5 Day Kruger Park and Sabi Sand Safari
For the visitor who wants to experience the contrasts of Kruger Park and adjacent Sabi Sand Private Reserve, we offer safaris that will give you all the comfort of a game lodge as well as traditional accommodation in the rest camps. Great safari meals are prepared by our qualified guides and game drives are conducted in open vehicles. It is a great option if you do not want to self-drive. Visitors are transferred direct to Kruger Park and return via the Panorama Route, one of the most scenic areas of South Africa.
COST: R14 010 per person sharing (1 October 2016 – 30 September 2016) ((Min 1 pax to depart & no single supplement))
Day 1: Gauteng – Kruger Park
We depart from Johannesburg between 06h30 – 08h00 to allow for various collection points. Our route takes us through the wide open spaces of the Highveld, down the escarpment and through the scenic Lowveld area. We stop for lunch en-route (own expense) and reach the Kruger National Park and Skukuza Rest Camp in the afternoon.
After we have settled in, we head out on our first game drive! We conduct all our game drives in specially adapted 4x4 open game drive vehicles to allow our guests the best possible vantage point. On our return, we have some time to visit the Park’s shop, go for a walk & just familiarising ourselves with our surroundings.
Dinner is a two course safari meal, served al fresco at our private camp. Wine is served with dinner but guests are welcome to bring along additional / alternative drinks which can be purchased at the shop.
Day 2: Full day in the Park
We rise early and depart on an early morning drive in the hope of finding some of the nocturnal and diurnal animals before they settle down for the day. This is also the most active time for most predators, both big and small. With the sun slowly climbing higher above the savannah, we experience all that the park has to offer, including the well marketed Big 5 and the incredible wealth of flora, birds and smaller mammals that make the Kruger Park unique.
On returning to Skukuza, breakfast/brunch will be ready at our camp. You then have time to enjoy a swim, visit the Skukuza museum, catch up on some sleep, visit the park shop which includes African curios, general food items and drinks, take a walk around the camp, or simply relax at the viewing platform in front of the restaurant, which overlooks the Sabie River. Skukuza is also a bird watcher’s paradise! Be sure to bring along your binoculars!
In the afternoon, we will head out once more in our own open game drive vehicle. By now you will already have seen quite a lot and we will go in search of the ones that have eluded us thus far!
We share safari stories at the camp fire under the stars after a scrumptious dinner served at our camp.
(Breakfast & Dinner included)
Day 3: Kruger Park – Sabi Sand Game Reserve
After an early wake-up call (the time varies according to the seasons and park gate opening times) we have tea or coffee & rusks (dried biscuits to be dunked in your coffee or tea). Our morning safari will take approximately 3 hours. Your guide has an intimate knowledge of the park, which contributes a great deal towards brilliant sightings!
Directly after breakfast at our camp, we head to the world renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve in our closed, air conditioned tour vehicle. We arrive in time for lunch and have some time to freshen up before departing on your afternoon game drive in one of the lodge’s open game drive vehicles. This drive generally takes about 4 hours and tends to extend into the early evening. The Sabi Sand is particularly famous for its brilliant sightings of leopard. Although we cannot guarantee these sightings, your chances of seeing these magnificent animals are very good!
Dinner is served under the stars (weather permitting). The day ends with discussions around the open fire about what you saw today and the plans for tomorrow.
(Breakfast, Lunch & dinner included)
Day 4: Full day in Sabi Sand
Sabi Sand lodges offer two game drives per day, during which your experienced game ranger and expert local Shangaan tracker will share their extensive knowledge and love for the African bush with you. Due to a carefully planned and managed habituation process, animals and birds in the reserve have become used to having the game drive vehicles in close proximity, without feeling threatened. This allows us to get really close to them and forms part of the appeal of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve!
After breakfast guests are welcome to join the morning walk. The rest of the day is spent at leisure, relaxing in your room or at the pool. Lunch is served around 14h00. Meal times are a sociable affair, with dinner served under the stars (weather permitting). Only the freshest produce is used and this is served with the local wines which South Africa is famous for.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
Day 5: Sabi Sand – Panorama Route – Johannesburg
An early wake-up call and coffee signals the start of your last safari of this journey. One last opportunity to experience the magic that only the African Bush can offer!
Upon your return breakfast is served. Directly after breakfast we begin our journey back to Johannesburg. The final highlight of our safari is exploring the renowned Panorama Route! Attractions visited include the Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels, Lisbon Waterfalls and Pilgrims Rest. We stop en-route for lunch (own expense).
The drive back to Johannesburg takes at least 6 hours and guests are advised to sleep over in Johannesburg on this night.
Accommodation in Kruger Park:
Accommodation is in en-suite chalets with beds, linen, towels & soap. These chalets have a small fridge, air conditioning and mosquito proofing on the doors & windows.
Accommodation inSabi Sands:
Accommodation is in luxury en-suite rooms with beds, linen, towels & amenities. Facilities vary from lodge to lodge. Rooms are fully serviced and guests’ every need is catered to.
Transport for the duration of your safari
Pick up and drop off in Johannesburg/Pretoria
Professional drivers / guides (FGASA registered – Field Guides Association of Southern Africa)
Meals as specified per itinerary
All day drives in the Kruger National Park in an open game drive vehicle
All day/night drives in the Sabi Sand
All entry fees and daily conservation levies
Accommodation as per chosen option
Bottled mineral water during the day in the Kruger National Park
A glass of wine with evening meals in the Kruger National Park
Select Panorama Route attractions on the last day
Meals not specified in itinerary
Guests are welcome to bring their own drinks to dinner in the Kruger Park, which can be purchased at the Park’s shop
All drinks in the Sabi Sand
Items of a personal nature