3 Days Classic Kruger Park Safari South Africa

  • Kruger National Park, Limpopo and Mpumalanga, South Africa

Awe-inspiring South African Safari

Join this short safari in South Africa with Wildlife Safaris. On this safari, you will journey through the famous park led by a professional guide. This safari will focus on maximum safari drives in Big Five areas of Kruger National Park, including early morning, mid-morning, afternoon, and evening drives. Join this holiday if you want to experience a memorable African Safari at Kruger National Park with its diversity of animals.

Highlights

  • 5 game drives
  • A chance to spot the Big Five
  • Encounter with elephant, giraffe, hippo, and antelope
  • 1 evening game drive to see nocturnal species
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 3 activity days
  • English
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On this safari, you will be accommodated for 2 nights at the main camp (mid-range chalet with restaurant) inside Kruger National Park with air conditioner, insect screens, private shower, and toilet.

Kruger park

There are 12 main rest camps situated in different areas of Kruger Park which enable visitors freedom of movement to explore the reserve. The original term "rest camp" is misleading to most overseas tourists and implies a rather basic or temporary facility. In fact, these rest camps are permanent structures similar to small resorts providing comfortable African-style chalets, licensed restaurants, shops, and other features.

Overnight camps are chosen according to availability and conditions. There are different types of accommodation including standard chalets, luxury riverside chalets, family cottages, furnished safari tents, or economy huts. National Parks usually refer to these African chalets as bungalows. Each of the main rest camps is fenced off to prevent dangerous animals from entering. Guests must remain within the camp from dusk till dawn.

There are a restaurant, shop, and swimming pool. Mobile phones should pick up a signal but otherwise, there are no telephones in the chalets. Chalets are serviced daily, air-conditioned, equipped with bedding, towels, a private shower, toilet, and basin. Guests are supplied with a front door key and insect screens are fitted to the windows. Most chalets have a small patio with a table, chairs, and a refrigerator. Standard SA 220v electric sockets are fitted to rooms and adaptors for charging videos or mobile phones are available from the shop.

Riverside chalets

Riverside chalets which are round thatched chalets situated along the river frontage have a more modern design with sliding glass doors so that guests can enjoy the view as well as animals coming to drink. They have two separate beds pushed together, quality decor, much larger modern bathroom, TV with limited channels plus upgraded lighting, and air-conditioner. There are a patio, outdoor furniture, and a refrigerator. They are not officially graded but they are equivalent to four-stars. These particular chalets are situated at Skukuza, but other camps such as lower Sabie and Satara will soon be providing superior chalets.

Standard chalets

Standard chalets are usually round (rondavel) with a thatched roof, single room, two or three separate beds,and en-suite shower or toilet. These rooms are reserved for couples (double), two friends (twin), or families (triple). They are mostly graded three stars.

Upgraded chalets

Upgraded chalets are superior to standard chalets and provide more comfort. They are suitable for double or triple occupancy, en-suite, equipped with aircon, possibly TV, better soft furnishings, and a refrigerator.

Day 1

Depart from Johannesburg in the comfort of your air-conditioned microbus and travel east across the Highveld farmlands. Continue down the scenic Elands Valley to Nelspruit, the center of the finest citrus farms. Enter the Kruger National Park via one of the southern gates in time for lunch.

Spend the afternoon on your first exciting game drive looking for elephant, giraffe, hippopotamus, and antelope. Your guide will teach you to spot the animals and ensure that you have access to open windows for photos and videos on all game drives.

Towards evening, you will arrive at your rest camp and book into an en-suite chalet with an air conditioner and insect screens. Freshen up and then time for a "sundowner" drink before dinner in the privatized restaurant and overnight.

Day 2

Awaken at dawn and listen to the birds before driving out of camp hoping to find some of the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo). Enjoy a hearty breakfast, then continue to a waterhole to see hippos, crocodiles, and birds before returning to your camp for a siesta or perhaps an afternoon swim.

