5 days

Kruger Wildlife Experience

Kruger Wildlife Experience

Wildlife safari in Greater Kruger National Park

Blyde River Canyon - the largest green canyon in the world

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  • Immerse yourself in Africa's wildlife on an adventure centred on a world-renowned safari destination - Kruger National Park.


    This trip will be discontinued from 01 January, 2015 and replaced with our new Independent Experience - trip code PFKPX.

    Why we love it

    • Meet the locals, including zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, a variety of antelope, elephant, buffalo and hopefully, the Big Five!
    • Cosy accommodation, including our own private camp, sleeping in comfortable chalets with en suite facilities
    • Night wildlife spotting by torchlight all from the comfort of an open 4WD vehicle.
    • Sightseeing in Blyde River Canyon's Three Rondavels, Bourke's Luck Potholes and God's Window.


    Day 1 - Johannesburg

    • Your grand adventure will begin at 6am on Day 1. Leaving Johannesburg, ‘The City of Gold’ behind you will head for Greater Kruger National Park, arriving just in time for lunch.
    • Your accommodation for the evening will be an intimate lodge tucked into the Greater Kruger, crafted with local materials and boasting just 14 intimate rooms. The lodge also has a swimming pool perfect for late afternoon refreshment, and a little bar. The staff are also incredibly helpful and friendly.
    Thornhill Safari Lodge or similar
    Lunch | Dinner

    Day 2 - Greater Kruger National Park

    • You will awake early today and head into the park itself. Upon entry you will find yourself in prime game viewing territory, perched to catch a glimpse of the Big Five.
    • Breakfast will be a picnic in the park, fuelling you for the full day of game viewing ahead. You will continue on through the park, stopping off at various points and waterholes to observe the incredible animals go about their daily life.
    • You will return to the lodge in the late afternoon, where you can enjoy an evening of relaxation.
    Thornhill Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 3 - Blyde River Canyon

    • You will head to the Drakensberg Escarpment today. Travelling along the Panoramic Route, you will experience some of the most glorious scenery in South Africa.
    • Some of the sights you will catch en route are God's Window and Bourke's Luck Potholes.
    • After a full day of exploration, you will return to the lodge to relax by the fire.
    Thornhill Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 4 - Greater Kruger National Park

    • Today is your final day at the lodge, so you will have a free day to enjoy it.
    • There will also be a number of optional activities available to those who are interested.
    • You will be taken to a neighbouring game reserve in the afternoon, for one final game drive by spotlight. This is a great opportunity to catch a glimpse of the elusive animals that operate after dark.
    • You’ll return to the lodge for a Boma dinner after the drive.
    Thornhill Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 5 - Greater Kruger National Park - Johannesburg

    • It is another early start today for a guided bush walk in the area, where you’ll learn some interesting details about the natural world, including tree, spoor and bird identification.
    • Transfer back to Johannesburg after your morning safari walk. There's plenty of time to stop and explore along the way. Take in amazing views at the viewpoint over the awesome Blyde River Canyon and see the Three Rondavels.
    • Upon arrival back in Johannesburg, you will be dropped to your nominated hotel or directly to the airport for any onward travel. If you are planning to depart Johannesburg today for an international destination, please ensure that your flight is later than 10pm.
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • An experienced English-speaking specialist local guide
    • Game walks accompanied by an armed guide
    • Transport in an open 4WD vehicles whilst on safari
    • Most meals (except those specified in your itinerary)

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Arrival and departure transfer
    • Visas
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry - may be available at locations where we stay two or more nights
    • Optional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips - this is something to consider, and it might be worthwhile speaking to your group about making a group contribution at the end of the trip

    Safety Information

    It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure.
    Peregrine strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
    A specialist guide will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While the guides will endeavour to assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Peregrine makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your specialist guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
    Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.
    Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.
    While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
    You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.
    On some trips where you will be staying within a national park, please note that at times you may be staying in unfenced sites. While this is a fantastic experience, there are a few safety rules that must be adhered to. While staying in national parks it's important that you listen to any advice given by your leader/guide and the park rangers regarding responsible and safe behaviour.
    Some hotel balconies don't meet UK standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.
    Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.


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  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Kruger Wildlife Experience

    Deborah - Australia, 29 Jul, 2012
    Overall Rating

    The experience at Umlani was amazing.

    Kruger Wildlife Experience

    Marlene - Australia, 24 Jun, 2012
    Overall Rating

    This was an extremely good tour and the Umlani Bush Camp was a wonderful experience.

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Trip Code PFKP
Group size 4 - 12
Start City: Johannesburg
End City: Johannesburg
Style: Small Group

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