Five-day Kruger Tour
Affordable Bushcamp with Game Drives.
Go on morning and afternoon game drives in an open safari vehicle in prime Big 5 areas, a guided walk with an armed and experienced ranger while staying in comfortable tented accommodation in an unfenced camp. The permanent tents have private bathrooms with outdoor showers, electricity and beds with fine linen. The camp has a splash pool and a spotlit waterhole.
Day by Day
From the city to the Kruger is a 5-hour drive with a safe and reputable shuttle service.
A late lunch is served in the shady gardens. Accommodation is in mini Meru-style tents (cottage style) with a private, outdoor bathroom alongside. The tents are furnished with beds, bedside tables, mats, reading lamps and luggage racks. The tented patio has chairs and a table and looks out over a waterhole.
After lunch and as the day cools down, we set off on the afternoon game drive of about 3 hours, returning after dark. We cross a large section of Balule Game Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger Park, with a pleasing diversity of landscapes, from rocky outcrops to river frontage, the corresponding wildlife is varied and rewarding. All of the Big Five are found in this area and the chances of seeing them are good, but never guaranteed. Many other animals also abound here.
Go on an early morning game drive in an open safari vehicle with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic ranger guide. Explore the vast area of Balule Nature Reserve, making up a part of the Greater Kruger Park. This area is well-known for its regular lion sightings and plentiful elephant herds. There is also the possibility of seeing less common animals like the klipspringer, a specially adapted little antelope living on rocky outcrops, or maybe the regal sable antelope. The drive is about 3 hours long with stops for refreshments along the way, and maybe a short stroll where you interpret animal tracks.
Breakfast is a laid on with fresh fruit, a selection of cold meat and cheeses and a cooked english meal of eggs and sausages and lots of toast. Relax in the camp during the heat of the day at the splash pool or in the upstairs lounge, keeping an eye on the waterhole where animals come to drink. Enjoy a light lunch and then an afternoon/night game drive. After dinner, take a hot shower under the stars before climbing into bed, sleeping under canvas in the bush.
At dawn, we wake with the birds and drive out. While driving, we check the sandy roads for fresh animal tracks that give us an indication of where the animals are and what went down during the night. Telltale tracks or “spoor” are fascinating to interpret and estimate the age of the passage of animals. During the bush walk, we often stop to examine the spoor and visualise the sequence of events. We will pause for birds to listen to their calls and other sounds, learn about fascinating insect actions, discover the natural vegetation and its traditional uses and hopefully see some mammals.
Enjoy an open-air shower back in the camp and test your new birding skills. Have a light lunch and G&T to punctuate midday, and perhaps a nap before the afternoon drive. This is nature-based relaxation of the simple kind. Evening meals are, weather willing, in the boma alongside the fire, listening to the sounds of the night.
Meet your guide and fellow travellers for coffee at the fire as dawn breaks, listening for the last calls of the animals of the night. Set out on the last morning game drive, hoping to check off the last few species on your wishlist. Enjoy a final outdoor shower and a full breakfast before departing for the shuttle stop on the Olifants River. Proceed with your transfer back to Johannesburg and the airport.
Safari Easy- four night Kruger tour
This Tour Includes…
Return road transfer from Johannesburg
All meals and teas/coffee as well as filtered water.
Morning and afternoon/ evening open vehicle game drives and guided walks.
- Drnks from the honesty bar and while on sundowner stops.
- Conservation levy of ZAR350 per person.