned bungalow accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • 4 activity days
  • Afrikaans, Dutch, German, English
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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.

Day 1

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.

Day 2 and 3

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.

Day 4

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.

Nearby places

  • Johannesburg - 5 hours drive or one hour flight
  • Nelspruit - 1 hour driving

During the safari tour, you have included in the price two breakfasts and two dinners.

Night drive

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.

  • 2 breakfasts and two dinners
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • All game drives on open safari vehicle in Kruger National Park
  • Kruger National Park entrance fees and conservation fees
  • Return transfers from Johannesburg or Nelspruit
  • Drinks
  • Flights
  • Gratuities
  • Lunches
  • Optional extras
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

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.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "Amazing trip, the 2nd time we have taken this trip with Wild Wings and they did not disappoint. Nature is not predictable so there are never guarantees to see everything but Simon worked really hard to give us the best chance to see the Big 5 which we did with a Leopard sighting on the final morning. Simon is a great guide and used his knowledge to bring to life all creatures great and small including the grasses and plants. If you want to use a tour company you can trust you need not look any further. We are already looking at our next trip."

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  • Review by a traveler from Tehran, Iran
    9 out of 10

    "We were for a four-day safari. Arrangements made well by Clare. And our guide Frank was fantastic. He knows good about the animals and tried his best to show us the big five. In our last minutes of safari we have seen leopard that is very difficult to see during four days. He did everything to find leopard and lions. Also he is a nice man with very special and attractive personality.We thank him for his efforts. All the arrangement and everything was good. I recommend this agency. "

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  • Review by Carolyn O
    9 out of 10

    "My husband and I travelled with Wild Wings Safaris on 26-29 August to Kruger National Park, and we're lucky enough to have Simon as our guide for the experience. As a travel agent who has worked with a multitude of vendors over the course of my career and an avid traveller myself, I have to say that Wild Wings and Simon in particular absolutely blew us away. Simon himself is one of the most knowledgeable, patient and passionate guides I've ever encountered, plus he's a fantastic cook (and was able to deal with some of my annoying food allergy issues without any problems) and pretty hilarious as well. In our very first full day game drive we were fortunate enough to see the Big Five THREE times- and while other cars and open topped touring vehicles had "seen enough" of whatever animal was nearby and left, Simon knew to wait just a bit longer and we were rewarded with amazing views of so many animals. The whole experience really was outstanding from the start- in working with Gavin during the booking process, to actually being in Skukuza and exploring the park with Simon. It's a rare thing to find a guide who is this passionate and enthusiastic every day about what they do, so we absolutely lucked out having Simon lead our trip. "

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  • Review by a traveler from Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA
    9 out of 10

    "Clare was a solid support during the planning and throughout the trip, and we could not have been more fortunate in our West Wings guide who was serving us a snack at 5:45 AM, cooking us dinner at 8 PM, and spotting and describing animals as he drove us around all day. (Two of us are in out late 70’s, but who needs a nap with excitement like this?) We were at both Skukuza and Satara Camps in the park in comfortable public accommodations. The trip was exactly as described in their itinerary, but there is no way to capture the transformative experience of the animals in their own habitat, viewed at leisure and with dedicated interpretation. There were three of us and only three other people in the van (I would choose these folks as friends), and the guide was a photographer, so understood to angle the vehicle so we all got good pics. The price is fantastically reasonable given the dedication of staff and the experience we had."

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  • Review by Benjamin S from Keighley, England, UK
    9 out of 10

    "Prior to starting the tour it organised very well with Clare! Our Tour guide was Neil and we had a fantastic time over the 4 days we had with Neil, we seen everything we wanted to see, down to Neil's time management, persistence and luck we seen the amazing leopard and all the rest of the Big 5 during the tour. We had plenty of time to see each animal and the food cooked by Neil on the evening was fantastic, honestly I still feel I have a full belly! The tour felt very personal with the nature. The accommodation was very nice as well, there was cooking facilities on the outside of the rondavel and a lot of space on the inside. We was very close to the shop and restaurant in Skukuza rest camp. When there was specific animals we wanted to see Neil allowed more time for us to see them, so we are very grateful for everything during the tour and will recommend to everyone. I would say if you visit Kruger 4 days should be just about the right amount of time. You will be amazed at how much wildlife you see there, even though we was there during the drought, cant imagine what it will be like once it has rained! Thanks you Wild Wings and Thank You Neil!!! Ben and Sian. Visited September 2016."

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