Kruger National Park
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The unique white lion found in the Timbavati area of the Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is South Africa second largest wildlife park,(the Kgalagadi is South Africa largest park) however it is is the most popular and famous South African safari game park.
The average Kruger National Park safari stay is 2 to 3 Nights.
So as an example staying in a private lodge say with the Sabi Sands or the Timbavati aras for a 2N Safari stay this gives you a total of about 12 hours of game drive bush time.
Some lodges also offer a short walking safari after the am game drive.
How to experience Kruger National Park:
1) Staying in a private lodge within the different safari areas of Kruger National Park.
How long should you go on safari for ?
My suggestion is a minimum of 2 Nights.
If you have a special interest for eg birding, general photography or specialized photography then I recommend 3 Nights and up.
Sabi Sands Game reserve:Sampling of luxury/first class/moderate safari lodges.:
Timbavati : Sampling of Moderate/First class private lodges
Greater Kruger Park.Sampling of Moderate/First class private lodges
2) Private guide safari in Kruger National Park.
What is becoming increasingly popular as a way to experience more areas within the park is to do some nights in a private game lodge and then some nights with a private guide in the greater Kruger National Park
You can stay in the public en suite bungalow camps within Kruger National Park park or in the smaller moderate to boutique lodging right outside the park gates.
When staying outside the gates of Kruger National park, you access the park early in the am with your guide and can spend the whole day in the park covering lots of distance. On request
This is a rough itinerary of what the privately guided vehicle safaris through Kruger National Park look like.
Generally we use the Kruger National Park rest camps below,dependent on availability:
o Lower Sabie Rest Camp area
o Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp area
o Letaba Rest Camp area
The Accommodation within Kruger National Park Rest Camps is a combination of self catering that many people like and or each rest camp has 1 or 2 restaurant options.
For the self catering option food items can be purchased before you enter Kruger or each camp has a store.
The other lodging that we use is a smaller retreat like setting right on the crocodile river ie the southern border of the kruger park.
Accommodation is from basic to luxurious self-catering, and all nine of the units have views of the Crocodile River.The nearest town for dinning if you don't want to self cater is 12km's/about 7miles away
The general duration of this privately guided Kruger National Park safari is 3 to 5 nights with a minimum of 2 nights and they can be extended beyond 5 nights.
Vehicle used is a SUV vehicle for small Groups of 1-3 people and a 8-12 Seater Minivan for larger Groups.
If the travelers want the open the safari vehicle one can be arranged.
- Guided self-drives around the Kruger National Park,mainly but no restricted to the Southern and Central areas.
The guided kruger camp activities such as night drives and morning walks can be arranged and included in the itinerary
Meals and Drinks
This is a fully catered safari with:
o Light breakfast, Mid-Morning snacks, Lunch, 2 course Dinner (Main Course and Desert) and All Alcoholic, Soft drinks, Teas/Coffees
Kosher, Vegetarian or Vegan requests can be accommodated.
Depart Johannesburg early for Kruger National Park or fly into the kruger airport and meet your guide at the airport.
Arrive at lodging around midday,unpack,lunch.
Afternoon Drive Crocodile Bridge Gate in the Lower Sabie area of Kruger National Park.
Return at Gate Closure Time, Sundowners Dinner
After a early morning wake-up,we eat a light breakfast and depart at 06h00 for the Morning Driveto Explore Lower Sabie area.
The mid-morning stop for Tea/Coffee and snacks will be at Sunset Dam, returning midday to our lodging.
After Lunch we have a rest time, a swimming pool is available and then depart for the Afternoon game drive.
Returning to our lodging for sundowners and dinner.
After a early morning wake-up,we eat a light breakfast and depart at 06h00 for the Morning Drive.
We will drive 30-minute Drive to theMalelane Gate to explore the Berg-en-Dal area.
The mid-morning stop fortea/coffee and snacks will be at Afsaal Picnic Area,returning midday to our lodging.
After Lunch,we take a rest time a swimming pool is available and then depart for the Afternoon game drive.
Returning to our lodging for sundowners and dinner.
