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.
Once all our guests have been collected from their hotel, guesthouse, or, for a small fee, OR Tambo International Airport we are ready to depart Johannesburg for our Kruger Park Camping Safari.
Our air conditioned transfer vehicle heads out for Kruger Park, with a stop en-route at one of the small towns for lunch, at our guest's own expense. We arrive at South Africa's flagship game reserve in the afternoon.
Once we enter the park the game viewing begins as we make our way to Skukuza Rest Camp. There is every opportunity to see many animals on this journey to our camp.
Our safari guide is waiting for us at Skukuza to show us to our pre-erected tent. This is followed by a briefing on camp facilities, where our meals will be served and the times of the game drive departures. There is time to settle in and freshen up before we head into the bush for our first official exciting sunset game drive.
Our SANParks game ranger takes us out in an official Kruger Park vehicle, along with other guests, as this is not a private group game drive. The advantage of being in a SANParks vehicle means that the rangers are allowed to re-enter the park after the normal gate closing time, so we won't miss out on any exciting incidents due to time constraints.
As the sun sets the nocturnal animals begin to stir. This cooler time of day is ideal for game viewing, as the animals move to the waterholes.
Please Note: Children under the age of six are not permitted on the SANPark game drive.
On our return to camp there is time to freshen up before dinner. This is served in the dining facility pointed out at the briefing. Typically dinner is a traditional South African meal, to introduce guests to South African cuisine. A complimentary glass of wine is served with dinner and other drinks may be purchased at the Park's shop.
After dinner you may meet fellow guests around the campfire, under a canopy of stars and relive the day's bush experiences.
Game drives traditionally start early, as this is the best time of the day for game viewing as the animals enjoy the cool of the day.
Our tour guide wakes us early, time dependent on the gate opening times. We ease into the day with coffee, tea and rusks, for dunking, available in the dining facility.
Then our adventure begins as we head out on morning game drive. Our safari guide knows all the best routes for game viewing and photo opportunities.
Kruger Park is home to Africa's 'Big Five' as well as a diversity of animal and birdlife. Three or four hours later, exhilarated, we return to camp for a welcome hearty brunch.
After brunch there is some free time to explore the camp, sunbathe, swim or just relax. The viewing platform, located at the restaurant, is a great place for lazing as this overlooks the Sabie River so is an ideal spot for game viewing. Skukuza is a well established and the largest camp in Kruger Park with good services and much to see and do, which includes the museum, an amphitheater, an information centre, beautiful flora and wildlife.
In the late afternoon we set out for the bush again for our sunset game drive in our 4x4 safari vehicles.
On our return to Skukuza Camp there is time to freshen up before dinner.
As well as our game drives there is an opportunity to go on a thrilling morning bush walk. This is a perfect opportunity to imbibe the sights, sounds and smells of Africa and is surely the most intimate safari experience. Senses are heightened and adrenaline flows at the prospect of coming face to face with animals in the wild.
Our bush walk is conducted by a professional SANParks guide, with vast knowledge to impart and the experience to ensure your safety. This is an opportunity to not only see the Big Five, but the smaller creatures too and learn the many secrets of the bush.
For those who would prefer not to take the bush walk, there is free time to relax at the camp. A welcome brunch is served after the walk and then there is time to relax before the afternoon game drive.
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.
After our final morning game drive, we have breakfast and then head back to Johannesburg, game spotting as we travel out of the park.
Our journey will take approximately six hours and we arrive in the late afternoon. Guests are dropped at their hotel or guesthouse or, for a small extra cost, at OR Tambo International Airport.
And so our exhilarating 6 Day Kruger National Park Safari comes to an end.
An option on one day of the tour is to opt out of a morning game drive and explore the famous Panorama Route instead.
This spectacular route takes in the magnificent Blyde River Canyon, Lisbon Waterfalls, God's Window and the Three Rondavels. Leaving early in the morning, we break our drive to have breakfast in one of the quaint towns en-route and return to Kruger Park around 11:00.
The option to see the Panorama Route is only available on the middle days of the tour.
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.
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 2015 to 30 September 2016
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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.
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.
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.
For more information about budget Kruger Park Safari options please contact African Budget Safaris.
For up-to-date and confirmed pricing info for optional items, please drop us an enquiry.
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.