3 Day Kruger Camping Safari (OC03)| safari.com

Overview

Experience the best of the Kruger National Park with this 3 day camping package. Morning and evening game drives afford guests the opportunity to see some of Kruger’s most beautiful natural sights and its abundance of wildlife, which includes the Big Five. At night, you will fall asleep to the sounds of the encircling nature. 

One of Africa's most famous national parks, there are 147 mammal species found in Kruger, more than any other wildlife reserve in Africa! Of these the Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant) are of course included.

On this safari we include open vehicle drives and a sunset game drive. This safari gives you an amazing African wildlife experience.

**Safari Pick up's and drop off's are available from the following destinations: Johannesburg, Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (Nelspruit), prices will vary**

Please note:
Guests flying into Nelspruit’s Kruger Mpumalanga airport, wishing to join the shuttle, need to land between 11:00 & 12:45 and be aware that they may have to wait a little for the shuttle to arrive from Johannesburg. Private transfers are available to guests booked on flights at alternative times at an additional charge.

Guests flying out of Nelspruit, wishing to still join the morning game drive and the shuttle going through Nelspruit, should book flights departing from 13:30 onwards. Any earlier flights will result in missing the morning game drive and having to book a private transfer at an additional charge

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Kruger National Park

We leave on your Camping Kruger Park Safari from your chosen destination (Johannesburg or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (Nelspruit)). 

We normally leave Johannesburg between 06:00 and 08:30 to allow for various collection points.  The drive in the shuttle bus is 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.

Day 2: Full day in the Park
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, 4x4 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 and Dinner included)

Day 3: End of Kruger Safari
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. (Breakfast included)

A shuttle transfer to Skukuza or Kruger Mpumalanga Internationa Airport can also be arranged. Please talk to your Safari Expert for the most convenient options available. 

Accommodation

Spacious Meru tents are set up in Pretoriuskop rest camp which are equipped with beds, mattresses, linen, pillows, duvets, amenities and an electrical power point. Ablutions are shared and serviced regularly.

Pretoriuskop offers some of the most well-known and oldest Kruger National Park accommodation, providing guests with a sense of nostalgia as they surround themselves with this vestige of the area's past.

Extra Info

Price includes:

• Professional drivers/guides (FGASA registered – Field Guides Association of Southern Africa)
• Meals as specified per itinerary
• All day Game Drives in the Kruger National Park in an open game drive vehicle
• SAN PARKS sunset drive (All Kruger Park Safari guests over 6 years of age)
• All entry fees and daily conservation levies
• Spacious Meru tent equipped with beds, mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows, towels & soap for all Camping guests (Pretoriuskop Rest Camp)
• Bottled mineral water during the day in the Kruger National Park
• Wine with dinner in the Kruger National Park

**Safari Pick up's and drop off's available from the following destinations: Johannesburg, Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and Skukuza prices will vary**

Price excludes:
• Meals not specified in the itinerary
• Guests are welcome to bring their own drinks to dinner, which can be purchased at the Park’s shop 
• Items of a personal nature
• Gratuities

Single supplement:
A single supplement will be charged if a guest travelling in a group requires single room accommodation. 
The single supplement will be waivered for solo travellers only. 

Notes:

On safari, you will be accommodated inside the Kruger National Park and do not stay outside the Kruger, unless forced to do so because of availability.

It is important to note that this is not a private safari and more than likely there will be other guests joining you on the game drive vehicles, air-conditioned mini bus transfer vehicles as well as in the dining facility.

Please note that sunset game drive times are subject to change and availability on the day. These drives are conducted by SAN PARKS, by one of their rangers and in one of their vehicles. There will most likely be other guests on this drive. Children under 6 years of age are not allowed on SAN Parks open game drive vehicles.

Although children are welcome on safaris, we reserve the right not to allow younger children on normal game drives. This will be entirely up to the guide’s discretion and will be in order to ensure a pleasurable game drive for all guests (including the parents). Should this be the case, a bush bumble (kiddies game drive) will be conducted after the normal game drive, especially for the kids. Babysitting is not offered and as such one of the parents will have to stay behind to watch the children. Private game drives for families can be arranged at an extra charge.

Guests flying out of OR Tambo Airport on the last day are reminded to not book any flights earlier than 19h00 (domestic) or 20h00 (international) in order to allow for time to get to the airport. We recommend that you rather stay over in Johannesburg if possible. Since we cannot guarantee the arrival time in Johannesburg on the last day we will not be held responsible for reimbursements of flight tickets, should we arrive later than expected. Guests flying out of Nelspruit on the last day may, depending on their flight details, not have enough time to see the Panorama Route. Private transfers for guests with early flights can be arranged in advance at an extra charge.

