4 Day Kruger Experience


On this Kruger tour you will get the chance to find the Big 5 on a sunset game drive, spot game on foot during bush walks accompanied by an armed ranger, spend a full day in Kruger and sleep in a 4 star tented chalet, chalet, tree house or tent.

  • Transport to and from Johannesburg Airport
  • 3 Nights accommodation of your choice
  • 3 hour sunset drive on Balule Big 5 Reserve
  • Bush braai at Marula Tree Boma
  • 4 hour big five bush walk with armed rangers
  • 2 hour afternoon game drive on Balule
  • Full day in Kruger on open game viewer
  • Sunrise bush walk with armed ranger
  • Scenic highlights of Blyde River Canyon including Three Rondavels
  • 3 dinners
  • 3 breakfasts

Depending on which type of accommodation you choose the prices for this tour are as follows:

Sharing a tented chalet: ZAR 15300 p.p.
This option is ideal if you are travelling with your family or a small group of friends and prefer a bit more privacy.

Private tented chalet: ZAR 17200
You will have one of our private rooms all to yourself.

Sharing a chalet: ZAR 11400 p.p.
This option is ideal if you are travelling with your family or a small group of friends and prefer a bit more privacy.
Private chalet: ZAR 12800
You will have one of our private rooms all to yourself.

Sharing a tree house: ZAR 10500 p.p.
This option is ideal if you are travelling with your family or a small group of friends and prefer a bit more privacy.

Private tree house: ZAR 11400
You will have one of our private rooms all to yourself.

Sharing a tent: ZAR 9300 p.p.
This option is ideal if you are travelling with your family or a small group of friends and prefer a bit more privacy.

Private tent: ZAR 10100
You will have one of our private rooms all to yourself.

DAY 1:

You are picked up from your hostel or Johannesburg Airport and brought to Tremisana Lodge in the Big Five Balule Game Reserve via Dullstroom or Nelspruit. There we board an open Landcruiser for a sunset drive in this Big Five Game Reserve. After dark, spotlights are used to locate nocturnal animals. In the our new Marula Tree Boma deep in the African bush we serve you an unforgettable bush braai. Accommodation as per your choice.

DAY 2:

Start an exhilarating day of unforgettable bush life by awakening at beautiful sunrise. We drive you to a remote part of the Balule Game Reserve, where you enjoy a 4h bush walk accompanied by an experienced field guide leading you through the bush. You get the chance to take amazing photos of Africa’s large animals, who will remind you of this mind blowing experience forever. Even though the ranger leading you is adequately armed, there won’t be a lack of adrenaline rushes. We offer you brunch at Tremisana Lodge and high tea at 14h00. At around 15h00 we go on an afternoon game drive before you transfer to Marc’s Camp. Accommodation as per your choice.

DAY 3:

After breakfast you spend the day travelling through the Orpen Gate of Kruger. The Orpen Gate of Kruger provides the highest percentage population of giraffe, zebra wildebeest and impala, which then again attracts numerous lions and other predators. Due to the added elevation and because it has no windows, the open-sided game-viewer allows for excellent viewing and photographic opportunities. A qualified guide is with you to show you the various animals that frequent this outstanding wildlife environment. Dinner is served at Marc’s Camp. Accommodation as per your choice.

DAY 4:

Enjoy an early morning bush walk accompanied by an armed ranger, who will show us various interesting details of the bush as insects, spoor and scats. You get the chance to encounter buffalo, nyala and other game on foot. We serve breakfast before you transfer to the Three Rondavels of the Blyde River Canyon. Return to your hostel or airport is at around 17h00.​

Extra/Optional Activities:

There are many other activities to do around the Kruger area. Whether you are interested in sports, adventure, culture or history, there is something for everyone. If you are interested in booking any of the activities mentioned below, please contact us on [email protected] and we will send you more information and rates.

Set out on a quad bike along beautiful trails, winding your way through the thick bush of the Sabie Valley. Discover the beauty of the region, passing through lush plantations and into the African bush. The tour is led by a qualified guide who will help you identify the local birdlife and any animals encountered. At the end, rest in the dappled shade of a tree overlooking one of the regions picturesque waterfalls and have a refreshing, tasty picnic lunch.

