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Kruger Backpackers Camping Safari

Tour Length4 days
Priced from pps $499 R7110 £378 436 A$699 C$663 NZ$721 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Camping Safari

  • Max. Group Size 16 Travellers
  • Traveller Age Range 15 and up
  • Starts & ends in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Accommodation Standard Camping
  • Transport 4x4 Vehicle / Microbus
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Exceptional Birding, Leopards, Lions, Rhino & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

This uber-affordable 4 Day Kruger Park Camping Safari explores Kruger National Park and private Greater Kruger game reserves. Camp at the private campsite of an intimate safari lodge located in the Greater Kruger bushveld. 

Highlights on this Budget Kruger Camping Tour include:

  • Open 4x4 sunset game drive in a private game reserve of Greater Kruger Park
  • Two full days of Big Five game viewing in Kruger National Park
  • Morning bush walk in the private game reserve of the camp

Experience an authentic African safari adventure in the world-famous Kruger Park and surrounding private game reserves.

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1: Johannesburg to Greater Kruger National Park - South Africa

This Kruger Backpackers Camping Safari begins early on day one, with departures from Johannesburg city starting at around 5h30 in the morning.

We travel some 570 km's northeast through the Limpopo Province of South Africa from the dynamic city of Johannesburg, known as Egoli - the 'City of Gold'. After our 8 to 9 hour journey (including en route stops) we enter the Greater Kruger Park area, where our safari camp is located. The Greater Kruger Park is South Africa's largest collective protected area, covering some two million hectares of African wilderness. The Greater Kruger consists of Kruger National Park proper and several private game reserves that share unfenced borders with the national park.

Arriving at our lodge camp inside a private game reserve of Greater Kruger we enjoy a delicious lunch. Then there is some free time to relax at the bush camp before we set off on our first exciting 4x4 game drive in the Greater Kruger. We venture into the private game reserve in open 4x4 safari vehicles on this late afternoon to evening game drive. The game drive takes us in search of the Big Five of Africa and nocturnal wildlife species that come out after dark. Along the way, we stop at a watering hole in the bush to watch the wild animals and enjoy some sundowners before proceeding into the night with powerful spotlights.

After our first wildlife adventure, we return to the safari camp for a hearty traditional South African dinner followed by an evening of leisure around the open campfire in this beautiful bush environment.

  • Included Activities: 4x4 Sunset Game Drive in a Private Big 5 Game Reserve of Greater Kruger
  • Included Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Kruger National Park - South Africa

Today we rise early in the morning and drive to nearby Kruger National Park proper. Look forward to a full day of game viewing in this outstanding Big Five wilderness area. Kruger is a world-famous safari destination, especially for sighting the Big Five of Africa - lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo.

We explore Kruger Park in search of the abundance of wildlife and birds found in this vast game reserve. The 19 485 km² Kruger National Park, one of Africa's biggest game parks, is home to about 150 mammal species, more than 500 bird species and 100 reptile species, among other life forms. We drive to parts of the Kruger that are known for excellent game sighting opportunities, to improve our chances of spotting wild animals and other creatures. Common sightings include hippos, giraffes, zebras, various antelope species and endangered African Wild Dogs.

While in the bush we stop for breakfast at one of the shaded picnic spots inside Kruger National Park, continuing our exploration after breakfast. For the remainder of the day, we go in search of Kruger's phenomenal animal and bird life, visiting active watering holes and pausing for lunch (own account) at one of the rest camps in Kruger.

In the late afternoon, we leave the national park, returning to our safari camp in Greater Kruger. Enjoy a well-prepared dinner and laze beside the campfire under starry African skies.

  • Included Activities: Full Day Kruger Park Game Drives
  • Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3: Kruger National Park - South Africa

On day three we head back out into Kruger National Park for a second day of unforgettable game viewing. Our wildlife adventure takes us in search of the multitude of wild animals and creatures that make this South Africa's top game park and flagship national park. During the heat of the day we break for lunch at one of the well-equipped rest camps in Kruger, as on the previous day.

After an action-packed day of game viewing in Kruger, we return to camp and tuck into a final dinner in the open-sided dining area. After dinner, gather around the campfire or have a drink at the bar before falling asleep to the sounds of nature.

  • Included Activities: Full Day 4x4 Wildlife Safari in Kruger National Park
  • Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4: Greater Kruger Park to Johannesburg - South Africa

Rise and shine early on the last day of this Budget Kruger Camping Tour for an exhilarating bush walk! We embark on a guided morning bush walk in the private game reserve which surrounds the camp. This nature walk is a great way to discover more about the untamed bush and see its wild inhabitants up close, focusing on the finer details of the Greater Kruger ecosystem. Your experienced and qualified nature guide will help you to identify plants, birds, smaller creatures and animal tracks as you walk through the bush.

After your bush walk, we take a leisurely drive back to Johannesburg and the bustle of civilization. On our return journey, we drive via the Blyde River Canyon and the scenic Panorama Route, stopping to see the Three Rondavels and take in the awesome views of this stunning part of South Africa.

Our affordable Kruger Camping Safari ends upon arrival back in Johannesburg, where you are transferred to the international airport or selected post-tour accommodation in Johannesburg or Pretoria.

  • Included Activities: Morning Bush Walk & Panorama Route Drive
  • Included Meals: Breakfast

Please Note:

Accommodation on night four is not included in the tour price but can be arranged at reasonable rates, when booking your safari.

International flights should not be booked for until after 10:00 pm on the final day, to ensure sufficient travel time for smooth departures.

About the Safari Campsite & Lodge

On this Kruger Backpackers Camping Safari, we camp at a carefully selected lodge situated in the Greater Kruger Area. This simple, yet elegant lodge provides an authentic African bush experience in a private game reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger Park ecosystem. The private reserve is conveniently located a stone’s throw from Kruger National Park and the Panorama Route and is surrounded by private Big Five game reserves. Thus, guests enjoy open 4x4 game drives in both Kruger National Park and the private game reserves of Greater Kruger Park from this excellent-value camp.

Accommodation is in pre-erected two-man dome tents at a private campsite in the bush overlooking a river. A camp bed and sleeping mat will be provided for some extra comfort. However, you need to bring your own sleeping bag (also available for hire), a pillow and a sleeping sheet (if you require one). The campsite facilities include hot and cold showers with flushing toilets. The camp also features an open-sided kitchen tent and dining tent.

During your stay, you are free to use the main lodge facilities which include an open-sided tented lounge, a fully-stocked bar area and a tented dining area. The lodge also has a swimming pool, shaded and open-air outdoor seating areas and decks, WiFi and an open-air boma for laid-back evenings around the campfire. The natural setting is an ideal place to unwind and retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern living. The private game reserve on which the camp is located is home to thriving birdlife and a few antelopes and other small animals. The surrounding exclusive Big Five game reserves host an array of large animals that are often heard at night. Listen for the low rumbling of lions or the eerie whooping of hyenas as you relax under the starry night skies at this intimate camp.

Please note:

If the selected lodge camp is full camping accommodation at a similar lodge in the same area is provided.

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  • 3 Breakfasts & 3 Dinners
  • Tour Transport
  • 3 Nights of Camping (with facilities)
  • Big Five Game Drive in Private Game Reserve
  • Full-day Game Drive in Kruger National Park
  • Nature Walk in Greater Kruger Area
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  • Sleeping bag (available for hire)
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