Experience the magic of the Kruger National Park with us on a 5 Day Budget Kruger Park Safari! All our Kruger Park Safaris of five days or longer include a bush walk, allowing you to get really close to nature! On this safari, you can hope to spot a wide variety of animals, including not only the big five, but also kudu, bush buck, hyena, wild dog, cheetah and many birds like the African fish eagle, pied kingfishers and ground hornbills!
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 Budget Kruger Park Safari
Accommodation is in fixed, spacious and luxurious cottage safari tents with beds, linen, towels and soap. Ablutions are shared and serviced regularly. These tents have a small fridge, a fan and mosquito proofing on the doors and windows.
Vehicles used on a Budget Kruger Park 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 – Kruger Park
We depart from Johannesburg between 06h30 – 08h00 to allow for various collection points. Our route takes us through the wide open spaces of the Highveld, down the escarpment and through the scenic Lowveld area. We stop for lunch en-route (own expense) and reach the Kruger National Park and Pretoriuskop Rest Camp in the afternoon.
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 animals and the Park’s rangers are allowed to return after the normal gate closing times. Note that these drives take place in one of the Kruger Park’s vehicles with a Park’s ranger. This is not a private game drive and there may be other guests on this drive. (Children under 6 years of age are not permitted on open vehicle drives.)
Dinner is a three-course meal, served al fresco at our private camp within Pretoriuskop. Wine is served with dinner but guests are welcome to bring along additional/alternative drinks which can be purchased at the shop.
Day 2, 3 and 4: Full day in the Park
Safaris are all about early mornings, getting out there and seeing animals! After an early wake-up call (the time varies according to the seasons and park gate opening times), we have tea or coffee and rusks (dried biscuits to be dunked in your drink!). We then set off on the morning safari 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 one of your mornings, you will be joining a SANParks Morning Walk with an experienced game ranger.
On returning to Pretoriuskop, breakfast/brunch will be ready at our camp. You then have time to enjoy a swim, catch up on some sleep, visit the park shop which includes African curios, general food items and drinks, take a walk around the camp, or simply relax. Pretoriuskop is also a bird watcher’s paradise so be sure to bring along your binoculars!
After a siesta, we set off on the afternoon 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 safari stories at the camp fire under the stars after a scrumptious dinner served at our camp.
(Breakfast & Dinner included.)
Day 3: 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)
This excursion replaces the morning and afternoon drives and will be coordinated by our staff while you are on safari with us. The Panorama Route is offered in all our Kruger Safaris that are three days or longer. We visit attractions such as the Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels, Lisbon Falls and God’s Window.
** 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
• Accommodation as per chosen option
• 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 Pretoriuskop, 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 10,230
Transfers: ZAR 1,475 per person
No single supplement charges on our safaris!
We depart with a minimum of one person.