11 Day Kruger National Park Safari

Kruger National Park is undoubtedly the greatest effort in conservation on the planet. It is one of the oldest and largest national parks in the world, an area that is still in the condition that nature intended. Kruger National Park is 352 km long and on average 60 km wide. The park covers close to 19 500 km´2 and is home to the Big Five. In addition to that you have the opportunity to view 336 species of trees, 114 species of reptiles, over 500 different species of birds and 147 species of mammals.

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$1692 - $2117
Includes internal flights:
No
Length of safari:
11 days
Best months:
All year
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
Adventure safaris Big five Night drive safaris Night drive Camping safaris Camping Birding safaris Birding
*Prices are estimates and used as guidelines only. Please contact the tour operator for an exact quote.
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Our Tours will take you throughout the park from the far north to the south where we will search high and low for what you want to see. We are well trained in all aspects of the park and we are there to grow any special interests you may have.

Our Kruger tours are relaxed, easy going and most importantly focus on you.

Wild Planet Safari offers four tours to Kruger Stretching from 4 to 10 nights. Whichever you choose we will be there to make sure your Safari is perfect. We offer both camping and accommodated tours; our tents are strong, reliable, waterproof, insect proof and very spacious. We supply our campers with a thick foam mattress for your comfort.

If you don’t enjoy camping try our accommodated option, the camps offer traditional huts (1 bedroom with 2 single beds aircon and wash basin), Safari tents (luxury tents with electricity, 2 single beds, a fan and a small patio deck) and bungalows (2 single beds, aircon, fridge, wc and shower).

Or you can mix camping with accommodation. For example our 10-night tour could be 5 nights camping and 5 nights in a room. It’s easy and the choice is yours.

Day 1.  Johannesburg

As your plane touches down in South Africa, Wild Planet Safari will be there to welcome you at O.R. Tambo International Airport. We travel the short distance to our first nights’ accommodation in Johannesburg. Depending on the time of your arrival we will take you to do any last minute shopping you may require or on a short Johannesburg city tour.

This evening after you are rested and settled in we will meet for a traditional braai (barbeque) around the fire, under the African sky.

Our accommodation tonight will be at a guesthouse in the north of Johannesburg.

 

Day 2. Northern Kruger (Punda Maria)

 

We start the day with a good breakfast at 6am. After this we head north towards Zimbabwe. It is a 7-hour drive to the northern gate of Kruger national park and we will stop to have a picnic lunch on route. After a short check in at Punda Maria gate we travel to our camp.

Our camp this evening is a beautiful camp in the north of Kruger, Punda Maria. The facilities found here include a swimming pool, a hide that overlooks a waterhole, a small shop and the flycatcher trail (a 20-minute trail famous for its birdlife and interesting vegetation).

Whilst we set up camp you have time to enjoy these facilities, then it’s off for our first game drive.

This afternoon we will take a drive along the Mahonie loop, one of Kruger’s most scenic gravel roads, searching for the animals that make this part of Kruger their home, including nyala, kudu, impala, zebra, buffalo and elephant. On our return we settle around the fire and enjoy our first evening in Kruger.

The campsite does have power points and there are two ablution blocks with separate men’s and woman’s showers, toilets and washbasins.

Those who choose to use the local accommodation rather than camp will stay in bungalows.

Upgrade from camping to bungalow will add R285 per person sharing, or R560 for a single traveller to the camping price.

 

 

Day 3. Northern Kruger (Punda Maria)

 

We start before sunrise today as this allows us the best opportunities to find animals and the best light for photography.

A quick coffee and we are off heading further to the north. This route takes us through fairly open country where we may find big herds of buffalo and elephant.

We stop for breakfast at Pafuri picnic site and then proceed further to Crooks Corner, the meeting point of the Luvuvhu and Limpopo rivers. Here there is a great view over the floodplain, and is the point where South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique meet.

Turning back towards the south we travel along the Luvuvhu River, still on the lookout for wild animals, to the historical site Thulamela.

This is a 500-year-old Iron Age site, it is a stonewalled settlement built by the same people responsible for the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. 

We then head slowly back to camp stopping at the many waterholes along the way checking for any animal activity. We will have lunch at camp and then some time to relax by the swimming pool or the bird hide before going on an afternoon drive checking for any predators on the move.

