9-Day Kruger Safari Tours

Day 1: Hazyview

Meet your driver at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Enjoy a scenic 4-hour drive to a small town located outside Kruger Park. Check in to a gorgeous guest house located in a beautiful part of the Sabie River valley. That afternoon, you enjoy some time with African Elephants learning about their plight on the African continent. In the evening, you will enjoy a good meal and cheers to the start of your African adventure 

  • Transfer and drinking water
  • Elephant activity
  • Guest house outside Kruger Park
  • Dinner is included. All dietary requirements can be catered to

Day 2: Kruger National Park

Up early, you head off 20 minutes down the road to the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Enjoy your tour in a private open safari vehicle guided by a professional guide! The south of the park is wet and well-vegetated. Two large rivers dominate the area, the Sabie and Crocodile Rivers. These attract large numbers of game and in turn predators such as lion and leopard. You will spend your day driving through the park, searching for these and other exciting species. After a gorgeous day in one of Africa’s premier game reserves, your guide will drop you back at your guesthouse for dinner

  • Privately guided, open vehicle safari
  • All big game including lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino are well represented in the game reserve
  • Guest house outside Kruger Park
  • Breakfast box and dinner included. All dietary requirements can be catered to

Day 3: Panorama Route

Your morning begins with a drive along the panorama route. Make your way up the ridge enjoying sites like The Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window. Along the way, enjoy the pine and eucalyptus plantations, waterfalls and traditional shopping! From there, you travel through some of the cultural heartland to your first bush lodge

  • Full day panorama route tour
  • Game lodge inside Greater Kruger Park
  • Breakfast and dinner are included. All dietary requirements can be catered to

Day 4: Conservation and Safari

After a guided bush walk and breakfast, you’ll go to an animal rehabilitation centre. This is home to many animals that have either been permanently injured or poisoned and cannot be released back into the wild. The centre has won many awards and has been featured on National Geographic. After that, you head back to the lodge and enjoy some lunch, a siesta and then embark on an awesome game drive and dinner

  • Rehab centre, game walk and game drive
  • All big game including lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino are well represented in the game reserve
  • Game lodge inside Greater Kruger Park
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. All dietary requirements can be catered to

Days 5-8: PRIVATE Concession

Up early, you’ll go on a guided walk looking for cheetah before sitting down to a good breakfast. Your guide and driver will then take you out of the reserve and head east to a private concession within Kruger National Park. Enjoy 4 nights at a safari lodge. It is a unique experience to be out in the middle of the African bush with lions calling and leopards leaving their tracks for you to follow. A morning and evening game activity will keep you on the edge of your seat

  • Transfer
  • Morning and late afternoon open vehicle game drives
  • All big game including lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino are well represented in the game reserve
  • Small game lodge inside Kruger Park
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. All dietary requirements can be catered to
  • Families / groups of 4-8 can request an exclusive use lodge

Day 9: Departure

You leave Kruger Park and make your way to the airport in time for your next adventure or your journey home

  • Transfer
  • Not included
  • Breakfast is included. All dietary requirements can be catered to

Payment and Currency?

We accept all major credit cards and can organise EFT payments as well

It’s not required to bring thousands of dollars in cash into Africa. Facilities in Africa have improved dramatically in recent years, and it’s now possible to pay by Visa and Mastercard at most locations. Currency exchanges and ATMs are available at most airports

Best Time For Me to Go?

Summer

This is from December-March and the average daytime temperature peaks at around 34°C or 93°F. The area is very hot, often with amazing thunder showers! From mid-morning to mid-afternoon the animals often find cool spots making them difficult to spot. On the plus side, many antelope species have babies with them

Autumn

This is from March-June and the average daytime temperature peaks at around 29°C or 84°F. Rainfall is at its highest, vegetation is at its thickest and it is still hot, although cooler in the evenings. Antelope species are now rutting (mating rituals) for the breeding season which is fascinating to watch

Winter

This is June-September and the average daytime temperature peaks at around 25°C or 77°F. Great game viewing can be had all over southern Africa! Days are mild and pleasant and the evenings are chilly. The vegetation is less thick and the game viewing is at its best around the permanent water sources

Spring

This is September-December and the average daytime temperature peaks at around 29°C or 84°F. By far the best time to do one of our Kruger safari tours. Many migrant birds return and the game congregate around the sweet grasses and permanent water

Travel?

You can choose to drive to and from the airport with your guide which is included in the rate or you can choose to fly to either Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit, starting point for all the tours except the private safari where you can fly to Hoedspruit Airport. All tours, you can choose to fly to Johannesburg or Cape Town via Hoedspruit Airport at the end

This is perfect if you are not keen on the 4-7 hour drive from Johannesburg to the various starting points… Although, some have said their guides sparkling conversation skills and music choices are worth it (citation needed)

Health & Safety?

