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5 Day Kruger Park Budget Lodge Safari

Tour Length5 days
Priced from pps $788 R11355 £626 697 A$1099 C$1055 NZ$1160 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Lodge Safari

  • Max. Group Size 16 Travellers
  • Traveller Age Range 6 and up
  • Starts & ends in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Accommodation Lodge
  • Transport Microbus / Game Viewing - Open 4x4
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Leopards, Lions, Rhino & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

A great value-for-money 5 Day Kruger Park Budget Lodge Safari exploring Kruger National Park and the Greater Kruger Park area.

Stay in comfortable tented accommodation at a carefully selected safari lodge located in the Greater Kruger bushveld. Highlights on this affordable Kruger adventure include:

  • 4x4 Sunset game drive in a private game reserve of Greater Kruger
  • A full day of game viewing in Kruger National Park
  • A full day of exploring the scenic Panorama Route
  • Morning bush walk in the private game reserve surrounding the lodge

Choose from exciting optional activities at reasonable rates and enjoy warm African hospitality on this authentic African safari experience in South Africa's top game viewing region.

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Itinerary for this Tour

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

This Kruger Park Budget Lodge Safari kicks off early on day one, with departures from Johannesburg starting at around 5h30 in the morning.

From the dynamic city of Johannesburg, we travel some 570 km's northeast through the Limpopo Province of South Africa. After our 8 to 9 hour journey (including en route stops) we enter the Greater Kruger Park area, where our safari lodge 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 comfortable lodge inside a private game reserve of Greater Kruger we enjoy a delicious lunch. Then there is some free time to relax at the tranquil lodge 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 spotlights.

After our first wildlife adventure, we return to the safari lodge 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: Lunch & 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. Soon you will see why Kruger National Park is South Africa's top game park - the flagship national park of this diverse country.

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 lodge 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

Days 3: Panorama Route - South Africa

On day three we embark on a scenic Panorama Route trip, leaving our safari lodge in the morning.

We travel through one of the most beautiful natural areas in South Africa, the Panoramic Route, making our way along the breathtaking Drakensberg Escarpment. Along the way, we stop to admire the spectacular views and impressive rock formations at God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes and some of the spectacular waterfalls of Blyde River Canyon.

Returning to the peaceful lodge in Greater Kruger after a full day of taking in the scenic wonders of the Panorama Route, we have a wholesome dinner and sit back around the campfire.

  • Included Activities: Panorama Route Day Trip
  • Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Days 4: Greater Kruger National Park - South Africa

Day four is set aside for complete leisure in the peaceful African bush.

The lodge offers excellent optional activities at reasonable rates (own account), including a 4x4 day trip into Kruger Park for more game viewing. Alternatively, you can simply relax at the lodge, cooling off in the swimming pool and enjoying the private nature reserve surroundings.

After a day of doing what you choose, we tuck into a final dinner in the open-sided dining area of the intimate lodge. After dinner, gather around the campfire or have a drink at the bar before falling asleep to the sounds of nature.

  • Optional Activities: Full Day 4x4 Game Viewing in Kruger National Park & Private Game Reserve Big 5 Game Drive
  • Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5: Greater Kruger to Johannesburg - South Africa

Rise and shine early on the last day of this Budget Kruger Park Lodge Safari for an exhilarating bush walk! We embark on a guided morning bush walk in the Guernsey Private Game Reserve which surrounds the lodge. 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 budget-friendly Kruger Lodge 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 Highlights
  • Included Meals: Breakfast

Please Note:

Accommodation on night five 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 Lodge Accommodation on Tour

Experience an authentic African bush setting at our simple, yet elegant lodge located in the Guernsey Private Game Reserve, forming part of the Greater Kruger Park ecosystem. This private reserve is conveniently located a stone’s throw from Kruger National Park and the Panorama Route, and surrounded by private Big Five game reserves. Wildlife viewing at the lodge entails open-vehicle 4x4 game drives in both Kruger National Park and the private game reserves of Greater Kruger Park.

Stay in one of four comfortable safari tents tucked away in the bush a short walk from the main lodge areas. Each of these walk-in tents has an en-suite bathroom with a private, open-air shower, wooden interior floors and an outdoor deck extending from the front entrance. These sturdy Meru-style tents are made of thick canvas featuring a door and windows fitted with mosquito netting and zip-flap covers. These permanent tented-rooms are tastefully decorated and well-appointed providing understated style and comfort amid the natural vegetation.

Main lodge facilities 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 reserve on which the lodge is set 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 rumbling of lions or the eerie whooping of hyenas as you relax under the stars at this intimate lodge.

Please note:

If the selected safari lodge is full accommodation at a similar lodge in the same area is provided. Alternative accommodation may be at a tented lodge of the same high standards.

Optional Extras and Excursions

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  • Kruger National Park game viewing day trip
  • Big Five 4x4 game drive in Greater Kruger Park
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