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The 4-night/5-day Classic Kruger safari tour offers guests a real African safari experience, staying in the Heart of the Kruger National Park.
The tour consists of guided, Big Five safari tours in the Kruger National Park with a professional safari guide in an open safari vehicle and evenings spent under the stars enjoying an authentic African bushveld braai (barbeque).
Return transfers from Johannesburg
4x Afternoon open vehicle safari
4x Morning open vehicle safari drives
All safari drives in the heart of the Kruger National Park
All meals as stated on the tour itinerary
We normally leave Johannesburg between 06:00 and 07:00 to allow for various collection points. The shuttle/transfer is an additional cost. As for the route … think a drive through the scenic wide open spaces of the Highveld, down the escarpment and through the lovely Lowveld area! To appease those rumbling tummies, we also stop for lunch en-route (own expense) and reach the respective camps in the afternoon.
After settling into your accommodations, you’ll get to jump straight into your exciting safari experience with our first game drive – a SANParks sunset drive! Get ready to see the animals that are more active at night in all their glory. Even better … the Park’s rangers are allowed to return after the normal gate closing times.
With this, it’s important to remember that these drives take place in one of the Kruger Park’s vehicles, so this is not a private game drive and there may be other guests on this drive. Also, children under 6 years of age are not permitted on open vehicle drives.
After the drive, it’s onto an appetising dinner. Enjoy a three-course meal, served al fresco at our camp. Wine is served with dinner but you are welcome to bring along additional or alternative drinks which can be purchased at the shop.
Days 2 to 4:
The bushveld always enjoys an early start and so do you. After all, safaris are all about getting up early, and getting out there and seeing animals! After your wake-up call (this time varies depending on the seasons and park gate opening times), you’ll get to warm up with a cup of tea or coffee, and snacks. Then, it’s time for the morning safari (it takes approximately 3-4 hours). Lucky for you, your guide will have an intimate knowledge of the park … this contributes a great deal towards memorable sightings! But you know what they say – the more time you spend on a safari, the better your chances of seeing the animals!
On your return to camp, brunch will be ready. After this, you’ll have some free time, which you could use to explore the camp, catch up on the sleep you missed in the morning, or peruse the park shop for souvenirs for the family, yummy food items, and even stuff like international adapters.
We then set off on the afternoon game drive. Remember, all our game drives are conducted in specially-adapted, 4×4 open game drive vehicles to allow you the best possible vantage point. In the evening, we share safari stories under the stars, after dinner served at the camp.
(Breakfast & Dinner included)
As the golden sun rises over our final day in the Kruger National Park, we have one last chance to find the animals that have eluded us thus far. Then, after breakfast, we return to Johannesburg. The drive back takes at least 6 hours and guests are advised to sleep over in Johannesburg on this night.
Stick with the classics and enjoy the breathtakingly-beautiful Kruger National Park from the comfort of an en-suite chalet, equipped with beds, linen, towels and soap. These chalets also have a small fridge, air conditioning and mosquito proofing on the doors and windows.
- Professional drivers/guides (FGASA registered – Field Guides Association of Southern Africa)
- Meals as specified per itinerary
- All game drives in the Kruger National Park in an open game drive vehicle
- SANParks sunset drive (All Kruger Park Safari guests over 6 years of age)
- All entry fees and daily conservation levies
- Accommodation as per chosen option
- Bottled mineral water during the day in the Kruger National Park
- Wine with dinner in the Kruger National Park
- Meals not specified in itinerary
- Pick up and drop off in Johannesburg/Pretoria
- Guests are welcome to bring their own drinks to dinner, which can be purchased at the Park’s shop
- Items of a personal nature
MORE ABOUT LODGES & RESERVES • 5-DAY ADVENTURE KRUGER SAFARI
Tremisana Lodge offers budget-friendly accommodation in Big 5 safari country. The lodge is ideally located in the northern region of Mpumalanga; an easy drive from the Kruger National Park, Hoedspruit and the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Tshukudu Game Reserve.
The private safari lodge is owned by Viva Safaris; a leading tour operator that works in close association with Moafrika Tours. Viva Safaris specialises in overland safari tours to the Kruger National Parks and premier game reserves in the region.
Tremisana Lodge was a founder member of the Balule Game Reserve; the largest and leading lodge in this section of the Greater Kruger National Park. The safari lodge accommodate up to 40 guests in 15 luxury tented chalets and a two-bedroomed guesthouse. Each room is air-conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with a shower.
The most striking feature of Tremisana Game Lodge is its spectacular bushveld garden setting; indigenous South African plants blend in seamlessly among exotic species, which includes striking bougainvillea, cycads and aloes. The lodge and gardens are protected from curious wildlife by an electric fence; but you’ll still see and hear the presence of lions, elephant, buffalo and hyena.
Guests only stay one night at Tremisana Lodge on the 4-day Kruger safari but it’s enough to soak up the soothing effect of the lodge; with romantic walks along softly illuminated pathways and the glorious sounds of birds waking up in the stunning garden setting.
