Departing from Johannesburg airport or surrounding hotels at around 08h30, we take the scenic route through Mpumalanga province to the entrance of the Kruger National Park. Here we transfer to an open safari vehicle, and game viewing begins as soon as we enter the gates. We should see a number of different antelope species and perhaps some of the big 5 already on our way to our first camp, where we arrive by sunset. After dinner in the camp restaurant, your guide may set up a powerful telescope and take you on a fascinating guided tour of the night sky (weather permitting). This is included free of charge on some of our safaris.
We rise before the sun and embark on a morning game drive in the Kruger National Park, in search of animals like giraffe, zebra, baboons and of course the big 5 - lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino. These are known to be the 5 most dangerous animals to hunt, but we get to view them up close from the safety of our open safari vehicle. While looking for wildlife we visit waterholes, lookout points and beautiful picnic spots, stopping at regular intervals so you can stretch your legs and enjoy some refreshments. On some safaris, we visit the waterhole where the famous Battle at Kruger video was filmed. After a delicious breakfast at a picnic site in the bush, we return to the camp around lunchtime, where you can spend the hot midday hours relaxing at the pool, browsing through the curio shop or watching animals from the deck. Late afternoon, after an early dinner in the camp restaurant, we embark on a sunset/night drive on an open safari vehicle equipped with spotlights, looking for those elusive nocturnal animals like lions, leopard and hyena.
Today you can choose whether to sleep in, or join the guide on a short early morning game drive before returning to camp for a leisurely breakfast. After breakfast we pack up and head out on a full day game drive toward our next camp. The trip allows us to explore different areas of the Kruger Park, and takes us through a variety of different eco-zones, each with its own unique vegetation and associated wildlife species. Your expert guide will know what animals to look out for in each area and will be able to relay fascinating facts and stories about the bush around you. We arrive at our next camp by late afternoon, and after getting settled in your new bungalow we enjoy a relaxed evening around the fire, with dinner in the form of a traditional South African "braai" or barbecue, expertly prepared by your guide, a real feast under the stars (weather permitting).
This morning we explore the Kruger National Park on foot! Embark on a guided bush walk with an armed Kruger Park ranger, and experience the thrill of encountering Africa's wildlife on foot, with nothing between you and the animals. This activity is already included in your tour price but is not compulsory. For those who prefer to stay in a vehicle, the guide will take you out on a morning game drive instead. We return to camp to relax over lunchtime, perhaps taking time for a short siesta or a dip in the pool. Later in the afternoon, we head out again on another exciting game drive. As the sun starts to set and the day cools down, the animals tend to become more active again, making this a good time for game viewing. Dinner will be in the camp's buffet restaurant tonight.
This morning we pack up early and head out on a final early morning game drive in search of game that may have eluded us thus far. Breakfast is served at a picnic site along the way, and we exit the Kruger Park during late morning to begin our return journey back to Johannesburg, where we arrive by 17h00.