Vaccinations

In Africa, things change constantly. As such, so do rules and regulations. Make sure you ask your doctor about vaccinations before coming to Africa and make sure you specify which countries you will be visiting

Malaria

We have written a comprehensive blog post about malaria to keep you in the know. Please click Malaria Info for more info

Snakes

There are many snake species found in Africa, only 10 of which are regarded as deadly. You may be lucky enough to see them living their daily lives out in the bush… Please be aware though that these creatures are very scared of humans and if left alone, pose very little threat to you. If ever one gets too close for comfort, never lash out, that is what we are here for

Ticks

Ticks are often seen in the summer months hanging off grass stems looking for a tasty animal to latch onto. We do encounter them on walks occasionally and suggest you bring insect repellent and wear long pants and boots on our walks

Connectivity?

Most of the lodges that we stay at have got WiFi access, some may be slower than others (hey, it is the bush now)

If you would like to use a mobile phone while on safari and do not want to pay more than the actual safari itself on international roaming then we would suggest using a local sim card… They are very cheap and airtime and data is equally inexpensive. Your guide can take you to a local shop to buy one, but bear in mind:

  • Make sure you know the size of the sim card your phone uses
  • Make sure you have unlocked your phone as some phones do not allow other sim cards to be loaded

Food and Drink?

Food and drink play a huge role on our Kruger safari tours. On an African safari, they often find the lasting blend between old-world tradition and modern culinary influence. The sense of wilderness isn’t interrupted as you dine beneath the stars, a fire crackling and nocturnal animals calling and moving around. Menus are unique, blending local ingredients – sometimes those you won’t find served anywhere else in the world – with an international focus, perfectly delivered. Each lodge will also have a well stocked bar or we will purchase our own drinks, so in short, you will be well looked after

Hygiene?

Sometimes it’s hard to picture. You’re heading deep into the bush, a hundred miles from a tarred road or town. There’s going to be no running water. You’re going to be far from a borehole and just can’t imagine how you have a wash. And a shower? In such remote wilderness? Rest assured that each lodge has clean water and varied amenities depending on the accommodation, but all will have a hot shower / bath and a clean, flushing toilet

Day by Day

Day 1: Hazyview

Meet your driver at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Enjoy a scenic 4-hour drive to a small town located outside Kruger Park. Check in to a gorgeous guest house located in a beautiful part of the Sabie River valley. That afternoon, you enjoy some time with African Elephants learning about their plight on the African continent. In the evening, you will enjoy a good meal and cheers to the start of your African adventure 

  • Transfer and drinking water
  • Elephant activity
  • Guest house outside Kruger Park
  • Dinner is included. All dietary requirements can be catered to

Day 2: Kruger National Park

Up early, you head off 20 minutes down the road to the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Enjoy your tour in a private open safari vehicle guided by a professional guide! The south of the park is wet and well-vegetated. Two large rivers dominate the area, the Sabie and Crocodile Rivers. These attract large numbers of game and in turn predators such as lion and leopard. You will spend your day driving through the park, searching for these and other exciting species. After a gorgeous day in one of Africa’s premier game reserves, your guide will drop you back at your guesthouse for dinner

  • Privately guided, open vehicle safari
  • All big game including lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino are well represented in the game reserve
  • Guest house outside Kruger Park
  • Breakfast box and dinner included. All dietary requirements can be catered to

Day 3: Panorama Route

Your morning begins with a drive along the panorama route. Make your way up the ridge enjoying sites like The Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window. Along the way, enjoy the pine and eucalyptus plantations, waterfalls and traditional shopping! From there, you travel through some of the cultural heartland to your first bush lodge

  • Full day panorama route tour
  • Game lodge inside Greater Kruger Park
  • Breakfast and dinner are included. All dietary requirements can be catered to

Day 4: Conservation and Safari

After a guided bush walk and breakfast, you’ll go to an animal rehabilitation centre. This is home to many animals that have either been permanently injured or poisoned and cannot be released back into the wild. The centre has won many awards and has been featured on National Geographic. After that, you head back to the lodge and enjoy some lunch, a siesta and then embark on an awesome game drive and dinner

  • Rehab centre, game walk and game drive
  • All big game including lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino are well represented in the game reserve
  • Game lodge inside Greater Kruger Park
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. All dietary requirements can be catered to

