There are three versions of this Kruger National Park bush walk tour, which is the major attraction on this overnight safari. You can see the differences below.
Today you’ll fly into a small airport that is actually inside Kruger National Park (flight included in the tour price)! The plane departs Johannesburg mid-morning, and you’ll land in Kruger in less than an hour. Your guide will be waiting for you when you arrive, and literally just a few minutes later, you will be on safari! Please note that the entry fee to Kruger is excluded and will need to be paid when you land.
Although the airport is only a few minutes, through the bush, from the rest camp, we’ll be taking a long detour, to take you for your first game drive through the park. You’ll be touring Kruger in an SUV or sedan, but you do have the option of upgrading to an open air game vehicle. This is more expensive, but is the best way of seeing wildlife. You can select this option when you check out. A sack lunch is provided today, for you to eat in the vehicle or when we get to the camp.
This first safari drive will last about three hours, before we check you into your rondavel at the rest camp. A rondavel is a typical South African rest camp dwelling, with a single room and a thatch roof. All the lodging inside the rest camp is very basic, although all units are air- conditioned, and all have a bathroom with a private shower, toilet and handbasin inside. The beds are all single beds. There are no larger beds available.
You’ll now be going for a game walk out in the wild of Kruger – amongst any animals that happen to be on your trail! Please be aware that this is no zoo, and there are no fences or barricades between you and whatever happens to be out there. You will have two rangers with you, each with a rifle, but otherwise it is just you and the wilderness. Your rangers will inform you about the animals and animal spoor that you come across, and explain the significance of the natural phenomena along the trail. People really enjoy the experience of being out in the wilderness, away from civilization, and the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The game walk will last 2.5 to three hours.
When you get back, you’ll be on your own for dinner (extra cost), at a delightful restaurant perched above a river.
Tomorrow morning you have two options. One choice is to travel with your guide for a three hour safari drive, which is included in the tour price. The vehicle once again will be an SUV, van or sedan, unless you’ve already paid to upgrade to the open air vehicle.
The other choice is to take a ranger led open air vehicle game drive, for an extra charge. This can be ordered at check out, but please be aware that it leaves very early – 4 am in the summer and 5 am in the winter! It is a short walk in the morning from your rondavel to the place the drive leaves from. The game drive will be about three hours. If you do choose this option, your original guide can still take you back into the bush for an additional 1.5 to two hours, as well.
In both cases, you can have breakfast after your safari (extra cost), before being taken to the airport for an early afternoon flight (included in tour price) to Johannesburg. You will arrive back at about 2.30 pm.