After dinner, board the open safari vehicle equipped with spotlights for a night drive (duration 2 - 3 hours) when you can search for predators and other nocturnal species. Overnight at your rest camp, listening to the sounds of hyena and often lion.

Day 3

Pack up and depart on another memorable early morning game drive looking for elusive species such as leopard lurking in the African bush. Breakfast and time for shopping before leaving the park for your homeward journey.

Relax and enjoy a drive through the fertile farmlands via Schoemans Kloof and up to the Highveld for lunch. Arrive back at O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) before 16:00 for onward flights or continue to your hotel.

  • Nik

    Nik is the chief guide and has been conducting tours to Kruger Park and other top safari destinations since 1976. His natural good looks, charm and cheerful manner make him a favorite with the tourists. He is a specialist guide and has studied the habits of the wild animals in great detail so that he can make his tours exciting. Nik is a very keen cyclist and passionate about health and fitness.

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park which attracts over one million visitors in a year is one of the oldest and largest national parks in Africa. The original Sabie Game Reserve was proclaimed by President Paul Kruger in 1898 and later extended to its present size of approximately 19,000 square kilometers or 8,000 square miles. It extends from Limpopo River in the north to Crocodile River in the south, a distance of nearly 380 kilometers. To the east, it borders with Mozambique and on the west, it joins many of other private game reserves.

Kruger, one of the great natural sanctuaries of the world, is home to an impressive number of species including 147 mammals, 507 birds, 114 reptiles, 34 amphibians, 49 fishes, and 336 trees. It is recommended that overseas visitors join a guided tour for three or four days to have the best opportunities for game viewing and to benefit from the knowledge of the professional guides. Since most of the animals are used to the presence of motor vehicles, the place is usually ideal for photos and videos.

The countryside throughout the park varies and has typical bushveld in the southern regions which give way to grasslands towards the central and northern areas. There are six major rivers flowing throughout the year, in addition to dams and water holes. The climate is subtropical. The wet season extends from October until May with much of the rainfall occurring as thunderstorms of short duration. Game viewing is possible any time of the year.

Each season has its unique attraction although perhaps springtime, with the arrival of the baby impalas and the blossoms on the trees and wildflowers, is the most memorable. There are nine entrance gates which lead to a network of roads covering different areas of the park. The fourteen main rest camps (similar to resorts) provide comfortable en-suite accommodation, restaurants, shops, petrol stations, and telephones. Organized wildlife activities are available and can be booked at the camps.

On this safari, you will have 2 meals per day that will be served in the privatized camp restaurants. Wildlife Safaris uses The Cattle Baron or Mugg & Bean restaurants and your guide will make arrangements. The restaurants have been refurbished and modernized so passengers can look forward to better meals and improved service in Kruger. Often, the guides visit Lower Sabie for breakfast. The restaurant is in a wonderful spot overlooking the Sabie River.

During the dry season, you can expect to see plenty of hippopotamus and crocodiles as you sip coffee. Dinner each night will be at a camp restaurant or your guide may plan a barbecue. Lunches in Kruger National Park are available at the Deli Café at an extra cost. Camp shops sell groceries, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, books, maps, and curios. It is possible for vegetarians to find suitable meals in Kruger, but Wildlife Safaris must be advised when booking.

  • 1 evening drive at Kruger National Park in an open safari vehicle with spotlights
  • 2 nights' chalet accommodation
  • 5 game drives in a 9-seater open safari vehicle
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Daily conservation fee
  • Entrance into Kruger National Park
  • Return transport from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in a 7-seater air-conditioned microbus
  • Services of a specialist Kruger National Park guide for 3 days
  • Drinks
  • Lunches
  • Personal items
  • Tips

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) or Nelspruit Airport (NLP). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Wildlife Safaris will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up from O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) is between 07:00 and 08:00 while pick-up from Nelspruit Airport (NLP) is from 12:00 or by arrangement.

