Kruger Park Travel budget 6-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 6-day safari?
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 Kruger Safari Co’s budget 6-day safari in the Kruger National Park provides an affordable experience of the wildlife that this iconic destination has to offer.
The bulk of the accommodations in Kruger National Park are self-catering units, which allow visitors to control their spending and are located in big rest camps that are operated by South African National Parks (SANParks). A select number of satellite and bushveld camps located in less travelled areas also provide guests with the opportunity to enjoy a more peaceful and genuine safari experience.
Kruger National Park offers almost 30 accommodation options, ranging from the main rest camps and satellite camps to bushveld camps, bush lodges, overnight hides and a remote camp site. The big camps also offer caravan and camping sites which are very popular for local visitors.
Kruger’s self-catering accommodation allows visitors to bring their own food and drinks, but there are restaurants or takeaway eateries at the main rest camps too.
What to expect on a budget 6-day safari
Over six 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
What is included and excluded
Specific inclusions and exclusions will be strictly specified in your selected tour itinerary, and any changes must be agreed upon by the client and The Kruger Safari Co agent.
You can either go on a safari with a trained and experienced guide or drive yourself. Game drives in the morning, at sunset, or at night may be part of your package, but they are not included in the price of your room.
Your accommodations will be self-catering, but all of the larger rest camps have restaurants and take-out options.
You must pay the Kruger Park entrance fee, also known as the conservation fee. This daily conservation fee is required for each night spent in the Kruger National Park.
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 6-day safari in the Kruger National Park
|You can do self-drive safaris
|All accommodation are self-catering
|You are free to explore Kruger Park at leisure
|No luxuries are included in the price you pay
|You can stop at popular bushveld sites for a picnic or braai
|You can experience the wonderful animal and bird sightings without it costing you an arm and a leg.
|Budget accommodation are available at all camps in the park
A 6-day safari reservation must be cancelled in writing, only after 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.
The applied cancellation and refund policy for 6-day safaris stipulates that a cancellation more than 15 days before departure will make you forfeit 50% of total payment made. When cancelling less than 15 days before departure, you will forfeit total payment.
Can you do a budget 6-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 6-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 6-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 6-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.