Set out on a Kruger Park Lodge Safari adventure into the wild! The most renowned conservation area in south Africa, this Kruger Park trip an inexpensive way to discover Big 5 wildlife.
Embark on a thrilling journey into the Kruger National Park for an unforgettable safari. Head out on game drives in comfortable 4x4 open safari vehicles to spot wild animals like lions, zebras, buffaloes, cheetahs and elephants. Try some delicious traditional African cuisine, admire sweeping vistas, learn something new about the flora and fauna from experienced guides and marvel at the star-studded African sky.
- Journey along the Drakensberg Escarpment.
- Full Day Kruger Safari tour in search of wildlife.
- Explore Kruger National Park after dark on a Sunset Game Drive.
- 1 Day at leisure to join an optional excursions.
- Morning Nature Walk.
- Stop at view points along the panoramic tour, including Blyde River Canyon & Bourke's Potholes.
Depart from Johannesburg (Pick up from any City Hotel in JNB)
End: Johannesburg City Hotels, lodges, Resorts or O.R Tambo Airport.
Age Restriction Min 5yrs
Accommodation Thornhill Safari Lodge
Most Meals Included
Shuttle & Open Safari Vehicles
Day 1 Johannesburg/Greater Kruger National Park
Sawubona! Welcome to South Africa. We depart early morning (around 6am) from Johannesburg, the 'City of Gold' and head off on an adventure of a lifetime. A truly unique African experience unfolds as we enter the Greater Kruger National Park ecosystem arriving at our Lodge in time for lunch (570 km, approx 8-9 hours travel time including stops along the way).
Located in the greater Kruger, our accommodation is wonderfully intimate, with just 14 twin-share rooms. Rooms are constructed from local materials and are tastefully decorated and comfortably appointed. The lodge also offers a cosy bar, perfect for chatting with the other guests over a drink or two. There is also a crystal-clear swimming pool for a refreshing post-safari swim. However we think the quality which makes our lodge stand out from the rest is the friendliness and helpfulness of our team. They are committed to making your stay memorable!
Overnight Thornhill Safari Lodge
Day 2 Greater Kruger National Park
One of the largest game reserves in Southern Africa, Kruger National Park is home to over 500 bird species, 100 species of reptile and 150 mammal species, including the Big Five and the endangered African wild dog.
An early rise, as we make our way to the Kruger.
Our wildlife experience begins as soon as we enter the park, heading into prime game viewing areas where we hope to catch a glimpse of some of the amazing animals found inside the park, including the Big Five.
Enjoy breakfast at one of the picnic spots before continuing through the park. Our entire day will be spent game viewing, bird watching and stopping off at the various waterholes en route.
We depart the park in the late afternoon and return to the lodge for an evening of relaxation.
Included Activities Kruger game drive
Overnight Thornhill Safari Lodge
Days 3-4 Greater Kruger National Park/Panorama Route
The following morning we depart the lodge and make our way up the Drakensberg Escarpment. Our journey takes us along the Panoramic Route, some of the most stunning scenery South Africa has to offer. The sights en route include: God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Three Rondavels and the magnificent Blyde River Canyon. After a full day of exploring we return to the lodge and relax around the fire listening to the night sounds of Africa.
Your final day at the lodge spent at your leisure, relaxing at the lodge or taking part in the various optional activities on offer.
In the afternoon you will be transferred to a neighbouring game reserve for a final game drive. Guided by the aid of spotlights, we track the elusive creatures of the night, after which we return to the lodge to enjoy a boma dinner.
Included Activities Panorama Route, Bourkes Luck Potholes, 4x4 Game Drive
Optional Activities Kapama cheetah project - ZAR290, Cultural village - ZAR180, Kruger park day trip - ZAR940, Moholoholo wildlife centre - ZAR290
Overnight Thornhill Safari Lodge (2 Nights)
Day 5 Johannesburg
Rise early and head out on a morning bush walk. Guided by a qualified nature guide, we learn about nature's finer details like bird, tree and spoor identification.
Transfer back to Johannesburg (600 km, approx 8-9 hrs). There's plenty of time to stop and explore along the way. Take in amazing views at the viewpoint over the awesome Blyde River Canyon.
On arrival in Jo'burg you can be dropped at the airport or any nominated Johannesburg or Pretoria hotel. No accommodation is provided for tonight, but we are able to book you additional accommodation in Johannesburg. Please ask at time of booking.
Please don't book any international flights until after 10pm this evening.
Included Activities Morning nature walk
Please note if our lodge is full you will be accommodated in a similar lodge in the same area and the accommodation may be in a tented lodge.
Start & Finish Time:
This trip starts and ends in Johannesburg. We depart very early on Day 1 so it is essential that you overnight in Johannesburg the day before the tour. If you want to explore Johannesburg at either end of the tour, please allow additional days.
This trip finishes upon arrival in Johannesburg on Day 4. On arrival in Johannesburg you can be dropped at the airport or at our finishing point hotel. Please do not book any flights until after 10pm this evening.
Min Age for Bush Walk:
Due to Kruger National Park safety regulations, children under 16 are not be permitted to participate in the bush walks in this itinerary.
Joining point instructions
You can be picked up at any nominated hotel or property in Johannesburg and Pretoria. We can also drop off at OR Tambo Airport, or your nominated hotel. We cannot pick up from residential adresses due to delays casued.
Departure times will vary according to required pick-up locations on each departure.
**It is your responsibility to confirm with us which pick-up point you would like to be collected from.
Our local operations team will leave a message at the front desk of your pick-up location the evening prior to departure to advise your specific departure time. We ask you to arrive 15 minutes prior to the departure time as we won't be able to wait.
Pre and Post trip accommodation can also be arranged at the following hotels, please advise your agent at the time of booking which hotel you would like to book.
Holiday Inn Sandton
123 Rivonia Road
Approx Metered taxi cost: ZAR400-650
Approx time & distance from the OR Tambo Airport: 15 to 45 mins (45km)
Brown Sugar Backpackers
Address: 75 Observatory Avenue, Observatory Ext 1, Johannesburg
Approx Metered taxi cost: ZAR 150 – 250
Approx time & distance from the OR Tambo Airport: 15 to 20 min (18km)
Town Lodge Airport - Herman Road
Harmeile Ext 2, Germiston
Approx Metered taxi cost: ZAR100-150
Approx time & distance from the OR Tambo Airport: 5-15 min (5km)
Road Lodge Airport
Address: Kruin Street, off Herman Road, Harmelia Ext 2, Germiston
Approx Metered taxi cost: ZAR100-150
Approx time & distance from the OR Tambo Airport: 5-15 mi (5km)
What to take
Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible, we recommend keeping the weight under 10kg / 22lb.
You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing, some warm items for the evenings, and long shirts and pants for protection against mosquitoes. Clothes should be easy to wash and dry. Some people like to take jeans for evenings out but they can be tough to dry and should not be used for trekking. Avoid nylon and other synthetics, which can be very uncomfortable in hot weather. Ex-military or military style clothing and equipment is NOT recommended.
As this trip includes bush walking we highly recommend that you take a pair of comfortable, closed-in walking shoes. Closed-in shoes will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush/grass-lands, and will also act as a barrier protection in rare cases against bites or stings from dangerous animals in this environment.
Kruger National Park is a Low-Risk Malaria Area. We reccommend taking precaution against malaria, however it is not compulsory.
Travel insurance is compulsory on this trip. You should be covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
You won't be permitted to join this trip until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by our local representative.
If you have credit card insurance our local representative will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact telephone number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.