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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.

Key information

  • Group size: The maximum number of participants to join this safari is 7 persons.
  • Starting point and ending point: Johannesburg
  • Children policy: Minimum age allowed for participation is 6 and participating children need to be supervised is under age 12.
  • English speaking guides
  • All park fees are included.

Meet the guides

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Highlights

  • 5 game drives in the Big Five areas
  • Encounter with elephant, giraffe, hippo, and antelope
  • Entrance to Kruger National Park and daily conservation fee
  • Services of a specialist Kruger National Park guide
  • Use of a 9-seater open safari vehicle
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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3 activity days
Group size: 2-6 participants
Airport transfer included: O. R. Tambo International Airport
Airport transfer included: Nelspruit Airport[1]
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Accommodation

On this safari, you will be accommodated for one night at Sabie River Bush Lodge and another night chalet accommodation at Skukuza (or similar) inside Kruger Park.

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, a much larger modern bathroom, a TV with limited channels plus upgraded lighting, and an 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.

Program

Day 1: Johannesburg - Kruger Park - Sabie River Bush Lodge

Leave Johannesburg in an air-conditioned microbus with an experienced Kruger Park guide. Travel east across the Highveld farmlands and down the beautiful Elands Valley to Nelspruit - the center of finest citrus farms. Continue to the entrance of Kruger Park with a lunch stop en route.

Spend the afternoon on your first exciting game drive looking for herds of elephants, giraffes, and antelopes. Before sunset, exit Kruger Park and drive a short distance to Sabie River Bush Lodge. Book into an ensuite lodge room then relax on the deck overlooking the Sabie River. You often see elephants, hippos, or crocs. Join your guide for dinner in the alfresco restaurant and overnight.

Day 2: Kruger Park - Skukuza Camp

Awaken at dawn, leave the lodge and drive directly to Kruger Park entrance gate. Prepare your cameras for the early morning game drive to look for lions and other Big Five animals (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo). Call into one of the camps for breakfast then continue with the mid-morning drive stopping at waterpoints to see animals enjoying their morning drink or crocodiles lazing in the sun.

By midday, you can expect very hot weather and your guide will head for Skukuza Camp (or similar). Book into a chalet with air-con and screens to prevent insects then time for a swim or lunch. Later, board the national park's open safari vehicle for a sunset game drive and a chance to see hyenas or other nocturnal species with spotlights. Your guide will arrange dinner in the main restaurant and walk back to your chalet under the starlit sky.

Day 3: Last game drives - Johannesburg

After a quick coffee, pack up and depart from camp for an early morning game drive to search for elusive animals such as leopards often found in trees or rocky outcrops. For the birdwatchers, it's a wonderful opportunity to see many different species in the bushveld or near the water. Breakfast and time for the final photos then, leave the park and enjoy a relaxing homeward journey via Schoeman's Kloof then up the escarpment to Johannesburg.

Arrive back at OR Tambo International Airport or nearby hotels by 16.00. Please allow 1.5 hours connecting time for local flights or preferably 3.0 hours for international flights. Passengers staying at hotels in the northern suburbs are advised to use the Gautrain to Sandton or make arrangements for a transfer.

General information

  • Refreshment/comfort stops will be planned every 2 - 3 hours during transfers. Please discuss the daily program with your guide.
  • Duration of each game drive is 2.5 to 3.0 hours. This itinerary includes 5 drives.
  • A policy of "no smoking" and rotation of seats in the vehicle is recommended.

Guides

Nik

Location

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.

Food

On this safari, you will have 2 meals per day. Breakfast will be provided at a venue to suit the morning game drives while dinner will be served in the Gecko Lapa restaurant and Cattle Baron Bistro.

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • 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

  • Return transport from Johannesburg to Kruger Park by 7-seater air-conditioned microbus. Collection or drop off at O. R. Tambo International Airport or Nelspruit Airports depends on timing and is on request from Wildlife Safari's sales consultant
  • Services of a specialist Kruger Park guide for 3 days
  • Entrance into Kruger Park and daily conservation fee
  • 5 game drives usually by 9-seater open safari vehicle in Big 5 areas of Kruger Park
  • 1 evening drive in Kruger Park by larger National Parks open safari vehicle using spotlights to see nocturnal species
  • 1 night at Sabie River Bush Lodge with dinner in the Gecko Lapa restaurant
  • 1 night chalet accommodation at Skukuza (or similar) inside Kruger Park with dinner at Cattle Baron Bistro
  • Breakfast at a venue to suit the morning game drives

What's not included

  • Drinks
  • Lunches
  • Personal items
  • Gratuities to driver/guide, waiters and porters

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by shuttle

Pickup: In Johannesburg, between 07:00 and 08:00 at O R Tambo Airport and hotels nearby recommended. Other areas such as Sandton or Rosebank on request. Please avoid Johannesburg City Centre, Lanseria Airport and Pretoria. Nelspruit Airport is from 12.00 - 12.30 and by arrangement only.

Drop-off: At O R Tambo International Airport or nearby hotels usually by 16.00. Please allow 1.5 hours connecting time for local flights or preferably 3.0 hours for International flights. Passengers staying at hotels in the northern suburbs are advised to use the Gautrain to Sandton or make arrangements for a transfer.

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: Nelspruit Airport[1] Airport transfer included: Nelspruit Airport[1] 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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Pricing information

The price for children under 12 years old in sharing accommodations is 6195 ZAR per person.

 

Availability

The safari is available with daily arrivals until October 2022. Please select your arrival date below. 

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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