This 4-day Kruger Park Bungalow Safari takes you on exhilarating 4x4 game drives in world-famous Kruger National Park.
Accommodation is in comfortable en-suite bungalows with air-conditioning at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp inside Kruger Park. This fantastic wildlife adventure gives budget-conscious travellers the opportunity to photograph and encounter Africa’s Big Five and an abundance of birds and other African wildlife in Kruger Park, South Africa’s leading national park.
The Kruger Bungalow Safari includes game drives, trained safari guides, park entry fees, an optional Panorama Route trip, meals and drinks on the itinerary and more – a great value-for-money Kruger Park Safari package!
This four-day Kruger Park Bungalow Safari starts in the vibrant city of Johannesburg where you will be collected from your pre-tour accommodation (hotel/guesthouse) between 6h00 and 8h00 in an air-conditioned minibus. First stop is our pre-tour lodge at OR Tambo Airport where you board a larger bus with other tour groups and travel to Nelspruit Airport (KMIA), arriving between 12h00 and 13h00.
At KMIA your tour group boards a minibus for the onward journey to Kruger National Park, South Africa’s premier game reserve. Entering the game-rich Kruger reserve we make our way to Pretoriuskop Rest Camp near Numbi Gate. The game viewing begins as soon as we enter the gates of this diverse game park. Arrive at Pretoriuskop camp between 15h00 and 16h00, meet your safari guide and check into your air-conditioned, en-suite bungalow accommodation inside Kruger National Park.
Then, we embark on our first game viewing drive in search of the abundant wildlife inhabiting this expansive game 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 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 SANParks game drive.
Back at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp, there will be some free time before dinner, which is served in a private dining area at camp. 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 you can purchase alternative drinks at the camp shop.
After dinner, you can retire to your chalet for a good night’s rest or relax around the campfire recollecting the wildlife adventures of your first game viewing drive in Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s best game reserves. The Kruger camps are all fenced in to protect visitors from the predators inhabiting Kruger, one of Africa's top Big Five national parks.
In the rare case that Pretoriuskop Rest Camp is fully booked, we stay at either Skukuza or Berg-en-Dal rest camps. When you inquire about the tour we will inform you if an alternative to Pretoriuskop Rest Camp is to be used.
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.
Pretoriuskop is the oldest rest camp in Kruger National Park, featuring the first tourist accommodation - the carefully restored Wolhuter. This historic camp is located in the south-western part of the national park near Numbi Gate and a dramatic granite feature called Shabeni Hill. The camp is large and peaceful, offering shaded camping areas, modern amenities and a natural swimming pool.
As the oldest camp in Kruger, Pretoriuskop still features exotic flowers and trees, unlike other rest camps where only indigenous species are permitted. Animals 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 place where the famous Jock of the Bushveld was born.
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 practices. Once you are up you can head to the dining facility 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 Pretoriuskop 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 Pretoriuskop include a swimming pool, restaurant, shop and cafeteria.
Then we embark on an afternoon game drive in a specially designed, open 4x4 safari vehicle that provides the best visibility for optimal game viewing. Late afternoon game drives on your Kruger Park safari offer great opportunities 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 of the spacious and well-equipped rest camp.
You also have the option of exploring the Panorama Route on a free day tour instead of the game drives today, or tomorrow.
Day three of the Kruger Park Bungalow Safari starts with another early morning wake up call from your safari guide.
The day again begins with a refreshing coffee or tea before we embark on an exciting morning game drive in the African bush. The game viewing drive is followed by brunch back at the rest camp, after which you are free to take a rest or enjoy the facilities at Pretoriuskop. You can do the short walking trail around the perimeter of the camp, looking out for birds and animals, or take a dip in the pool. Alternatively, relax at the restaurant and cafeteria watching for hippos and other wildlife in the dam.
The afternoon game drive takes you back into the wilderness to encounter the diverse wildlife of Kruger National Park. The game viewing drive lasts for about three to four hours, returning to Pretoriuskop camp before the camp gates close.
Back at our Kruger camp, there is time to freshen up before dinner, which is served in the private dining area.
On the final day of this 4-day Kruger Park Safari, we get an early start so that we can enjoy one last game drive in our open safari vehicle. This drive gives you a chance to photograph and tick off any of the African wildlife that you may have missed on the previous game viewing drives. The early morning game drive is followed by breakfast at camp before we leave Kruger Park.
Leaving Pretoriuskop at about 09h00 we make our way to one of the Kruger exit gates, game viewing from the enclosed transfer vehicle en route.
From Kruger National Park we drive back to Nelspruit Airport (KMIA) arriving between 12h30 and 13h30. We switch to a larger bus and proceed from KMIA to our post-tour lodge at OR Tambo, arriving at about 17h00. Airport transfers by minibus can be arranged from the lodge or you can overnight at our preferred airport lodge. Alternatively, you are transferred to your post-tour accommodation in Johannesburg in a minibus, arriving between 17h00 and 18h30.
You have the option of exploring South Africa’s renowned Panorama Route from Kruger, in place of game viewing on either day two or three.
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 Camp between 17h00 and 18h00.
You can replace game viewing on day two or three with the Panorama Route tour, deciding which day you prefer to replace during the course of your safari.
Please Note: The free Panorama Route trip is not available on the first and last day of the safari, due to the long travelling distances and time constraints.
Stay in comfortable chalets with en-suite toilet and shower facilities. The bungalows are fitted with beds and linen, towels and soap are included. These air-conditioned chalets feature small kitchen areas with a bar fridge, kettle and stove plates. Each bungalow has a patio with open and covered areas for making a barbecue (braai) and sitting outdoors.
This four-day Kruger National Park Safari is also available as a shorter three-day safari or as longer five, six and seven day Kruger safari packages.
The 4 Days Kruger Park Camping Safari follows a similar itinerary to this accommodated Kruger safari, but includes camping accommodation at Pretoriuskop Restcamp instead.
There is also an upgraded camping option at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp, where guests stay in huts fitted with beds. The ablutions are shared and serviced frequently. For the upgraded camping tour price see the full pricing or contact us for more details.
For more information about budget Kruger Park Safaris 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 on Pre and Post tour accommodation follow the Link.
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.
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