Kruger Park Open Vehicle Safari
4 Day Itinerary

Johannesburg - Kruger Park - Johannesburg
 
     

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

Your Safari Ranger will meet you at any Jo'burg or Pretoria hotel between 7.00-7.30am or meet you off your early morning flight, arriving at Jo'burg's Oliver Tambo Int Airport.

You comfortably travel East for 4 hours to 'Nelspruit' the capital of Mpumalanga Province. At Nelspruit you have an opportunity to do some last minute shopping, to buy loads of film, some snacks, mosquito repellent etc.

Leaving Nelspruit, you continue on towards Phumulani Lodge situated at Kruger Park's Numbi Gate. After enjoying a refreshing drink at the lodge, you transfer into one of our open game viewing vehicles. Your open vehicle safari of Kruger Park starts on your Safari Ranger completing a safety briefing.

On entering Kruger Park, you spend the rest of the day game viewing making your way towards 'Skukuza' camp. The animals tend to move towards waterholes in the afternoon, to quench their thirst from the sun's heat. At different waterholes you see herds of Impala or Waterbuck drinking at the waters edge.

A herd of Elephants arrive at one waterhole and after drinking, start splashing & play fighting with each other. Crocodiles are seen basking in the afternoon sun; mouths open regulating their body temperatures. Hippo's are seen in the deeper waterholes, with the biggest males keeping an eye on their territories and females!

This first game viewing drive sets up what's yet to come.

Arriving at Skukuza 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: Kruger National 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 then have a chance to check the curio shop, stock up with drinks and freshen up ready 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 3: Kruger National 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 arrived 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 we 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 it's still worth checking a few water holes, 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 4: Johannesburg - Kruger Park (B)

The last morning's open game viewing drive makes it's way towards Numbi Gate and Phumulani Lodge. Loads of Impala are found. 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...

Saying goodbye to Kruger Park you arrive at Phumulani Lodge, where everyone transfers all their belongings out of the open vehicle into an enclosed vehicle.

On your comfortable homeward bound journey you enjoy the 'Panoramic Route' driving through the Drakensberg Mountains. En-route you will stop for a surprise breakfast at Graskop and then go on to spend a few minutes at famous scenic spots such as God's Window, Worlds View, Berlin Falls, Blyde River Canyon at the Three Rondavels and if there is time in hand, visit Pilgrims Rest.

From Pilgrims Rest it's a straight 4 hour drive back to Jo'burg or Pretoria. During this time it's great to reflect & 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 Pretoria including Jo'burg's Oliver Tambo Int Airport, for approx 6.00pm.

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Note

Interested in our 4 Day Kruger Park Open Vehicle Safari, email us right now - we'll check availability and reply within 48 hours.

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

Skukuza and Satara camps are used for explanation purposes in this itinerary and may not be the camps you are booked into as accommodation is subject to availability, at the time we  receive your booking form.

At each of the scenic stops you have the opportunity to finish off your film and to barter for locally crafted curios.

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

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