Kruger Park Classic Safari

7 Day Itinerary

Johannesburg - Kruger Park - Johannesburg

     
     

Collection in Jo'burg:

Departing at 7.00-7.30am from any hotel in Johannesburg or off any early morning flight arriving at Jo'burg's Oliver Tambo Int Airport (JNB), you safely travel East for approx 4 hours to 'Nelspruit' the capital of Mpumalanga Province.

At Nelspruit you have an opportunity to do your last minute shopping, to stock up the cooler box with some drinks, film, snacks, mosquito repellent etc.

Leaving Nelspruit your journey continues for 1.5 hours to the game rich Southern region of Kruger Park and enter the park at Crocodile Bridge.

Collection from KMIA or MQP:

Your Safari Ranger will meet you off your midday flight arriving at Kruger Mpumalanga Int Airport (KMIA) or Mpumalanga Airport (MQP) and start your safari by driving for 1 hour to the game rich Southern region of Kruger Park and enter the park at Crocodile Bridge.

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Day 1: Johannesburg - Kruger Park - Skukuza Camp (D)

On entering Kruger Park, you spend the rest of the day game viewing following the Sabi River. The animals tend to move towards the Sabi River in the afternoon to quench their thirst from the sun's heat - you see herds of Impala or Waterbuck drinking at the waters edge. A herd of Elephants cross the river, splashing, play fighting once they arrive on the far side. Crocodiles are seen basking in the afternoon sun; mouths open regulating their body temperatures. A grunt from a Hippo is heard, we find them in a shallow section of the river sleeping with the biggest male keeping an eye on his territory and his females.

This first afternoon game drive up the Sabi River sets up what's yet to come.

Arriving at 'Skukuza' camp just before the entrance gates close for the evening, you check in, move into your chalet to freshen up, ready for your first safari dinner.

Your dinner is prepared, cooked and served outside under the stars. Traditional South African meals are prepared giving you a taste of our delicious, barbeque cuisine.

Day 2,3: Kruger Park - Skukuza Camp (B D)

The day starts early with a wake up call at 5.30am. At 6.00am the camp gates open so we can start the day's game viewing. We visit 'Lower Sabi' camp at approx 10.00am when it's time to have some breakfast and of course, have a good stretch.

On the way your Safari Ranger finds a Leopard walking on the edge of the road, marking it's territory by scenting trees and bushes. He's a big male, powerful. We slowly follow him as he proudly walks along the edge of the road. Later you see a White Rhino using a rubbing post then wanders off. Impalas always next to or crossing the road. Three Lionesses on the road laying close to each other and then moving off into the bush. Later a Hyena crossed the road making it's way back to its den.

After breakfast at 'Lower Sabi' camp we continue game viewing, stopping off at water holes, following river lines, checking dams for the rest of the morning and early afternoon. Your Safari Ranger spots you lots of wildlife - a herd of Buffalos at a water hole, Eagles in the afternoon sky, Giraffes grazing off the Acacia trees with their necks stretched to the limit. Birds are spotted all the time. We stop off at Nkombi lookout and enjoy this stunning view, seeing more Rhino in the distance. Zebra and Wildebeest grazing the open grass areas keeping a watchful eye out for predators. You see more Elephants passing near by.

Arriving back at camp for 4.00pm you have a chance to stock up with drinks for your night drive, which departs from camp at 6.00pm. A SANParks ranger in an open sided truck conducts the night drive, which lasts for approx three hours.

On your return from your night drive at 9.00pm your dinner would have been prepared, cooked ready for you to enjoy dinner out in the open, listening to the African night sounds, whilst we discuss the next day's exciting events.

Day 4,5: Kruger Park - Satara Camp (B D)

Your Safari Ranger heard of a 'Lion Kill' happening the day before on the road to Satara camp. We make our way directly to the kill, we are one of the first to arrive. We position perfectly. A pride of seven Lions are still surrounding the carcass - a Buffalo. Two Lionesses are feeding with the remaining Lions lazing with full stomachs, a few meters off. A Hyena arrives but does not have the strength in numbers to irritate the Lions and push them off the kill. He'll have to wait till more Hyenas arrive. We wait and watch for an hour or so viewing the integration of the Lion pride with their kill. A Black Back Jackal arrives and darts in and out, picking up a few scraps of meat.