We will have another traditional meal around the fire as we spend our last night in the far north.

Tonight’s accommodated guests will stay in bungalows.

Upgrade from camping to bungalow will add R285 per person sharing, or R560 for a single traveller to the camping price.

 

Day 4. North Kruger (Shingwedzi)

 

This morning you will go on a 3-hour open vehicle sunrise drive with a Kruger park ranger while we take down the camp and pack our Wild Planet Safari vehicle.

You will return in time for breakfast after which we say goodbye to Punda Maria and head further south to our next camp, Shingwedzi.

It is a 70 km drive that takes us on one of the most scenic routes in the park, with river views and enormous trees that will leave you stunned. This area is known to be home to many buffalo, elephant, waterbuck, impala and leopard.

Shingwedzi is one of the quietest camps in Kruger and is located on the banks of a river. Facilities here include Swimming pool, a laundry, a small shop and viewpoints along the river.

When we arrive we will have lunch and set up camp. You can spend some time relaxing by the pool or having an afternoon nap before we depart on another excellent game drive.

This drive will take us along the Shigwedzi River past waterholes where spotted hyena like to rest, through very scenic landscape that is leopard habitat to 2 of the best lookout points in the park.

Red Rocks, a breath taking sight where the Karoo sandstone has potholes that fill with water and trap fish during the dry season.

Tshanga lookout is on a rocky outcrop and has a magnificent view over the valley below. We will take some time to visit both these viewpoints and then take a slow drive back along the river to our camp. If we are lucky we may see a leopard on the way back.

Dinner will be back at camp.

The campsite does have power points and there are two ablution blocks with separate men’s and woman’s showers, toilets and washbasins.

Tonight’s accommodated guests will be sleeping in huts with communal facilities.

Upgrade from camping to huts will add R255 per person sharing or R500 for a single traveller to the camping price.

 

Day 5. Central Kruger (Letaba)

 

This morning you will go on an exciting guided bush walk. A trained field guide will take you out into the bush where he will show you how to track rhino, elephant and lion on foot.

When you return we will have a full breakfast and then leave Shingwedzi to go to our next camp, Letaba.

It is 109 km to Letaba through Mopane woodlands and shrubveld. Here we will find rolling granite plains where we can find large herds of wildebeest zebra and elephant.

Letaba camp has one of the best river views in the park and is home to the great Elephant Hall.

A museum dedicated to the magnificent 7.

7 famous elephants that once lived in this area. Six pairs of their tusks are on display in the museum, other facilities include a laundry, a small shop, swimming pool, excellent lookout points, an amphitheatre (documentaries are shown in the evening) and a plant nursery. There are also a few bushbucks that wonder around the camp and the beautiful gardens attract many bird species.

We will have lunch when we arrive and then its time for you to relax and enjoy what Letaba has to offer.

This afternoon we will take you on what is known as the leopard route this road runs along the banks of the Letaba River and is great for game viewing, birding and as the name suggests leopard. This is  also elephant country, so we hope to find some big herds and some big elephants.

Dinner at camp when we return and then its time to rest for the next day or you can catch a documentary at the amphitheatre.

 

The campsite does have power points and there are two ablution blocks with separate men’s and woman’s showers, toilets and washbasins.

Tonight’s accommodated guests will sleep in safari tents (comfortable luxury tents with 2 single beds, a fan and a small patio deck)

Upgrade from camping will add, R130 per person sharing and R240 for a single traveller, to the camping price.

 

Day 6. Central Kruger (Satara)

 

This morning you will go on a 3-hour open vehicle sunrise drive with a Kruger park ranger while we take down the camp and pack our Wild Planet Safari vehicle.

You will return in time for breakfast after which we say goodbye to Letaba and head further south to our next camp, Satara.

It is a 67 km drive to Satara which takes us through some excellent game viewing territory. This camp is situated in the heart of lion territory and also offers great opportunity to find wild dog. The camp has a very long fence line, which will allow us to set up our camp so we can view game from our tents.

The camp facilities include a well-stocked shop, a view of a waterhole and a swimming pool. We will have lunch at camp and some time to relax.

This evening you will go on a Kruger night drive which might give you a chance of seeing some of the big cats on the hunt, you could also see some of the smaller nocturnal animals like civet cats, owls, porcupines and genet.

Dinner will be served before you leave.

We will stay at this camp for 2 nights.

