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5 Days Kruger Park Safari via Panorama Route in South Africa

Sabie River Bush Lodge, Southern Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Guided Safari South Africa

If you wish to go on a safari and live in the middle of wildlife, joining this 5-day safari with Wildlife Safaris will be perfect for you. This safari will take you to Kruger National Park in Kenya, one of the oldest and largest national parks in Africa. Having been attracting over one million visitors a year, this national park will allow you to encounter a real wilderness that you will never forget. Get ready for the wild experience!

Overview

  • Starting point and ending point: Johannesburg
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: elephant, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lion, hyena, leopard, buffalo, rhino, crocodile, nocturnal species, bird, and hippo
  • Vaccines needed: yes (yellow fever for overseas visitors coming from countries infected with it)

Meet the guides

Nik & Anthony
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Highlights

  • 8 fun and exciting game drives
  • Kruger National Park entrance and conservation fees
  • See elephant, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lion, hyena, leopard
  • Visit beautiful Kruger National Park and Sabie River
  • Transportation by nine-seater open safari vehicle
  • Daily delicious breakfast and dinner
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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5 activity days
Airport transfer included: O. R. Tambo International Airport
Airport transfer included: Nelspruit Airport
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Accommodation

During this safari, you will stay for 1 night at Sabie River Bush Lodge and 3 nights in chalets at a main camp inside Kruger National Park.

Sabie River Bush Lodge

Located on the banks of the perennial Sabie River overlooking the Kruger National Park, guests at this lodge can view the Big Five from a raised wooden pool deck while relaxing on sun loungers and enjoying a sundowner. The Sabie River Bush Lodge is a mere 19 kilometers from the Kruger Gate, the main entrance to the national park. The Kruger Gate allows guests access to the park's most prolific game viewing part - the southern section.

The Sabie River Bush Lodge provides open-vehicle game drive safaris into Kruger National Park with a qualified game guide. Miniature golf (putt-putt) is provided to guests on-site free of charge. The Skukuza Golf Club is also within close proximity of the lodge, and you can play a round of golf while viewing the park's wildlife.

The Gecko Lapa restaurant and bar serves guests with refreshments with its well-stocked bar and wine list. The lodge's African boma, with a large, open fire pit overlooking the Kruger National Park on the banks of the Sabie River, allows visitors to enjoy the nighttime sights and sounds of the area. The lodge also has a swimming pool and a library.

Wildlife Safaris camp

There are 12 main rest camps situated in different areas of Kruger National Park which enables your freedom of movement to explore the reserve. Wildlife Safaris chooses overnight camps according to availability and their knowledge of 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 entering and you must remain within the camp from dusk till dawn. There is a restaurant, shop, and a swimming pool.

Chalets are serviced daily, air-conditioned, equipped with bedding and towels, and having a private shower, toilet, and basin. You are supplied with a front door key and insect screens are fitted to the windows. Most chalets have a small patio with a table and chairs plus a refrigerator. For a family guest, Wildlife Safaris will request family units where possible and these may include 3 or 4 bedded rooms.

Program

Day 1: Johannesburg - Panorama route - Kruger National Park

Leave Johannesburg in an air-conditioned microbus with the professional guide. Then, travel east across the Highveld grasslands towards the Drakensberg mountains before lunch. You will visit 3 rondavels in the magnificent Blyde River Canyon, God's Window, and other highlights of the Panorama Route. You will browse at the informal markets for African curios. Overnight at Sabie River Bush Lodge bordering Kruger National Park and dinner will be in the alfresco restaurant.

Day 2: Kruger National Park

After breakfast, leave the lodge and enter Kruger National Park. Spend the rest of this exciting day game viewing as you head up to central Kruger. Your guide will look for herds of elephant which often cross the road right in front of you and other species such as giraffe, zebra, and wildebeest.

Towards evening, you will arrive at your rest camp and book into an air-conditioned chalet with private shower, toilet, and screens to prevent insects. You will meet the group for dinner and discuss your first day in Kruger. During the night, you may hear lions roaring or hyena which adds to the excitement of the African bush (but the camp is fenced off and secure).

