4-Day Kruger Classic Big 5 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
  • Tour of the scenic Panorama Route

4 Days of Big 5 Safari and Panorama Route Bliss

We like to call this our best value tour since you get a whole lot of bang for your buck! On this safari tour, you will be 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.

Add to this a full day tour of the Panorama Route which includes, amongst others, the Blyde River Canyon, God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Lisbon and Berlin Falls. Perfection!

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 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:  Panorama Route

Today you will go on a tour of the Panorama Route. You depart on this 8 hour scenic excursion just after a scrumptious full course breakfast. Scenic stops along the Panorama Route include:

  • God’s Window
  • The Pinnacle
  • Bourke’s Luck Potholes
  • Blyde River Canyon
  • Wonderview
  • Three Rondawels
  • Graskop & Pilgrim’s Rest
  • At least 1 of the following waterfalls: Lisbon Falls, Mac-Mac Falls, Lone creek Falls. (Depends on time of year and rainfall)

Lunch at Harries pancakes at own cost.

You return to camp around 4 pm.  

Dinner & Overnight

Day 4: Return to Johannesburg 

This is the last day of your African Kruger budget safari.   This morning you have a choice. You can decide to sleep later before enjoying a hearty breakfast. You can then spend some time relaxing at the lodge before transferring back to Johannesburg. Alternatively, you can decide to go on a morning game drive (own cost – payable at the lodge). If you decide to do the game drive a packed breakfast will be provided.

Just before midday, the lodge will transfer you to the shuttle pickup point. You then return with shuttle to Johannesburg. Drop off at Johannesburg OR Tambo airport around 5.30 pm.

This is the end of your Kruger Budget Safari.

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.

  • Light layered casual clothing with some warm clothes esp a warm jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Swimwear in summer
  • Mosquito / Insect repellent
  • Camera / photographic equipment
  • Field Glasses (Binoculars)
  • Sunglasses
  • Cell Phone
  • Bottled water
  • Cash / Card
  • Umbrella in summer
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • 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
  • Panorama Route
  • Lunches
  • Drinks
  • Personal items
  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.