A Kruger Camping Safari is a true South African holiday where you can see big five animals like elephant, buffalo, lion, hippo, leopard, hyena, kudu, giraffe, zebra and so much more on three open vehicle game drives and a SANParks sunset drive, where you can see some of the nocturnal animals. There are, however, never any guarantees so the more time you have in the bush, the better!
You could also visit Lisbon Falls, Three Rondavels in the Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window, which provides some of the most magnificent scenery in the country! Delicious breakfasts and three-course dinners, served al fresco under the stars (weather permitting), give you ample time to get to know your fellow travelers and exchange pictures. At night, we share a bottle of wine around the camp fire and listen to the sounds of the bush around us.
Accommodation on a Kruger Camping Safari
Spacious dome tents equipped with beds, mattresses, linen, pillows, duvets and amenities provided. Ablutions are shared and serviced regularly.
Vehicles used on a Kruger Camping Safari
Transfers from and to the airport, as well as Kruger National Park, is in a 12-seater bus and game drives take place in open safari vehicles to offer the best possible game viewing experience. Vehicles are equipped to provide guests with highest possible levels of safety and comfort.
Day 1: Gauteng to Kruger National Park
We leave on your Camping Kruger Park Safari from Johannesburg in the early morning to allow for various collection points. The route to your African Safari takes us through the Highveld with its wide open spaces, down the escarpment and through the scenic Lowveld area. En-route to the Kruger National Park and Skukuza Camp, we stop for lunch (own expense).
You will go out on your first game drive (SANParks Sunset Drive) after settling into your accommodation. A sunset drive affords you the opportunity to see nocturnal African Wildlife. The Kruger Park’s rangers are allowed to return after the normal gate closing times. Note that this is not a private game drive and that other guests may be joining you on this drive. (Children under 6 years of age are not permitted on open vehicle drives.)
A three-course dinner is included and will be served al fresco at our private camp within Skukuza. Wine is served with dinner but guests are welcome to bring along additional/alternative drinks which can be purchased at the Kruger Park shop.
Day 2: Full day in the Kruger Park
Safaris are all about early mornings, getting out there and seeing animals! The time you go on your game drive varies according to the seasons and camp gate opening times. We have tea or coffee with muffins and fruit before departing on the Game Drive which will take approximately 3-4 hours. Your guide has an intimate knowledge of the park, which contributes a great deal towards brilliant sightings!
On your return to Skukuza, brunch will be ready at our camp. You then have time to enjoy a swim, visit the Skukuza museum, visit the park shop which includes African curios, general food items and drinks, take a walk around the camp, or simply relax at the viewing platform in front of the restaurant, which overlooks the Sabie River. Be sure to bring your binoculars – Skukuza Rest Camp is also a bird watcher’s paradise!
After a siesta, we set off on the afternoon Kruger Park game drive. We conduct all our game drives in specially adapted 4×4 open game drive vehicles to allow our guests the best possible vantage point.
We share African safari stories at the camp fire under the stars after a scrumptious dinner served at our camp.
(Breakfast & Dinner included.)
Day 3: From Kruger Park to Gauteng
The final day of your Kruger Park Safari will be your last chance to see the Big Five animals that have eluded you thus far. After breakfast, we return to Johannesburg. The drive back takes at least 6 hours and guests are advised to sleep over in Johannesburg on this night.
Panorama Route (Optional Excursion)
We offer an optional excursion to visit select attractions along the Panorama Route in all our Kruger Safaris that are three days or longer. We stop in one of the small towns en-route for lunch (included) and visit attractions such as the Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels, Lisbon Falls and God’s Window. We return to Skukuza at around 17h00. This excursion is available free of charge, but it replaces one of the afternoon drives and will be coordinated by our staff while you are on safari with us. (Kindly note that this excursion is not available on the first or last day of your Safari due to time consttaints.)
** Terms & Conditions apply **
• Professional drivers/guides (FGASA registered – Field Guides Association of Southern Africa)
• Meals as specified per itinerary
• All day Game Drives in the Kruger National Park in an open game drive vehicle
• SAN PARKS sunset drive (All Kruger Park Safari guests over 6 years of age)
• All entry fees and daily conservation levies
• Spacious dome tent equipped with beds, mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows, towels & soap for all Camping guests (Skukuza only)
• Bottled mineral water during the day in the Kruger National Park
• Wine with dinner in the Kruger National Park
• Meals not specified in itinerary
• Pick up and drop off in Johannesburg/Pretoria
• Guests are welcome to bring their own drinks to dinner, which can be purchased at the Park’s shop
• Items of a personal nature
On our safaris, we make use of facilities and accommodation situated inside the Kruger National Park and do not stay outside the Kruger, unless forced to do so because of availability.
We have a permanent camp in Skukuza, which is also where our open game drive vehicles are based. Safaris with accommodation in multiple rest camps are available on request.
It is important to note that this is not a private safari and more than likely there will be other guests joining you on the game drive vehicles, air-conditioned mini bus transfer vehicles as well as in the dining facility.
Please note that sunset game drive times are subject to change and availability on the day. These drives are conducted by SAN PARKS, by one of their rangers and in one of their vehicles. There will most likely be other guests on this drive. Children under 6 years of age are not allowed on SAN Parks open game drive vehicles.
Although we welcome children on our safaris, we reserve the right not to allow younger children on our normal game drives. This will be entirely up to the guide’s discretion and will be in order to ensure a pleasurable game drive for all our guests (including the parents). Should this be the case, a bush bumble (kiddies game drive) will be conducted after the normal game drive, especially for the kids. We do not offer babysitting and as such one of the parents will have to stay behind to watch the children. Private game drives for families can be arranged at an extra charge.
Guests flying out of OR Tambo Airport on the last day are reminded to not book any flights earlier than 19h00 (domestic) or 20h00 (international) in order to give us enough time to get you to the airport. We recommend that you rather stay over in Johannesburg if possible. Since we cannot guarantee our arrival time in Johannesburg on the last day we will not be held responsible for reimbursements of flight tickets, should we arrive later than expected. Guests flying out of Nelspruit on the last day may, depending on their flight details, not have enough time to see the Panorama Route. Private transfers for guests with early flights can be arranged in advance at an extra charge.
Safari: ZAR 4,585
Transfers: ZAR 1,475 per person
No single supplement charges on our safaris!
We depart with a minimum of one person.