Day 1: Johannesburg to Kruger National Park (Punda Maria Rest Camp)
Today you will be met at O.R. Tambo International Airport or your hotel in Johannesburg by your Wild Planet Safari guide. You will then be driven north 600km to the gate to Kruger. The drive will take about 7 hours and you will stop for an own expense lunch on route.
We will arrive at the gate to Kruger in the late afternoon and take a slow drive to the rest camp for the first 2 nights, Punda Maria, you will then have some time to relax, settle in and enjoy the African sunset. You will be sleeping in permanent luxury safari tents. The tents are built on a raised wooden deck with magnificent views of the bushveld. The tents have a kitchen, twin beds, electricity and a private bathroom. Tonight we will serve dinner on the deck under the stars.
Meals Included: Dinner
Day 2: Kruger National Park (Punda Maria Rest Camp)
We start before sunrise today as this allows us the best opportunities to find animals and the best light for photography. A quick coffee and we are off heading further to the north. This route takes us through fairly open country mixed with Mopani thickets where we may find big herds of buffalo and elephant. We stop for breakfast at Pafuri picnic site and then proceed further to Crooks Corner, the meeting point of the Luvuvhu and Limpopo rivers. Here there is a great view of the confluence, and it is the point where South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique meet. The area is stunning and the forests that run along the river is paradise for all the forest dwelling species.
We then head slowly back to camp stopping at the many waterholes along the way checking for any animal activity. We will have lunch at the camp and have time to relax by the swimming pool or sit at a bird hide before going on an afternoon drive on the lookout for any predators active at dusk. We will have another traditional meal around the fire as we spend our last night in the far north.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 3: Kruger National Park. (Shingwedzi Rest Camp)
This morning we will depart on an early morning drive in the Punda Maria area. We will drive a loop around the Dimbo Mountain, an area that is great for spotting leopard. We will return in time for breakfast after which we say goodbye to Punda Maria and head south to our next camp, Shingwedzi. It’s a 70 km drive and this area is known to be home to big herds of buffalo, elephant, waterbuck, impala and leopard. Some of the rare antelope can be found in this area such as Eland and Roan.
Shingwedzi is one of the quietest camps in Kruger and is located on the banks the Shingwedzi River. The views from the camp are fantastic and many hours can be spent on a bench gazing out over the sandy beaches of the Shingwedzi River watching the animals come and go. Facilities here include a Swimming pool, a laundry, and a small shop.
When we arrive we will have lunch and then you can cool down by the pool or have a “siesta” before we depart on another excellent afternoon safari drive. This drive will take us along the Shingwedzi River past waterholes where spotted hyena like to rest and through beautiful riverine forests that are perfect leopard habitat. Tonight we will serve dinner at camp.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4: Kruger National Park. (Letaba Rest Camp)
This morning we will go for one last morning drive in the northern section of Kruger. We will follow the Shingwedzi River in a new direction and try to find some predators that are waiting for prey down by the river. When we return we will have breakfast and then leave Shingwedzi to go to our next camp, Letaba.
It is 109 km to Letaba through Mopane woodlands and grasslands. Here we can find large herds of wildebeest, zebra and elephant. Letaba camp has the best river views in the park and is home to the great Elephant Hall. A museum dedicated to the magnificent 7, other facilities include a laundry, a big shop with curios, swimming pool and excellent lookout points. We will have lunch when we arrive and then it is time for you to relax and enjoy what Letaba has to offer. This afternoon we will take you on a drive along what is known as the leopard route, this road runs along the banks of the Letaba River and is great for game viewing, birding and as the name suggests leopard.
This evening you will enjoy an early dinner at the camp restaurant on the banks of the Letaba River. After dinner you will go out on a Kruger Night drive, a Kruger guide will take you out in an open safari vehicle and you will use a high powered spotlight to locate any nocturnal animals in the area.
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch.
Day 5: Kruger to Johannesburg (OR Tambo airport)
Today your 5 day safari will sadly come to an end. We will take you on one last safari drive in the park on the way to the exit gate. We will then drive you back to Johannesburg taking the scenic route over the Drakensberg escarpment. Along the way we will stop for an own expense lunch before continuing to Johannesburg. We will drop you of at your hotel or at the airport.
Please also note that your flights leaving from Johannesburg should not be booked before 19:00pm for domestic flights and 20:00pm for international flights.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Included/Excluded in this Safari
Included in this Safari.
*All transfers airport/ hotel
*All activities mentioned
*Meals (as specified in the day-by-day description)
*All accommodation for 4 nights
*A professional driver/guide
Excluded in this Safari…
*International flights (from/to the client’s home country)
*Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
*Tips: tipping guideline of $10 per person per day for the guide and crew
*Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees and other personal items)
5 Day Kruger Safari North: Price 2020
$ 1 400 per person (Accommodated, Closed Vehicle)
$ 980 per person (Camping, Closed Vehicle)
$ 1 600 per person (Accommodated, Open Safari Vehicle)
$ 1 180 per person (Camping, Open Safari Vehicle)
We provide all children under 12 a 50% discount and under the age of 16 a 25% discount.
We will also provide a group discount if a tour is booked for 4 or more people. Please contact us for more info.
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