  • 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 56 days before arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Alexis Gallegos from United States
    10 out of 10

    "Within our brief 3 days, Henry had us all over the park, finding all but the Rhino from the Big 5. We were astounded at the level of information and intense interest in making our trip amazing that Henry had for our group. The arrangements were flawless, everything was done beyond expectation, and we are already looking forward to booking again with this group when we return, hopefully next time for the camping too! Take care, Henry, and thank you for all the support and easy directions from the administration. You guys did GREAT!!"

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  • Review by Paula Lammers
    10 out of 10

    "I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Wildlife Safaris."

    "Absolutely Fantastic experience. Everything was so well organised, couldn't be better. Accommodation and food were fantastic. The safari was out of this world, our guide Nik was so experienced and knowledgeable and truly cared about the park, the animals and our experience of both!"

    "Thanks"

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  • Review by Jo Pettifor
    10 out of 10

    "We had a fabulous time with Wildlife Safaris. Communication with the company was excellent throughout. Hoppy was our guide and he was amazing; we was extremely knowledgeable and could spot wildlife which we would never have seen. "

    "Highly recommend "

    "Thank you Hoppy!"

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  • Review by Ruairi Yates
    10 out of 10

    "Absolutely Fantastic experience. Everything was so well organised, couldn't be better. Accommodation and food were fantastic. The safari was out of this world, our guide Hoppy was so experienced and knowledgeable and truly cared about the park, the animals and our experience of both! Wildlife Safaris made our trip!"

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  • Review by Karin Edlind from Sweden
    10 out of 10

    "I used the word amaizing a lot while on the safari but it was the word that closest describes our experience. I loved every single moment of it from being picked up by our brilliant guide Hoppy to entering Kruger park to seeing our very first wild animal that happened to be a warthog."

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  • Review by Jeremy Perry
    10 out of 10

    "My three friends and I enjoyed an amazing adventure with Hoppy. We enjoyed the 4 day Kruger safari including the Panoramic Route. We were fortunate to see thousands of animals including most of the Big Five and plenty of others. Hoppy was an amazing guide with plenty of knowledge to share about the wildlife, foliage, and life in South Africa. There were only four of us in our group, making the experience very personal. Hoppy had a fantastic sense of humor and was able to accommodate all of our arrangements. We simply didn't need to worry about about a thing. Dining arrangements were made at restaurants with delicious options and when we were on the road, Hoppy knew exactly where to bring us. The camp at Skukuza was a little rustic but in the perfect location to access some of the areas populated by the most wildlife. Our last night was spent at a riverside lodge in a beautiful luxury tent complete with air conditioning and electricity. Our experience with Wildlife Safaris and with Hoppy was unforgettable. We were beyond pleased with our experience from planning, booking, to the safari itself. I would highly recommend this trip of a lifetime to anyone. Thank you for everything!"

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  • Review by BrianandMichelle Kamprath
    10 out of 10

    "We had the pleasure of enjoying 3 days in Krugar and 2 days at Chisomo in August with Wildlife Safaris and our guide Sue Wilson. This was our second trip with Sue in the past five years, which should tell you how highly we think of Sue. During our trip we had amazing wildlife sightings(39 unique animals and 53 birds), beautiful scenery, and a bunch of laughs. While wildlife viewing is certainly a game of luck, there is certainly a visible difference between many guides and Sue. She consistently read the directions the animals would be heading and placed us in prime viewing position. I can't speak highly enough of Sue and the amazing time we had. I would recommend Wildlife Safaris and Sue to anyone looking for a great safari adventure. I know I for one will definitely be back."

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  • Review by Lauren Richardson from United States
    10 out of 10

    "My family visited form the USA and we LOVED our 4 day panorama route safari through Kruger National Park. We saw all of the Big 5, plus wild dogs, cheetahs, and an endless supply of other natural beauties. Our guide, Hoppy, was the best of the best. He was extremely knowledgable about the park and South Africa in general. All of the staff were efficient, thoughtful. hospitable, and kind. For my parents, this was their first time in Africa and already they are planning to return! Our experience could not have been more perfect! Thanks for everything!"

