South Africa's Greater Kruger National Park offers undoubtedly the most readily accessible authentic wildlife experience in Southern Africa, as well as some of the finest game viewing, especially when it comes to the big stuff such as elephant, rhino, lion and leopard.
Covering a huge swathe of remarkably diverse woodland savannah in the north-east corner of the country, this park and the adjacent private reserves are easily accessible by road and air. Unlike some other large parks in the sub-region, there's no need for expensive charter flights or bone-jarring road journeys, and, after landing at Kruger / Mpumalanga International Airport, one can be viewing game a mere one hour later. The park is some 350 kilometres long from north to south and offers a wonderful array of different types of savannah, from the well-wooded hills and rock outcrops of the south-west to the open basalt plains in the central region, and is home to over 500 bird species, 137 mammal species, 119 reptile species, 33 species of amphibians and nearly 50 species of fish.
With warm to hot weather and unforgettable scenery a Kruger journey will remain in your memories for a long time afterwards, especially if shared with family and loved ones. The add-on private reserve option, which entails a stay at one of the reputable lodges on the western boundary of the national park, provides a cherry-on-the-top experience, where luxury accommodation, superb food and wine, open vehicle safaris and bush walks are standard features. This itinerary is flexible in terms of length, but a minimum of four nights in the Kruger are advised, and two to three nights as a minimum in the private lodge option.
Best time to visit: game viewing is at its best during the dry months, from June to October, but any time of the year will provide a rewarding experience.
Expected weather conditions: warm to hot in summer, possible afternoon thunderstorms. Cool to mild and dry during winter – warm clothing recommended for the open vehicle safaris in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
Tour tempo: medium to medium-plus, optional mid-day breaks on non-travelling days (advisable in the hotter areas).
Accommodation standards: medium to high: lodges and National Park's rest-camps.
Mammal viewing: excellent, especially in the private reserves. Full range of species can be seen, including the Big Five (Elephant, Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Lion and Leopard) as well as Cheetah, Wild Dog and Spotted Hyena.
Other highlights: optional Panorama Tour on the last day (depending on flight times) to see sights such as the Blyde River Canyon, God's Window and Lisbon Falls.
Please enquire for single supplement.
Price includes: 6 nights accommodation on a breakfast and dinner basis, (lunches are also included at the lodge in Sabi Sands), entrance fees, ground transport, bottled water in our vehicle whilst travelling, Kruger Park conservation fees, personalised bird & mammal checklists and private specialist guide.
Price excludes: All airfares, airport transfers, some meals, personal expenditure, alcoholic beverages, phone calls.
Note: This itinerary is flexible and can be adjusted according to available time and budget. Arrival and departure points are quoted as from Kruger /Mpumalanga International Airport, but road transfers to and from Johannesburg can be arranged.