5 Day Kruger Experience

Overview

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, visit a wildlife rehabilitation centre and sleep in a 4 star tented chalet, chalet, tree house or tent.

Included:
  • Transport to and from Johannesburg Airport
  • 4 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
  • 3 hour game drive on Thukudu Big 5 Reserve
  • Sunrise bush walk with armed ranger
  • Visit to Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre
  • Scenic highlights of Blyde River Canyon including Three Rondavels
  • 4 dinners
  • 4 breakfasts
Prices

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

4 STAR TENTED CHALET IN KATEKANI LODGE
Sharing a tented chalet: ZAR 17200 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 19100
You will have one of our private rooms all to yourself.

CHALET AT TREMISANA LODGE
Sharing a chalet: ZAR 12800 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 14200
You will have one of our private rooms all to yourself.

TREE HOUSE AT MARC’S CAMP
Sharing a tree house 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 tree house: ZAR 12300
You will have one of our private rooms all to yourself.

TENT AT MARC’S CAMP
Sharing a tent ZAR 10100 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 10900
You will have one of our private rooms all to yourself.

DAY 1:

We pick you up from your hotel in Gauteng or Johannesburg Airport and travel to the subtropical Lowveld via the Highveld grasslands. At Tremisana Game Lodge in the Balule section of the Kruger National Park you have time to unwind at the bar, enjoy a refreshing dip in our pool and relax in the beautiful tropical gardens before we board an open land cruiser for a 3h sunset drive. This is your first opportunity to experience the varied fauna and flora of Africa. We enjoy watching the magnificent African sunset and, after dark, use spotlights to locate nocturnal animals. A traditional South African dinner is served in the Boma. Accommodation as per your choice.

DAY 2:

We drive to a remote spot along the Olifants River to enjoy a 4h Bush Walk at sunrise and experience the thrill of following big animals accompanied by a ranger leading you through the bush at a pace you can handle. Adrenalin surges will come to their expense, even if your ranger is adequately armed. After returning to Tremisana Lodge for brunch we enjoy an afternoon game drive at around 15h00. Dinner is served at Marc’s Camp. Accommodation as per your choice.

DAY 3:

Drive to the Orpen Gate of Kruger on a custom-built open-sided game-viewer and get the opportunity to view game without glass windows between them and you. You can listen to and smell the denizens of the African bush. During our drive we have regular stops at picnic spots, rest camps and places of interest. The Orpen-Satara-Nwanedzi of Kruger Park boasts open plains and supports large herds of zebra, giraffe and antelope, which then again attracts numerous lions and other predators. The zones we will visit have the highest concentration of lions throughout Africa! ​Accommodation as per your choice.

DAY 4:

After breakfast we visit the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre, where injured and orphaned animals and birds receive medical treatment. There you get the opportunity to get close to some of the centre’s residents, as, for example, lions and leopards. At around 15h00 we drive to a Big 5 Game Lodge and enjoy another open vehicle game drive. Accommodation as per your choice.

DAY 5:

Enjoy a walk at sunrise before breakfast is served. Afterwards, we drive up the Panorama Route to see the scenic splendours including the Three Rondavels and the Blyde River Canyon. Return to Gauteng will be in the late afternoon. Airport drop-off can be arranged if requested.​

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.

QUAD BIKING
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.

WHITE WATER RAFTING
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

ABSEILING
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

ZIP LINE
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
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

AFRICAN CULTURE SHANGANA
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

THE CHIMPANZEE EDEN
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.

HIKE SABIE VALLEY
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.

4 STAR KATEKANI TENTED LODGE

TREMISANA LODGE

 MARC’S CAMP

TREEHOUSE AT MARC’S CAMP

TENT AT MARC’S CAMP

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