For the ultimate Kruger Safari! South Africa’s Greater Kruger National Park offers undoubtedly the most readily accessible authentic wildlife experience in Southern Africa, as well as some of the finest game viewing and photographic opportunities, especially when it comes to the big stuff such as elephant, rhino, lion and leopard. Covering a huge swathe of remarkably diverse woodland savanna in the north-east corner of the country, this park and the adjacent private reserves are easily accessible by road and air. Unlike some other large parks in the sub-region, there’s no need for expensive charter flights or bone-jarring road journeys, and, after landing at Kruger / Mpumalanga International Airport, one can be viewing game a mere one hour later. The park is some 350 kms long from north to south and offers a wonderful array of different types of savannah, from the well-wooded hills and rock outcrops of the south-west to the open basalt plains in the central region, and is home to over 500 bird species, 137 mammal species, 119 reptile species, 33 species of amphibians and nearly 50 species of fish. The Sabi Sand Game Reserve offers a cherry-on-the-top experience, with close-up encounters with big cats that have been known to be highlights of a lifetime for participants. Photographic opportunities abound and keen photographers are known to return from a 10 day Kruger Safari with 6000 plus images stored on their memory cards and hard drives.
3 – 11 September 2020 (8 nights / 9 days)
7 – 15 September 2021
Starts at Kruger / Mpumalanga International Airport or Skukuza Airport (to be advised) on the morning of the 3rd September 2020 / 7th September 2021. Tour ends at Kruger / Mpumalanga International Airport on the 11th September 2020 / 15th September 2021 in time for connecting flights and evening transcontinental flights from Johannesburg. Please check with us before booking any flights.
2020: ZAR 49 875 per person sharing, ZAR 13 000 single supplement
2021: ZAR 48 100 per person sharing, ZAR 13 000 single supplement
(note that we have restructured the 2021 tour to help negate the heavy price increases of the private lodges)
Price may be subject to change based on factors beyond our control.
• All breakfasts and dinners in Kruger
• All meals in Sabi Sands
• Entrance fees
• Ground transport
• Bottled water in Lawson’s vehicle whilst travelling
• Personalised checklists
• Specialist guide fees
• All airfares
• Travel and medical insurance
• Lunches in Kruger
• All drinks
• Optional excursions where applicable
• Items of a personal nature
• This itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions at the time and other factors beyond our control.
• The species mentioned in the itinerary represent only some of the possible ones we may see on the tour, however, none of these can be guaranteed even though every effort will be made where possible to locate them. A full list of possibles appears on your checklist.
• The exact itinerary will depend on availability, but will still include 4 nights in the Kruger National Park and 4 nights in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
*Go on open-sided safaris in the Kruger National Park.
*Explore two different parts of the Kruger, searching for Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Wild Dog and many other species.
*Go on open-vehicle game drives in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
*Enjoy some of the world’s best big predator viewing in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
*Drive around after dark looking for cats on the hunt.
*Enjoy time at two different luxury safari lodges.
Group size: maximum of 6 participants with 1 guide.
Areas visited: Kruger National Park and Sabi Sand Game Reserve (note that for the 2021 itinerary we have changed the Kruger / Sabi Sands mix to 5 days Kruger and 3 days Sabi Sands, and reduced the Sabi Sands to 1 lodge. This has been done to curb the overall price increase of the tour).
Expected weather conditions: warm to hot during the day. Early morning and evening drives in open safari vehicles can be cool to cold, due to wind-chill factor. Little chance of sustained rain.
Tour tempo: medium to medium-plus, depending on the level of interest of the group. The Kruger section is faster-paced, while the private lodge section involves long rest periods between activities.
Accommodation standards: medium to high: private lodges and National Park’s rest-camps.
Mammal viewing: excellent, especially in the private reserves. Full range of species can be seen, including the Big Five (Elephant, Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Lion and Leopard) as well as Cheetah, Wild Dog and Spotted Hyena. Top class photographic opportunities.
Other highlights: great birding opportunities, wonderful scenery and landscapes.
Add-ons: those who have more time available can add extra days on to the safari, or extensions to the Cape for the flowers, or to Victoria Falls. Contact us for ideas and prices.
“We both thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip and have wonderful memories of South Africa. If there were any regrets it was that the trip was not long enough!”
Phil and Dinah Shaw, UK, after Photographing the Predators 2013.