6 Days Budget Kruger Park Camping Safari

Tour duration is 6 days

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Summary of this Camping Safari

Quick Itinerary Overview

The 6-day Budget Kruger Camping Tour sets out from Johannesburg to Kruger Park, arriving at Skukuza Camp inside Kruger in time to embark on a sunset game viewing drive in this world famous game park.

On this Kruger Safari we camp inside Kruger Park at Skukuza Rest Camp enjoying our meals and the facilities at camp between our game driving adventures. 

We venture out into the bush on a morning and afternoon game drive in search of Africa's "Big 5" and other magnificent wildlife found in the vast Kruger Park on day two. We explore Kruger on morning and afternoon game drives returning to the camp for lunch and a rest on day three and four of this camping safari. We also explore Kruger Park on foot taking a guided bush walk on day five and head back into the bush on an afternoon game drive.

On the final morning you take one last exhilarating game drive in Kruger Park, home to a staggering abundance of diverse plants, wild animals and birds. An optional scenic Panorama Route excursion is included in the tour price and entails exploring the impressive Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels, Lisbon Waterfalls and God's Window in place of a morning game drive.

An excellent value-for-money safari getaway camping inside South Africa's flagship Kruger National Park.

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1: Johannesburg to Kruger National Park - South Africa

This 6-Day Kruger Park Camping Safari starts in Johannesburg, South Africa, departing from a selected lodge, your hotel or guesthouse, or at a small extra fee, from OR Tambo International Airport early in the morning .

Leaving the vibrant city of Johannesburg between 06h30 and 08h00 we travel east in an air-conditioned transfer vehicle to the Kruger National Park. We stop for lunch (own expense) in one of the small towns along the way to Kruger Park entering South Africa's premier game park in the afternoon.

The game viewing adventure begins as soon as we enter the vast Kruger Park making our way to Skukuza rest camp inside the reserve. En route to our overnight campsite inside South Africa's flagship game park we keep our eyes open for the unbelievable diversity of wildlife found in this open African wilderness area.

Your safari guide will meet you at Skukuza rest camp inside Kruger Park and take you to your pre-erected tent. Your guide then gives you a brief tour orientation on where your meals will be served, camp facilities and when the game drives depart.

Next you have some free time to freshen up and settle in at the campsite before we head out into the bush on our first exhilarating sunset game drive.

This sunset game drive is conducted by a SANParks game ranger in an official Kruger Park vehicle. It is not a private group game drive; which means other guests may join the drive. The advantage of taking a sunset game drive with SANParks is that the Kruger rangers are allowed to return to camp after the normal gate closing times. The sunset game drive in Kruger Park is ideal for spotting nocturnal animals that become more active after dark.

Please Note: Children under the age of six are not permitted on the SANPark game drive.

Back at camp there is some free time to freshen up before dinner, which is served at the ideally located dining facility (pointed out to you in the tour brief). Dinner is a traditional South African meal, prepared by your host to give you a real taste of South African cuisine. Complimentary wine is served with your dinner and you are welcome to buy your own drinks (wine, beer or other drinks) at the Park’s shop.

After dinner you can relax around the camp fire looking back on your rewarding day in the African bush or head off to bed for a well-deserved rest.

(Dinner included) 

Day 2: Kruger National Park - South Africa

On day two of this Kruger Safari your tour guide will wake you early in the morning, time dependent on the gate opening times. The day starts with morning coffee, tea and rusks (tea biscuits) available in the camp dining facility.

After the morning snack we head out into the wilderness on an exciting game viewing drive. Mornings are an excellent time for game viewing as this is one of the most active times of the day for many animals. Your safari guide takes routes in Kruger Park that offer the best game viewing and photographic opportunities. 

The morning game drive lasts for 3 to 4 hours followed by a hearty brunch served in the dining facility back at Skukuza rest camp.

After breakfast there is time to enjoy a swim, visit the Skukuza museum, take a nap or visit the park shop to browse African curios and stock up on snacks and drinks. You are free to explore the camp in Kruger on foot, or simply relax at the restaurant's viewing platform overlooking the Sabie River.

Then we embark on an afternoon game drive (times depend on the season and gate closing times) in our open 4x4 safari vehicle.

We return to Skukuza rest camp after our afternoon drive in time to freshen up before your evening meal to be served at the camp.

(Breakfast and Dinner included)

Day 3 & 4: Kruger National Park - South Africa

Today your guide will give you another early morning wake up call. Your day starts off with a refreshing cup of coffee or tea before heading out into Kruger Park on the morning drive. 

