Days
6
Price from
1568CAD
Map of Kruger Experience – Independent including South Africa

Safaris and spectacular scenery at a pace that suits you

Spanning some 19,500 square kilometres across South Africa’s Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s top wildlife arenas. Spend six days discovering this region on a Peregrine Independent Experience focused on spotting the Big Five and eyeing off some stunning landscapes along the way. Wildebeest, zebra, elephants and eagles are just some animals you’ll likely encounter on this short adventure, as well as some stunning views along the Blyde River Canyon’s Panoramic Route. With return transfers from Johannesburg and accommodation at a comfortable lodge set in a private game reserve, your Kruger Experience gets you straight to the heart of safari territory.


Start
Johannesburg, South Africa
Finish
Johannesburg, South Africa
Destination
South Africa
Style
Peregrine
Code
PFKPX
Physical rating
Ages
Min 6
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Search for the Big Five as you embark on the ultimate South African wildlife adventure in world-renowned Kruger National Park, exploring on a 4WD adventure with an expert local guide.

  • Be immersed in the atmospheric surrounds of Africa at your comfortable safari lodge in a private reserve in the Greater Kruger Area, dining under the stars and relaxing around a traditional boma.

  • Drive one of the most scenic routes on the entire continent – past incredible landscapes of mountains and valleys, waterfalls and canyons – on the spectacular Panorama Route.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Independent Experiences are independent travel without stress. Peregrine’s Independent Experiences are a range of short packages that you can add to other Experiences or as an extension to a longer tour, to craft your perfect holiday itinerary. Independent Experiences are for 1–4 travellers, depart daily and offer the back-up of Peregrine, our local offices and expert resident guides.

  • Although this is an Independent Experience, your game drives within the Kruger National Park will be by necessity shared game drives. Other guests from the lodge will accompany you.

  • The transport to and from Kruger National Park will be in a 13-seater minivan. This is a shuttle service that departs daily. You may be sharing this shuttle ride with other travellers booked on different trips and itineraries to you. The drive to and from Johannesburg and the Kruger area is long – it can take approximately 6–7 hours plus meal and bathroom stops.

  • Your lodge is located within the Greater Kruger Park ecosystem. It’s about a 50-minute drive to Kruger National Park’s Orpen Gate. On this itinerary, you will have game drives in both the Kruger National Park and neighbouring private game reserves.

Itinerary

Welcome to South Africa! This Independent Experience begins in Johannesburg, where on arrival at the airport, you will be met by a Peregrine representative and transferred to your hotel (approximately 45 minutes). Enjoy the rest of the day to settle in and spend at your leisure. If you have time, you may like to explore the city or simply get some rest, as there’s an early start and long day of travel tomorrow.
Accommodation
  • Holiday Inn Rosebank or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Johannesburg - Jozi by Foot Urban Adventure - USD41
  • Johannesburg - Cycle Soweto Urban Adventure - USD95
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel so the transfer can be arranged.
Your Kruger adventure begins between 5.30–6 am this morning. Leaving Johannesburg behind in an included transfer, travel to the Greater Kruger National Park, arriving in time for lunch. In the afternoon, head to a neighbouring game reserve to embark on your first open 4WD vehicle game drive by spotlight. This is a great opportunity to catch a glimpse of the elusive animals that operate after dark. After your safari, retire to your accommodation in the Greater Kruger area. You will stay in an intimate jungle lodge with a small number of permanent tented safari rooms. Rooms are comfortably appointed with modern furnishings, a private ensuite and bath. The lodge itself also offers spacious common areas including a comfortable lounge, swimming pool, shaded deck area and dining tent.
Accommodation
  • Bundox Safari Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Private Game Reserve - 4x4 Game Drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 8–9 hours, including stops. Your transfer from Johannesburg to Greater Kruger National Park will be a shared transfer and you will likely be joined by other passengers, including those from Intrepid Travel.

Your afternoon game drive within the private game reserve may also be shared with other lodge guests.