Days 5-8: PRIVATE Concession

Up early, you’ll go on a guided walk looking for cheetah before sitting down to a good breakfast. Your guide and driver will then take you out of the reserve and head east to a private concession within Kruger National Park. Enjoy 4 nights at a safari lodge. It is a unique experience to be out in the middle of the African bush with lions calling and leopards leaving their tracks for you to follow. A morning and evening game activity will keep you on the edge of your seat

  • Transfer
  • Morning and late afternoon open vehicle game drives
  • All big game including lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino are well represented in the game reserve
  • Small game lodge inside Kruger Park
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. All dietary requirements can be catered to
  • Families / groups of 4-8 can request an exclusive use lodge

Day 9: Departure

You leave Kruger Park and make your way to the airport in time for your next adventure or your journey home

  • Transfer
  • Not included
  • Breakfast is included. All dietary requirements can be catered to
FAQ's

Payment and Currency?

We accept all major credit cards and can organise EFT payments as well

It’s not required to bring thousands of dollars in cash into Africa. Facilities in Africa have improved dramatically in recent years, and it’s now possible to pay by Visa and Mastercard at most locations. Currency exchanges and ATMs are available at most airports

Best Time For Me to Go?

Summer

This is from December-March and the average daytime temperature peaks at around 34°C or 93°F. The area is very hot, often with amazing thunder showers! From mid-morning to mid-afternoon the animals often find cool spots making them difficult to spot. On the plus side, many antelope species have babies with them

Autumn

This is from March-June and the average daytime temperature peaks at around 29°C or 84°F. Rainfall is at its highest, vegetation is at its thickest and it is still hot, although cooler in the evenings. Antelope species are now rutting (mating rituals) for the breeding season which is fascinating to watch

Winter

This is June-September and the average daytime temperature peaks at around 25°C or 77°F. Great game viewing can be had all over southern Africa! Days are mild and pleasant and the evenings are chilly. The vegetation is less thick and the game viewing is at its best around the permanent water sources

Spring

This is September-December and the average daytime temperature peaks at around 29°C or 84°F. By far the best time to do one of our Kruger safari tours. Many migrant birds return and the game congregate around the sweet grasses and permanent water

Travel?

You can choose to drive to and from the airport with your guide which is included in the rate or you can choose to fly to either Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit, starting point for all the tours except the private safari where you can fly to Hoedspruit Airport. All tours, you can choose to fly to Johannesburg or Cape Town via Hoedspruit Airport at the end

This is perfect if you are not keen on the 4-7 hour drive from Johannesburg to the various starting points… Although, some have said their guides sparkling conversation skills and music choices are worth it (citation needed)

Health & Safety?

Vaccinations

In Africa, things change constantly. As such, so do rules and regulations. Make sure you ask your doctor about vaccinations before coming to Africa and make sure you specify which countries you will be visiting

Malaria

We have written a comprehensive blog post about malaria to keep you in the know. Please click Malaria Info for more info

Snakes

There are many snake species found in Africa, only 10 of which are regarded as deadly. You may be lucky enough to see them living their daily lives out in the bush… Please be aware though that these creatures are very scared of humans and if left alone, pose very little threat to you. If ever one gets too close for comfort, never lash out, that is what we are here for

Ticks

Ticks are often seen in the summer months hanging off grass stems looking for a tasty animal to latch onto. We do encounter them on walks occasionally and suggest you bring insect repellent and wear long pants and boots on our walks

Connectivity?

Most of the lodges that we stay at have got WiFi access, some may be slower than others (hey, it is the bush now)

If you would like to use a mobile phone while on safari and do not want to pay more than the actual safari itself on international roaming then we would suggest using a local sim card… They are very cheap and airtime and data is equally inexpensive. Your guide can take you to a local shop to buy one, but bear in mind:

  • Make sure you know the size of the sim card your phone uses
  • Make sure you have unlocked your phone as some phones do not allow other sim cards to be loaded

Food and Drink?

Food and drink play a huge role on our Kruger safari tours. On an African safari, they often find the lasting blend between old-world tradition and modern culinary influence. The sense of wilderness isn’t interrupted as you dine beneath the stars, a fire crackling and nocturnal animals calling and moving around. Menus are unique, blending local ingredients – sometimes those you won’t find served anywhere else in the world – with an international focus, perfectly delivered. Each lodge will also have a well stocked bar or we will purchase our own drinks, so in short, you will be well looked after

Hygiene?

Sometimes it’s hard to picture. You’re heading deep into the bush, a hundred miles from a tarred road or town. There’s going to be no running water. You’re going to be far from a borehole and just can’t imagine how you have a wash. And a shower? In such remote wilderness? Rest assured that each lodge has clean water and varied amenities depending on the accommodation, but all will have a hot shower / bath and a clean, flushing toilet

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