After the morning drive you return to the Kruger camp where a tasty brunch will be served. There is some free time after breakfast for you to have a nap or enjoy the camp's facilities. Kruger’s Skukuza rest camp is a well-established camp inside the game reserve with large, old indigenous trees, hosting a variety of birds, reptiles and even bats.

In the afternoon you head out into the wilderness of Kruger Park again on a game drive, returning to camp just before the gates close. Back at Skukuza rest camp, there is time to freshen up before dinner which will be served in the ideally situated dining area.

(Breakfast and Dinner included)

Day 5: Kruger National Park - South Africa

Six days on safari in Kruger Park allows enough time to see an excellent variety of wild animals and also have time to go on a thrilling morning walk, which lasts about 3 to 4 hours. For guests that choose not to take the morning walk there is free time to relax at the camp until the afternoon game drive.

The bush walk gives you an opportunity to experience Africa in an intimate way. Exploring Kruger on foot is a different experience to being in a safari vehicle. The smells and sounds come alive as your senses are heightened and your nerves tingle with the thrill of the possibility of encountering wild animals on foot.

The bush walks are conducted by trained, professional SAN Parks guides with many years of experience in the bush as well as the necessary qualifications to successfully and most importantly, safely show you Africa at the ground level. This is a SAN Parks Bush walk, conducted by a Parks ranger; which means that there may be other guests joining the walk.

After your walk, you return to the Kruger rest camp for brunch. Then you have time to relax before your afternoon game drive, in our open 4x4 safari vehicle.

As on the previous days, you return to camp from the Kruger game drive in the early evening where you can enjoy a well-prepared South African meal.

(Breakfast and Dinner included)

Please Note:

  • Children under 12 years are not permitted on the bush walks
  • Comfortable walking shoes will be required for the walk

Day 6: Kruger to Johannesburg - South Africa

Today we get an early start again, taking advantage of the early morning, an ideal time for getting out there and spotting wild animals on safari. The early morning game drive in our open safari vehicle gives you a chance to sight any wildlife we may have missed on the previous drives.

After breakfast we leave Kruger Park in the closed transfer vehicle, keeping an eye out for wild animals en route to the exit gate. 

From Kruger National Park we travel back to Johannesburg, a drive which takes about six hours. Arriving at your hotel, guest house, or at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport (small extra cost) in the late afternoon this Budget Kruger Park Safari comes to a close.

(Breakfast included)

Free Panorama Route Activity (optional):

You have the option of exploring South Africa’s renowned Panorama Route from Kruger, instead of embarking on one of the morning game drives.

One of the most scenic parts of South Africa, the Panorama Route highlights include the Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels, Lisbon Waterfalls and God’s Window. The free Panorama Route Excursion departs in the early morning and includes breakfast in one of the quaint towns along the way. After visiting the scenic attractions on the Panorama Route we return to Kruger, arriving back at Skukuza at about 11h00.

You can replace the morning game drive on one of the middle days (two, three, four or five) with the Panorama Route activity, deciding which morning drive you prefer to replace during the course of your safari.

Please Note: The Panorama Route excursion is not available on the first and last day of the safari, due to the long travelling distances and time constraints.

Pre and Post Tour Lodge Rates:

Please note that we offer convenient pre and post tour lodge accommodation for before and after the Kruger Camping 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

Rate Per Night

  Per Person Sharing

 Per Single Booking

Bed & Breakfast

 R440  R595

Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

 R605  R760
  • Airport Transfer: R120 per person one way transfer (from 1 October 2014).

Please Note:

On this safari we use camping facilities and accommodation located inside the Kruger National Park. We do not stay outside Kruger Park, unless forced to do so because of availability.

This is not a private safari, which means that there will most likely be other guests joining you on the game drive vehicles, air-conditioned transfer vehicles and in the dining facility.

All times given in the itinerary serve as a guideline only and are subject to change.

Guests flying out of OR Tambo Airport on the last day of the safari are requested to book any flights after 19h30 so that we have enough time to get you to the airport. We recommend an extra night in Johannesburg after the safari if possible.

Camping Accommodation:

Stay in spacious tents equipped with beds, mattresses, duvets and pillows (Skukuza only). The shared ablutions are frequently serviced, and towels and soap are included. 

Tour Options:

This six day Kruger National Park Safari package is also available as a three day, four day and five day camping safari option.

There is also an upgraded camping option where guests stay in fixed safari tents fitted with beds, linen, towels and soap. The ablutions are shared and serviced frequently. The tents feature a small fridge, a fan and mosquito netting on the doors and windows.  For the upgraded camping tour price see the full pricing or contact us for more details.

