3-Day Kruger Classic Budget Safari

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Tour highlights include:

  • Well-appointed accommodation at a Private Safari Lodge
  • 2 x afternoon / early evening game drives
  • 1 x early morning game drive
  • All game drives conducted in open safari vehicles

Kruger Big 5 Safari on a Shoestring

For the time-strapped budget and adventure traveller, we have created an exciting Kruger Budget 3-Day Safari.  During these 3 days, you can enjoy some of South Africa’s finest wildlife spots at a very affordable rate! On this tour you will experience the thrill of being on safari, observing the Big 5 (lion, leopard, Cape Buffalo, rhino and elephant) as well as a host of antelope, birdlife and amphibians, and be inspired by an authentically African atmosphere in the largest game reserve in South Africa. Kruger National Park is larger than some small countries in Europe and is just less than two million hectares of conservation area.

On this Safari, you will enjoy comfortable accommodation in a private lodge, awesome game drives and beautiful scenery. Because of the well-trained guides, we are proud to offer an 80% Big 5 success rate on our game drives. All guides are FGASA (Field Guides Association of SA) registered.

We call this a budget safari simply because we have made the right arrangements with key suppliers and service providers that has enabled us to reduce the cost of this safari. Other than that there is nothing budget about this safari.

This tour takes place in the central region of Kruger National Park, and your base will be a lodge just outside Hazyview.

Day 1: Johannesburg to Kruger (Lowveld farmland route)

This Kruger budget safari departs daily from Johannesburg OR Tambo airport. You need to be at the OR Tambo bus terminal by 6.30 am. We will send you full instructions when you book your safari. The shuttle departs no later than 6.45 am.

During the shuttle transfer to the lodge, there will be two 15 minute comfort stops en route. You will also be able to buy snacks and refreshments during these comfort stops. ETA in Hazyview is around 1 pm. The lodge driver will meet you at the drop off point and transfer you to the lodge. This is a quick 5 – 10-minute drive.

After check-in, you will have time to relax and freshen up before boarding an open-sided Landcruiser for an exciting introductory sunset game drive in Kruger National Park. The lodge is about 15 – 20 minutes drive from the Phabeni Kruger Gate.

After your safari game drive, you return to the lodge where you can unwind, have drinks and relax.
Dinner at the lodge restaurant.

Day 2:   Kruger National Park – open vehicle game drives

This morning you will enjoy coffee/tea and rusks before departing on a full day of game viewing in the Kruger National Park (Skukuza area). A packed breakfast is included.  Game drives are in small groups in specially modified open sided land cruisers.

The Skukuza area is rich in wildlife and the elevated height of the 4×4 open-sided vehicle makes for excellent viewing and photographic opportunities. You’ll enjoy lunch at one of the park’s restaurants.  (own account). After lunch, we start the afternoon game drive in the Kruger National Park.

During these game drives, you’ll see a wide variety of wildlife and have plenty of photographic opportunities. After our tour, we’ll make our way to back to our lodge or camp.  

Dinner and overnight. 

Day 3: Return to Johannesburg 

This is the last day of your African Kruger budget safari.   This morning you have a choice between another morning game drive or a relaxing at the lodge.  This is an optional game drive and for own account (payable at the lodge)

Just before 12 noon, the lodge will transfer you to the shuttle pickup point in Hazyview. You will then return to Johannesburg with the shuttle. Comfort stops on the way. Drop off at Johannesburg OR Tambo airport around 5.30 pm.

This is the end of your 3-day Kruger Budget Safari.


Note:  This safari is also available as a 4-day package. Please ask us for details and pricing.

You will be picked up at the Shuttle Parking (A/B Terminal) at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. You need to be at the shuttle stop by 6.45 a.m.

You will be dropped off at the Shuttle Parking (A/B Terminal) at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Expected arrival time is approximately 17.00 p.m.

  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Mosquito / Bug repellant
  • Warm jacket for early morning game drives
  • A good camera, there will be excellent photo opportunities!
  • Cash for guides and driver tipping (optional, and to own discretion)
  • Light layered casual clothing for daytime
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Swimwear in summer
  • Bottled water
  • Prescription / chronic medication if applicable
  • Transfer in comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lowveld farmland route
  • Accommodation in comfortable chalets
  • Park fees and levies
  • Breakfast & dinners as per itinerary
  • Sunset game drive
  • Open vehicle game drives in Kruger National Park
  • Lunches
  • Bar Drinks
  • Personal items
  • Tips and Gratuities
  1. Cancellation charges less than 14 Days in advance: No refund
  2. Cancellation charges between 15-30 days in advance: 75% of full value plus R100 admin fee
  3. Cancellation charges between 31 - 60 days in advance: 50% of full value plus R100 admin fee
  4. Cancellation charges between 31 - 60 days in advance: Full refund minus 5% admin fee
  5. Changes in full of ownership to be handled on a case to case basis.