  • Duration: between 2 to 3 hours with several stops to rest and take in the scenic views over the Sabie River.

The lower-Sabie River is one of the best introductions newbie’s can have to white water rafting. Anyone can take part, including children, depending on the level of the water. The trips take place on inflatable rafts, and groups can range in size up to 40 people. The course covers 8km and is suitable for novice rafters. There are 20 rapids, the hardest of which is grade 3, which is considered easy. The excursion is the perfect way to experience the beauty of the river and spot some of the many different species of birds which live in the area. There will be moments in-between the rapids where you can swim in the clean water and attempt to wave surf and boogie board. This is a fun day out for families especially those with teenagers! At the end you will be treated to a delicious picnic lunch.

  • Daily
  • Includes lunch and all safety equipment

Challenge yourself by abseiling down Makuhlu, a 27 metre boulder that is perfect for abseiling. Hike up the back of the mountain and enjoy sweeping views of the Sabie River into the Kruger National Park before securely attaching yourself to the guide rope and bounding down the rock face for a thrilling experience.

  • Daily
  • All safety equipment is provided

South Africa offers some of the best zip line experiences in the World. Imagine speeding out into the air at speeds of up to 100km per hour, and over 77 meters off the ground. Feel the rush and hear the wind whistling in your ears as you rush towards the ground. This is a great addition to a safari in the Kruger National Park.

  • Daily
  • All safety equipment is provided

Mountain boarding is like skate-boarding down the mountainside in the manner of sand boarding, just with a few more obstacles. This is a thrilling adventure for adrenaline seekers looking for something completely different. The activity takes place on forestry roads and you pass through some scenic forests. You will start with a training session on the gentle grass slopes to help you find your balance before taking on the more rugged mountain paths. It is recommended that you bring along some old clothes that you dont mind getting dirty for this activity.

  • Daily
  • Safety helmets and pads are provided

Immerse yourself in the traditional culture of the Shangaan people of South Africa. Taste ethnic dishes, experience traditional dance and singing and meet the locals on a visit to Shangana. South Africa is known for its many vibrant cultures and any holiday in the country should include some aspect of culture. If you are on holiday near Kruger National Park you can visit Shangana, an authentic cultural village. The people who live there are enthusiastic about showing people their cultural traditions. Many consider this visit to be a highlight of their holiday. During a visit to the village you will have the chance to experience the authentic traditions of the Shangaan. The Shangaan people are related to the Tsonga people. They live in the area between the Drakensberg Mountains and the Kruger National Park. There are tours conducted throughout the day by an English speaking guide. The guide will be from the village and usually speaks good English. They are very friendly, and are more than willing to answer any questions that you may have. The tour starts at the entrance where there is a market that sells beautifully crafted traditional jewellery that the Chief’s wife and daughters make.

Learn about village life and meet the Chief
You will be lead down a fairly steep path to the Chief’s house. The guide will then speak about how to pay your respects to the Chief. All around you the rest of the family go about their traditional way of life. One of the women pounds maize, or makes peanut butter the traditional way. Watch how the women craft intricate beadwork creations – maybe even test your own skills at beading.

Hand-crafted souvenirs
At the entrance there is a craft shop where you can buy beautifully crafted souvenirs. A great bonus here is that you can often meet the person who crafted the necklace or carving that you want to buy. This village is a community initiative and all the proceeds benefit the local community. By visiting Shangana you are helping support the village – sustainable tourism at its best.

Try a traditional delicacy
If you are on an evening tour you can taste traditional delicacies such as fried Maize worms or Crocodile. The main meal is usually chicken – something more familiar that won’t have you feeling squeamish. The food is cooked in the traditional manner and even the children should find something that they like.

Dancing to a different beat
The real highlight of the evening has to be the entertainment. The show features a range of energetic traditional dance routines, accompanied by drumming and melodious singing. Many of the tribes of Africa have a strong tradition of song and oral storytelling. The high paced routines will leave you feeling breathless as they keep in perfect rhythm. The performances are often interactive and guests often join in with the song and dance. Pamphlets are handed out with translations so that you can follow the story. The evening often incorporates elements from their many myths and legends.