Day 3: Kruger National Park

You will wake up at dawn and leave camp for an early morning game drive to look for Big Five species (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino). Stop for breakfast then proceed on the mid-morning game drive to see animals enjoying a drink or crocodiles lazing on the bank. Return to your rest camp around lunchtime and a chance to shop for curios, read emails, or cool off at the pool.

Later, you will board the national parks open safari vehicle with spotlights for an evening drive (duration 3 hours) to search for predators and other nocturnal species under the starlit sky. After a memorable day on safari, enjoy dinner in the restaurant and perhaps a glass of South African wine as you discuss the best sightings with your guide.

Day 4: Kruger National Park - Sabie River

Head out for another exciting early morning game drive looking for elusive Big Five species as well as other animals and birds. You will stop for breakfast then drive south towards the Sabie River which is one of the best areas in Kruger for leopards. You will arrive at your rest camp, check into a chalet with air conditioner, shower / toilet, and screens to prevent insects.

Time to relax or have a swim. Later when it’s cool, you will join the group for an evening drive probably looking for hippos, crocodiles, and other aquatic species. You will have dinner in the privatized restaurant and walk back to your chalet under the starlit sky.

Day 5: Kruger National Park - Johannesburg

Optional early morning bush walk (additional cost) which leaves before dawn and is a memorable experience. The armed field guide will discuss animals, birds, insects, and interesting points about the trees and plants in the area. You will return to camp for breakfast. Then, final photos in the African bush.

Drive to a Kruger Park exit gate to begin your homeward journey. You will travel past the Lowveld citrus farms to Nelspruit, the capital of Mpumalanga Province, then continue through the beautiful Schoeman's Kloof and up to the Highveld for lunch. You will arrive back at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) by 16.00 for onward flights or proceed to your hotel.

Included excursions

You will have the time to visit 3 rondavels in the magnificent Blyde River Canyon, God's Window, and other highlights of the Panorama Route, as well as the time for browsing at the ethnic markets.

Guides

Nik

Anthony Hawell

Location

This safari will take place in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Kruger National Park which attracts over one million visitors 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 the Limpopo River in the north to the 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 our private game reserves. The countryside throughout the park varies and it has typical bushveld in the southern regions which gives way to grasslands towards the central and northern areas. There are 6 major rivers flowing throughout the year in addition to dams and water holes.

Kruger is one of the great natural sanctuaries of the world and is home to an impressive number of species including 147 mammals, 507 birds, 114 reptiles, 34 amphibians, 49 fishes, and 336 trees. Since most of the animals are used to the presence of motor vehicles, it is usually ideal for photos and videos.

Food

This safari includes daily breakfast and dinner. On the first night, dinner will be served at Gecko Lapa Restaurant. On the remaining nights, dinners and breakfasts will be served in the privatized camp restaurant, using The Cattle Baron or Mugg & Bean Restaurants and your guide will make arrangements. Please advise Wildlife Safaris if you require a special diet such as vegetarian or if you suffer from a particular medical condition such as diabetes.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

You can enjoy an early morning bush walk at an additional cost.

What's included

  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • All entrances and daily conservation fee in Kruger Park
  • One evening drive by larger national parks open safari vehicle using spotlights to see nocturnal species
  • Round trip airport transport from and to O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) or Nelspruit International Airport (NLP) by 7 seater air-conditioned microbus
  • Services of the specialist Kruger Park guide for 5 days
  • Sightseeing along Panorama Route to see Blyde River Canyon, God's Window, and waterfalls
  • Time for browsing at ethnic markets
  • Total of 8 game drives usually by 9-seater open safari vehicle in big 5 areas of Kruger Park
  • Use of binoculars and maps on safari drives

What's not included

  • Drinks
  • Lunches
  • Personal items
  • Tips

How to get there

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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.

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 Airport transfer included: Nelspruit 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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