5 Day Kruger Safari on a Budget (Inclusive) Comfort

Lodges
Small Group
Top Pick

Tour Details

Tour Style Lodges Small Group Top Pick
Length 5 days
Countries Visited South Africa
Starts Johannesburg
Ends Johannesburg
Group Size Max 16
Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
Tour SKU ACS0306
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What You'll Experience

  • Historical Towns
  • Private game reserve
  • Exclusive bush lodge
  • ”Big Five” game exploring
  • Open vehicle game drive
  • Night game drive
  • Panorama route drive
  • Blyde River Canyon
  • 3 Rondawels
  • Bourke’s Luck Potholes
  • God’s Window
  • Kruger National Park

Why You'll Love this Tour

Calling all intrepid adventurers! If you’re looking for a hands-on African adventure, this is it. Wildlife, wilderness, and wow-worthy campouts are at the forefront of this classic safari. This trip takes you straight into the heart of Kruger where you’ll get to experience story-book Africa. Surreal nature walks and night time game drives introduce you to scenes that will blow your mind, as you pause at waterholes and stunning viewpoints, to catch a glimpse at Africa’s iconic species in action.

  • The tour requires participation from all group members. This entails assisting with the food preparation, washing of dishes and keeping the truck clean. Please keep in mind that flexibility and an open mind is needed on the trip. Your guide is registered with the Field Guide Association of Southern Africa (FGASA)

Tour Price

Currency conversion estimated. Base currency is South African Rand (ZAR)


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R17,870

+ Single Supplement EUR 140 (Optional)

Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced at EUR 859. Currency fluctuations may occur

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Tour Reviews

Review by Con Palamara who traveled on the Kruger Safari:

We had a great time on the Kruger tour with awesome company and plenty of good sightings.

Review by Les & Angie Hume who traveled on the Kruger Safari (sourced from operator):

My wife and I have just returned from your 5 Day Kruger Safari holiday and we had the most amazing time from beginning to end. Everything ran perfectly in terms of check in and flights at both ends and Abel our Drifters transfer taxi driver was punctual, informative and humorous.
We loved the lodges with each one having its own merits. Our favourite was without doubt the Bush Lodge but I have to call out Elmarie for being such a brilliant host at Joburg.
We absolutely loved the big truck we travelled in. It had very comfy reclining seats and a huge freezer for keeping drinks ice cold and USB sockets for charging devices. It had big side panels that opened up in to food stores, tables and chairs for lunch on the move.
Our time in the Bush Lodge was beyond anything we could ever have expected. Being our first safari we thought that the lodge would be fenced off from the animals in the park. The fact that it wasn’t added to the whole experience particularly when two lionesses wandered in to the camp on night one resulting in a quick and safe evacuation from the pool area for those who were still up. My wife and I had just returned to our tented room when we heard the land rover come down the track. Our guide Sipho came to our door and told us to come quick and get in the truck. With all on board we were able to follow the lions down the tracks until they wandered in to the bush. It was incredible and quite moving. The next evening we returned from a safari tour to find a herd of buffalo in the camp. At 3am we were woken by loud munching noises and the side of the tent rippling as we realised that the buffalo had decided to graze between our tent and next doors. I really don’t know how to describe it – scary, exhilarating or whatever but it was a something that made the whole wild and dangerous animal thing so very real. I would not have changed those moments for anything and it highlighted just how in the middle of it the Bush Lodge is. The views from from the tents and lounge area were sensational and we spent many hours watching animals make their cautious approaches to the water hole.
The panoramic tour was spectacular with so many stunning features for photo opportunities. Hazyview is a lovely lodge so different to the Bush Lodge.
Kruger was awesome and seeing huge families of elephants and giraffe was incredible – you just do not get that at a zoo! We could have sat by the hippo pool with the crocs for hours, it was fascinating.
There were 11 of us on the tour, three English, five Germans, one Irish lady, one from Netherlands and one from Belgium. Ages ranged from 20 to my senior self at 62 but we all bonded very quickly and had wonderful time together. There were so many laughs and we all mucked in with the catering and also looking out for animals.

Review by Howard and Margie who traveled on the Kruger Safari (sourced from operator):

We would just like to say thank you so much for a fantastic time we have had on our trip. Everything was great, On arrival at lodge we were greeted by El, so friendly, loved her! Then Sipho “captain” of our ship was an amazing, guide, driver, cook and friend. Tented Bush lodge was so nice, fantastic setting. Hazyview Lodge another fab setting. Then the Safari, awesome. Thank you once again. We hope to return for another Safari in the future.
On return to Greenfire J/Lodge we booked a tour to Soweto & Apartheid Museum via El, this was a fab & well worth excursion with another awesome guide in Duncan.

Review by Eva van Holten who traveled on the Kruger Safari (sourced from operator):

Loved every second of the tour! Ed is a great tour guide, driver, chef and friend. Always smiling and enjoying the tour as much as we do. Keep up the great work.

Dates Tour Length: 5 days


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Included

  • Meals - 4 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners
  • Accommodation - Twin - bedded tented units (2 nights), Hotel/Lodge (2 nights)
  • Registered guides
  • Transport per itinerary
  • Airport Departure Transfer (Evening Flights only)
  • Permits
  • Park Entry Fees
  • Private Game Reserves
  • Morning Guided Walk in Big 5 area
  • Afternoon and Night Game Drives
  • Panorama Route
  • God's Window
  • Bourke's Luck Potholes
  • 3 Rondavels
  • Southern Section of Kruger National Park
  • Kruger National Park Full Day Game Drive

Excluded

  • International Airfares
  • Travel insurance (Get Adventure Travel Insurance) and medical insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Visa costs
  • Passports
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal taxes (including departure and border taxes)
  • All optional activities
  • Unscheduled or optional national / game parks and other activities
  • Gratuities
  • Sleeping bag and pillow if camping
  • Restaurant meals (other than those listed)
  • All drinks
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Other items of a personal nature

Activities

Some of the activities you can take part in on this tour.

