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This 4-day Budget Kruger Camping Tour sets out from Johannesburg heading straight to Kruger Park, arriving at Pretoriuskop Camp in time to embark on a sunset game drive. We camp inside Kruger Park at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp enjoying our meals and the facilities at camp between our game viewing adventures.
On day two and three we venture out into the bush on morning and afternoon game drives in search of Africa's Big Five and other wildlife found in the vast Kruger Park. An optional scenic Panorama Route day trip is included in the tour price instead of the game drives on day two or three. We take one last exhilarating game drive in Kruger Park, home to a staggering abundance of diverse plants, wild animals and birds on the final morning of this camping safari.
An excellent value-for-money short getaway to South Africa's flagship Kruger National Park.
We leave dynamic Johannesburg in the early morning, collecting our guests from their pre-tour hotel or guesthouse between 06h00 and 8h00. First, we drive to our airport lodge near OR Tambo in a minibus. Here we join other guests and continue to Nelspruit Airport (KMIA) in a larger bus. Arriving at KMIA between 12h00 and 13h00 you board a minibus and transfer to Kruger National Park.
We travel to the beautiful province of Mpumalanga, meaning 'the place where the sun rises' and home to the iconic Kruger National Park. The game viewing adventure begins as soon as we enter the vast Kruger Park making our way to Pretoriuskop Rest Camp inside the reserve. En route to our overnight campsite, we keep our eyes open for the unbelievable diversity of wildlife found in this open African wilderness area.
Upon arrival at Pretoriuskop Camp, your safari guide is there to meet you and show you to your pre-erected tents. We arrive between 15h00 and 16h00, in time to join the sunset game drive in Kruger.
Our ranger is a SANParks professional guide who takes us out in a Kruger Park safari vehicle, possibly with other visitors to the park. The SANParks guides are not bound by the Kruger Park gate normal closing times, so there is no danger of missing any exciting moments due to time constraints.
When the sun goes down the nocturnal animals begin to stir as this is their most active time. This is your chance to see the predators on the move so look out for lion, leopard and cheetah, with the aid of the vehicle's spotlights.
The drive lasts for about 3 hours and then it's back to camp to freshen up before dinner. This is your introduction to South African cuisine, so expect a typical South African meal, which is served with a complimentary glass of wine. You may also purchase other drinks from the camp shop. After dinner you can sit back and relax around the campfire, under the stars, recounting the day's exciting adventures in the bush.
Please Note: Children under the age of six are not permitted on the SANParks game drive.
As is traditional on safari the day starts early, with a wake-up call from our tour guide. There is coffee, tea and rusks (a dry biscuit for dunking) available in the dining room.
Once the camp gates are open we embark on a thrilling game drive in search of the vast diversity of animals and birdlife resident in the Kruger Park. Early morning is the best time for game viewing as the animals are most active, visiting waterholes and feeding before the heat of the day drives them to seek shade.
Established in 1898, the Kruger Park is home to Africa's 'Big Five'. Kruger Park is well known for its carnivores, particularly the big cats - lion, leopard and cheetah, but also hyena and wild dog. However, the carnivores are significantly outnumbered by the herbivores, such as zebra, elephant, buffalo, giraffes and a wide variety of antelope. There is prolific birdlife with the majority of South Africa's raptors resident in the park. A feast of wildlife waiting to be discovered and our experienced ranger knows all the best routes for game viewing and photo ops.
After 3 or 4 hours we return to camp for a welcome hearty brunch, followed by free time to cool off in the pool, do some bird watching and relax at the pleasant camp.
Late in the afternoon we go out again in our 4x4 safari vehicle in search of the nocturnal creatures. We will probably enjoy a spectacular African sunset, a prelude to the evening's entertainment. On returning to Pretoriuskop Rest Camp we freshen up before our evening meal, after which we may relax around the campfire or have an early night.
Today we set out on our final game drive, looking to increase our list of animals spotted. After breakfast, we leave Kruger National Park in our minibus heading back to Johannesburg, via Nelspruit.
We drive back to Nelspruit Airport arriving between 12h30 and 13h30 and boarding a larger bus for the transfer to our post-tour lodge at OR Tambo. You can take a minibus transfer to the airport by arrangment or spend an extra night at our post-tour lodge. Alternatively, we transfer you to your selected post-tour accommodation in Johannesburg, arriving between 17h00 and 18h30.
You may choose to forego the game drives on day two or three, in favour of exploring the famous Panorama Route. This memorable journey takes in the highlights of the Panorama Route, including the Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels, God's Window and Lisbon Waterfalls.
The Panorama Route day trip sets off after breakfast (between 8h00 and 08h30) and stops for lunch (own account) in the quaint town of Graskop. After admiring the attractions of the Panorama Route, the excursion ends back at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp between 17h00 and 18h00. If you decide to embark on the Panorama Route tour, arrangements will be made with the staff during the safari.
Please Note: The Panorama trip is not available on the first and last day of the safari, due to the long travelling distances and time constraints
Pretoriuskop is the oldest rest camp in Kruger National Park, featuring the first tourist accommodation - the carefully restored Wolhuter. This historic camp is located in the south-western part of the national park near Numbi Gate and a dramatic granite feature called Shabeni Hill. The camp is large and peaceful, offering shaded camping areas, modern amenities and a natural swimming pool.
As the oldest camp in Kruger, Pretoriuskop still features exotic flowers and trees, unlike other rest camps where only indigenous species are permitted. Animals are often spotted in the diverse area around the camp even though the rocky outcrops, tall grasses and woodlands reduce visibility. Wildlife sightings include a variety of antelope species (kudu, waterbuck, sable, red duiker, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest and oribi), as well as leopards, buffalos, wild dogs, hyenas, rhinos and elephants. The camp attracts an interesting array of birds and is also close to some of the historic highlights of Kruger Park, such as the old Voortrekker trading route and the place where the famous Jock of the Bushveld was born.
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. For pricing information please follow the link.
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. Ablutions are shared and frequently serviced, with towels and soap included. The camp has a cafeteria, shop, restaurant, laundry facilities and more.
This four day Kruger National Park Safari package is also available as three-day, five-day and six-day safari options.
There is also an upgraded tour option where guests stay in huts with beds, sharing a communal kitchen and ablution facilities. The basic huts feature ceiling fans and the standard huts are fitted with a small fridge and air-conditioning. For details about the upgraded tour, options contact us.
The 4 day Kruger Park Bungalow Safari follows a similar itinerary but includes accommodation in air-conditioned, en-suite chalets at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp.
For up-to-date and confirmed pricing info for optional items, please drop us an enquiry.
The Panorama Route Tour will replace game drives included on the itinerary; therefore activity prices have already been adjusted accordingly.
Please make arrangements for optional activities when booking your safari.