The Kruger National Park is one of the world’s premier nature reserves, and you will spend a significant amount of time exploring it during this three-day safari.
Many safari operators only offer three-hour morning and afternoon drives, but the Kruger National Park is vast, and this safari is one of only few that offers a full-day safari on a three-day safari tour.
This allows clients to see more of the Kruger and different areas, as opposed to short 3-hour safaris. On such short safaris, drivers must stay close to the camps, resulting in the same areas being driven on every safari.
A full day in the Kruger National Park may sound exhausting, but the guides make frequent stops at rest stops and lookout points. As you travel through different grasslands and ecological zones, you will have a better chance of seeing more wildlife.
Your three-day itinerary will include a sunset / night safari on day 1, a full-day open vehicle safari on day 2, and a morning safari in Kruger National Park on day 3.
On 3-day safaris, your chances are very good to see all of the Big 5 – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo.
The Kruger National Park is home to 148 mammal and 500 bird species. So there’s a lot to see and photograph.
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You will stay at Umbhaba Eco Lodge, a privately owned quality lodge in Hazyview, with en suite accommodation and excellent meals located 15 minutes from either the Phabeni or Numbi gates.
DAY 1: TRANSFER FROM JOHANNESBURG TO HAZYVIEW, SUNSET / NIGHT SAFARI
Guests will be picked up between 6:30 and 6:45 from various lodges and hotels within a 5 km radius of the OR Tambo International Airport, and then from the OR Tambo International Airport shuttle and bus Terminal between 6:45 and 7:00, before departing at 7:15 a.m.
Clients can fly directly into Skukuza Kruger National Park or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airports and be met by their safari guide at no extra charge.
You must confirm your pickup time and location the day before the tour.
Also keep in mind that these are shared departures. You will arrive at Umbhaba Eco Lodge in Hazyview between 11:30 and 12:00.
Guests will have time to unpack, relax, and enjoy a light lunch after swimming or walking around the lodge. You will leave around 15.45 for a sunset/night safari in the Kruger National Park, returning to the lodge around 20.00 for a delicious dinner and a good night’s rest.
Your package include accommodation at the lodge, as well as lunch and dinner.
DAY 2: FULL DAY OPEN VEHICLE SAFARI IN THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
Your safari will begin before sunrise, since this is the best part of the day for game viewing. This is also the best time of day to see predators.
The Mpumalanga province, which means “place of the rising sun,” is South Africa’s first province to see the sun rise.
After a short drive from Umbhaba Eco Lodge to the park, you enter the park gates and your guide will take you to the best areas to find wildlife including the Big 5 and plains game.
The lodge will provide breakfast packs, and your guide will stop after about 3 hours for breakfast, a bathroom break, and the opportunity to purchase coffee.
You then continue with your safari through the variety of eco zones in the Kruger National Park, each zone with its own set of wildlife.
Along the route, you will visit rivers and watering holes, as well as plains and Bushveld regions.
You will then stop for lunch at a rest stop, where you will be responsible for your own meal. This also gives you time to do some souvenir shopping or enjoy a cold beer!
The safari will then continue back towards the lodge, arriving around 15.30 – 16.00, with time to relax or swim, before enjoying a delicious dinner.
Your package include accommodation at Umbhaba Eco Lodge, breakfast and dinner.
DAY 3: MORNING SAFARI AND TRANSFER BACK TO JOHANNESBURG
You will leave Umbhaba Eco Lodge before sunrise and eat another packed breakfast at one of the rest camps or picnic areas.
Today, the guide will focus on animals you didn’t see on the first two safaris, and we’re hoping to see lions and leopards because they’re most active in the mornings.
You will continue the safari after a quick breakfast and coffee break, returning to the lodge around 11:00. Now it is time for you to say your goodbyes to your guide and freshen up before returning to Johannesburg.
The shuttle picks up clients around 11.30, and you return to Johannesburg OR Tambo shuttle terminal and lodges, arriving between 17.00 and 18.00.
Your package include breakfast.