The 6-day Kruger Park Bungalow Safari follows the same itinerary, but includes accommodation in en-suite chalets.

About Skukuza Camp in Kruger Park

Skukuza Camp lies in the southern part of Kruger Park on the banks of the Sabie River. Skukuza, Kruger Park's largest rest camp, serves as the operational and administrative headquarters of South Africa's flagship national park.

Camping inside Kruger at Skukuza Camp one can expect to see a diversity of animal, bird and plant life both within the camp and in the surrounding bush. This popular camp overlooks the tree-lined Sabie River, home to hippos and visited by elephants. The trees along the river host Chacma Baboons and Greater Galagos are heard calling at sunrise and sunset.

Skukuza is one of the best Kruger camps for game viewing, especially for sighting the Big Five of Africa - lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo in the vicinity, as well as a variety of birds and other wildlife.

Game drives and bush walks in the Skukuza area of Kruger provide an excellent opportunity for watching some of the abundant wild animals and birds found here, from warthog and hyena to the Purple–crested Lourie. Thick-tailed Bush Babies climb the trees in the camp and Fruit Bats hang under the eaves of some of the thatched roofs at night.

Skukuza offers a wide range of safari activities, including riverside walks, bush hikes and game drives. This accessible Kruger Camp also features numerous facilities:

  • Public Telephone, Cell phone reception and Post Office
  • ATM and Deli with Internet Cafe
  • An outdoor amphitheatre showing free wildlife documentaries
  • 2 Swimming pools in camp (for overnight residents only)
  • 2 Restaurants
  • Communal ablutions and a Laundromat
  • Cafeteria and Communal Kitchens
  • Skukuza Indigenous Nursery (located about 5km outside camp)
  • A 9 hole (18-tee), Par 72 golf course

Skukuza Camp was established in 1898 as part of the original Sabie Game Reserve and features historical sites such as the dogs’ cemetery, Selati Rail Museum, bell tower, old pontoon bridge, train bridge and Campbell Museum.

The name, Skukuza, comes from the Tsonga word Sikhukhuza, the Zulu nickname given to the park's first warden James Stevenson-Hamilton. Stevenson-Hamilton cleared large groups of poachers and outlaws from the area, earning the nickname Sikhukhuza which means ‘a new broom’ locally. The Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Museum at Skukuza houses many interesting artefacts, including the knife used by legendary ranger Harry Wolhuter to single-handedly kill an attacking lion to save his life. 

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Optional Extras and Excursions

For up-to-date and confirmed pricing info for optional items, please drop us an enquiry.

  • Additional night game drives and bush walks can be arranged with your safari guide at extra cost.
  • Elephant Sanctuary Trunk in Hand Tour – R1200 per person (min 2 people)
  • Shangana Cultural Village Tour – R850 per person (min 2 people)
  • Elephant Sanctuary & Shangana Village Combo Tour – R1650 per person (min 2 people)
  • Free Panorama Route Tour

Please Note:

Optional activities will replace one of the game drives included on the itinerary; therefore activity prices have already been adjusted accordingly.

Please make arrangements for optional activities when booking your safari.

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For confirmed pricing on these optional items, please drop us an enquiry
  • Additional night game drives and bush walks can be arranged with your safari guide at extra cost.
  • Elephant Sanctuary Trunk in Hand Tour – R1200 per person (min 2 people)
  • Shangana Cultural Village Tour – R850 per person (min 2 people)
  • Elephant Sanctuary & Shangana Village Combo Tour – R1650 per person (min 2 people)
  • Free Panorama Route Tour

Please Note:

Optional activities will replace one of the game drives included on the itinerary; therefore activity prices have already been adjusted accordingly.

Please make arrangements for optional activities when booking your safari.

+Included in the cost of the tour
  • Transport for the duration of your safari
  • Professional guides (FGASA registered – Field Guides Association of Southern Africa)
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • All day drives from Skukuza in an open safari vehicle
  • SAN PARKS Sunset game drive (guests over 6 years of age)
  • SAN PARKS Bush walk (guests over 12 years of age)
  • All entry fees and daily conservation levies
  • Accommodation in pre-erected tents
  • Duvets, mattresses & pillows
  • Towels & soap
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Complimentary wine with evening meals in Kruger National Park
  • Free Panorama Route attractions (optional)
+Not included in the cost of the tour
  • Meals not on the itinerary
  • Extra drinks - guests are welcome to bring their own drinks which can be purchased at Kruger Park’s shop 
  • Towels and toiletries
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Flashlights
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