Explore the world-renowned Kruger National Park on this action-packed 7-day Kruger Park Bungalow Safari that gives budget travelers 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 Skukuza rest camp in comfortable en-suite bungalows with air-conditioning. This affordable Kruger Bungalow Safari includes airport transfers, game viewing drives, a SAN Parks 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) or at a small extra cost, from the OR Tambo International Airport between 6:30 and 8:00am.
From Johannesburg we travel east to the Kruger National Park, South Africa’s premier game reserve, in an air-conditioned 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 game-rich Kruger Park of South Africa, we make our way to Skukuza rest camp, located on the banks of the Sabie River in the heart of this nearly 2 million hectare national park. The game viewing adventure begins as soon as we enter the gates of this diverse game park, heading to Skukuza, the largest rest camp inside Kruger National Park.
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 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 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 drive adventure into the African bush 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 SANPark game drive.
Back at our Skukuza rest camp there will be some free time before dinner, which is served at the 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 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.
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 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 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.
Then we embark on an afternoon game drive in our specially designed, open 4x4 safari vehicle that provides the best visibility. Late 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 conveniently located 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 Skukuza 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 Skukuza 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 Skukuza 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 facilities at Skukuza camp at your leisure.
Having worked up a healthy appetite on our bush walk we return to the Skukuza 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.
We return to Skukuza camp in the early evening to 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 Park.
Leaving Skukuza 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 take the 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 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.
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 camp 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.
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.
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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