This 3-day Kruger Park Bungalow Safari is an ideal opportunity to experience the world-renowned Kruger National Park and the thrill of game drives in 4x4 safari vehicles designed for the best game viewing experience.
Our accommodation is at Skukuza, the largest and most popular camp in Kruger, in air conditioned, en-suite bungalows. Skukuza overlooks the Sabie River at a spot on the river populated by hippo. The Kruger National Park is home to the Big 5 as well as other wildlife in abundance. We experience morning, afternoon and sunset game drives, which allows lots of opportunity for great photographs and memories.
The Kruger Bungalow Safari package includes game drives, safari guides, park entry fees, meals and drinks showed on the itinerary and an optional Panorama Route day trip. Excellent value for an exciting Kruger National Park experience!
The three-day Kruger Park Bungalow Safari starts off in the bustling city of Johannesburg where you will be collected from your pre-tour accommodation (hotel / guesthouse). Collection can be arranged from the OR Tambo International Airport between 6:30 and 8:00am at a small extra cost. From Johannesburg we travel east to the Kruger National Park, South Africa’s premier game reserve, in an air-conditioned transfer vehicle. We stop for lunch (own account) in a small town along the way, arriving at the famous Kruger Park in the afternoon.
Entering the vast Kruger reserve we make our way to Skukuza Rest Camp (or Berg-en-Dal from 01 August), located on the banks of the Sabie River in the heart of this nearly 2 million hectare national park. The game viewing begins as soon as we enter the gates of this diverse game park, heading to Skukuza, the largest rest camp inside Kruger National Park. The camp is located in the south of the park, an area popular with wild dogs and possible black rhino spotting.
Upon arrival at Skukuza rest camp your safari guide will help you check into your air-conditioned, en suite bungalow accommodation inside Kruger National Park, one of Africa's top Big Five national parks. The Kruger camps are all fenced in to protect visitors from the predators inhabiting the game park. Your safari guide will inform you of the game drive departure times and provide a brief orientation of the facilities at Skukuza camp, which features dining facilities, a shop, Internet café and swimming pools.
After settling in at Kruger Park’s most popular rest camp we embark on our first game viewing adventure in the African bush, in search of the abundant wildlife inhabiting this expansive park.
This sunset 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 official 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 SANPark game drive.
Back at our Skukuza rest camp there will be some free time before dinner, which is served at the private dining facility shown to you by the field guide in the morning. Dinner will be the hearty culinary treat of a traditional South African meal, giving you a taste of truly South African cuisine, prepared by your hostess. This tasty local meal includes fine South African wine or an alternative such as a soft drink, bottled water or beer, which can be arranged with your hostess.
After dinner you can relax around the camp fire and recount the wildlife adventures of your first day of game viewing in Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s best game reserves.
As of 01 August 2017 accommodation will be at Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp instead of Skukuza. In the rare case that Berg-en-Dal is fully booked, we stay at either Skukuza or Pretoriuskop rest camps. When you enquire about the tour we will inform you if an alternative to Berg-en-Dal rest camp is to be used.
An early morning wake up call from your safari guide gets the day started with the rising time depending on when the park gates open. The opening hours of Kruger gates vary in different seasons according to Kruger Park management practises. Once you are up you can head to the dining area at the rest camp for coffee or tea and rusks (local tea biscuits).
After the morning snack we set off on a morning game drive, an excellent time of day for game viewing, in an open 4x4 safari vehicle. The morning bush drive lasts for about three to four hours and follows routes that provide superb photographic and game viewing opportunities.
Upon our return from the morning drive brunch will be served at one of the dining facilities at Skukuza rest camp. Brunch is followed by leisure time at the Kruger camp during which you are free to enjoy the camp facilities or take a rest. Facilities at Skukuza rest camp include a museum, swimming pools and a shop selling African curios, food and drinks. Otherwise you could relax on the restaurant viewing deck overlooking the Sabie River or explore the bush camp on foot.
Later in the afternoon (times depend on the season and gate closing times) we set off on an afternoon game drive in a safari vehicle adapted for game viewing in the bush. Late afternoon drives are a great time for spotting and photographing wildlife in the African bush. After the game drive you have time to freshen up at your en-suite Kruger camp chalets before dinner, which will be served in the centrally located dining facility.
Alternatively you can set off on a free Panorama Route tour instead of game viewing.
On our final day on safari in Kruger Park we get an early start, so that we can embark on a morning game drive in the protected area.
After our morning game drive we have breakfast at camp, before departing from Skukuza in an enclosed, air-conditioned vehicle. We enjoy one last en route game drive as we leave Kruger Park, keeping an eye out for any wildlife we may have missed on the previous drives and photographing animals en route.
From Kruger National Park we take a six hour drive back to Johannesburg, arriving at your hotel, guest house, or at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport (small extra cost) where this Budget Kruger Park Safari ends.
You have the option of exploring South Africa’s renowned Panorama Route from Kruger, instead of game viewing on day two.
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 free 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 Skukuza between 17h00 and 18h00.
You can decide if you want to replace the game drives on day two with the Panorama Route activity, during the course of your safari.
Please Note: The free Panorama Route excursion is not available on the first and last day of the safari, due to the long travelling distances and time constraints.
Stay in en-suite chalets fitted with beds, linen, towels and soap. These air-conditioned chalets feature a small fridge and mosquito netting on the doors and windows.
South Africa's flagship national park, Kruger National Park is world-renowned for its superb game viewing and is one of Africa's largest and best game reserves. Kruger National Park is home to an unsurpassed diversity of African wildlife (including the Big Five) and is considered a world leader in advanced environmental policies and management techniques.
Skukuza is a well-vegetated camp set among big indigenous trees along the Sabie River inside the vast Kruger Park. Lions are frequently sighted in the Skukuza area, as well as a variety of other wild animals, including the Big Five, along with an array of bird species. Within Skukuza camp, which acts as the headquarters for conservation and research in Kruger Park, you can spot the nocturnal fruit bat as well as tree-climbing bush baby and genets.
Located on the banks of the Matjulu Spruit in the south-western part of Kruger Park, Berg-en-Dal is surrounded by rocky hills and dry riverbeds. This is one of the newer camps in Kruger Park (opened in 1984), and much of the natural woodland vegetation remains in tact. The rugged mountainous area around the camp features some unusual plant species, and big trees along the riverbeds, including red bush-willow and magic guarri.
The woodlands and grassy plains between the hills attract plenty of herbivores, including kudu, impala, reedbuck, klipspringer, grey rhebok and giraffe. White rhino, leopard and African wild dog are often spotted near Berg-en-Dal, and sometimes elephant.
This tour departs daily on request, but tour departures are subject to availability in the Kruger Park, South Africa's most popular national park and top tourist destination.
This three-day accommodated Kruger National Park Safari is also available as a four, five, six and seven day safari package. The 3 Days Kruger Park Camping Safari follows a similar itinerary to this accommodated Kruger safari, but includes camping accommodation at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp instead.
There is also an basic accommodated option at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp, where guests stay in huts fitted with beds. Ablution and kitchen facilities are shared. For the basic accommodated tour price see the full pricing or contact us for more details. For more information please contact African Budget Safaris.
Please note that we offer convenient pre and post tour lodge accommodation for before and after your Kruger Park 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.
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