4 Day Kruger Park Encounter - South Africa Small Group Safari
A classic safari with a touch of comfort and class in South Africa's premier national park, Kruger. We stay in a private concession in the Greater Kruger area. Enjoy expert guiding, superb cuisine, and the peace and beauty of Africa's natural wildlife habitat.
Brief ItineraryDay 1: Panzi Bushcamp, Greater Kruger Days 2 & 3: Kruger National Park Day 4: Johannesburg
- Kruger National Park
Day 1: Panzi Bush Camp, Greater Kruger (Dx1)
After leaving Johannesburg behind we travel through scenic Mpumalanga to a private game reserve bordering the Kruger National Park. The Panzi Bushcamp is situated in the Gurnsey Private Reserve in the Greater Kruger Park. It is a secluded and shady camp situated near the Orpen Gate. Accommodation, for a maximum of 16 guests, is in en-suite twin chalets with full bedding. There is a raised wooden walkway connecting the chalets with the dining and viewing deck area, bar, pool and open fire. A comfortable and restful bushcamp, ideal to relax after a hard day's game viewing.
Days 2 & 3: Kruger National Park (Bx2 / Lx2 / Dx2)
We rise early and transfer into open safari vehicles each day for game viewing in the National Park. Kruger is South Africa's 'flagship' reserve. With over two million hectares of unrivalled diversity, Kruger - home to over 500 species of birds, almost 150 species of mammals (including some 12000 elephants), over 100 reptiles, some 23000 plant species, and a variety of amphibians and even some 50 species of fish - is one of the world's great reserves. Bordering Mozambique's Limpopo National Park (to the east), and Zimbabwe's Gonarezhou National Park (to the north) - creating the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park - it forms an enormous and varied area where wildlife roams at will in its natural habitat. The free movement of wildlife throughout the area was made more open by the recent removal of fences on Kruger's western boundaries with the adjacent private reserves. We have time to explore the wilderness and gain an insight into why this is such a world renowned reserve. We maximise the typically 'best times' for viewing (ie early morning/late afternoon) and hope to see the 'Big Five' - elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo - and some of the little known smaller but no less rewarding varieties.
Keep in mind when gamedriving that Kruger is not like a 'wildlife park' such as ones you may find in the western world; it's a wildlife reserve set in the African bush (what in South Africa is known as the 'low-veld'), covering an area the size of Wales! It contains an enormous variety of Africa's wildlife but with all safaris, we may need to search awhile before finding; keep camera and (or) binoculars) at ready - catching sight of lion, or elephant, or rhino, or antelope in its natural habitat will make the driving and waiting worthwhile!
Meals are had in camp (breakfasts/dinners) and during gamedriving, where lunch is usually had at selected picnic sites within the park. As evening comes on most clients are ready to relax by the pool or around the fire and experience the quiet and calm of the African night.
Another idea to consider at some stage during your stay is to arrange (optionally) a Night Drive or a Game walk in the National Park (or neighbouring private reserve). Speak to your guide who will be pleased to arrange it.
Day 4: Kruger National Park, Johannesburg (Bx1)
We have a final early morning game drive before eventually leaving the Kruger area. We transfer back into minivans and make our way through Mpumalanga and Gauteng provinces to Johannesburg where we aim to arrive by late afternoon/ early evening.