This Kruger Park & Private Game Reserve Safari takes you game viewing in both the premier Kruger National Park and Private Big Five Balule Game Reserve, offering you the best of both safari experiences in South Africa!
Highlights of this 4 Day Kruger & Private Park Safari include:
The affordable tented safari gives you a taste of the private safari lodge experience, staying overnight in air-conditioned chalets in a private game park.
This unforgettable wildlife safari experience is a step up from basic budget camping, offering a quality and excellent-value-for-money Kruger safari adventure.
Enjoy the perks of staying in a Private Big Five Game Reserve and exploring the famous Kruger Park!
After collecting our guests from their accommodation in Gauteng or from OR Tambo International Airport we travel north, through the lowveld to Greater Kruger Park. Our destination: a private game lodge in Balule Game Reserve, home to the Big Five.
Balule is one of the former farms that removed its fences so that it was incorporated into the Kruger Park. A number of farmers have joined this initiative, which has created an unfenced private game park of 35000 hectares where the animals roam freely. The Olifant's River flows through Bulule and attracts many animals to its waterholes, as well as a variety of birds.
After settling into our accommodation we depart on our first game drive in the late afternoon. Common sightings in Balule include buffalo, lion, elephants, giraffe, wildebeest, hyena, zebra, hippo, warthog, mongoose, vervet monkey and various antelope species, such as waterbuck, steenbok, impala and kudu. We pause to watch the spectacular African sunset, then as darkness falls, we head out again to search for nocturnal animals, aided by the huge spotlights on our safari vehicle.
Dinner tonight is a South African traditional braai (barbecue), cooked over an open fire in the middle of the bush and served under the stars in a bush boma (open air enclosure). After dinner we continue our game drive searching for animals as we drive back to our private game lodge, stopping to witness any wildlife action we may encounter on the way.
Back at our private game lodge guests may either unwind in the guest area or head off to bed in their comfortable, en-suite, air-conditioned chalets, safe in the knowledge that no wildlife may breach the electric fencing surrounding the lodge.
Today we are up at sunrise and after coffee and biscuits we head out into the reserve to a more remote spot for our 4 hour Bush Walk Safari.
Exploring the bush on foot allows you to experience the sounds and smells of Africa. Accompanied by an experienced and armed ranger, we learn the more intimate details of the wilderness. Our knowledgeable guide delights in teaching guests the secrets of the bush, as well as ensuring their safety.
Back at the lodge we tuck into a hearty brunch and then relax around the pool or have a snooze.
In the late afternoon we set out for a sunset game drive before we transfer to a unique Treehouse Safari Camp, where we stay for the rest of our safari.
At the treehouse camp our accommodation is in permanent tents set along the Klaserie River. The tents are equipped with beds and bedding, as well as soap, towels, electric lighting and a fan. Although the tents offer extra space and comfort compared to dome tents, it is still camping which means that winter nights can get chilly. Extra blankets and hot water bottles are however available to keep you snug in your tents.
We enjoy dinner together and overnight at the Treehouse Camp, which is located within Motlala Game Reserve.
Today we go game viewing in Kruger National Park, South Africa's flagship National Park, in a custom built safari vehicle. Arriving at Orpen Gate we transfer to our safari vehicle, which is elevated for maximum views and open at the sides for the best photo opportunities.
The grasslands around Orpen and Satara area support many grazers and browsers such as large herds of giraffe, zebra and antelope. These in turn attract the predators and the area is well known for its high concentration of lion. Your qualified guide will help you to spot and identify the various wild animals and birdlife that make the Kruger Park one of the top Game Parks in the world.
After a full day of game spotting you will return to the Safari Camp in the bush, where you enjoy dinner at the boma and relax around the fire, sharing tales of the days wildlife sightings.
Up early we join an armed ranger for a bush walk in our private game reserve. This is a great opportunity to get up close to buffalo, nyala and other animals, as our approach on foot is relatively silent, so the animals are not spooked by vehicle noises.
Your guide will give you insight into the bush, pointing out smaller details in the wild, including insects, animal tracks and scats.
Back at camp we tuck into breakfast before we travel via the Drakensberg Escarpment back to Johannesburg. We take the scenic Panorama Route, well known in South Africa, for its spectacular views of the Blyde River Canyon and other attractions.
We arrive back in Johannesburg around 17:00 where you are dropped off at your accommodation or OR Tambo International Airport, bringing this amazing 4 Day Kruger Park & Private Game Park Safari to an end.
Pre and Post Tour Lodge Rates:
Please note that we offer convenient pre and post tour lodge accommodation for before and after this Kruger Safari, which can be added to your tour booking upon request. The 4 star lodge accommodation is located 10-15 minutes from the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Follow the link for information on rates.