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 a free Panorama Route day tour. 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.
This 5-Day Kruger Park Camping Safari departs from the megacity of Johannesburg, South Africa. Guests are collected from their pre-tour lodge, hotel or guesthouse in a minibus between 06h00 and 8h00 and transferred to our airport lodge. At the lodge near OR Tambo, we join other guests and continue to Nelspruit Airport (KMIA) in a larger bus. Arriving at KMIA between 12h00 and 13h00 your tour group switches to a minibus for the rest of the transfer to Kruger National Park.
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. 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 campfire looking back on your rewarding day in the African bush or head off to bed for a well-deserved rest.
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 free Panorama Route tour instead of game viewing on day two, three or four.
(Breakfast and Dinner included)
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)
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)
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.
You have the option of exploring South Africa’s renowned Panorama Route from Kruger, in place of one of the days of game viewing.
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 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 visiting the scenic attractions on the Panorama Route we return to Kruger, arriving back at Pretoriuskop between 17h00 and 18h00.
You can replace the game drives on day two, three or four with the Panorama Route trip, deciding which day 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.