After a early morning wake-up,we eat a light breakfast and depart at 06h00 for the Morning Drive>
Today we will take a leisurely drive through Kruger National Park to Letaba Rest Camp,a distance of about 190km.
with game viewing and frequent stops at various places of interest
The mid-morning stop for tea/coffee will be at the Tshokwane Picnic Area
We will lunch at Satara Rest Camp, and should arrive at Letaba Rest Camp +- 15h00 where we will spend the night.
Take a rest, a swimming pool is available and or visit the Elephant Museum.
We will have a short evening arrive along the Letaba River.
Returning to Letaba Rest Camp for sundowners and dinner
After a early morning wake-up,we eat a light breakfast and depart at 06h00 for your final morning game drive heading for the Phalaborwa Gate with stops at various places of interest along the way.
We will have a late morning tea/coffee or lunch at Sanparks Phalaborwa Gate and then depart Phalaborwa Gate for the road trip back to Johannesburg.
Those that are flying out of the Kruger area will be transferred to the airport.
Advantages of self driving:
- You covers more eco systems this way.
- The park camps are located right throughout the park offering services like Safari bush dinners,walking Safaris, game drives.
- The park camps all have restaurants or you can reserve a self catering bungalow
- All the park camps have shops to purchase supplies from.
- Park camps lodging are all en suite in quaint moderate bungalows.
- With a self drive you are not constrained by schedule or time,as we design for what you want to do.
- We prearrange all lodging for you.
- Reserve the car rental with full super cover(full) rental insurance.
- We give you point to point driving instructions, GPS rental available.
- When we do telephone trip review we will offer you ideas around your self drive ie places, restaurants etc.
An alternative to you self driving is where we hire a local safari guide who will drive you around the park,while still staying in the park rest camps.
The guide knows the park,they drive enabling you to immerse yourself in the bush.The schedule and pace is yours.The park camps offer moderate en suite lodging restaurants as well as park located game activities ie game drives,etc so you add some of these in as well.
4) Set departure group stays outside the park with daily game drive into the park.Request.
Kruger Park Safari combination/tour possibilities:
South Africa tour packages that include a South or combination Southern Africa safari use these links
For a more active approach which can also be combined with some game driving
A walking Safari in Kruger Park.
Kruger national Park has some awesome birding.The birding safaris below will be with a specialized birding guide.
Africa Safari combinations/ideas:
Based on a tour of South Africa that includes a Safari with different number of nights free for a safari,some possible Africa safari combinations that can include Kruger National Park:
2 Nights free for a safari:Kruger National Park and or Phinda reserve.
3 Nights free for a safari: Kruger National Park,Phinda reserve or the Kgalagdi Transfrontier Park.
4 Nights free for a safari:
4 Nights meander from Central Kruger down to Southern Kruger National Park
2 Nights Kruger Kruger National Park and 2 Nights Kgalagdi Transfrontier Park.
2 Nights Chobe National Park and 2 Nights Okavango Delta Botswana
2 Nights Chobe National Park and 2 Nights Hwange National Park Zimbabwe
2 Nights Mana Pools and 2 Nights South Luangwa Park Zambia
5 Nights free for a safari:
5 Nights meander from Northern Kruger down to Southern Kruger National Park
2 Nights Kruger Kruger National Park, 1 Night Victoria Falls and 2 Nights Chobe National Park Botswana.
2 Nights Lower Zambezi National Park, 1 Night Victoria falls 2 Nights South Luangwa Park Zambia.
2 Nights Kafue National Park,3 Nights Lower Zambezi National Park.
2 Nights Moremi Okavago Delta,1 Night Savuti,2 Nights Chobe National Park Botswana.
2 Nights Okavango delta,2 Nights Selinda reserve, 1 Night Chobe National Park
As it goes on,at 7 Nights or so you enter a mobile Safari duration in Botswana
The Kruger National Park is one of the great natural sanctuaries of the world and is home to an impressive number of species including:
- 147 mammals.
- 507 birds.
- 114 reptiles.
- 34 amphibians.
- 49 fish.
- 336 trees.
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