Please note that your lodge has wi-fi available to all guests.
You will wake early today and head into the park itself. Upon entry you’ll find yourself in prime game viewing territory, perched to catch a glimpse of the ‘Big Five’. Enjoy breakfast at one of the picnic spots within in the park, fuelling you for the full day of game viewing ahead. You will continue through the park, stopping off at various points and waterholes to observe the incredible animals go about their daily life. One of the largest game reserves in Southern Africa, Kruger National Park is home to over 500 bird species, 100 species of reptile and 150 mammal species, including significant populations of all the members of the ‘Big Five’ – lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and rhino. The endangered African wild dog, herbivores like hippo, zebra, giraffe and numerous different types of antelope also enjoy the park’s rich mosaic of habitats, including savanna, mixed acacia woodland, rocky hills and mopane woodland. You will return to the lodge in the late afternoon, where you can enjoy an evening of relaxation.

Notes: Your game drive within Kruger National Park will be a shared game drive. You will be accompanied by other guests from the lodge.
Accommodation
  • Bundox Safari Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kruger National Park - Full Day Game Drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Journey into the Great Escarpment today, travelling along the Panorama Route to experience some of the most renowned landscapes of South Africa. This route in the Mpumalanga Province is one of the world’s great driving roads, home to views of mountain peaks, deep canyons and rivers threading through the lush green valleys. The views are spectacular throughout, with each bend in the road providing a new breathtaking scene. During the day, pass by sites along the Blyde River Canyon such as God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. After a full day of exploration, return to the lodge to relax by the fire.
Accommodation
  • Bundox Safari Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Panorama Route - Day trip
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Your Panorama tour will be a shared tour. You will be accompanied by other guests of the lodge. Total driving time today is approximately 8 hours.
With a free day of independent exploration at your disposal, you may choose to relax at your lodge or book in one of the optional activities on offer. If you’re interested in something other than soaking up some sun around your onsite pool, perhaps return to the park on a day trip for more wildlife spotting, seeking out any of the Big Five that you might not yet have seen. Tonight, enjoy an outdoor dinner on the deck at the lodge. The deck overlooks the pool and a small watering hole which often attracts giraffes and zebras.
Accommodation
  • Bundox Safari Lodge or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Kruger National Park - Day trip - ZAR1950
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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 identification of trees, spoors (the tracks or scent of an animal) and birds. You’ll 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 pointed peaks of the Three Rondavels. Upon arrival back in Johannesburg, you will be dropped at 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.

Notes: Your transfer from Greater Kruger National Park to Johannesburg will be a shared, as will as your morning game walk. Total driving time today is approximately 8 hours.
Included Activities
  • Morning Guernsey Bush Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Due to safety regulations in Big Five game areas, children under six are not be permitted to participate in the morning bush walk.

Your transfer from Greater Kruger National Park to Johannesburg will be a shared, as will the morning game walk. The total driving time today is approximately 8 hours.

If you are planning to depart Johannesburg Airport today, please ensure that your international flight leaves after 10 pm, to allow for delays and check-in.

Meals

5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Open safari vehicles

Accommodation

Lodge (4 nights), Comfortable hotel (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Private Game Reserve - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Kruger National Park - Full Day Game Drive
  • Panorama Route - Day trip
  • Morning Guernsey Bush Walk

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Important notes

MINIMUM AGE
There is a minimum age requirement on this itinerary of six years old, due to national park regulations on all game activities.

INDEPENDENT EXPERIENCE ACTIVITIES
Please note that lodge-based activities on your Independent Experience will be on a join-in basis. This means that these activities may be shared with other guests at the property.

FLIGHTS AND TRANSFERS
An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel. You will have a private transfer from Johannesburg Airport to your hotel; however, the transfer to Kruger National Park on Day 2 will be a shared transfer. Some of your included activities will also be shared, including the Panoramic Tour, the game drives and Blyde River Canyon. Please don't book any international flights until after 10 pm on the last day of the tour.

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