The 3-Day Kruger National Park Safari starts and ends in Johannesburg. You’ll be collected at your Johannesburg area hotel or the O.R. Tambo International Airport on the morning of Day 1 and will be returned to your hotel or the airport on the evening of Day 3.
The tour includes two nights in the Kruger National Park (Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp) and various game drives in your tour vehicle. There’s also an option of joining an ‘open’ 4x4 full-day game drive in the Park (own account).
R8,055 per person sharing
R1,235 single supplement (±US$ 90 )
Duration: 3 days , 2 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: ***
Accommodation: South African National Parks (SANParks) 3-star chalets with en-suite facilities
Transport: Luxury sedan or minibus, depending on group size.
Group sizes: minimum-2 average-6 max-9
Languages (guides): English , German
Mon & Wed departures bilingual (if required). Fri departures English only. Other languages available for private tours.
Countries: South Africa
Highlights: Kruger National Park .
Starting dates: Tour departs from Johannesburg on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tour members are collected at their hotels. Rosebank hotels at ±07:00, Sandton hotels at ±07:30 and selected airport hotels at ±08:15.
Available starting dates: Nov 2014 - Oct 2015
This morning you will be collected by a professional tour guide at either the OR Tambo International Airport or your Johannesburg area hotel. Collections elsewhere is possible by prior arrangement. Should you plan extra days in the area before your tour departure we’ll gladly be of assistance with accommodation and/or touring arrangements if called upon.
Leave the province of Gauteng behind as you travel eastwards to the province where the sun rises - Mpumalanga. On leaving Gauteng the savannah grasslands and rolling hills of the Mpumalanga Highveld welcome you. By the time you reach the small town of Dullstroom you’ve reached an altitude of ±2 100m (±6 900ft). As you near the escarpment beyond Dullstroom you descend to 1555m / 5100ft by the time you reach Machadodorp and onwards, through ever more lush vegetation, to 680m / 2230ft when you enter the small city of Nelspruit. Travelling through sub-tropical Lowveld vegetation you pass by fruit farms and wilderness areas before entering your ultimate destination - the very special Kruger National Park.
Your Kruger Park safari starts with a guided afternoon game drive in a closed safari cruiser, seeking out the “Big 5” and other rare and endangered species. In the late afternoon you head to the Berg-en-Dal rest camp in the south-western region of Kruger - your accommodations for the next two nights. Berg-en-Dal translates to mountain and valleys, an apt description for a region of Kruger that, for the Park, is remarkably mountainous. It’s a beautiful area.
Settle into your thatched bungalow and enjoy the laid-back environs of the camp before dinner. Tonight you’ll fall asleep with the noises of the African bush as backdrop. Sweet dreams.
Depart early morning for a full day game drive in a closed tour vehicle. You will try and spot as many of the large variety of animals as possible. Lunch will be at one of the rest camps in the park (own account).
The Kruger National Park is huge. It covers 19,485 square kilometres (±7500 sq mi) and the distance from its southern to northern borders is ±360km / ±225mi. It boasts a remarkable variety of fauna and flora. More than 500 bird and 147 mammal species have been identified. These include the ‘Big Five’ - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino.
After an enjoyable day in the African bush and seeing many animals in their natural surroundings, you return to your rest camp inside Kruger - Berg-en-Dal - for dinner and a relaxing evening.
Optional: Instead of the game drive in our closed tour vehicle, you could opt for a full day game viewing in an open safari vehicle (own account and excluding lunch)
Today you’ll have your last opportunity for some game viewing in the early morning. After breakfast you depart Berg-en-Dal, your journey out of Kruger doubles as your very last game drive.
Your route sees you climbing ever higher from the Mpumalanga Lowveld as you ascend the scenic escarpment, that marks the divide between Southern Africa’s inland plateau and the lower lying coastal belt. On reaching Graskop, atop the escarpment, you continue onwards to the logging and tourism town of Sabie, passing the Mac Mac Falls enroute. Leaving Sabie you climb the historic Long Tom Pass, over which Boer forces retreated during the Anglo-Boer War a little over a century ago. Along the way they dumped their trusty ‘Long Tom’ cannons down a ravine, rather than have them fall into the hands of the British. As on Day 1 you’re now back in Mpumalanga Highveld territory. You’ll enjoy lunch enroute.
On arrival back in Johannesburg you’ll be dropped off at your hotel or the O.R. Tambo International Airport. Once again, if you require us to assist you with extra days in Johannesburg or South Africa - with accommodation and/or travel arrangements - we’ll gladly do so if called upon.
Note: We recommend that you do not book your return flight for this day, as the arrival time in Johannesburg cannot be guaranteed.