Reviews


I was so impressed with the organization and comfort on this tour, from the pick-up in the morning (I even changed the address last minute as I had to move) to the meals provided that accommodated special diets, to the warm and wonderful rain ponchos in the trucks, and the nightstand in my tent with electricity, fans and lights, I couldn't have been more comfortable. If the bathroom was just a little closer for the night trips. Thank-you!

Louise

Being completely disorganized, I left it till the very last minute to try and book a Kruger tour. I sent out a few desperate emails the on the Friday and Andy responded very quickly. He was super helpful and corresponded with me till late in the evening answering all my questions and organizing the tour for me. The next morning I was picked up and taken to the camp where we would spend the next few days. The tents are lovely. Proper beds, a fan and a plug socket for charging my camera were exactly what I needed but was not expecting. The first night we had a bush braai. The food was incredible. And not just the braai. The breakfast is delicious and the snacks provided through the day mean you are never less than completely stuffed. We did 4 game drives over the 3 days and saw everything. The temperature was cold which helped and we all had to wrap up warm in the cars to keep warm but the animals we're very active. I got some incredible pictures of the big five and all the animals they have there. Our guides Lucky and Mike were awesome. So chatty friendly and knowledgeable. They have so many interesting things to say about the animals, birds and plants of Kruger. My advise sit at the front so you can hear them better. After the last game drive I was dropped off in Nelspruit at my hostel. All in all it was one of the best experiences and couldn't be happier with it. Thanks a lot guys.

Olie

The 3-day camping safari was awesome. Great price, everything was arranged perfectly, and everyone was flexible. Would recommend, anytime!

Andrew

This camp has a great little boardwalk along the front of the river which is perfect for a morning run! The accommodation is the same as other rest camps (ie Olifants and Berg-en-Dal)...neat and tidy. What sets this camp apart from the others is the restaurant and decking area. Would definitely stay again!

Danny

We travel to the KNP regularly and always stay at least one night in Skukuza. The camp has been upgraded beautifully and now has a decent restaurant which is a welcome change from the previous offering. We always try book river front units and have repeatedly had unit 89. Its smart, beautiful and luxurious and we will keep on returning. Love this camp!

Larry

My GF & I stayed in PK for three nights during a private safari. We stayed in one Rondavel and our guide, Dean, stayed next door. I thought the accomodation was excellent. The twin-bedded room was a fair size, with both an A/C unit and a huge roof fan. The en-suite shower room was fine, with plenty of hot water. We didn't use the kitchen outside other than the fridge, but Dean cooked breakfast & dinner for us in his and the facilities seemed fine.The camp shop was well-stocked and satisfied all our needs for snacks, drinks and souvenirs. We didn't use either the restaurants or the pool. We did go on an extra morning bush walk with two Park Guides (Africa & Duncan), which was excellent; and we went on a night drive with Park Rangers, which was okay, but definately doesn't fall into the category of a must do

Thomas

We had the most amazing time room was clean and our braai was cleaned out every morning. had a lot of rain so wasn't uncomfortably hot. saw lots of great animals including a leopard kill and cheetah in the road just out side the camp. great value for money and an awesome experience all round.

Maggie

Spent 2 nights in a hut here on the perimeter of the camp facing the river, what a treat! So many animals on the river, elephants, giraffe and zebra to name a few. The accomodation was small but clean and the camp was tidy. I would definately recomend upgarding to accomadation with a kitchen and bathroom as the communal kitchens are a bit confusing to work out and not all the cookers work very well, also the extra space this gives you is very welcome. The only downside to Letaba is that you are further from some varieties of wildlife, we saw lots of elephants and zebra here as well as impala but not much else. Spiders are, surprisingly, not a problem here but if you don't like frogs or geckos you might want to reconsider.

Will

We had a wonderful experience at Letaba, the camp itself is full of beautiful trees with lots of bird life, many squirrels run about and the kids loved the tame duikers that walked around freely! the food at the restaurant was no 1 and the service great!! we were lucky enough to see the big 5 and although this camp is quite a way up north, it is definable worth a visit!!!

John

We stayed in a Safari Tent within the Letaba Restcamp for two nights and would recommend it to anyone looking for a cheap base to see Kruger. Firstly, it is important to remember that if you are going to Kruger, you are there to see the wildlife and we had quite a few very good sightings extremely close to the camp. Within the camp itself you get what you pay for. Our Safari tent was basic but apart from the fridge which was a little grubby, everything was clean and well maintained. The communal showers and toilets were on the old side but clean and there was never a queue to use them.The only down sides were that the Safari Tents cannot be locked from the outside so make sure you take a padlock if you stay there and also the camp is extremely quiet and maybe lacks a little of the atmosphere that some of the other camps have.

