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!
We collect you from your accommodation in Gauteng or Johannesburg Airport on day one of this 4 Day Kruger & Private Reserve Camping Safari, and head towards Kruger Park in northern South Africa's lowveld region.
Travelling via Dullstroom or Nelspruit we head to our Private Game Lodge in the Big Five Balule Game Reserve, within Greater Kruger Park.
From our safari lodge in the Private Game Reserve we transfer to an open game viewing vehicle for a Sunset to Night Game Drive. Discover the excitement and serenity of the African bush and enjoy your first magnificent sunset in the wilderness. After dark, spotlights are used to locate the nocturnal animals roaming in this Big Five Game Park and if you're lucky you might even see a leopard!
While game viewing in Balule, we stop at a remote bush boma (open-air enclosure) for a traditional South African style barbecue, known locally as a braai. Our delicious dinner is prepared over an open fire in the middle of the untamed bush, where we eat under the stars. After our relaxing braai, we continue our thrilling night game drive, making our way back to the safari lodge. If we encounter any exciting wildlife action en route we stop to witness nature at play.
Returning to the Private Game Lodge after our first rewarding game drive in Greater Kruger Park unwind in the lodge guest areas recounting the wildlife encounters of your first game drive or retire to your comfortable, air-conditioned chalets with en-suite bathrooms. The Private Lodge is set in a lovely subtropical garden with water features and has electric fencing to keep out the lions, elephants, buffalos and other wildlife found in the area.
There are no fences separating this 35000-hectare Private Game Park from Kruger National Park allowing the numerous wild animals to roam freely between these wilderness areas. The Olifants River flows through the Bulule Game Reserve attracting a variety of birds and animals year-round.
Balule is home to the iconic Big Five of Africa with buffalo, lion and elephant being sighted the most regularly and sometimes even from the lodge property! Other wildlife commonly sighted in Balule includes giraffe, wildebeest, hyena, zebra, hippo, warthog, mongoose, vervet monkey and various antelope species, such as waterbuck, steenbok, impala and kudu.
Nocturnal animals such as civets, bushbabies, bats, hares, genets, wild cats and porcupines can be spotted on night game drives. Some of the more elusive wild animals found in this part of Greater Kruger Park include cheetah, African wild dog, bat-eared fox and badger, as well as caracal and serval cat and a variety of antelope species, such suni, roan and sable antelope.
The Greater Kruger Park area consists of various private game parks, such as Balule, that share unfenced boundaries with Kruger National Park proper. Staying in a private game lodge allows you to escape the main throng of tourists, as the Balule game reserve is not open to the general public.
On this exclusive safari experience you get a more secluded bush experience that brings you closer to nature. In the private game reserve you travel on dirt roads encountering much fewer vehicles on your game drives. Another advantage of game viewing in the Balule private reserve is that your qualified guides communicate with each other via two-way radio, increasing the number of wildlife sightings on your drives.
Yet another perk of staying at a private lodge is that off-road driving is permitted in this exclusive game reserve area of the Greater Kruger Park, improving your chances of spotting wildlife in the bush.
At sunrise we drive into the private game reserve, heading to a more remote spot to enjoy a 4-hour Bush Walk.
You explore the bush on foot, setting your own pace as the game ranger shows you the more intimate details of the wilderness area.
This Big Five bush walk is a thrilling wildlife experience that will get your adrenalin pumping, even though your ranger will be armed to ensure your safety.
After our unforgettable bush walk we return to the private safari lodge for a hearty brunch. Later in the day, at about 14h30, we embark on an afternoon game drive in Balule Private Game Reserve.
Returning from the Big Five game drive, we transfer to our Treehouse Safari Camp in a private game reserve. 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 and electric light and fan. We enjoy dinner together and overnight at the Treehouse Camp.
Our first night on safari is spent in air-conditioned chalets at a relaxed and tranquil private lodge in Balule Game Reserve, Greater Kruger. This comfortable lodge accommodation, set in a lush garden, is easily accessible year-round. An electric fence encloses the private lodge property, to keep the roaming lion, elephant and buffalo out.
Accommodation for the remainder of this very reasonably priced safari is at a treehouse safari camp.
The relaxed safari camp is located within the Motlala Game Reserve, which lies between two private game reserves, situated next to the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Motlala is home to various wild animals, including three of Africa’s Big Five - leopard, buffalo and both black and white rhino.
Tour accommodation is in permanent tents fitted with beds, at the treehouse camp located along the Klaserie River. Bedding, soap, towels and electric lights and fans are provided in the comfortable tents; and ablutions include two separate showers and two separate toilets.
This extremely affordable camp features an outdoor boma area for open-air dining, a bush bar and a swimming pool. At night after a hearty South African meal you can relax around the camp fire in this unspoilt bush setting, immersed in nature.
Wild animals often roam the camp grounds, including nyala, impala, monkeys, hyena, buffalo and sometimes even leopard, adding to your truly wild African experience at this unique safari camp. At night hyenas, jackals, bushbabies and other wildlife can be heard in the distance. Wake up to a cacophony of birds singing in the trees around you at this riverine camp, home to a variety of birds.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Orpen Gate of the Kruger National Park in an open game viewing vehicle custom built for safari drives.
The elevated safari vehicle is specifically designed to maximise your game spotting opportunities, giving you a better view over the bush. There are no windows on the sides of the vehicle making it ideal for taking photographs of the animals and bush.
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. The bush and open plains around the Orpen and Satara area in the Kruger Park support large herds of giraffe, zebra and other antelope which in turn attract the predators. The Satara region of Kruger boasts one of the largest concentration of lions in Africa.
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.
The world-renowned Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s best safari destinations and the premier game reserve in South Africa. Covering nearly 2 million hectares of untamed African bush the variety of habitats in Kruger Park are home to a unrivalled diversity of plants and animals.
Kruger is South Africa’s top travel destination offering superb game viewing, including massive populations of Africa’s iconic Big Five - elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo. This vast wilderness area is inhabited by a staggering 147 mammal species and 517 bird species, as well as a variety of other wild animals and 336 tree species.
South Africa's flagship national park, Kruger Park is considered a world leader in advanced environmental policies and wildlife management practices.
Up early on the last day of our Kruger & Private Reserve Camping Safari in South Africa, we make our way into the bush together with an armed game ranger. Heading into the private game reserve we explore the game-rich bush on foot.
This guided bush walk will give you the opportunity to get up close to buffalo, nyala and other animals without them being frightened off by the sound of an approaching vehicle. Your guide will give you insight into the bush, pointing out smaller details in the wild, including insects, animal tracks and scats.
You will return to the private safari camp for breakfast before we head via the Drakensberg Escarpment back to Johannesburg. Highlights of the drive back along the scenic Panorama Route of South Africa, include sections of the Blyde River Canyon, one of which is the Three Rondawels vewipoint.
You will get back into Johannesburg at about 17h00, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation of choice or at Oliver Thambo International Airport bringing this fantastic 4 Day Kruger Park & Private Game Park Safari to an end.
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.
Lodge Rates: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015
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Airport Transfer: R120 per person one way transfer (from 1 October 2014).