Kruger Park Safari: Small Group

From Johannesburg to Johannesburg
  • South Africa
  • Small Group Tours
  • Wildlife and Nature
  • Safari Tours
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Tour Description

Partake in an amazing small group Accommodated Tour of South Africa!

The Mpumalanga area is one of great contrast, bordered in the west by the towering escarpment, with lush indigenous forests, crystal-clear streams and plunging waterfalls, and then falling away into the flat Lowveld bushveld, home to one of the richest diversities of fauna and flora in the world.

Within this remarkable region, one finds well known private reserves and Kruger National Park, a world-renowned sanctuary for wildlife and a crown jewel of African conservation. With its vast expanse and diverse habitats, Kruger National Park offers an unrivaled safari experience. Here, visitors have the privilege of encountering the iconic Big Five and a multitude of other fascinating creatures in their natural habitat.   

We spend time, both in Kruger National Park, and on our own private reserve, which remains unfenced to Kruger Park, and a world of exploration and adventure awaits. The freedom to conduct open vehicle game drives and night drives on our property allows for deeper immersion into the wildlife-rich landscapes. Skilled guides lead the way, unveiling the secrets of the bush and sharing their vast knowledge of the local ecosystem.

On this tour, you will encounter beautiful natural scenery and many wild animals in natural parks and game reserves.

Still wanting more? This itinerary combines perfectly with Cape Town or a Botswana Safari!

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Stay in a Tented Camp in a private game reserve - here you will have an intimate connection with nature. Fall asleep to the sounds of wildlife and wake up to breathtaking views plus experience open vehicle game and night drives!

Explore the highlights of the Panorama Route, famous for many natural wonders and viewpoints. This includes the impressive Blyde River Canyon – the world’s largest Green canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes where gold was found, and breath-taking God's Window.

Embark on an adventure into Kruger National Park, immersing yourself in the stunning landscapes. With the elevated windows of the safari truck, you'll enjoy ample opportunities to witness extraordinary sightings of wildlife in their natural habitat.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Johannesburg Bush Lodge

Starting our journey at 06h30 from Johannesburg, we embark on a captivating route towards the northeast of the country, encountering breathtaking natural landscapes and abundant wildlife in natural parks and game reserves.

Lunch is enjoyed in the historic town of Haenertsburg, located on the edge of the escarpment with beautiful surrounding views. The road is filled with picturesque beauty, from mountain passes to the Acacia trees scattered across the African bushveld.

The next two nights we get cosy at our well-appointed Bush Lodge, situated in a private reserve within the greater Kruger National Park, where animals roam freely and unrestricted. This privately owned reserve allows us the freedom to explore the wilderness in search of a variety of animals in open game drive vehicles, day and night.

The tented lodge seamlessly blends with its natural surroundings, offering crisp and cozy beds, en-suite bathrooms, a refreshing splash pool, and awe-inspiring vistas of the surrounding wilderness. Additionally, we are treated to views of a water hole frequented by a variety of animals.

Drift off to sleep while being serenaded by a symphony of sounds emanating from the animal kingdom.

Day 2
Bush Lodge

After a restful night's sleep, we commence our day with an early morning light breakfast consisting of freshly brewed coffee and rusks—a traditional South African biscuit.

With our senses heightened, we embark on a guided exploration of the Big 5 area, led by a qualified guide/ranger. Our quest includes not only encounters with majestic wildlife but also the discovery of hidden treasures that often elude the casual observer.

Guided by a qualified guide/Ranger we explore the wilderness, with heightened senses, always on the lookout for an animal encounter while discovering the smaller treasures often hidden from the eye.

Before the heat of the day sets in, we return to the lodge for a scrumptious brunch, after which it’s time to relax around the lodge and enjoy the serenity of the surrounding wilderness. A nearby waterhole in front of the camp attracts a variety of wildlife that come to quench their thirst, displaying the pecking order ever so present. Unwind with a refreshing drink and game viewing from the swimming pool or from your deck.

As the heat gradually dissipates in the late afternoon, we embark on an open game drive, which eventually transforms into an immersive night drive in search of nocturnal animals. As dusk descends, we pause and indulge in a sundowner drink or two, marveling at the breathtaking sunset that paints the African bushveld with hues of splendor.

Day 3
Panorama Route Hazyview

As the African sun rises, we greet the day and indulge in a hearty breakfast before embarking on an exploration of the captivating Panorama Route, renowned for its natural wonders and picturesque viewpoints.

Our first stop takes us to witness the awe-inspiring Blyde River Canyon, recognized as the world's largest "green canyon." We then proceed to Bourke's Luck Potholes, where the discovery of abundant gold once occurred, and finally, we visit the breathtaking God's Window, weather permitting.

Along the way, we have the opportunity to enjoy an optional lunch, allowing us to engage with the locals and experience their hospitality.

In the mid-afternoon, we journey to the serene Greenfire Lodge Hazyview, an enchanting log cabin elevated on stilts amidst the indigenous forest, overlooking the magnificent Sabie River, locally known as the "Fearful" river.

If time permits, guests can partake in a nature walk on the lodge's premises and the adjacent coffee farm, immersing themselves in the mystique of the forest. We will spend two nights at this tranquil retreat, reveling in its beauty and tranquility.

Day 4
Kruger National Park

Waking with the birds, we depart the lodge at sunrise and travel a short distance to enter a different area of the Kruger National Park for a full day of game viewing.

As we leisurely traverse this iconic national park, which spans a vast expanse comparable to the size of Israel or Wales, our primary objective is to spot the abundant wildlife that calls this area home. From the elevated viewpoint and comfort of our well-equipped vehicle, our knowledgeable guide will take the time to provide insights into the behaviors and habits of the diverse array of animals that we encounter in this captivating environment.

The majority of our day will be dedicated to immersing ourselves in game viewing, punctuated by occasional stops at designated sites to stretch our legs and relish in an optional lunch at one of the rest camps within the park.

Late this afternoon we exit the park and make our way back to Greenfire Lodge Hazyview, where we can unwind and reflect on the remarkable experiences of the day.

Day 5
Hazyview Johannesburg

Following a leisurely breakfast, we commence our journey from Hazyview, retracing the path once trodden by the intrepid gold prospectors of old, as we make our way back to Johannesburg. This historical route weaves through the scenic landscapes, offering glimpses of the past as we venture towards our final destination.

Our tour concludes in the late afternoon upon our arrival at either the hotel in Johannesburg or O R Tambo airport, marking the end of our memorable expedition.

Please Note: Drifters also offer limited departures in the reverse direction starting with 2 Days in Hazyview and then followed by 2 Days in Balule.

The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only. Adventure travel by nature is unpredictable, weather patterns, game migrations, road conditions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 4 nights lodge accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 4 breakfasts
  • Included Copy 20 4 dinners
  • Included Copy 7 alcohol, bottled water, soft drinks, restaurant meals
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 2 licensed, professional tour managers
  • Included Copy 20 group equipment
  • Included Copy 20 permits and park entry fees
  • Included Copy 7 visas, tips, flights, airport taxes, airport transfers or any optional extras.

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  • Included Visit Historical Towns
  • Included Enjoy open vehicle game drive and night drive in our private game reserve
  • Included Enjoy awe-inspiring views as you drive the Panorama Route
  • Included Experience thrilling 'Big Five' game exploring in Kruger National Park
  • Included Explore Blyde River Canyon, 3 Rondawels, Bourkes Lucks Potholes & Gods Window (weather permitting)
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5 days

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$954 USD

Per person, sharing

Every Sunday