5 Day Safari to Kruger National Park, Private Lodge & 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 5 days.
  • All entrances & daily conservation fee in Kruger Park.
  • Total 8 game drives mainly by 9 seater open safari vehicle in Big 5 areas of Kruger Park.
  • One evening drive by larger National Parks open safari vehicle using spotlights to see nocturnal species.
  • 2 nights chalet accommodation at a Main Camp in 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.
  • Visit to Private Safari Lodge with 2 further game drives in 4 x 4 open vehicle & short bush walk. DBB.
  • Sightseeing along panorama route to see Blyde River Canyon, God's Window & waterfalls.
  • Time for browsing at ethnic markets.
  • Overnight at a midrange hotel in Hazyview with dinner, bed & breakfast.
  • Wildlife Safaris is a SATSA member & one of the original Tour Operators to Kruger Park.
  • 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.

Optional:

Guided tour of the Hazyview Elephant Sanctuary on Day 5 (additional cost)

Please click on Kruger Park Camps, Private Lodges & Panorama Route for more details.

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

Per person sharing twin room 2018 RATE:
ZAR 16 640.00
DBB
Per single room 2018 RATE:
ZAR 17 180.00
DBB
Per child under 12 yrs sharing 2018 RATE:
ZAR 8 320.00
DBB

NOTES: Safaris usually depart by 08.00 on Day 1 & return to Jo'burg Airport by 16.30 on the last day before proceeding to the suburbs. Collection or drop-off at Nelspruit Airport on request.

This tour is offered for a minimum of 4 persons or can be sold as a private tour for 2 persons - ask our Consultant for prices.

KRUGER PARK CAMPS for an explanation & picures of the chalets we use at tourist rest camps in Kruger Park.

PANORAMA ROUTE for pictures of Blyde River Canyon & nearby.

SABIE RIVER BUSH LODGE for information and pictures

Itinerary:

1st. Day
Leave Johannesburg in an air-conditioned microbus with an experienced Kruger Park driver / guide. Travel east across the Highveld farmlands and down the beautiful Valley to Nelspruit - capital of Mpumalanga province. After a lunch break, get your cameras ready and enter southern Kruger National Park. Spend the afternoon on your first exciting game drive travelling through bushveld areas where you can expect to see antelope, giraffe and possibly elephant. Before sunset arrive at your Rest Camp and book into an air-conditioned chalet with private shower / toilet and screens over the windows to prevent insects. Your guide will arrange dinner in the licensed restaurant and walk back to your chalet under the starlit sky.

2nd Day
Awaken at dawn and leave camp for an early morning game drive looking for lion and other Big 5 species ( lion, leopard, elephant, rhino & buffalo ). 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 or a swim. Approximately 16.00 board the National Parks safari vehicle equipped with spotlights for a sunset drive ( duration 3 hours ) and a chance to see nocturnal species such as hyena or other predators. Your guide will collect you for dinner in the main camp restaurant and then return to your chalet.

3rd Day
Depart on another memorable early morning game drive to look for elusive species such as leopard often found in trees. Travel north towards the open plains of central Kruger & stop for breakfast at Satara . Drive out of the Park and proceed to a Private Safari Lodge ( Mohlabetsi, Shiduli, Chisomo or KuSungulu ) near Hoedspruit. You can expect to find personalised service and a great bush atmosphere - book into an en suite chalet / African safari tent with aircon. Time to freshen up and then enjoy lunch in the garden. Approx 16.00 after a quick swim, board the safari vehicle for an evening game drive stopping en route for "sundowners ". Return to the lodge for drinks and dinner often served around a campfire. Overnight listening to hyena or other nocturnal animals which all adds to a memorable experience.

4th Day
Join the armed ranger for an early morning game drive which may include a short bush walk so you feel closer to nature. Return to the lodge and join other guests for a delicious breakfast before departure. The rest of the day is devoted to sightseeing as you travel via Valley of the Olifants towards the spectacular Blyde River Canyon . Visit 3 Rondavels then proceed along the Panorama route stopping at viewpoints and a waterfall. Browse around ethnic markets for curios. Drive down Kowyns Pass to Hazyview and book into Hippo Hollow hotel or river lodge for dinner & overnight.

5th Day
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and don't forget some final photos. Leave Hazyview for the return journey travelling past pine forests and sub-tropical orchards to Nelspruit then 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

  • 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 8 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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