Kruger Park Travel budget 5-day safaris

Budget Kruger Park Safari offer all the fun without too many of the frills to keep the price as low as possible. We choose quality 3-star accommodation in a combo of safari tents and treehouses and make certain activities, meals and drinks optional.

What is a Kruger Park budget 5-day safari?

The Kruger Safari Co’s budget 5-day safari in the Kruger National Park provides an affordable experience of the wildlife that this iconic destination has to offer.

It is entirely possible to visit the park on a shoestring budget, both in terms of travel and lodging, and still have a fantastic safari vacation.

The majority of Kruger National Park lodging is inexpensive self-catering units in large rest camps run by South African National Parks (SANParks). A few off-the-beaten-path satellite and bushveld camps also provide a more authentic safari experience.

The main rest camps and satellite camps, as well as bushveld camps, bush lodges, overnight hides, and a remote camp site, are all available in Kruger National Park. The large camps also have caravan and camping areas, which are popular with locals.

Visitors can bring their own food and drinks to Kruger’s self-catering accommodation, but there are restaurants and takeaway eateries at the main rest camps as well.

What to expect on a budget 5-day safari

Over five days you can enjoy much of the spectacular scenery and animal sightings in the Kruger National Park. You can look forward to viewing the Big Five – Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino and Lion – either by self-driving or with knowledgeable and skilled local guides.

The ability to bring your own car or rent a car for your safari vacation is a significant cost savings on a Budget Kruger Park safari. With your own vehicle, you can explore the park at your leisure and stop at popular bushveld spots for a picnic or braai. With a cooler box full of snacks and drinks, you can park at one of the many popular waterholes and enjoy fantastic animal and bird sightings.

On a low-budget safari, you will most likely stay in one of the following types of accommodations:

  • A self-catering rondavel (round huts) or bungalow, chalet or family cottage in a main rest camp
  • A caravan or camping site in a main rest camp.
  • Self-catering accommodation in bushveld camps
  • Self-catering bush lodges that can be booked on an exclusive-use basis and offer families and groups of friends an intimate and private safari experience.
  • Satellite camps located close to a main rest camp but far enough away to escape the busy crowds.

A budget safari does not mean that you need to miss out on excitement. During your visit you can participate in any of the following park activities without breaking your budget:

  • Game drives in your own car
  • Guided bushveld walks from the main rest camps
  • Play golf at Skukuza Golf Club
  • Picnics and bush braais
  • Birdwatching

What is included and excluded

Your chosen tour itinerary will include very specific information regarding what is included and what is not included, and any changes to the itinerary need the client and an agent from The Kruger Safari Company to reach an agreement.

You have the option of going on a safari either with a licenced and experienced safari guide or driving your own vehicle on the safari. It is possible that your particular package will include morning, sunset, or night game drives; but, the cost of accommodation does not cover these excursions by default.

Your accommodations will be of the self-catering variety; however, all of the major rest camps do offer dining alternatives, including restaurants as well as options for takeout.

You are required to pay the admission charge to Kruger Park, which is also referred to as the conservation fee. Each night that is spent within the Kruger National Park necessitates the payment of this daily conservation charge.

What about children

All budget accommodations in Kruger National Park are suitable for families, even with small children.  Parents should just keep in mind that children 6 years and younger are not permitted on an open safari vehicle for game drives.

Pros and Cons of a budget 5-day safari in the Kruger National Park

You can do self-drive safarisAll accommodation are self-catering
You are free to explore Kruger Park at leisureNo luxuries are included in the price you pay
You can stop at popular bushveld sites for a picnic or braai 
Budget accommodation are available at all camps in the park 
You can experience the wonderful animal and bird sightings without it costing you an arm and a leg. 

Cancellation Policy

A 5-day safari reservation must be cancelled in writing when the client and Kruger Safari Co agent have agreed to it.

It is your obligation to communicate and confirm any changes to the schedule with a Kruger Safari Co agent in writing while on tour. You are responsible for any costs associated with such alterations.

Standard cancellation and refund policies for 5-day safaris specify that if you cancel more than 15 days before to departure, you will forfeit 50 percent of the total amount paid. If you cancel fewer than 15 days before to travel, you will forfeit your entire payment.

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Can you do a budget 5-day safari to the Kruger National Park?

Yes, the bulk of Kruger National Park accommodation consist of budget-friendly, self-catering units in large rest camps and being able to do self-drive safaris is a major cost saving on a Budget Kruger Park safari.

How do you pay Daily Conservation fees when on a 5-day safari?

You will pay a daily conservation fee for each night spent in the Kruger National Park. The fees until 31 October 2023 are:

  • South African Citizens and Residents (with ID) – R110 per adult, per day and R55 per child, per day
  • SADC Nationals (with passport)- R220 per adult, per day and R110 per child, per day
  • International Visitors – R440 per adult, per day and R220 per child, per day.

What is the difference between the Daily Conservation fees and an entrance fee?

The entrance fee and the daily conservation fee is one and the same thing.

May children go on a 5-day safari into the Kruger National Park.

Yes, all standard accommodation in the park are children friendly. Parents just need to remember that children 6 years and younger are not permitted on open safari vehicles used for booked game drives.

Will I get my money back if I have to cancel my booked 5-day safari?

If you cancel more than 15 days before departure, you will forfeit 50% refund of total payment made, excluding the non-refundable deposit. If less than 15 days before departure, you forfeit total payment.

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