Spend the night in a traditional home
You can also choose to sleep overnight in the village in a guest hut. These are beautifully constructed out of clay and are thatched. You will sleep in the traditional African manner on a mat on the floor. It may not sound glamorous, but is more comfortable than you might think and will allow you to experience how many people throughout Africa live.

  • Daily

Come and meet our primate cousins while on holiday in South Africa. Visit the Chimp Eden near Nelspruit and encounter one of the rarest creatures in the world. This is one of the easiest ways to see Chimpanzees in a semi-wild habitat. Many people have seen Chimpanzees on Television, but few have the chance to see them in real life. The Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden in South Africa is where the program Escape to Chimp Eden, shown on Animal Planet is filmed. You can visit the sanctuary and see these Chimps for yourself. The sanctuary is perhaps the easiest way to see Chimpanzees outside of a zoo.  Two of these tours coincide with feeding time and you can watch the animals forage for food and treats. A visit to this sanctuary is one of the best ways to see Chimpanzees behaving naturally.

  • Open daily
  • There are guided tours offered three times a day at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00.

Many tourists miss some of South Africa’s best hiking routes which are just outside of the Kruger National Park. These day trips would make a great addition to a safari holiday. The Sabie River Valley offers some interesting hikes for outdoor enthusiasts. There are a number of various trails that pass through the Pine and Gum tree plantations and picturesque indigenous forest in the valley. This article is going to focus on the day trails that can be done in the area. However, there are several famous overnight trails in the area, the most famous of which is probably the Fanie Botha Trail.

The Loerie Trail
Perhaps the most famous of these must be the Loerie Trail. This route starts at the Castle Rock Caravan Park by the Bridal Veil Falls. It is a fairly challenging 10 km walk that passes several picturesque waterfalls, including Glynis and Elna Falls. It ascends the sides of the valley allowing you to take in the sweeping views. The final section of the route follows the beautiful Sabie River, and you might be lucky enough to see Hippo and Crocodiles. The trail is named after the beautiful green Knysna Loerie and you should keep a look out for them in the forests during your hike. There are many natural streams and during the rains many seasonal waterfalls and rare wildflowers, make this one of the most scenic hikes in the country. The water is bilharzia free, so pack your swimming costume and have a dip to cool off.

The Forest Falls Nature Walk
A shorter trail which is a great option for a family outing, perhaps with teenagers is the Forest Falls trail. It is a 4km circular route which leaves from the Green Heritage Picnic Site. This walk takes you through fragrant pine plantations, and into pristine low veldt bush. It continues along the Mac Mac River to the Forest Falls. The different trees along this route are all named, adding to the hike. The birding is excellent and you should keep a look out for the many species that live in the region. To get to the Green Heritage Picnic Site take the R532 towards Graskop, and just after you cross the railway line the picnic area is on the right.

The Graskop Day Trail
This trail forms part of the Fanie Botha Trail and begins at the Graskop Hut. It is fairly easy hike if you have a reasonable level of fitness. The route is 13km long and takes you through the scenic pine plantations for the first few kilometres before descending into indigenous bush. A highlight of the excursion is the Forest Falls. This trail is great for birding enthusiasts.

Maps and Permits
You need to obtain a permit or pay an entrance fee to do these hikes. Permits and route maps can be purchased from Merry Pebbles, the Lowveld Tourism Information Center, Komatiland Eco-Tourism, Mac Mac Forest Retreat and Valley View Backpackers. For the longer hikes, allow yourself between 3 and 4 hours to do the route at a leisurely pace. During the rainy season the roads can become very muddy and the trails slippery, so wear good hiking shoes.

What to bring
Remember to wear a swimming costume (so you can cool off in the crystal clear pools). Please only cool off in the mountain streams and pools and not the rivers. Take a towel, sun block, sunglasses, a hat and at least 1 litre of water. Perhaps take a light pack with a picnic lunch to enjoy in a scenic spot.






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