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6 Day Budget Kruger Park Camping Safari

Tour Length6 days
Priced from pps $1004 R14320 £761 879 A$1409 C$1335 NZ$1451 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

The 6-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 in this world famous game park.

On this Kruger Safari we camp inside Kruger Park at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp enjoying our meals and the facilities at camp between our game drives. We venture out into the bush on a morning and afternoon game drive in search of Africa's Big Five and more, on day two, three and four. On day five we explore Kruger Park on foot taking a guided bush walk and heading 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 can be added and entails exploring the impressive Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels, Bourkes Luck Potholes and God's Window in place of a day of game viewing.

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 safari starts off in the bustling city of Johannesburg. The safari departs from OR Tambo airport at around 8h00, or at 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. We arrive at South Africa's flagship game reserve in the afternoon, between 15h00 and 16h00.

Entering the park the game viewing begins as we drive to Pretoriuskop Rest Camp. Arriving at Pretoriuskop your guide shows you to your pre-erected tent and then it is time for our first exciting sunset game drive in the vast Kruger Park.

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 SANParks game drive.

On our return to camp, there is time to freshen up before dinner, served in the dining facility. Typically dinner is a traditional South African meal, to introduce guests to South African cuisine. This tasty local meal can be accompanied by South African wine or alternative drinks both of which you can purchase at the camp shop.

After dinner, you may meet fellow guests around the campfire, under a canopy of stars and relive the day's bush experiences.

  • Meals - Dinner

Day 2 - 4: Kruger National Park - South Africa

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. Pretoriuskop is the oldest camp in Kruger Park with good services and much to see and do, including bird watching and visiting historical highlights in the area. 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 Pretoriuskop Camp, there is time to freshen up before dinner.

Alternatively, you can enjoy an optional Panorama Route tour instead of the game drives on day two, three, four or five.

  • Meals - Breakfast / Dinner

Day 5: Kruger National Park - South Africa

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.

  • Meals - Breakfast / Dinner

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

After our final morning game drive, we have breakfast and then we leave Kruger Park, game spotting as we travel out of the park.

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.

And so our exhilarating 6 Day Kruger National Park Safari comes to an end.

  • Meals - Breakfast

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, four or five of your safari.

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, 4 or 5 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.

About Pretoriuskop Rest Camp

Pretoriuskop is the oldest rest camp in Kruger National Park, located in the southwestern section of the park near Numbi Gate and the impressive Shabeni Hill formation.

This classical Kruger camp has rambling lawns, a natural rock swimming pool and a shaded camping area located along the camp fence, allowing for wildlife spotting in the surrounding wilderness. Pretoriuskop is a large camp, ideal for relaxing in nature, bird watching and resting between game drives. There are also historical sites in the area, such as an original Voortrekker trade route south-east of Pretoriuskop, the birthplace of famous Staffordshire-Bullterrier cross - Jock of the Bushveld and the Albasini Ruins.

Keep an eye out for kudu, waterbuck, sable and Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, as well as wild dogs, rhinos and elephants. Despite the tall grasses, woodlands and granite hills around camp, leopards and buffalos are often seen in the area, which is also one of the few places in Kruger where red duiker and oribi can be seen.

Stay in spacious tents equipped with beds, mattresses, duvets and pillows. Kitchen and ablution facilities are shared and frequently serviced, and towels and soap are included. The camp has a cafeteria, shop, restaurant and laundry facilities.

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. 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 tour option where guests stay in huts with beds. Ablution and kitchen facilities are shared and serviced frequently. The basic huts feature ceiling fans and standard huts a small fridge and air-conditioning. Contact us for more details about the upgraded tour option.

The 6-day Kruger Park Bungalow Safari follows a similar itinerary but includes accommodation in air-conditioned, en-suite chalets at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp.

View more Kruger Park Safaris with African Budget Safaris or 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.
  • Panorama Route Tour

Please Note:

The Panorama Route Day Tour will replace a day of game viewing included on the itinerary; this optional activity needs to be pre-booked and pre-paid

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.
  • Panorama Route Tour

Please Note:

The Panorama Route Day Tour will replace a day of game viewing included on the itinerary; this optional activity needs to be pre-booked and pre-paid

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
  • Panorama Route tour (optional)
  • Pick up and drop off at points other than OR Tambo Airport
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