Included in the Tour Price

  • Johannesburg: Private Game Reserve Morning Guided Walk, Private Game Reserve Afternoon and Night Drives
  • Panorama Route, God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes, 3 Rondawels
  • Southern Section of Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park Full Day Game Drive


Other Activities

Johannesburg 

  • Soweto Tour - From ZAR590 per person for 3 hours. You can also do a cycle tour of Soweto – pricing depends on the time you cycle for.
  • Johannesburg City Tour - From ZAR590 per person for 3 hours.
  • Soweto and Johannesburg Combo (Combining the Soweto & Johannesburg City tours will give you a great overview of the area.) - From ZAR850 for 5 hours
  • Apartheid Museum - Duration: 3 hours ZAR550
  • Cradle of Humankind - Duration: 4 hours ZAR990
 

Itinerary

Day 1: Johannesburg to Kruger Bush Lodge, South Africa

Leaving at 06h30 from the City of Gold, Johannesburg, we journey through the picturesque route that leads us to Mpumalanga. Enjoy lunch in the historic village of Haenertsburg, located on the edge of an escarpment with breathtaking views. Mountain passes and Acacia trees dotted across the African bushveld add to the picturesque beauty of the road. In the Kruger National Park, we spend the next two nights in a well-appointed Bush Lodge that’s situated within a private reserve where animals roam freely and without restriction. Our open game drive vehicles allow us to explore the wilderness in search of a variety of animals, day and night, on this privately owned reserve. There is a refreshing splash pool, crisp comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, and stunning views of the surrounding wilderness, including a waterhole frequented by a variety of animals in the tented lodge. As you drift off to sleep, listen to a symphony of animal sounds.

Meals: Dinner (Lunch at own expense)
Accommodation: Bush Lodge – tented units. Twin beds with en-suites
Included Highlights: Scenic Drive down to the Lowveld Region, Private Game Reserve Accommodation
Distance: 530 km

Day 2Kruger Bush Lodge, South Africa

We begin our morning experience within this Big 5 area with a light breakfast consisting of coffee and rusks (a traditional South African biscuit). In the company of a qualified guide/Ranger, we explore the wilderness, keeping an eye out for animals and uncovering smaller treasures often hidden from sight. It’s time to enjoy the serenity of the surrounding wilderness as we relax around the lodge for a scrumptious brunch before the heat of the day sets in. Wildlife come to a nearby waterhole for hydration, showing off the pecking order ever so evident. From your swimming pool or deck, take in the sights of game as you relax with a refreshing drink. Late afternoon brings an open game drive, which transforms into an extensive night drive in search of nocturnal species as the heat subsides. Our sundowner drinks are enjoyed over an African bushveld sunset as we watch dusk fall.

Meals: Brunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bush Lodge – tented units. Twin beds with en-suites
Included Highlights: Exclusive Private Reserve, Morning and afternoon guided experience in Big 5 area
Distance: Game drive

Day 3: Panorama Route – Hazyview, South Africa

Up early, after breakfast we set off for the beautiful Panorama Route. First up, Blyde River Canyon, then on to Bourke’s Luck Potholes and end at the breathtaking Gods Window. After we will enjoy an lunch at Harry’s Pancake Bar (own expense). After lunch we head down the Kowyn Pass to a traditional village where we will meet the local Shangan people. After a full day, we make our way to Greenfire Lodge Hazyview and our log cabin in the indigenous forest on the banks of the Sabie River – we will spend two nights here.

In addition to exploring the property and the adjacent coffee farm, guests can take a nature walk through the mysterious forest if time allows.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Greenfire Lodge Hazyview – Log Cabins
Included Highlights: Panorama Route, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Three Rondavels
Optional Activities: Gorge Swing
Distance: 195 km

Three Rondavels panorama, Kruger Sotuh Africa

Day 4: Kruger National Park, South Africa

We depart from our bush camp early today in order to journey to the southern part of the Kruger National Park, where we spend the rest of the day observing game from the fantastic height of our safari vehicle. Our guide will inform you of all the interesting facts about this area and the fascinating wildlife in this region. There will be plenty of stops along the way to refresh yourself and enjoy relaxing on the plains of Kruger. We will exit the park late afternoon where we return to our lodge for dinner.

Meals: Packed Breakfast Snacks, Dinner
Accommodation: Greenfire Lodge Hazyview – Log Cabins
Included Highlights: Southern Section of Kruger National Park, Full Day Game Drive
Distance: ± 160 km

Two Figs Camp Kruger

Day 5: Johannesburg, South Africa

Following a leisurely morning, we leave our lodging and make our way to Johannesburg, where our tour comes to an end in the late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast
Included Highlight: Scenic Drive
Distance: 430 km

Onward Travel Plans

Due to circumstances beyond our control while on tour (such as border crossings, traffic, breakdowns and delays, etc), the end time on the last day cannot be guaranteed. Therefore we strongly recommend you stay the night and fly out the next day. Please consult with your booking consultant.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Seasonal Malaria precautions may be advisable and are locally obtainable.
  • Game viewing on foot is difficult, so we also place importance on some of the smaller aspects of the bush
  • It can get very hot so suitable precautions against sunburn should be taken.
  • Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.

FROM

R17,870

+ Single Supplement EUR 140 (Optional)

Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced EUR 859. Currency fluctuations may occur

Currency estimated. Base currency is South African Rand (ZAR)

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