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  • Review by Lucy Porter Jordan from United States
    10 out of 10

    "Had an amazing trip to Kruger which WS arranged at last minute. It was great, fun, interesting, and the arrangements were excellent."

    "I would highly recommend it."

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  • Review by David Hall
    10 out of 10

    "Wildlife Safaris were brilliant at coming to our aid when the airline messed up our flight booking. They pulled out all the stops, arranging special transport from the airport so there was minimal disruption to our trip."

    "Our guide Mike seemed to have an uncanny knack of spotting wildlife hidden in the bush that no-one else could see! As a result, we saw all the Big Five plus much more beside and we had a thoroughly enjoyable time."

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  • Review by John Paterson from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Fantastic few days at Kruger park, top notch driving and guiding, big thanks to Clive!"

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  • Review by Dejan Deletic
    10 out of 10

    "My wife and I went to a Classic 4 Days Kruger Safari earlier this month (Feb 2015). We did not know what to expect, but whatever it was, both Wildlife Safaris and Kruger National Park exceeded our expectations by a long way."

    "Organisation wise, WS was immaculate, from arranging everything via email, to pick-up at the airport, to drive to and from the Park, to safaris... Our guide, Anthony was extremely knowleable, but not showing off - gave us more than enough information and was also able to answer all our questions. What impressed us most was that he deeply cared about animals of the Park, e.g. he would stop and block the road if he saw a chameleon or a tortoise crossing it - so they do not get run over by other vehicles. At all times we felt safe while he was behind the wheel, whether on the national highways, in the city or while in the Park. On one occasion, an elephant decided to charge at us, even though we were a fair bit away from him - and before I even realised what was happening, Anthony was in reverse and getting away. The elephant made his point and turned away within seconds - it was exciting, but we were never even close to danger - well done and thank you Anthony."

    "As for the park itself, we stayed in Skukuza, Pretorius Kop and visited Lower Sabie camps. Accommodation is basic, but clean and more than adequate - this is national park after all, not a luxury resort. New restaurants in Skukuza and Lower Sabie are both excellent, and do give a little touch of that (missing) luxury."

    "And finally the animals... For those who haven't been to Kruger before, you get to see an animal or another every few minutes - impalas, elephants, giraffes, baboons, lions, rhinoceros, eagles, vultures, warthogs, kudus, hippos, zebras, hyenas,... So much so that you soon start to pay attention only to the ones within a few meters fo the road. And if you are lucky, you may see a leopard or a cheetah, or both."

    "In other words, the whole experience was so amazing that I wish we can come again soon. Thank you Wildlife Safaris! Thank you Anthony!"

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  • Review by Borislava Ratcheva
    10 out of 10

    "My husband and I decided to book the Wildlife Safaris based on the online reviews."

    "After contacting their office we proceeded with the payment and couldn’t wait to go there."

    "In Johannesburg we were staying with our relatives. On the day of the tour our guide came to pick us up from our relative’s house. I thought that this was very nice touch. "

    "We took the 4 day tour via the Panorama route. It was beautiful. We saw some small local historic villages and water falls. Unfortunately we were unable to see the God’s window because it was covered in clouds."

    "On the next morning we headed to Kruger Park which was 15 min away from where we stayed. Just after we entered we saw a big Black Rhino. It was so close to us. Amazing! And this was just the beginning. After that we saw the Big 5 and many more other animals and birds. Our guide Mike was very knowledgeable. He knew the park by heart and had a deep understanding of each end every animal and bird species. Also, because he is a photographer himself he would move the vehicle in the best position for us to take the best possible pictures. After everyone is satisfied with their pictures then he will continue driving. We took hundreds of great shots because of Mike’s knowledge and professionalism. "

    "In the park we stayed at Skukuza Rest Camp. The restaurant there was great!"

    "For us this Safari tour was an incredible experience and we would love to do it again with Wildlife Safaris and their guide Mike."

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Wildlife Safaris is an independent tour operator specializing in small group safaris to Kruger National Park.

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Pricing information

The price for children under 12 years old in sharing accommodations is 4125 ZAR per person.

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