 

The campsite does have power points and there are two ablution blocks with separate men’s and woman’s showers, toilets and washbasins.

Tonight’s accommodated guests will be sleeping in bungalows.

Upgrade from camping to bungalows will add, R310 per person sharing and R600 for a single traveller, to the camping price.

 

 

 

Day 7. Central Kruger (Satara)

 

We start the day with a game drive along the N’wanetsi river road. The drive takes us along the river with dense vegetation on one side (great for leopard) and open plains on the other (good for cheetah) and is well known for lion sightings. The area is also very good for spotting white rhino and has large herds of buffalo, blue wildebeest, zebra, kudu and giraffe.

We will have breakfast at the picnic site where there’s a lookout over the Sweni River gorge.

We then travel through an area known to be home to one of Kruger’s super prides, an enormous pride of 20 lions and back to camp.

Lunch at the camp at the middle of the day and time for you to relax and make use of the camp facilities.

In the afternoon we will travel the Sweni road in search for more lions and if we are lucky wild dog.

Dinner will be made when we return and we will fall asleep tonight to the sounds of the roaring lions.

Tonight’s accommodated guests will be sleeping in bungalows.

Upgrade from camping to bungalows will add, R310 per person sharing and R600 for a single traveller, to the camping price.

 

 

Day 8. Southern Kruger (Skukuza)

 

This morning you will go on an exciting guided bush walk, a trained field guide will take you out into the bush where he will show you how to track rhino, elephant and lion on foot. Hopefully you will find the lions that roared all night.

When you return we will have a full breakfast and then depart for our next camp, Skukuza.

It is 92 km to Skukuza, which is the main camp in Kruger National Park. The Camp facilities include a hiking trail, library, laundry, many lookout points on the Sabie River, Swimming pool and a huge shop filled with crafts and curios.

Lunch when we arrive and then it is time for you to enjoy yourself at Skukuza. There is a museum and a gallery of photos for you to see and then there is shopping to be done.

We will go on a late afternoon drive along the Sabie River where we can see many Hippos’, and crocodiles. Then we head off on a loop, which will offer the best chance to see wild dogs.

We will have dinner when we return and then its time to rest before our last day in the park.

The campsite does have power points and there are two ablution blocks with separate men’s and woman’s showers, toilets and washbasins.

Tonight’s accommodated guests will sleep in safari tents (comfortable luxury tents with 2 single beds, a fan and a small patio deck)

Upgrade from camping will add, R130 per person sharing and R250 for a single traveller, to the camping price.

 

 

 

Day 9. Southern Kruger (Skukuza)

 

We have a more relaxed start today with breakfast at camp before we head out for the day.

We will take a picnic lunch and head off to explore the south of Kruger. We will travel towards Lower Sabie which is teeming with game, searching for any animals that may still be missing from our list.

The area is great for elephants and lion.

We will have lunch at Mlondozi picnic site which overlooks a dam where we could see some hippo and elephant.

After lunch we take a slow scenic drive back towards camp.

Tonight we will have dinner at the camp restaurant while we discuss the good times you have had with Wild Planet Safari and enjoy our last night camping in Kruger.

Tonight’s accommodated guests will sleep in safari tents (comfortable luxury tents with 2 single beds, a fan and a small patio deck)

Upgrade from camping will add, R130 per person sharing and R250 for a single traveller, to the camping price.

 

 

Day 10. Johannesburg

Today we have a relaxed start where you can go for a walk along the river or have a little extra sleep before we begin.

After we have finished with breakfast we will pack up and start the 450km journey back to Johannesburg. We will have lunch on route and arrive in Johannesburg in the afternoon.

Tonight you will stay at a comfortable guesthouse in the north of Johannesburg. We will have one more dinner as a group and discuss the highlights of your trip with Wild Planet Safari.

Day 11.

Today you will wake up in Johannesburg and depending on your flight time you can do some last minute shopping or sightseeing before we transfer you to the airport for your flight home .

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  • We use the available rest camps inside Kruger National Park. You may request specific camps in the park if you wish.

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Parks you will visit

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Animals you will see

Aardvark
Aardvark
African buffalo
African buffalo
African caracal
African caracal
Baboon
Baboon
Bat-eared fox
Bat-eared fox
Rhinoceros
Rhinoceros
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Bird watching
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