4 Day safari to Kruger National Park via the Panorama Route

Includes:

  • Return transport from Johannesburg to Kruger Park by 7 seater air-conditioned microbus.
  • Collection or drop off at Johannesburg or Nelspruit Airports depends on timing & is on request from our Sales Consultant.
  • Services of our specialist Kruger Park guide for 4 days.
  • All entrances & daily conservation fee in Kruger Park.
  • Total 6 game drives usually by 9 seater open safari vehicle in Big 5 areas of Kruger Park.
  • One evening game drive by larger National Parks open safari vehicle using spotlights to see nocturnal species.
  • Two nights chalet accommodation inside Kruger Park with dinners & breakfasts served in the privatised Camp restaurant. We use The Cattle Baron or Mugg & Bean restaurants & your guide will make arrangements.
  • Sightseeing along the Panorama Route visiting 3 Rondavels in Blyde River Canyon, God's Window & other highlights.
  • Time for browsing at informal markets for African curios.
  • One night at Sabie River Bush Lodge ( subject to availability ) bordering Kruger Park with an excellent view of animals in the river. Meals on the deck or in the Gecko Lapa Restaurant.
  • Guided bush walks can be arranged on selected  4 day or 5 day itineraries & this replaces 1 game drive -  ask Sales consultant about details & additional cost.


Please be aware that during the summer months of December, January and February we may have some rain or misty conditions affecting the visibility along the Panorama Route. This will interfere with your sightseeing up in the mountains, but the weather down in Kruger Park can be quite clear for watching the animals.

Excludes:

  • lunches which are available for own account, drinks, personal items & tips.

SPECIAL REQUESTS:

  • We are a small group Operator so if you have any Special Requests please ask your Sales Consultant.

PICK-UP:

In Johannesburg between 07h00 and 08h00 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 or by arrangement.

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.


Chalet accommodation with air-con, insect screens, private shower & toilet. Meals arranged by your guide in privatised Camp restaurants such as Cattle Baron, Mugg & Bean or Tindlovu.

Per person sharing twin room 2018 RATE:
ZAR 11 980.00
2019 RATE:
ZAR 12 950.00
DBB
Per single room 2018 RATE:
ZAR 12 430.00
2019 RATE:
ZAR 13 400.00
DBB
Per child under 12 yrs sharing 2018 RATE:
ZAR 5 990.00
2019 RATE:
ZAR 6 475.00
DBB


Please note the Panorama is not simply a scenic route on the main road from Johannesburg to southern Kruger Park. It is a rather long detour to the north and you will spend the first afternoon on this itinerary sightseeing. On Classic Kruger Park safaris, you would enter Kruger Park after lunch on Day 1 & begin game viewing immediately.

Itinerary:

1st Day
Leave Johannesburg in an air-conditioned microbus with our experienced driver / guide. Travel east across the Highveld grasslands towards the Drakensberg mountains before lunch. Visit 3 Rondavels in the Blyde River Canyon then continue to other highlights of the Panorama Route such as God's Window, Wonder View or Berlin / Lisbon waterfalls. Browse at the informal markets for African curios. Drive down Kowyn's Pass to Hazyview and overnight at Sabie River Bush Lodge ( or a hotel ) with dinner in the restaurant.

2nd Day
Enjoy breakfast at the lodge then enter Kruger Park for your morning game drive. Travel through bushveld areas and probably along a river looking for Big 5 species ( lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo ). Keep your camera ready for any animals crossing the road. Stop at a Camp or picnic spot for refreshments before continuing with the afternoon drive. Arrive at your Rest Camp and book into a chalet with air-con and screens over the windows to prevent insects. Your guide will arrange dinner in the privatised restaurant and overnight.

3rd Day
Head out for an early morning game drive in search of lion and other big cats whilst its cool. Stop at Lower Sabie if possible for breakfast and a great view of any hippos or crocodiles in the river. Continue on the next game drive travelling through the open grasslands so its easier to see smaller species. Return to your Rest Camp for a break during the heat of the day - time for lunch, curio shopping or a swim. Approximately 16.00 board the National Parks open safari vehicle equipped with spotlights for a sunset drive ( duration 3 hours ) and a chance to see predators or other nocturnal species. Your guide will collect you for dinner in the main camp restaurant and then walk back to your chalet under the starlit sky.

4th Day
Depart from camp for your final game drive searching for those elusive animals such as leopard often found in trees or rocky outcrops. For the bird watchers its one of the best times of the day when you can listen to the different calls in the bush. Breakfast and review your checklist, then leave the Park to begin your homeward journey. Travel past orchards and forests to Nelspruit and back up to the Highveld. Arrive in Johannesburg at O R Tambo International Airport or nearby hotels by 16.00. Please allow 1.5 hours connecting time for local flights or 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

  • If Sabie River Bush Lodge is not avaiable, guests will stay at a hotel in Hazyview on first night.
  • 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 6 drives.
  • It is advisable to take precautions against malaria especially during the rainy season from October to May . We recommend insect repellent & protective clothing in the evenings . If you decide to use medication - Malarone tablets are the best for Kruger Park.
  • Bring sunglasses, a small hat, swimsuit, a camera, torch / flashlight, light casual clothes for daytime and a warmer clothes for night drives. Remember there will be a chill factor travelling in the open safari vehicle especially from June - August.
  • A policy of "no smoking" and rotation of seats in the vehicle is recommended.
  • Gratuities to driver/guide, waiters and porters is not included.

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Duration 4 days / 3 nights
Number of Game Drives: 6
Evening game drive included: YES
Accommodation: Midrange chalet with restaurant meals

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