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5 Day Kruger Park Budget Camping Safari

Tour Length5 days
Priced from pps $850 R12120 £644 744 A$1192 C$1130 NZ$1228 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Camping Safari

  • Max. Group Size 10 Travellers
  • Starts & ends in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Accommodation Lodge & Camping Combo
  • Transport Microbus / Open 4x4 Game Viewing Vehicle
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Leopards, Lions, Rhino & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

This 5-day Budget Kruger Camping Tour sets out from Johannesburg to Kruger Park, arriving at Pretoriuskop Camp inside Kruger in time to embark on a sunset game viewing drive.

On day two and three we venture out into the untamed bush on a morning and afternoon game drive in search of Africa's Big Five and other magnificent wildlife and birds found in Kruger Park. On day four we take a guided bush walk and head back into the African bush on an afternoon game drive. One of the days of game viewing can be replaced with an optional Panorama Route day tour at an additional cost. 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 excellent value-for-money safari getaway to 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 5-Day Kruger Park Camping Safari departs from the megacity of Johannesburg, South Africa. The safari departs from OR Tambo airport at around 8h00, or 8h30 from two departure points near OR Tambo airport, where we can arrange pre-tour accommodation for you at an additional cost. Here you will meet up with other guests and continue to Nelspruit Airport (KMIA) in a larger bus. Arriving at KMIA between 12h00 and 13h00 you switch to an air-conditioned minibus for the remainder of your transfer to Kruger National Park, South Africa’s premier game reserve.

The game viewing begins as soon as we enter Kruger, heading to Pretoriuskop Rest Camp where your safari guide is waiting to show you to your pre-erected tent. We arrive between 15h00 and 16h00, in time for the sunset game drive in the vast Kruger Park.

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 SANParks game drive.

Back at camp, there is some free time to freshen up before dinner, which is served at the ideally located dining facility. Dinner is a traditional South African meal, prepared by your host to give you a real taste of South African cuisine. 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 campfire 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 Pretoriuskop rest camp. After breakfast, there is time to enjoy a swim, take a nap or visit the park shop to browse African curios and stock up on snacks and drinks.

We then embark on an afternoon game drive (times depend on the season and gate closing times) in our open 4x4 safari vehicle. After our afternoon game drive, we return to Pretoriuskop Rest Camp in time to freshen up before your evening meal to be served at the camp.

You also have the option of doing a Panorama Route tour instead of game viewing on day two, three or four at an extra cost.

(Breakfast and Dinner included)

Day 3: 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 camp where a tasty brunch will be served. There is some free time after breakfast for you to enjoy the camp's spacious grounds and facilities, watching for birds and even animals.

In the afternoon we head out again on a game drive, returning to camp just before the gates close. Back at Pretoriuskop Camp, there is time to freshen up before dinner which will be served in the ideally situated dining area.

(Breakfast and Dinner included)

Day 4: Kruger National Park - South Africa

Five days in Kruger Park is long enough 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 SANParks 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 SANParks 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 camp, where you can enjoy your brunch. Then you have time to relax before your afternoon game drive in the open safari vehicle.

As on the previous days, you return to camp 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 5: 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 Nelspruit Airport arriving between 12h30 and 13h30 and boarding a larger bus set for the lodge at OR Tambo. From here you can transfer to alternative post-tour accommodation in Johannesburg, arriving between 17h00 and 18h30. Alternatively, you can transfer to the airport by arrangement or spend an extra night at our post-tour lodge near the airport.

(Breakfast included)

Optional Panorama Route Tour:

You have the option of exploring South Africa’s renowned Panorama Route from Kruger, instead of game viewing on day two, three or four of your safari at an additional cost.

One of the most scenic parts of South Africa, the Panorama Route highlights include the Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels, God’s Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes and Graskop Gorge, where you can take the lift down into the gorge and vivid, green forest below: have a look at the experience. The Panorama Route Excursion departs between 08h00 and 08h30, stopping in one of the quaint towns along the way for lunch (excluded). After visiting the scenic attractions on the Panorama Route we return to Kruger, arriving back at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp between 17h00 and 18h00.

Please Note: The optional Panorama Route excursion is not available on the first and last day of the safari, due to the long travelling distances and time constraints. If you wish to book this tour for day 2, 3 or 4 of your safari, please let your consultant know and they can arrange on your behalf and advise on the tour cost.

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. For pricing information please follow the link.

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. Ablutions are shared and frequently serviced, with towels and soap included.

Tour Options:

This five day Kruger National Park Safari package is also available as a three day, four day and six-day safari option. For more information please contact African Budget Safaris.

There is also an upgraded tour option offering basic accommodation in huts with beds. Kitchen and ablution facilities are shared and serviced frequently. The basic huts feature a ceiling fan and standard huts a fridge and air-conditioning unit. For the upgraded tour, details contact us.

The 5 day Kruger Park Bungalow Safari follows a similar itinerary but includes accommodation in air-conditioned, en-suite chalets at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp.

About Pretoriuskop Rest Camp in Kruger Park

Pretoriuskop Rest Camp lies in south-western Kruger Park in a diverse area of woodlands, grasslands and rocky granite hills. As the oldest rest camp in Kruger Park, Pretoriuskop is a great place to explore the historic highlights of Kruger including the first tourist hut, built at camp in 1930.

This accessible Kruger Camp, near Numbi Gate, features rambling lawns, exotic vegetation and a natural rock pool for swimming. Facilities include a shop, restaurant, shared kitchen and cafeteria, amongst other conveniences. The historic Pretoriuskop Rest Camp is named after the nearby hill where Voortrekker Willem Pretorius is buried, not far from the dramatic granite dome called Shabeni Hill.

Wildlife and birds 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 birthplace of the famed Jock of the Bushveld.

Check out more Kruger Park Safaris with African Budget Safaris or read about Kruger National Park. For more information about budget Kruger Park Safari options please contact African Budget Safaris.

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.
  • Optional Panorama Route Tour (replacing game drives)

Please Note:

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.

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  • Additional night game drives and bush walks can be arranged with your safari guide at extra cost.
  • Optional Panorama Route Tour (replacing game drives)

Please Note:

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.

+Included in the Tour Price
  • Transport for the duration of your safari
  • Pick Up and Drop Off at OR Tambo Airport
  • Professional guides (FGASA registered – Field Guides Association of Southern Africa)
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • All day drives from Pretoriuskop 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
+Not Included in the Tour Price
  • 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
  • Optional Panorama Route Tour
  • Pick up and drop off at points other than OR Tambo Airport
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