In assocciation with Kalahari Wildlife Tours

Tour 44A: 8+ Day Kruger Park Wildlife Tour

This tour covers 01 National Park

MALARIA FREE AREA!

8 Days
7 Nights

DAY 01 Johannesburg – Kruger National Park / Berg-en-Dal (South Africa)
DAY 02 Kruger National Park / Lower Sabie
DAY 03 Kruger National Park / Skukuza
DAY 04 Kruger National Park / Satara
DAY 05 Kruger National Park / Satara
DAY 06 Kruger National Park / Letaba
DAY 07 Magoebaskloof Getaway
DAY 08 Johannesburg – Departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

This tour going through southern and central Kruger National Park, South Africa’s flagship park. The route passes some of the best wildlife areas in the park. Fixed accommodation is in the Standard Chalets/Bungalows.

DAY 01 Johannesburg – Kruger National Park
Time of departure will depend on clients’ travel schedule to OR Tambo International. Flight schedule to be finalised. (Flight not included)

Depart from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares Kruger is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.

Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Man’s interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries – from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites is very evident in the Kruger National Park.

Kruger is one of the premier game-watching destinations in the world and is home to the Big Five with an estimated 1,500 lion, 12,000 elephant, 2,500 buffalo, 1,000 leopards and 5,000 rhino (black and white). Hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra, warthog and many antelope species roam Kruger. Other large carnivores include cheetah, wild dog and spotted hyena.

With the Kruger National Park being so vast it naturally has a tremendous botanic diversity including 336 tree species. Due to the diverse habitats and various water points, Kruger is an exceptionally rewarding birding Park and has a list of over 500 bird species, some of which are not to be found elsewhere in South Africa .

Enter the park at Malelane Gate. Game drive to Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp. On the northern and southern sides dry riverbeds and a dam border the camp. There are large trees along the streams and dry riverbeds. Special care has been taken to preserve the natural vegetation in the camp. Berg-en-Dal is also the only camp set in a rugged mountain environment.

Afternoon game drive if time allows. Chances are good to see rhino in the area.

Optional guided night drive in open vehicle can be done at all rest camps in Kruger Park
Overnight: Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp
Meals: B, L & D

DAY 02 Kruger National Park
Game drive to Lower Sabie. Lower Sabie graces the banks of the Sabie River, one of the few perennial rivers to flow through the Kruger National Park. Visitors cannot but feel soothed by the view towards the river and the Lebombo Mountains beyond.

In this rest camp, the bounty and plenitude of nature are very evident, eloquently symbolised by the most conspicuous of its numerous trees, the mighty sycamore fig, which provides generously for the livelihood of many birds and insects. Watch the endless procession of animals coming to drink at the Sabie River.

Afternoon game drive. Route will depend on reported sightings on the sightings board in camp
Overnight: Lower Sabie Rest Camp
Meals: B, L & D

DAY 03 Kruger National Park
Game drive to Skukuza. Along the Sabie River. This is one of the best wildlife areas in Kruger.
Skukuza is the Kruger National Park’s largest rest camp and administrative headquarters.
It is situated on the southern banks of the Sabie River. The camp is well foliaged and there are some lofty trees along the river’s edge. Activities and facilities are diverse, as are the animals and plants found both within the camp and in the surrounding areas.

Afternoon game drive. Route will depend on reported sightings on the sightings board in camp
Overnight: Skukuza Rest Camp
Meals: B, L & D

DAY 04 Kruger National Park
Game drive to Satara. Satara is a busy camp, and not without reason. It is situated in an excellent game viewing area, with the bush relatively open and the animals plentiful and diverse.

The camp itself has a rustic charm, with the bulk of the accommodation set out in a series of circles. Satara is well wooded and the bird-life is prolific. At night the clink of fruit bats is fused with the chirping of cicadas and crickets. The calls of owls and nightjars add to the symphony that is punctuated intermittently by the whoop of hyena, the screech of jackal and the roars of lion. Satara is known for sightings of predators.

Afternoon game drives in Satara area. Route will depend on reported sightings on the sightings board in camp
Overnight: Satara Rest Camp
Meals: B, L & D

DAY 05 Kruger National Park
Morning and afternoon game drives in Satara area.
Overnight: Satara Rest Camp
Meals: B, L & D

DAY 06 Kruger National Park
Game drive to Letaba Rest Camp. The idyllic Letaba Rest Camp is situated on a sweeping bend of the Letaba River, midway between the southern and northern boundaries of the Kruger National Park.
The name means “river of sand”, and the sandy riverbed is an excellent location for game viewing, particularly elephant, which thrive in the area. Letaba is a green oasis in the surrounding mopane veld, and remains a firm favourite with visitors. At night the stars overlook a symphony of sounds. Owls, nightjars, frogs, fruit bats, crickets and cicadas all vie to be heard, until the lion roars, then all are silent.

Visit the Elephant Hall. The museum covers elephant evolution, biology, behaviour, ecology and research. It also showcases the ivory of eight of Kruger’s greatest tuskers (including six of the Magnificent Seven). This site introduces you to these, and some of Kruger’s other big tuskers.

Afternoon game drive. Route will depend on reported sightings on the sightings board in camp
Overnight: Letaba Rest Camp
Meals: B, L & D

DAY 07 Kruger National Park – Magoebaskloof
Game drive to Phalaborwa Gate. Exit the park and continue to the scenic mountainous area of Magoebaskloof.

Check in at accommodation Magoebaskloof Getaway. Magoebaskloof Getaway is an oasis of peace and tranquillity where one is able to unwind and enjoy the lush subtropical vegetation. The magic of fresh spring running water is a taste of heaven, as is the chance to breathe some clean, fresh air.

Magoebaskloof Getaway Log Cabins and Cottages are serenely situated in the scenic mountainous setting of Magoebaskloof. You are at liberty to wander around the area, through the forests and along the river in a peaceful environment. You may even be able to see the protected and rare Samango monkey. The bird life is also prolific and is a bird lover’s dream.

Afternoon at leisure
Overnight: Magoebaskloof Getaway
Meals: B, L & D

DAY 08 Magoebaskloof – Johannesburg
Continue to Johannesburg via Polokwane. Drop-off at accommodation or at OR Tambo International (Accommodation/Flight not included)
Meals: L

It is expected from clients on camping tours to assist with pitching and packing up camp and with general camping duties on request

Accommodation can vary from the itinerary depending on availability.

Rates on request:
E-mail: dantes@kalahari-tours.co.za or click on CONTACT US.

Have you been on this tour or one similar? Please submit a comment below:

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

contact us

KALAHARI TOURS & TRAVEL
Upington 8801

TEL/FAX: + 27 (0) 54 3380375
CELL: + 27 (0) 82 4935041