Your stay at Tremisana Lodge is made even more pleasurable by members of staff from the local village who have been with Viva Safaris for more than a decade. Chef Delina Mnisi whips up mouth-watering dishes served with her famous homemade bread and hearty local vegetables and healthy salads.
Balule Big Five Reserve
Balule Big Five Reserve is a 35 000-hectare private safari concession situated adjacent to the Kruger Park, and home to the Big Five and an abundance of wildlife and birds. The reserve falls within the Greater Kruger National Park, and was established in the early 2000s when the game fences between a grouping of farms were dropped and the newly-proclaimed land was integrated into the Kruger National Park.
The beauty of Balule Big Five Reserve is the perennial Olifants River flows through the centre of the reserve for a stretch of about 20 kilometres. This abundant water supply attracts scores of game and prolific birdlife, being a rich eco-zone with lush riverine forests and bushveld.
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is a sanctuary for injured, poisoned and orphaned wild animals and birds; with a focus on healing and rehabilitation so they can be returned to the wild. Those that can’t be set free stay on at Moholoholo and become wildlife ambassadors for conservation, helping to educate visitors on the harmful practices that endanger our precious natural resources.
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre lies in the shadow of the majestic “Mariepskop”, a pinnacle landmark in the lush valley of Hoedspruit. It lies on a route to famous South African destinations in the Limpopo Province, including the Kruger National Park, Blyde River canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Pilgrim’s Rest, Graskop and Sabie on the scenic Panoramic Route.
Some of the animals you’ll see at Moholoholo include lion, leopard, serval, cheetah, hyena aswell as an array of eagles and vultures. The most famous resident at Moholoholo is Stoffel, the cutest and naughtiest honey badger you’ll ever meet. The centre also runs a successful wildlife breeding programme so you’ll get to see a selection of cute, gorgeous “want-to-take-home” babies.
A visit to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is fascinating but it’s also an opportunity to support an incredibly worthy cause. The centre is self-funded and relies on the generous support of corporate donors, volunteers and visitors. The Moholoholo team are very involved in the anti-rhino poaching initiatives that dominate the region where wildlife conservation runs thick in everyone’s blood.
Tshukudu Game Reserve
Tshukudu Game Reserve is a family-owned private game reserve in Hoedspruit and adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park. The popular reserve was established in 1980 by the Sussen family and was named after the Sotho word for rhino, Tshukudu.
The 5 000-hectare reserve is characterised by thick bushveld teeming with game and good numbers of the Big Five, with panoramic views of Mariepskop which is a spectacular Hoedspruit landmark and forms part of the Drakensberg Mountain.
Tshukudu Game Reserve runs a successful lion breeding project and cares for injured and orphaned wildlife. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with its cheetah ambassadors that have been raised in Tshukudu from birth.
Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s largest game reserves and one of South Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. Located in the north-eastern region of South Africa in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, the reserve is 19 485 square kilometres and shares a border with Mozambique to the east and Zimbabwe to the north.
The wild bushveld region was proclaimed a protected wildlife reserve in 1898 and became South Africa’s first national park in 1927. The reserve is named after former president Paul Kruger who foresaw the urgent need to protect South Africa’s wildlife from rampant poaching. The Kruger National Park is rich in history and boasts several impressive archeological sites.
Fences were dropped between the Kruger National Park and its neighbours to create a peace park that links the Kruger National Park with the Gonarezhous National Park in Zimbabwe and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. This vast protected wildlife belt is known as the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.
The Kruger National Park falls within the Kruger-to-Canyon Biosphere; an area designated by UNESCO as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve, awarded for the seamless integration of man and wildlife in a region characterised by rich diversity of flora and fauna. The Kruger National Park is world-renowned as a Big Five destination (which includes elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard and lion), its abundance of antelope and predators and prolific birdlife. In addition to incredible sightings of wildlife on a guided safari tour, the Kruger National Park is a destination purely for the rich biodiversity, and cultural and archeological heritage.
Blyde River Canyon
The Blyde River Canyon is an impressive natural landmark in South Africa and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mpumalanga Province. It forms the northern part of the Drakensberg escarpment, stretching 25 kilometres in length and 750 metres deep in places. The canyon consists mostly of red sandstone and the sheer cliff faces glow in the evening light.
The Blyderivierpoort Dam lies at an altitude of 665 metres and at the centre of the canyon is the Three Rondavels (South African word for small huts). The Three Rondavels is a grouping of huge, round rocks that look like the traditional homes of the indigenous people of South Africa. Blyde River Canyon is the second largest canyon in Africa and regarded as one of the largest canyons on Earth, and referred to as a ‘green canyon’ as it is carpeted in a blanket of lush subtropical foliage.
The canyon is part of the world-renowned Panorama Route; which takes visitors on a scenic drive through expansive man-made forests and indigenous bush through the historical mining towns of Graskop, Pilgrim’s Rest and Sabie. Popular attractions along the route include God’s Window, the Pinnacle and Bourke’s Luck Potholes.
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