The Budget Safari

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The Budget Kruger National Park adventure includes accommodation for guests at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp – one of the oldest camps in the Kruger National Park. The nostalgic charm will see guests staying in 2-bed huts with communal ablutions. These rooms have everything one would need including beds, linen, towels and soap; the ablutions are shared and are serviced very regularly. The Budget Kruger Park Safari offers a comfortable yet affordable way to explore the incredible Kruger National Park. Pick the number of days and nights and let the adventure begin.

Highlights

  • Flexible number of days to suit your budget (2-6 days)
  • Accommodation in 2-bed huts with communal ablutions
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • FGASA-registered professional field guides
  • Transport for the duration of the safari
  • Daytime game drives in an open safari vehicle
  • SANParks Bush Walk (safaris of 5+ days)
  • Optional Panorama Route excursion (safaris of 3+ days)

Day 1: Johannesburg to Kruger

The group will depart from Johannesburg between 06:00 and 08:00 to allow time for collection from various points. From here, guests travel through the Highveld and then down the escarpment through the scenic Lowveld. Guests will stop for lunch (own expense) and reach Pretoriuskop Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park in the afternoon.

After settling into your accommodation, you will head out on your first game drive! All game drives are conducted in specially adapted 4×4 open game-drive vehicles to allow you the best possible vantage point. On return, you have some time to visit the Park’s shop, go for a walk and explore your surroundings.

Dinner is a three-course meal served al fresco at the private camp within Pretoriuskop. Along with dinner, a selection of wine will be served, but guests are allowed to bring along alternative or additional drinks.

(Dinner included)

Day 2: Full day in Kruger

Note: This can be extended up to 4 full days in the park. No matter how many days you choose, the itinerary for full days in the park remains the same.

It’s an early wake up today – to see the best that the dawn has to offer. You will grab a quick cup of coffee or tea (rusks included) before heading off on your 3-4-hour safari. Guests usually enjoy fantastic sightings in the mornings, and always with the help of a knowledgeable guide.

After the morning drive guests will return to Pretoriuskop for breakfast/brunch at the camp. After breakfast, you will have time to relax and enjoy some of the other activities including swimming or visiting the park shop which offers curios, drinks and snacks. Guests may just want to catch up on some sleep, read a book or do some bird watching as Pretoriuskop is also a bird watcher’s paradise.

After this relaxed time, guests will set off on an afternoon game drive in a specially adapted 4×4 open game drive vehicles. The vehicle affords one the best vantage-point as well as the best opportunity of spotting game.

To those guests staying on safari for 5-or-more days – A guided Bush Walk is also included. Conducted by an experienced parks ranger, these walks are the best way to experience the sounds, smells and feel of the African bush. The walk affords the opportunity to get up close and personal with nature and observe things one may miss in a safari vehicle. Just don’t forget to pack comfortable walking shoes for this.

After an afternoon drive, guests will return to camp to enjoy a delicious dinner and tales told under the stars and relaxation around a camp fire.

(Breakfast & Dinner included)

The Last Day: Kruger to Johannesburg

Today guests will have one last chance to explore and try find what might have been missed in the park. An early morning game drive will see guests out in the park one final time before returning to a scrumptious breakfast. Thereafter guests will return to Johannesburg, a drive which takes at least 6 hours so it is advisable to sleep over in Johannesburg on this night.

(Breakfast included)

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: The Panorama Route

An optional excursion to visit select attractions along the Panorama Route is offered for all Safaris of 4+ days. You’ll get to see renowned attractions like Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels, Lisbon Falls and God’s Window. A stop in one of the small towns en-route is included for breakfast as well as lunch at a private lodge.

This full day excursion is available free of charge, and replaces the game drives at the Kruger Park. It will be coordinated by our staff while you are on safari with us. (Only available for safaris of 3+ days)

Please contact us for current rates

 

Include/ Exclude

Included:

  • Transport for the duration of your safari
  • Professional FGASA-registered guides
  • Meals as specified per itinerary
  • All entry fees and daily conservation levies
  • Accommodation as per chosen option
  • Bottled water in vehicle

Excluded:

  • Pick up and drop off in Johannesburg/Pretoria
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Drinks other than those specified in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

Notes:

Safaris depart 7 days a week, pending availability.

Our Budget and Classic Kruger Safaris depart with a minimum of one person with no single supplement for single travellers. Our Combo safaris require a minimum of two persons to depart.

Guests make use of facilities and accommodation situated inside the Kruger National Park, unless forced to stay elsewhere because of availability.

Safaris with accommodation in multiple rest camps are available on request.

This is not a private safari and more-than-likely there will be other guests joining you on the game drives and transfer vehicles.

Children are welcome, subject to availability.
Children under 6 years of age are not allowed on SAN Parks open game drive vehicles.
Children under 12 years of age are not allowed on SANParks bush walks.
Private game drives for families can be arranged at an extra charge.

Guests flying out of OR Tambo Airport are urged NOT to book flights earlier than 19:00 (domestic flights) or 20:00 (international flights), in order to have sufficient time to get to the airport. Or even better – spend the night in Johannesburg if possible.

You will be held responsible for any missed flight, or flights not booked at a suitable time.
Private transfers for guests with early flights can be arranged in advance at an extra charge.

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