Day 1 Johannesburg to Kruger National Park. (Letaba Rest Camp)
Today the 9 Day Kruger Safari begins. The transfer to Kruger National Park is included in the price of the tour and departs from O.R. Tambo international Airport at 7am. The drive to the greater Kruger where you will meet your guide will take about 6 hours , when you arrive you can enjoy an own expense lunch at a restaurant on the banks of the Olifants River. We will then travel north towards Zimbabwe on our way to Phalaborwa, a small mining town bordering Kruger National Park.
We will then take a slow drive through the park towards our first camp, Letaba. Along the way we will drive through Mopani and Bushwillow woodlands, this is a good area to find huge elephants and old buffalo. We will arrive at Letaba at around 5:00pm, we will then check in, offload the vehicle settle in and you can relax and watch the sunset by the Letaba River.
Letaba is one of our favourite camps in Kruger and is built on the banks of the Letaba River. Views of the river from the camp are fantastic and many hours can be spent gazing out over the vast sandy banks. At Letaba there is a Park Shop with souvenirs and gifts, a swimming pool, restaurant and The Great Elephant Hall, a museum dedicated to the biggest elephants in the history of Kruger National Park. We will be staying at Letaba camp for the next 2 nights and you will be staying in traditional round thatched African huts called a Rondawel, inside there are 2 single beds, a ceiling fan, air conditioning, a private washroom with shower and toilet, a fridge and a small patio to relax and enjoy the surroundings.
Tonight we will prepare and enjoy a traditional South African dinner cooked over an open fire, then relax and delight in the sounds of the African bush.
Meals Included: Dinner
Day 2 Kruger National Park. (Letaba Rest Camp)
Today we will wake up and head out for an early morning game drive in search for the animals roaming the area. This part of Kruger is known for the huge herds of Buffalo, Elephants and Leopards that frequent the areas along the Letaba River. Many other species can be viewed along the route including Hippo, Crocodile and various antelope species. We will serve breakfast at a picnic site and then take a slow drive back to Letaba.
When we return to camp you can enjoy the various facilities the camp has to offer and relax during the midday heat. We will serve lunch at camp and then this afternoon we will go out for another great game drive in the area before we return to camp for dinner.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3 Kruger National Park. (Satara Rest Camp)
Early this morning we will go out on a short sunrise drive along the Letaba River, this time we will follow the river to the east. This is an area where a large pride of lion live, they are shy but we have found them many times in the past. We will return to camp for a hearty breakfast after which we pack up and head further South on our way to our next camp, Satara.
On the way to Satara we pass through open savannah grasslands, the area is great for big herds of grazing animals such as Zebra and Wildebeest. When we arrive at Satara we will check in and prepare lunch, then there is time to relax before we head out on an afternoon drive in the area.
Satara is located in the grasslands of Kruger, this attracts many grazing animals to the area. It is an excellent area for viewing the wildlife and there is a waterhole just outside the camp where you can spot animals whilst at camp. We will be staying at Satara for one night and you will be staying in traditional round thatched African huts called Rondawel. Inside there are 2 single beds, a ceiling fan, a private washroom with toilet and shower, air conditioning, a fridge and a small patio to relax and enjoy camp life.
Tonight dinner is own expense at the camp restaurant and then you will get to go on a night drive in search of some of the nocturnal animals and hopefully get to see some of the big cats on the hunt. Please note that this night drive is shared by other guests in the park and is with a trained Kruger ranger.
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4 Kruger National Park. (Satara Rest Camp)
We start the day with a game drive along the N’wanetsi river road. The drive takes us along the river with dense vegetation on one side (great for leopard) and open plains on the other (good for cheetah) and is well known for lion sightings. The area is also very good for spotting white rhino and has large herds of buffalo, blue wildebeest, zebra, kudu and giraffe. We will have breakfast at the picnic site where there’s a lookout over the Sweni River gorge.
We then travel through an area known to be home to one of Kruger’s super prides, an enormous pride of 20 lions and then back to camp. We will serve lunch at camp and then there is some time for you to relax and make use of the camp facilities.
In the afternoon we will travel the Sweni road in search for more lions and if we are lucky wild dog. Dinner will be made when we return and we will fall asleep tonight to the sounds of the roaring lions.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5 Kruger National Park. (Skukuza Rest Camp)
Early this morning we will meet for a cup of coffee and then head out for an adventure in the Satara area. The open grasslands found here are perfect habitat for Cheetah, we will do our best this morning to find one of these magnificent big cats.
We will return to camp for breakfast, then we will pack up and leave Satara. It is a 90km drive to our next camp, Skukuza, along the way we will pass areas that are very good for spotting lion and we will stop at 2 postcard water points that are famous for attracting many species of animals at the same time.
We will get to Skukuza at around 1pm and we will drop you down by the picturesque Sabie River to enjoy an own expense lunch at the camp restaurant. Skukuza is the largest camp in Kruger and is the administrative capital of the park. The camp has been built along the banks of the famous Sabie River and has many beautiful riverine forest trees throughout the camp. You will be sleeping in traditional African thatched huts called Rondawels, inside there are twin beds, a private washroom with shower and toilet, a ceiling fan, fridge, air conditioning and a small patio.
