5 Day Safari to Kruger Park via 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 usually 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.
  • Use of binoculars & maps on safari drives.
  • First night Sabie River Bush Lodge with a wonderful view across to Kruger Park. Meals served in the Gecko Lapa Restaurant.
  • Three nights chalet accommodation at a Main Camp inside Kruger Park including dinners and breakfasts served in the privatised Camp restaurant. We use The Cattle Baron or Mugg & Bean restaurants & your guide will make arrangements.
  • Sightseeing along panorama route to see Blyde River Canyon, God's Window & waterfalls.
  • Time for browsing at ethnic markets.


Excludes:

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


Departures:

  • Daily departures on request from Johannesburg
  • Pick-up between 07h00 and 08h00 at hotels, guest houses or Johannesburg Airport. Ask us for recommended hotels on our collection route - try to avoid Joburg City Centre & Pretoria which often cause delay to the guides.
  • Nelspruit Airport is from 12.00 by arrangement.

Optional: Morning bush walk additional ZAR 450.00 per person.

Chalet accommodation with air-con, insect screens, private shower & toilet

Per person sharing twin room ZAR 13 950.00 DBB
Per single room ZAR 14 450.00 DBB
Per child under 12 yrs sharing ZAR 6 975.00 DBB

NOTES: Safaris usually depart by 08.00 on Day 1 & return to Jo'burg Airport by 16.00 on the last day before proceeding to the suburbs. Collection or drop-off at Nelspruit Airport on request.

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:

Day 1
Leave Johannesburg in an air-conditioned microbus with our professional guide. Travel east across the Highveld grasslands towards the Drakensberg mountains before lunch. Visit 3 Rondavels in the magnificent Blyde River Canyon, God's Window & other highlights of the Panorama Route. Browse at the informal markets for African curios. Overnight at Sabie River Bush Lodge bordering Kruger Park - dinner in the alfresco restaurant.

Day 2
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 infront of you & other species such as giraffe, zebra & wildebeest. Towards evening arrive at your Rest Camp & book into an air-conditioned chalet with private shower, toilet & screens to prevent insects. Meet the group for dinner & 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 & secure).

Day 3
Awaken at dawn and leave camp for an early morning game drive to look for Big 5 species ( lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo & 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 & a chance to shop for curios, read emails or cool off at the pool. Later board the National Parks open safari vehicle with spotlights for a evening drive ( duration 3 hrs ) to search for predators & other nocturnal species under the starlit sky. After a memorable day on safari , enjoy dinner in the restaurant & perhaps a glass of South African wine as you discuss the best sightings with your guide.

Day 4
Head out for another exciting early morning game drive looking for elusive Big 5 species as well as other animals & birds . Stop for breakfast then drive south towards the Sabie river which is one of the best areas in Kruger for leopards . Arrive at your Rest Camp, check into a chalet with aircon, shower / toilet  & screens to prevent insects. Time to relax or have a swim. Later when its cool , join the group for an evening drive probably looking for hippos , crocs & other aquatic species. Dinner in the privatised restaurant  &  walk back to your chalet under the starlit sky.

Day 5
Optional early morning bush walk (additional cost)  which leaves before dawn  & is a memorable experience . The armed field guide will discuss animals , birds , insects & interesting points about the trees & plants in the area. Return to Camp for breakfast  then final photos in the African bush. Drive to a  Kruger Park exit gate to begin your homeward journey.  Travel past the Lowveld citrus farms to Nelspruit, capital of Mpumalanga province then continue through the beautiful Schoeman's Kloof & up to the Highveld for lunch. Arrive back at Johannesburg airport by 16.00 for onward flights or proceed to your hotel.

General Information

  • Please refer to TOUR INFO for final tips on what to bring.
  • Duration of most game drives approximately 3 hours.

  • It is advisable to take precautions against malaria which include protective clothing, insect repellent & if you wish to use medication – Malarone tablets ( or similar name ) are the best for Kruger Park.

  • We suggest you bring sunglasses, a small hat,swimsuit, comfortable shoes, a camera, torch / flashlight, light casual clothes and a warm jacket for night drives.
  • A policy of "no smoking " and rotation of seats in the microbus is required.
  • Gratuities to driver / guide, waiters and porters are not included.

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