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5 Day Kruger-North Explorer

Kruger National Park is wildlife haven that should be experienced by every passionate traveler. The park is South Africa's premiere National Park and is home to all the flagship species of mammals you expect to find in Africa. This Wild Planet Safari will enable you to explore the far northern reaches of this fantastic park. The North is the quietest section of park and will provide a more exclusive experience. Join us for a trip of a lifetime you and yours will remember forever.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices and Dates: $906 - $1132
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 5 days
Best months: January - November
Countries visited South Africa South Africa
Parks visited Kruger
Activity level Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Night drive
  • Birding
After meeting up at O.R Thambo airport in Johannesburg we will transfer towards the border of Zimbabwe en route to Kruger National Park.The adventure starts as soon as we enter the park and after we arrive at camp we will check in and come to rest around a camp fire under the African night sky. Gamedrives will be done every morning and every afternoon with optional night drives and bushwalks also available.

Day 1

Today you will be met at O.R. Tambo International Airport by your Wild Planet Safari guide. You will then be driven north 600km to the gate to Kruger. The drive will take about 7 hours and you will stop for an own expense lunch on route. We will arrive at Kruger in the late afternoon and you will then have some time to relax, settle in and enjoy the African sunset before dinner is served.

Day 2

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.
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 the camp and have time to relax by the swimming pool or sit at a bird hide before going on a afternoon drive on the lookout 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.

Day 3

This morning we will depart on an early morning drive in the Punda area. We will return in time for breakfast after which we say goodbye to Punda Maria and head further south to our next camp, Shingwedzi.
It's a 70 km drive and this area is known to be home to big herds of buffalo, elephant, waterbuck, impala and leopard. Shingwedzi is one of the quietest camps in Kruger and is located on the banks the river.
Facilities here include Swimming pool, a laundry, a small shop and viewpoints along the river. When we arrive we will have lunch then you can cool down by the pool or have a "siesta" 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. If we are lucky we may see a leopard on the way back. Dinner will be back at camp.

Day 4

This morning we will go for one last morning drive in the northern section of Kruger. When we 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, other facilities include a laundry, a big shop with curios, swimming pool and excellent lookout points.
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.
Dinner at camp when we return and then its time to rest for the next day.

Day 5

Today your 5 day safari will sadly come to an end. We will take you on one last safari drive in the park on the way to the exit gate. We will then drive you back to Johannesburg taking the scenic route over the Drakensberg escarpment for your return flight home.
Along the way we will stop for an own expense lunch before continuing to Johannesburg.

We also have add-on's available to this itiniary so please enquire should you wish to do so.

Please also note that your flights leaving from Johannesburg should not be booked before 18:00pm for domestic flights and 19:00pm for international flights.

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