After lunch you can have some time to relax and make use of the camp facilities. There is a swimming pool, a big Park Shop with different souvenirs and curios, a museum, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a beautiful walkway on the safe side of the fence along the Sabie River and many benches to sit and enjoy the views.
This afternoon we will venture out in the Skukuza area and see what we can find. The area is very good for lion spotting, there are lion territories are set up in many places around Skukuza, there is a pride we know that has 20 members and we will go out in search of this group.
Tonight we will serve dinner under the stars in our make shift bush restaurant.
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 6. Kruger National Park. (Skukuza Rest Camp)
Today we will spend the whole day in the park. We head out and start to explore at sunrise, we will take you to areas with high levels of animal activity and we hope to show you something magical. We will take you to a picnic site where we will serve breakfast with a view. Once we have finished with breakfast we will slowly return to camp for some time to relax and enjoy the camp facilities.
We will then serve lunch at camp and then head out for an exciting afternoon drive. We will continue our search for Kruger wildlife and return to camp at sunset. Tonight we will be cooking everything on an open fire and you will enjoy dinner outside under the stars in our bush restaurant.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 7 Kruger National Park. (Berg en Dal Rest Camp)
Today you will have the opportunity to enjoy a guided bush walk in the wild and untamed Kruger National Park. You will be taken out with a trained Kruger ranger where he/she will teach you more about the bush and tracking the different animals, it is a chance to see and experience things that you cannot see easily from a vehicle.
After your return we will have breakfast, pack up and head further south to Berg en Dal. We will be staying at Berg en Dal for the last 2 nights of the safari. You will be staying in Traditional African chalets, the chalets have a thatched roof, twin beds, private wash room with toilet and shower, small kitchen and a small patio area to sit and relax.
Berg en Dal is in a mountainous area of Kruger National park and this provides a beautifully scenic backdrop to all photo`s. The area receives the highest rainfall of Kruger national Park and this in turn allows for stunning riverine forests to grow along the rivers. It is the perfect area for elephant and leopard and the area boasts the highest concentration of Rhino in the park.
This afternoon we will take you out on a safari drive in search for some amazing animals that live in the Berg en Dal area. This will be a very exciting time for you and we hope to find something special this afternoon.
We will return to camp at sunset, start preparing dinner and enjoy the sounds of the African bush by the warm fire.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8 Kruger National Park. (Berg en Dal Rest Camp)
Today we will meet for some coffee early in the morning and then go out for a sunrise safari drive, we will follow the winding rivers as they head east and we will search the lower branches of the giant trees for any resting or feeding leopards. We also hope to see some elephant and white rhino and if we are very lucky we could spot a rare black rhino in this area. We will stop at a picnic site to enjoy breakfast in the bush and return to camp in the late morning.
We will have lunch back at camp and allow for sufficient time to enjoy the camp facilities before we go out for one last afternoon drive. The camp facilities include a swimming pool, small souvenir shop, a waterhole and a self-guided walking trail.
On this afternoon`s drive we expect the African wilderness to reveal itself in true majestic style as this part of Kruger is teeming with life! Upon our return to camp we will light the fire and enjoy the surroundings we are in. Dinner tonight will be own expense at the camp restaurant as we remember some of the highlights of your tour.
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch.
Day 9 Kruger National Park to Johannesburg
This morning we will go out on one last safari. Hopefully Kruger has one more surprise for us before we leave. We will drive out along the Crocodile river and search for any predators retreating as the sun comes up and if we are extra lucky we will get to see the resident pack of wild dog that operate in a huge area around Berg en Dal.
We will serve breakfast when we return and then take you to the departure point for the return transfer from Kruger to Johannesburg. You will arrive in Johannesburg between 17:00 and 18:00.
Please note that should you be flying out on this day that you should not book your International flights before 19:00pm and domestic flights before 20:00pm.
Meals Included: Breakfast.
Included/Excluded in this Safari
Included in this 9 Day Kruger Safari:
- Transfer to Kruger from O.R. Tambo
- Transfer to O.R. Tambo from Kruger
- Entrance fees to Kruger National Park
- Kruger Night Drive
- Kruger Bush Walk
- Kruger Afternoon Drive x 8
- Kruger Morning Drive x 8
- Meals (as specified in the day-by-day description)
- All accommodation
- A professional driver/guide and assistant
- All transportation
Excluded in this 9 Day Kruger Safari:
- International flights (from/to the client’s home country)
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
- Tips: tipping guideline of per $10 person per day for the guide and crew
- Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees and other personal items)
- Transfer to meeting point at O.R. Tambo on morning of departure
9 Day Kruger Safari: Price 2020
$ 2 800 per person (Accommodated, Closed Vehicle)
$ 1 960 per person (Camping, Closed Vehicle)
$ 3 160 per person (Accommodated, Private Open Safari Vehicle)
$ 2 320 per person (Camping, Private 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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