We visit 'Tshokwane' picnic spot at approx 10.00am when it is time to have breakfast.

After breakfast you continue game viewing, stopping off at water holes, following the river lines and checking dams for the rest of the morning - you see loads of different wildlife.

We arrive at 'Satara' camp at 1.00pm. You check in. You may wish to stay in camp and siesta the afternoon away or continue the game drive with your Safari Ranger. At this time of the day it's hot but as you are in an air-conditioned vehicle it's still worth checking a few water holes and waiting for the sun to cool a little later in the afternoon.

After sinking a few beers or a glass of wine and after seeing more game we return back to 'Satara' camp just before the gates close for the evening/night. We meet up with those who had stayed in camp for the afternoon, return to your chalet to freshen up, ready for dinner and to discuss the next day's exciting events.

Day 5,6: Kruger Park - Letaba Camp (B D)

Your day starts with a morning Walking Safari. This casual walk in the bush is approximately four hours long in duration and is conducted by two very experienced South African National Parks (SANParks) game rangers, one armed with a .458 rifle.

It's your opportunity to get a closer look at some of the smaller animals, the flora and fauna and to learn a little about bush survival and tracking. On your return to camp your breakfast will be served.

The area around 'Satara' is good for Cheetah. After breakfast, your late morning game drive is spent driving around a few road loops around Satara. Your Safari Ranger spends some time searching for this splendid animal, stopping off at a few open plain areas, water holes.

Some time later you find two Cheetahs lying on a termite mound. Fantastic! It's not often you see Cheetah. We spend time with them taking photos each time they re-position on the termite mound.

Arriving at Letaba Camp for approx 2.00pm,  you stock up with drinks and freshen up ready to continue with the game viewing or you decide to spend the afternoon at camp, relaxing and visiting the Elephant Museum. For the game drive your ranger decides to focus on the parks bird life. You see so many different birds of all sizes and colours - fascinating!

After enjoying a very different day in the bush, you return back to camp before the gates close, knowing your last full day was indeed maximised.

Day 7: Kruger Park - Johannesburg (B)

You start your last morning game viewing drive - loads of Impalas are found. A troop of Baboons block the road. We slowly drive through the troop with our windows shut. More Elephants, close and in the distance, being destructive with their eating habits. A Steenbok standing in the middle of an open area. More Lions lazing around a base of a wild fig tree, the cubs playing with each other.......

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Drop-off back in Jo'burg:

On leaving Kruger Park, your homeward bound journey includes the 'Panoramic Route' with driving through the Northern Drakensberg Mountains. En-route you will stop and spend a few minutes at famous scenic spots such as God's Window, World's View, Berlin Falls, Blyde River Canyon at the Three Rondavels and if there is still time in hand, you visit Pilgrims Rest.

From Pilgrims Rest it's a relaxed 4 hour drive back to Jo'burg. During this time it's great to reflect on the last few days & chat about your safari with your Safari Ranger or catch up on a little sleep!

Your Safari Ranger will drop you off at any hotel in Jo'burg or at Jo'burg's Oliver Tambo Int Airport (JNB) for approx 6.00pm.

Drop-off back at KMIA or MQP:

Flying out on your last day may mean enjoying extended time in Kruger Park, with not having to leave the park, straight after the morning game drive!

Your Safari Ranger will make sure you leave the park with time to travel back to either Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) or Mpumalanga Airport (MQP) to catch your flight.

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Note

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(B L D) refers to the meals included - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Using air-conditioned vehicles means we can provide all day game drives, no matter how hot the day gets! Your comfort is ensured.

The morning walking safari is not always provided as it's subject to availability. We will of course advise you on availability prior to you booking this safari.

Skukuza, Satara and Letaba Camp are used for explanation purposes in this itinerary and may not be the camps you are booked into, as all accommodation is subject to availability at the time of you booking your safari.

Itinerary may vary slightly due to gate opening times, game movements, weather etc....

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