On this affordable 5-day Budget Lodge Safari you stay at an intimate bush camp tucked away in Greater Kruger Park. The private camp is ideal for families and small groups in search of an authentic Big Five safari experience at a reasonable price.
Explore Kruger National Park and the Maseke Balule Game Reserve on open 4x4 game drives in the early morning and late afternoon to night. In between game drives, soak up the wilderness setting at camp and splash in the pool, keeping an eye out for visiting animals and birds.
On day one of this 5-day Kruger Park Safari, you will be collected from OR Tambo International Airport and transferred to Three Bridges in Hoedspruit. Your guide meets you at Three Bridges and drives you to the bush camp in Greater Kruger National Park.
The camp is set within an 8000-hectare wildlife management area, called Maseke Game Reserve, forming part of the Balule Private Nature Reserve. The intimate camp is thus surrounded by undulating hills with rocky ridges and mopane thickets where animals roam. You can expect to see elephant, bushbuck, kudu and other game from the comfort of the deck area that surrounds the swimming pool.
After a relaxed lunch soaking up the atmosphere of the camp, we embark on a late afternoon to night game drive. The night air comes alive with the sound of the African bush as your guide takes you in search of nocturnal predators like leopards as well as civets, porcupines, hyenas and more. We return to the camp for a delicious meal followed by drinks around the cosy campfire.
Rise early with the African sun for a quick snack and a coffee before heading into the cool morning bush on a game drive. Sharing unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park which teems with wildlife, the game viewing in this region is exceptional. One of Africa's largest reserves, the Kruger National Park boasts over 150 mammal species, over 500 birds and many reptiles, plants and trees to marvel at. We return mid-morning for a hearty breakfast.
The tranquil and intimate setting of the bush camp, surrounded by mopane woodland is all yours to enjoy. Take advantage of the sparkling pool, go for a leisurely stroll around the camp or just relax on the deck and soak in the ambience of this family-friendly retreat.
Lunch is served in the afternoon and later we depart for an afternoon to night game drive. Exploring from a set location over a few days gives you an intimate knowledge of the movements and rhythms of the animals and the bush. The expert safari guides are there to make sure that you get the most out of your safari experience. The cooler times of day, early mornings and late afternoon to evenings are the times of most activity in the bush. Expect to see any of the Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo - or with some luck, all five! In addition to the iconic Big Five, you'll come across all sorts of other game from giraffe to duiker, zebras to impala and hyenas to honey badgers and wild dogs. Every outing is unique and you never know what is hiding in the grass nearby.
After the exhilaration of the nighttime game viewing, we return to the bush camp to relax and eat a sumptuous meal. After dinner, we take part in the age-old tradition of sharing stories around the campfire. Flames leap and jump, lions roar in the distance and a blanket of stars stretches overhead. Days two, three and four follow a similar itinerary, offering a balance between leisure time at the bush camp and game viewing in the open 4x4 vehicles.
On the final day of this 5-day Kruger Park Safari, we wake early and take one last game drive in the world-renowned Kruger Park. Returning to the bush camp for the last time we enjoy a hearty breakfast prepared by the camp staff.
After breakfast, it is time to depart and you will be taken to the collection point at Three Bridges. From there, you are transferred back to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg where your intimate African safari experience comes to an end.
Please note: Pick-up and drop-off can also be arranged for the Sasol Fuel Station in Persequor Park, Pretoria.
The bush camp is set in the undulating hills of the Maseke Balule Game Reserve. Part of the Greater Kruger Park the reserve shares unfenced borders with the national park, allowing game to move freely between the two protected areas. The camp is located near the Olifants River, in a diverse area providing a variety of habitats for animals, birds and small creatures.
Fringed by mopane woodlands, this family-friendly camp sleeps only 10 people. The small size and remote location of the camp creates an intimate atmosphere for an authentic safari experience. Common sightings from the game viewing deck beside the sparkling pool include elephant, kudu, bushbuck and other antelope.
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