5 Day Self-drive Southern Kruger Safari

From ZAR 7120

Includes: Return transfers from Johannesburg,  accommodation, open vehicle safari drives, meals as per itinerary, local beverages

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Overview

The world-famous Kruger National Park in South Africa, which is steeped in myth and history, is standing by, ready for you to explore its expansive landscapes and stunning African animals on an extensive five-day self-drive safari.

On a genuine self-drive safari through Kruger National Park, you will have the opportunity to go on an adventure in search of the “Big Five” animals of Africa: the elephant, lion, rhinoceros, leopard, and buffalo. You will also encounter several other species of exotic wildlife.

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Rates

2024

R 7120 per person sharing

Itinerary

Day 1 – Johannesburg via Panorama Route to Hazyview

Guests collect their own hired car and leave Johannesburg early enough to self-drive via the N4 and towns like Dullstroom through to the Lowveld and start the full Panorama Route at Blyde Canyon. Attractions not to miss are the Three Rondavels, Bourkes Luck Potholes, Berlin Waterfall, and God’s Window. Note that all entrance fees are for own account.

Upon reaching Hazyview guests check into Kruger Adventure Lodge or similar where they can enjoy a scrumptious dinner (included in their package).

Day 2 – Explore the southern part of Kruger National Park in your own time

After a breakfast (included in the package) at the lodge, guests self-drive into the national park and continue on their own safari.

If you prefer one or two added-on guided tours, now may be the last opportunity to book it, since such activities should be booked beforehand as optional extra.

Check into arranged accommodation and either braai under the African stars or enjoy a meal in the camp restaurant.

Day 3 and 4– Explore Kruger National Park

You have the whole day available to explore the park in your own time. With prior arrangement, a bush walk, and a night drive can be included in the package, but it is subject to availability.

You can either drive around on the many tarred and gravel roads and visit some waterholes, relax in the camp and laze around the pool, or take part in any of the optional activities available at the camp.

End the day with a dinner at the restaurant (for your own account) or lit a fire and have a traditional braai.

Day 5–Kruger National Park to Johannesburg

On this final day you will make an early start and drive for one last time through the park to the exit gate and back to Johannesburg.

Your trip to Kruger National Park for a safari vacation can become a reality if you take advantage of our expertise in arranging a self-drive safari for you. We will take care of everything, from the sole use of a private vehicle to accommodations that are either more affordable or more luxurious, depending on your preferences.

A self-drive safari provides some of the best possibilities to view wildlife and ensures that you will have times of complete and utter solitude in the middle of nowhere.

The southern part of Kruger National Park, which includes the Sabie River basin and the central grasslands, is where visitors have the best chance of seeing lions, while the mixed woodlands and many watering holes are where they are most likely to see elephants.

Visiting this part of the park in a vehicle of your own is, without a doubt, the most enjoyable way to do so. A self-drive safari in Kruger Park allows you the independence to organise your trip according to your own preferences and time.

There are enough available maps that will help you in choosing and planning your trip through Kruger Park if you opt for one of our self-drive safaris.

Accommodation

Accommodation will be provided in standard amenities in one of the main rest camps in the southern or central part of the Kruger National Park, subject to availability.

The type of accommodation facilities will comprise en-suite chalets with twin beds, a small kitchen, utensils and air-conditioning, or similar. The option of a safari tent is also possible, all subject to availability on your chosen dates.

In Kruger National Park, visitors can choose from a wide variety of lodging options to best meet their needs.

There are various types of lodging available, and the one that is best for you will be mainly influenced by the level of convenience and excitement that you seek. Guests looking for something more unique will also find exactly what they are looking for, and those who are content to rough it will have no trouble doing so. Families have a diverse selection of opportunities to choose from at each tier.

Priority will be given for accommodation in the following camps: Skukuza, Berg En Dal, Pretoriuskop, Lower Sabie or as far north as Satara, if needed.

Guests are to collect their own hired car and it is recommended to leave Johannesburg as early as possible to complete the itinerary for the first day.
On the final day they should leave the park early enough to drop off the vehicle in Johannesburg as arranged.

What's Included

  • Four nights’ lodging – one at Kruger Adventure Lodge or Similar in Hazyview, three inside Kruger National Park
  • A Morning bush walk – subject to availability
  • A night safari drive – subject to availability
  • Dinner on Day 1 only
  • Breakfast on day 2 only

What's Excluded

  • Scheduled flights to and from OR Tambo International Airport
  • Car rental
  • All entrance fees
  • Any purchases of a personal nature
  • All gratuities
  • All meals except dinner on Day 1 and Breakfast on Day 2 (Meals can be taken for own account at restaurants on site or self-cooked, guests can get food to braai or cook at the shops in the park. Many breakfast options at picnic sites, also for own account

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