Rachael

Experience the best of the Kruger National Park with this 3 day camping package. Morning and evening game drives afford guests the opportunity to see some of Kruger’s most beautiful natural sights and its abundance of wildlife, which includes the Big Five. At night, you will fall asleep to the sounds of the encircling nature. 

One of Africa's most famous national parks, there are 147 mammal species found in Kruger, more than any other wildlife reserve in Africa! Of these the Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant) are of course included.

On this safari we include open vehicle drives and a sunset game drive. This safari gives you an amazing African wildlife experience.

**Safari Pick up's and drop off's are available from the following destinations: Johannesburg, Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (Nelspruit), prices will vary**

Please note:
Guests flying into Nelspruit’s Kruger Mpumalanga airport, wishing to join the shuttle, need to land between 11:00 & 12:45 and be aware that they may have to wait a little for the shuttle to arrive from Johannesburg. Private transfers are available to guests booked on flights at alternative times at an additional charge.

Guests flying out of Nelspruit, wishing to still join the morning game drive and the shuttle going through Nelspruit, should book flights departing from 13:30 onwards. Any earlier flights will result in missing the morning game drive and having to book a private transfer at an additional charge

Day 1: Arrive at Kruger National Park

We leave on your Camping Kruger Park Safari from your chosen destination (Johannesburg or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (Nelspruit)). 

We normally leave Johannesburg between 06:00 and 08:30 to allow for various collection points.  The drive in the shuttle bus is 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.

Day 2: Full day in the Park
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, 4x4 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 and Dinner included)

Day 3: End of Kruger Safari
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. (Breakfast included)

A shuttle transfer to Skukuza or Kruger Mpumalanga Internationa Airport can also be arranged. Please talk to your Safari Expert for the most convenient options available. 

Spacious Meru tents are set up in Pretoriuskop rest camp which are equipped with beds, mattresses, linen, pillows, duvets, amenities and an electrical power point. Ablutions are shared and serviced regularly.

Pretoriuskop offers some of the most well-known and oldest Kruger National Park accommodation, providing guests with a sense of nostalgia as they surround themselves with this vestige of the area's past.

Price includes:

• Professional drivers/guides (FGASA registered – Field Guides Association of Southern Africa)
• Meals as specified per itinerary
• All day Game Drives in the Kruger National Park in an open game drive vehicle
• SAN PARKS sunset drive (All Kruger Park Safari guests over 6 years of age)
• All entry fees and daily conservation levies
• Spacious Meru tent equipped with beds, mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows, towels & soap for all Camping guests (Pretoriuskop Rest Camp)
• Bottled mineral water during the day in the Kruger National Park
• Wine with dinner in the Kruger National Park

**Safari Pick up's and drop off's available from the following destinations: Johannesburg, Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and Skukuza prices will vary**

Price excludes:
• Meals not specified in the itinerary
• Guests are welcome to bring their own drinks to dinner, which can be purchased at the Park’s shop 
• Items of a personal nature
• Gratuities

Single supplement:
A single supplement will be charged if a guest travelling in a group requires single room accommodation. 
The single supplement will be waivered for solo travellers only. 

Notes:

On safari, you will be accommodated inside the Kruger National Park and do not stay outside the Kruger, unless forced to do so because of availability.

It is important to note that this is not a private safari and more than likely there will be other guests joining you on the game drive vehicles, air-conditioned mini bus transfer vehicles as well as in the dining facility.

Please note that sunset game drive times are subject to change and availability on the day. These drives are conducted by SAN PARKS, by one of their rangers and in one of their vehicles. There will most likely be other guests on this drive. Children under 6 years of age are not allowed on SAN Parks open game drive vehicles.

Although children are welcome on safaris, we reserve the right not to allow younger children on normal game drives. This will be entirely up to the guide’s discretion and will be in order to ensure a pleasurable game drive for all guests (including the parents). Should this be the case, a bush bumble (kiddies game drive) will be conducted after the normal game drive, especially for the kids. Babysitting is not offered and as such one of the parents will have to stay behind to watch the children. Private game drives for families can be arranged at an extra charge.

Guests flying out of OR Tambo Airport on the last day are reminded to not book any flights earlier than 19h00 (domestic) or 20h00 (international) in order to allow for time to get to the airport. We recommend that you rather stay over in Johannesburg if possible. Since we cannot guarantee the arrival time in Johannesburg on the last day we will not be held responsible for reimbursements of flight tickets, should we arrive later than expected. Guests flying out of Nelspruit on the last day may, depending on their flight details, not have enough time to see the Panorama Route. Private transfers for guests with early flights can be arranged in advance at an extra charge.

