This ideal budget safari combines three of South Africa's most exciting, top travel destinations - the premier Kruger National Park, the dynamic city of Johannesburg and the cultural melting pot of Soweto Township.
The Kruger Park, Johannesburg & Soweto Tour is an action-packed wildlife and cultural African safari offering excellent value for money in a six-day adventure of a lifetime. Spend three nights inside Kruger Park enjoying exhilarating morning, afternoon and sunset game drives in this famous Big Five territory and two nights at an affordable yet comfortable lodge in vibrant Johannesburg, the City of Gold.
This great package deal includes transport during the safari, meals and drinks shown on the itinerary and game viewing drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles with professional safari guides. On this affordable safari, you not only travel into the heart of one of Africa's top wilderness areas but also get to experience authentic South African culture on a full-day Johannesburg and Soweto Tour.
Arriving in the dynamic city of Johannesburg, a transfer can be arranged from O.R. Tambo International Airport to the comfortable yet affordable lodge accommodation for your first overnight stay in Johannesburg, the City of Gold.
The four-star lodge is set on leafy grounds with a swimming pool and is conveniently situated 10-15 minutes from the airport. Relax at the peaceful lodge or take a stroll in the nearby Korsman Bird Sanctuary. This Kruger Park and Soweto Safari package includes accommodation at the lodge on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
This evening a well-prepared three-course dinner is served at the lodge.
On the morning of day two, our big bus leaves the lodge at about 08h00, travelling to Nelspruit Airport (KMIA). Arriving at KMIA between 12h00 and 13h00 your tour group boards a minibus for the onward journey to Kruger National Park.
Entering the world-renowned Kruger Park we make our way to Pretoriuskop Rest Camp, near Numbi Gate. As soon as we enter the gates of this massive wilderness area, the game viewing adventures begin! When you arrive at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp (between 15h00 and 16h00), your safari guide is there to meet you and help check you into your air-conditioned en-suite accommodation. Your guide will inform you of the game drive departure times and provide a brief orientation of the facilities at Pretoriuskop, which features a swimming pool, restaurant, cafeteria and shop.
Then, we embark on our first thrilling game viewing drive into the African bush in search of the abundant wildlife inhabiting this vast Big Five national park. The exciting Kruger game drive ends back at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp, before the gates close for the night. The sunset drive is conducted in a Kruger Park vehicle with a SAN Park’s game ranger. This is not a private game drive and children under six years are not allowed. Sunset drives are a prime time for spotting and photographing wildlife action in the African bush, as well as sighting nocturnal animals.
Back at our Kruger rest camp, there will be some free time before our three-course dinner, which is served at the open-air dining facility. Dinner will be the hearty culinary delight of a traditional South African meal, giving you a taste of truly South African cuisine, prepared by your hostess. Fine South African wine, soft drinks, bottled water or beer can be purchased at the camp's shop to enjoy with your meal. After dinner, you are free to retire or relax around the campfire recounting the wildlife adventures of your first day of game viewing in Kruger 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.
South Africa's flagship national park, Kruger 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 environmental policies and management practices. The national park incorporates nearly two million hectares of untamed wilderness, inhabited by a staggering diversity of mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, amphibians and even a few fish species.
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.
The Kruger camps are all fenced in to protect visitors from the numerous predators inhabiting the national park.
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 park management practices. Once you are up you can head to our private dining area at the rest camp for a fresh cup of coffee or tea and rusks (local tea biscuits).
After the morning snack, we set off on an exhilarating 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 our dining area within Pretoriuskop Rest Camp.
Brunch is followed by leisure time at the Kruger camp, during which you are free to enjoy the camp facilities, swim or take a rest.
Later in the afternoon (time depending on the season and gate closing times), we embark on an exciting afternoon to sunset game drive, departing from a designated meeting point. This afternoon game drive lasts about three hours and will be conducted in a specially designed open, 4x4 game viewing vehicle that provides the best visibility and photographic opportunities.
After the game drive, you have time to freshen up at the Kruger camp before a delicious dinner, served in the centrally located dining facility. Put your feet up after dinner and unwind beside the campfire under starry skies.
Day four of the Kruger Park and Soweto Tour starts with another early morning wake up call from your safari guide. The day again begins with a refreshing coffee or tea before we venture out on a morning game drive in the bush. The morning game viewing drive is followed by brunch back at the rest camp, after which you are free to rest and enjoy the facilities at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp.
An afternoon game drive takes you back into African bush to encounter the diverse wildlife of Kruger Park. The game drive departs at about 2:30 to 3:00 pm from the dining facility and takes about three to four hours. One of our experienced and knowledgeable guides conducts the game drive in an open 4x4 safari vehicle, returning to Pretoriuskop Rest Camp before the camp gates close. Back at our Kruger camp, there is time to freshen up before dinner, which will be served in the centrally located dining facility.
