5 Day Kruger and Balule Experience
You will be collected from your accommodation, or from the airport, and driven to Greater Kruger National Park where you will do a 3 hour evening game drive and end off with a braai (barbeque) out in the African Bush. An early rise sees you going on a 4 hour Big five bush walk with armed rangers today, with 4 hour sundowners game drive done after lunch. An early wake up sees you going on a full day game drive deep into the heart of the Kruger National Park. The next morning takes us to an animal rehabilitation centre before heading out to do another 3 hour big five game drive. Enjoy an early morning game drive before getting your transport back to Johannesburg via the beautiful and scenic panorama route with a quick stop to gaze out at the beautiful vistas of the Blyde River Canyon.
The perfect budget safari package of Kruger National Park and its surrounds, including all the top highlights and game farms in the area.
Johannesburg – Greater Kruger National Park
Pick up from your hotel in Gauteng or Johannesburg Airport and travel via the Highveld grasslands to the subtropical Lowveld. At our main lodge in the Balule section of the Kruger National Park, unwind at the bar, enjoy a refreshing dip in our pool and relax in the beautiful tropical gardens. Board an open Landcruiser for a 3h Sunset Drive, your first opportunity to experience the varied fauna and flora of Africa. Watch the magnificent African sunset and, after dark, use spotlights to locate nocturnal animals. Dinner in the Marula Tree Boma will be a Bush Braai. Continue the night drive after dinner and overnight at your lodge.
Greater Kruger National Park
At sunrise drive to the mighty Olifants River to enjoy a 4h Bush Walk. Your rangers will lead you through the bush at a pace you can handle. The thrill of following big animals will remain with you forever. Adrenalin surges will be acute, notwithstanding that your rangers are adequately armed. Return to your lodge for brunch. Later you may sleep in your air-conditioned chalet, swim or read wildlife magazines in our Lapa Lounge. A light lunch will be served and at around 15h30, we enjoy a 4 h game drive on Balule Big Five Game Reserve. We stop for Sundowners and toast the splendour of Africa. The rangers are in constant contact so as to be informed of the movements of the animals. Return to your lodge at 19h30.
Greater Kruger National Park – Kruger Park
Drive to the Orpen Gate of Kruger on a custom-built open-sided Gameviewer. You will have an opportunity to view game without intervening glass windows and also listen to and smell the denizens of the bush. We have regular stops at picnic spots, rest camps and places of interest. The Orpen-Satara-Nwanedzi region’s open plains attract large herds of zebra, giraffe and antelope, that, in turn, attract many predators. In fact, this zone has the highest concentration of lions in Africa.
Greater Kruger National Park
Today we enjoy a morning tour of the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre for injured and orphaned animals and birds. You will have an opportunity to get close and personal to some of the residents, including lions and leopards. Return to your lodge for a light lunch. At around 15h00 we drive to Tshukudu Game Lodge for High Tea and are then taken for a 3 h game drive in this enclosed Big Five Reserve where our chances of seeing the Big Five are high.
Greater Kruger National Park – Johannesburg
Enjoy a Sunrise Drive. After breakfast, drive via the Panorama Route to see the scenic splendours including the Three Rondawels and the Blyde River Canyon. We return to Gauteng in the late afternoon. Airport drop off by arrangement.
This tour includes:
- 3-hour Sunset Drive on Balule Big 5 Reserve
- Bush Braai
- 4-hour Big Five Bush Walk with armed rangers
- 4-hour Game Drive on Balule Big 5 Reserve
- Full day in Kruger Park on open Gameviewer
- Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre
- 3-hour Game Drive on Tshukudu Big 5 Game Reserve
- Sunrise Drive
- Scenic highlights of Blyde Canyon