I was so impressed with the organization and comfort on this tour, from the pick-up in the morning (I even changed the address last minute as I had to move) to the meals provided that accommodated special diets, to the warm and wonderful rain ponchos in the trucks, and the nightstand in my tent with electricity, fans and lights, I couldn't have been more comfortable. If the bathroom was just a little closer for the night trips. Thank-you!

Louise

Being completely disorganized, I left it till the very last minute to try and book a Kruger tour. I sent out a few desperate emails the on the Friday and Andy responded very quickly. He was super helpful and corresponded with me till late in the evening answering all my questions and organizing the tour for me. The next morning I was picked up and taken to the camp where we would spend the next few days. The tents are lovely. Proper beds, a fan and a plug socket for charging my camera were exactly what I needed but was not expecting. The first night we had a bush braai. The food was incredible. And not just the braai. The breakfast is delicious and the snacks provided through the day mean you are never less than completely stuffed. We did 4 game drives over the 3 days and saw everything. The temperature was cold which helped and we all had to wrap up warm in the cars to keep warm but the animals we're very active. I got some incredible pictures of the big five and all the animals they have there. Our guides Lucky and Mike were awesome. So chatty friendly and knowledgeable. They have so many interesting things to say about the animals, birds and plants of Kruger. My advise sit at the front so you can hear them better. After the last game drive I was dropped off in Nelspruit at my hostel. All in all it was one of the best experiences and couldn't be happier with it. Thanks a lot guys.

Olie

The 3-day camping safari was awesome. Great price, everything was arranged perfectly, and everyone was flexible. Would recommend, anytime!

Andrew

This camp has a great little boardwalk along the front of the river which is perfect for a morning run! The accommodation is the same as other rest camps (ie Olifants and Berg-en-Dal)...neat and tidy. What sets this camp apart from the others is the restaurant and decking area. Would definitely stay again!

Danny

We travel to the KNP regularly and always stay at least one night in Skukuza. The camp has been upgraded beautifully and now has a decent restaurant which is a welcome change from the previous offering. We always try book river front units and have repeatedly had unit 89. Its smart, beautiful and luxurious and we will keep on returning. Love this camp!

Larry

My GF & I stayed in PK for three nights during a private safari. We stayed in one Rondavel and our guide, Dean, stayed next door. I thought the accomodation was excellent. The twin-bedded room was a fair size, with both an A/C unit and a huge roof fan. The en-suite shower room was fine, with plenty of hot water. We didn't use the kitchen outside other than the fridge, but Dean cooked breakfast & dinner for us in his and the facilities seemed fine.The camp shop was well-stocked and satisfied all our needs for snacks, drinks and souvenirs. We didn't use either the restaurants or the pool. We did go on an extra morning bush walk with two Park Guides (Africa & Duncan), which was excellent; and we went on a night drive with Park Rangers, which was okay, but definately doesn't fall into the category of a must do

Thomas

We had the most amazing time room was clean and our braai was cleaned out every morning. had a lot of rain so wasn't uncomfortably hot. saw lots of great animals including a leopard kill and cheetah in the road just out side the camp. great value for money and an awesome experience all round.

Maggie

Spent 2 nights in a hut here on the perimeter of the camp facing the river, what a treat! So many animals on the river, elephants, giraffe and zebra to name a few. The accomodation was small but clean and the camp was tidy. I would definately recomend upgarding to accomadation with a kitchen and bathroom as the communal kitchens are a bit confusing to work out and not all the cookers work very well, also the extra space this gives you is very welcome. The only downside to Letaba is that you are further from some varieties of wildlife, we saw lots of elephants and zebra here as well as impala but not much else. Spiders are, surprisingly, not a problem here but if you don't like frogs or geckos you might want to reconsider.

Will

We had a wonderful experience at Letaba, the camp itself is full of beautiful trees with lots of bird life, many squirrels run about and the kids loved the tame duikers that walked around freely! the food at the restaurant was no 1 and the service great!! we were lucky enough to see the big 5 and although this camp is quite a way up north, it is definable worth a visit!!!

John

We stayed in a Safari Tent within the Letaba Restcamp for two nights and would recommend it to anyone looking for a cheap base to see Kruger. Firstly, it is important to remember that if you are going to Kruger, you are there to see the wildlife and we had quite a few very good sightings extremely close to the camp. Within the camp itself you get what you pay for. Our Safari tent was basic but apart from the fridge which was a little grubby, everything was clean and well maintained. The communal showers and toilets were on the old side but clean and there was never a queue to use them.The only down sides were that the Safari Tents cannot be locked from the outside so make sure you take a padlock if you stay there and also the camp is extremely quiet and maybe lacks a little of the atmosphere that some of the other camps have.

Rachael

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3 Day Kruger Camping Safari