Day five of our safari in Kruger National Park starts bright and early so that we can enjoy one last game drive before we leave this expansive protected area.
After breakfast (at about 09h00), we depart from our camp in the untamed wilderness of Kruger Park, game viewing as we exit. Returning to Nelspruit Airport in our minibus, we arrive between 12h30 and 13h30 and switch to a larger bus for the transfer to our post-tour lodge at OR Tambo. We usually reach the lodge back in Johannesburg at about 17h00.
You have the option of exploring South Africa’s renowned Panorama Route from Kruger, instead of game viewing on day three or four of your safari.
One of the most scenic parts of South Africa, the Panorama Route highlights include the Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels, God’s Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes and Graskop Gorge, where you can take the lift down into the gorge and vivid, green forest below: have a look at the experience. The Panorama Route Excursion departs between 08h00 and 08h30, stopping in one of the quaint towns along the way for lunch (excluded). After visiting the scenic attractions on the Panorama Route we return to Kruger, arriving back at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp between 17h00 and 18h00.
Please Note: The optional Panorama Route excursion is not available on the first and last day of the safari, due to the long travelling distances and time constraints. If you wish to book this tour for day 3 or 4 of your safari, please let your consultant know and they can arrange on your behalf and advise on the tour cost.
Today we embark on an adventure-filled full-day Johannesburg and Soweto Tour, following your memorable wildlife safari in Kruger National Park. This day tour provides you with a well-rounded snapshot of South African life, taking you to the cultural and historic gems of Jo'burg and Soweto.
This exciting cultural and historical excursion visits highlights such as Freedom Square, Diepkloof Extension and Vilakazi Street, where two noble peace prize winners (Bishop Tutu and former President Nelson Mandela) lived.
On our route, we pass the third largest hospital in the world (Baragwanath Hospital), Kliptown squatter camp and the Twin Towers of Johannesburg. In Soweto, we visit the Hector Peterson Memorial Museum, commemorating the important role students played in the struggle against apartheid. We also visit South Africa's largest Roman Catholic church, the Regina Mundi Church.
Then we tuck into a truly African, traditional lunch at one of Soweto's local restaurants. A visit to Soweto gives visitors real insights into the lives of the local people in this lively neighbourhood. Soweto is the most historically significant and metropolitan township in South Africa, playing a key role in the political struggles of the late 70's and 80's.
This symbolic and vibrant urban settlement is home to diverse cultures, with all eleven of the official languages of South Africa spoken here. This bustling settlement is where trends are set, new fashions created, beats danced to and music is kept alive. Back in Johannesburg we admire panoramic views of the cityscape and take a drive through the central business district. We visit some traditional African shops and the bohemian suburb of Hillbrow.
Then we take a tour of the Apartheid Museum, a moving journey through time. At the museum we travel back to the era of segregation, gaining insight into apartheid. The history of diverse local cultures is brought to life, showing how people interacted in pre-apartheid times.
We walk through the dark past of South Africa, seeing the racial divides, political violence and the rise of black consciousness in this now unified nation. This gripping exploration covers Nelson Mandela's release after 27 years of imprisonment, as well as the final peace negotiations that followed. Visiting the Apartheid Museum is an inspiring experience, as you witness the empowering and liberating journey of so many South Africans.
The lodge manager arranges departure times for your full-day Soweto and Johannesburg Tour. After the Soweto and Johannesburg Tour, we return to the lodge where this Kruger Park, Johannesburg & Soweto Tour comes to a close.
Airport transfers are available at a small extra cost, for those catching onward flights.
The cultural melting pot of Soweto, South Africa’s biggest township or informal settlement, is of great cultural, political and historical significance. Soweto is famous for the 1976 student uprisings which took place during the Apartheid era. This is the place where violent riots changed the political face of South Africa, as thousands of schoolchildren took to the streets on June 16, 1976, in the struggle for democracy. Hundreds of children were killed across South Africa on the day of the Soweto Uprisings, culminating in the first free elections and democracy in 1994.
The name Soweto is an abbreviation of South Western Township, which was formed in 1904. Soweto borders Johannesburg’s mining belt and has a population of about 1 million people. The most populous black urban residential area in the country, Soweto is one of the most unique and vibrant cultural hubs of South Africa. A visit to Soweto gives visitors true insight into this diverse nation’s history as well as its contemporary culture, with its lively atmosphere. The exciting streets, shebeens (informal bars), restaurants and interesting museums make for an authentic South African experience.
This tour is also available with the option of Camping Accommodation in the Kruger. Contact African Budget Safaris for more information.
Please note that we offer convenient pre and post tour lodge accommodation for before and after your Kruger, Johannesburg & Soweto Tour, 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 please follow the link.
For up-to-date and confirmed pricing info for optional items, please drop us an enquiry.
The optional Panorama Route Tour will replace one of the days of game viewing included on the itinerary; this activity needs to be pre-booked and pre-paid.
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