Explore the world-renowned Kruger National Park on this action-packed 7-day Kruger Park Bungalow Safari that gives budget travellers superb game viewing and photographic opportunities in one of Africa's best game reserves.
This comprehensive Kruger Park Safari embarks on exciting morning and afternoon game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles with trained safari guides. Experience an exhilarating bush walk in the vast Kruger Park, home to the Big Five and an abundance of birds and other African wildlife species, such as zebra, giraffe, African wild dog and cheetah.
Stay inside Kruger Park at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp in comfortable en-suite bungalows with air-conditioning. This affordable Kruger Bungalow Safari includes transfers, game viewing drives, a SANParks morning bush walk, SAN Parks sunset drive, professional safari guides, park entry fees, meals and drinks on the itinerary, and an optional Panorama Route tour.
This accommodated budget safari in Kruger Park offers excellent value-for-money for the African safari adventure of a lifetime!
The 7-day budget Kruger Park Bungalow Safari starts in the bustling city of Johannesburg where you will be collected from your pre-tour accommodation (hotel/guesthouse) between 06h00 and 08h00.
First, we travel to our pre-tour lodge at OR Tambo Airport in an air-conditioned minibus. At the lodge you board a larger bus with other safari groups and travel to Nelspruit Airport (KMIA), arriving between 12h00 and 13h00. Then, at KMIA your tour group switches to a minibus for the onward journey to Kruger National Park.
Entering the game-rich Kruger Park of South Africa, we make our way to Pretoriuskop Rest Camp, in the southwestern region of Kruger Park. The game viewing adventure begins as soon as we enter the gates of this diverse game park, covering nearly two million hectares of unspoilt wilderness. Upon arrival at Pretoriuskop (between 15h00 and 16h00), 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 game parks. The Kruger camps are all fenced in to protect visitors from the numerous predators inhabiting the national park. Your safari guide will inform you of the game drive departure times and provide a brief orientation of the facilities at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp, which features a shop, cafeteria, restaurant and swimming pool.
Shortly after arriving, we embark on our first game viewing adventure in the African bush, going in search of the abundant wildlife inhabiting this expansive 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 our Pretoriuskop camp, there will be some free time before dinner, which is served at the dining facility shown to you by the field guide earlier.
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 buy alternative drinks from 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 day of game viewing in Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s best game reserves.
In the rare case that Pretoriuskop 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.
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 Park 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 an exciting 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. Take a refreshing dip in the large pool or set off on the self-guided walk around the perimeter of the camp, watching for birds and animals in the natural vegetation. Sit back and relax at the restaurant, watching for hippos and other wildlife in the dam.
Later, we embark on an afternoon game drive in our specially designed, open 4x4 safari vehicle that provides the best visibility. Afternoon game drives 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 dining facility.
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 Kruger Park. The game viewing drive is followed by brunch back at the rest camp, after which you are free to rest or enjoy the facilities at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp.
The afternoon game drive takes you back into African bush to encounter the diverse wildlife of Kruger Park. The game viewing drive lasts for about three to four hours, returning to camp before the gates close.
Back at our Kruger camp there is time to freshen up before dinner, which will be served in the centrally located dinning facility.
Day four and five of this Kruger Park Safari follow the same itinerary as day three, taking morning and afternoon game viewing drives with free time at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp to rest and enjoy the facilities.
On day six we wake up early and venture into the African bush on foot for an exhilarating morning walk in Kruger Park.
This morning bush walk lasts for about three or four hours and is a SAN Parks Bush walk, conducted by a Parks ranger; which means that there may be other guests joining the walk.
One of the advantages of spending more time in Kruger Park is that you have enough time to encounter the flora and fauna up-close on an exciting bush walk.
Bush walks offer visitors the opportunity to appreciate the smaller animals, as well as the diverse plant and birdlife found in Kruger Park. You also get to learn more about the various habitats and wildlife within Kruger Park from your knowledgeable safari guide.
The safari guides are experienced and professional, showing visitors signs of animal activity and tracking animal movements in the bush. Your guide will be armed to ensure your safety on this adventure-filled walk amongst Africa’s wild animals.
The intimate safari experience of a bush walk gives you a real feel for this remarkable wilderness area and its fascinating wildlife. You get to truly see and smell the African bush, listening to its sounds and appreciating it on the ground. If you prefer not to join the morning bush walk then this time is free for you to rest and enjoy the camp facilities at your leisure.
Having worked up a healthy appetite on our bush walk we return to the Pretoriuskop Rest Camp for brunch. After breakfast you are free to rest and relax at the rest camp, until we head out on an afternoon game drive in search of Kruger Park’s diverse wildlife. Heading back to Pretoriuskop Rest Camp in the early evening, we enjoy a delicious South African meal and relax after another rewarding day of game viewing in this spectacular protected area.
On the final day of this 7-day Kruger Park Safari we get an early start, so that we can enjoy one last Kruger 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 National 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 post-tour 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 doing a free Panorama Route tour in place of a day of game viewing on day two to six.
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. We spend the day exploring the natural highlights of the Panorama Route, such as the Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels, Lisbon Waterfalls and God’s Window, returning to Kruger between 17h00 and 18h00.
You can replace the day of game viewing of your choice with the Panorama Route trip, deciding which day you prefer to replace during the course of your safari.
Please Note: The free Panorama Route tour is not available on the first and last day of the safari, due to the long travelling distances and time constraints.
South Africa's flagship national park, Kruger National Park is world-renowned for its superb game viewing and is one of Africa's largest game parks. 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.
Accommodation is in air-conditioned bungalows with en-suite shower and toilet facilities. These comfortable chalets are fitted with beds and small kitchens with a bar fridge, kettle and mini-stove. Linen, towels and soap are provided. Each bungalow has a patio area consisting of an open area for braaing (barbecuing) and a covered part for simply sitting outdoors.
This 7-day Kruger National Park Budget Safari is also available as shorter 3-day, 4-day, 5-day and 6-day safari packages.
The 6-day 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 upgraded camping option where guests stay at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp in huts 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.
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 information on rates please follow the link.
For more information about the different Kruger Park Safari packages please contact African Budget Safaris.
For up-to-date and confirmed pricing info for optional items, please drop us an enquiry.
The Panorama Route Day Tour will replace one of the days of game viewing 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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