7 Day Self-drive Southern Kruger Safari

From ZAR 11000

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

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Overview

The legendary Kruger National Park in South Africa is teeming with exotic wildlife and fascinating historical sites just waiting to be discovered by you over the course of a seven-day self-drive safari.

Take advantage of our knowledge to plan a self-drive safari to Kruger National Park for your upcoming vacation. We will make sure you have everything you need, from a private car to lodgings that fit your budget or exceed your every expectation.

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Rates

2024

R 11000 per person sharing

2025

R 11000 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 – Start exploring 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, 4, 5 and 6 – Explore Kruger National Park

You have the entirety of four days at your own to go at your own pace while exploring the park. It is possible to incorporate a night drive and a bush walk in the package if you make earlier arrangements for them, since these extras are subject to availability.

You have the option to either relax at the camp and lounge around the pool, drive around on the many tarred and gravel roads, and visit the waterholes located in various areas of the southern park. You can visit other camps or picnic spots, or you can take part in any of the optional activities that are offered at the camps.

You can call it a day by having dinner at the restaurant (which will be on your own tab), or you can light a fire and have a classic 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.

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.

Self-drive safaris provide excellent chances to encounter animals and ensure periods of peaceful isolation.

The southern portion of Kruger National Park, which encompasses the Sabie River basin and the central grasslands, is the finest place to spot lions, while its mixed woods and numerous drinking holes are the best places to spot elephants.

The most convenient and pleasurable method to explore this part of the park is in your own car. The itinerary of a self-drive safari in Kruger Park is completely up to the traveller.

Make use of one of many available maps to help you in choosing and planning your trip through Kruger Park if you opt for one of our self-drive safaris.

Highlights

  • Exploring Kruger in your own time in your own private vehicle
  • Driving through a scenic part of the country
  • See the best of the famous Panorama Route
  • Comfortable accommodation with dinner and breakfast included on your first night
  • Five more nights in Kruger National Park
  • A Morning bush walk – subject to availability
  • A night safari drive – subject to availability

Accommodation

Depending on availability, lodging will be provided in a standard room at one of the larger rest camps in southern or central Kruger National Park.

Chalets with private bathrooms, two single beds, a mini-fridge, a microwave, some basic cooking equipment, and central air conditioning will be the standard form of lodging. Depending on the time of year you visit, a safari tent may also be an option.

Numerous accommodations in Kruger National Park are available to visitors.

There is a wide variety of places to stay, and the one that works best for you will depend heavily on your desire for ease of access and excitement. Those in search of a more offbeat experience will not be disappointed, and neither will those who want a more rustic experience. At each tier, families can pick from a wide range of options.

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.

What's Included

  • Six nights’ lodging – one at Kruger Adventure Lodge or Similar in Hazyview, five at a camp 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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