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Kruger Safari Escape

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Duration of tour
3 days
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Book 10-or-more adults on the same date for this tour to claim the discounted rate for travel up to Nov 2024. Terms apply.

Overview

Itinerary pdf  

 

Escape to the Kruger National Park and lose yourself in this bush experience with a quick highlights trip to see the best of Kruger. South Africa's Big 5 safari mecca, well-known for the high density of big game animals and superior safari experiences where wild cats, herds of buffalo, elephant and antelope roam free. Journey along the Panorama Route to the Three Rondawel viwepoint at Blyde River Canyon - rich in natural attractions with the towering cliffs that divide the highveld around Sabie and Graskop from the lowveld of the Kruger region. 

Get ready to go wild with 4x4 game drives led by rangers and guide with insider local knowledge to help spot most (if not all) of the Big Five animals of the region.. Overnighting in African-style huts makes for a perfect close-to-nature safari style accommodation - located right inside the Kruger National Park.

A Kruger National Park safari is regarded by travelers around the world as one of the best in Africa, and after a few days in safari heaven it'll be hard to leave.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Start

Johannesburg Region
End

Johannesburg Region
 
Distance
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1100
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Tempo
Medium pace
Ideal For
Couple
Friends

Itinerary guideline

This trip may not exclusively run by Hotspots2c Tours and can be delivered by third party suppliers in the Kruger Region. The itinerary can run in reverse or a different order and guides, tour operator or transport will change during the trip.
Kruger Region > Greater Kruger Region

Day 1 - Early morning (7 am) departure from OR Tambo Airport to reach your overnight accomodation near Kruger by noon.

After your flight landed, drive to the famed Kruger National Park, subject to traffic drive time can be about 6 hours.

At nearly two million hectares, Kruger is the largest protected wildlife area in South Africa and one of the greatest game reserves in the world. You will game spot your way through the bush on the tour bus with the trip to the Pretoriuskop Camp. When arriving, depart for late afternoon sunset game drive in a 4x4 vehicle with a Kruger Park nature guide to search for even more wildlife. For the next 2 nights you'll stay in iconic African style round huts within the Kruger National Park's Pretoriuskop fenced camp. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stay Package

Accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.

Day 2 -Awake your senses to the sounds and smells of the bush as you leave early on a full day 4x4 safari drive inside the Kruger National Park. A game drive with an local guide ranger is always a fantastic way to gain insight into animal behaviour as well as learn more about the flora and fauna of the bush. This 4x4 drive focuses on searching for the famed Big 5 animals, and cooler mornings are usually one of the best times of the day for a chance to spot some predators.

Breakfast is enjoyed enroute, giving lots of time for animal spotting along the many rivers and watering holes as well as wide, open plains of Kruger. Lunch is enjoyed at a rest camp inside the park, and also giving time to do some curio shopping. The drive through the national park back tot the accommodation give you more even time to spot wildlife before you have the afternoon at leisure to rest, swim and relax before dinner. 

 
 
 
 
Stay Package

Accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.

Day 3 - After an early morning breakfast, return via the lush panorama route to reach the airport at early evening.

Today you'll spend the day with a quick drive along the Panoramic route to see the Three Rondavels view point; overlooking into the distance at the Blyde River Canyon Viewpoint. Marvel at the third largest canyon in the world, known as the largest “green canyon” on earth.  

 
 

Continure with a guided transfer back to OR Tambo Airport.

*Please do not book flights that departs earlier than 7pm.

 
 

Included

Small Group

You will join a small group size of travellers per vehicle.

The itinerary can run in reverse or a different order and guides or transport will change during the trip.

A minimum of 10 confirmed people are needed to confirm this tour departure at listed 8-person rate - if minimums are not reached an alternative option (at extra charge) or another possible date will be offered.

Local Guide

Led by an English-speaking professional tour guide. This trip is not exclusively run by Hotspots2c Tours but delivered by third party suppliers in the Kruger Region. The itinerary can run in reverse or a different order and guides, tour operator or transport will change during the trip.

Transport + OR Tambo Airport Pickup/Drop-off

Transfers to included tour highlights. 

The tour start and ends at OR Tambo international airport.

Accommodation

2 nights accommodation according to stay package.

The shared accomodation package option is mixed gender allocation, unless requested oterwise. A private room suppliment needs to be paid for a single room.

Some Meals

2x Breakfast, 2x Dinners

Included Activities & Entry fees
  • Kruger Game Drive in Tour Vehicle
  • Sunset 4x4 Safari
  • Kruger Park 4x4 Day Safari
  • Three Rondawels Viewpoint

Excluded

✕ Optional Activities

Optional activities are not included but also not compulsory.

Safari activities are shared with a group.

± Rates for optionals are subject to change by third party suppliers.

✕ Flights & Travel Insurance

Local and international flights are excluded.

You are responsible for your own personal travel insurance.

Do ask us first before booking flights for assistance to advise the best suitable connection to ensure a smooth transfer service between lodge and airports. 

✕ Some meals + drinks

You can purchase meals + drinks on tour.

Malaria Precaution

Most of Kruger National Park is situated within a malaria-risk area. Specific regions in South Africa - far north of KwaZulu-Natal Province bordering Mozambique and the low-veld areas of Mpumalanga Province and hot summer months from September until the end of May has an higher malaria-risk.

Precautions against malaria should be taken in the form of wearing mosquito repellent and taking anti-malaria medication is also advisable when travelling to any of Africa's malaria risk areas. Consult with your doctor or nearest travel clinic for more information.

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How can we help you plan your dream tour package?
Hotspots2c is a tour operator based in the Cape Town region.  We offer tour packages that include guided transport + accommodation + day activities. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or to turn your trip wishlist into the tour package of your dreams.
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My passion for hiking gave me a deep appreciation for being surrounded by nature... With some of my local and international must-visit outdoor spots already ticked off from my travel wishlist, I'll always be dreaming about my next adventure. Being part of the travel industry since 2016, especially my recent position as an airline ticketing and customer care consultant; helping fellow travellers plan their perfect holiday perfectly aligns with my love to share our uniquely diverse cultures and places with the world. - Tammy Mackriel

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Why You'll Love It

  • Join a park ranger on a thrilling 4x4 safari experience as you search for free roaming wildlife inside the world-renowned Kruger National Park.

  • Spot members of the Big Five in the Kruger National Park.

  • Go wild on a 4x4 sunset safari at dusk in the Kruger region; capturing magical moments as nocturnal animals come out to hunt at night.

  • Views for days as you visit The Three Rondawels viewpoint along the Panorama Route.

Terms & Conditions

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Payment Policy: 20% deposit to reserve. Full payment due at least 31 days before.

20% deposit is required to reserve. The remaining balance is due in full at least 31 days before the departure date.

Cancellation / Refund Policy:
30+day notice 80% refund
21+days notice 50% refund
< 20 days notice no refund

 

  • Cancellation at least 30 days prior to tour departure date = 20% cancellation fee

  • Cancellation 21 to 29 days prior to tour departure date = 50% cancellation fee

  • Cancellation within 20 days prior to tour departure date or no-show will not be granted a refund

 

Refer to the full private tour booking terms online at: https://hotspots2c.co.za/agent#privateterms 

Cancellation fees are calculated on the total booking price.

Child Policy: No children under 8 years

Children under 8 years are not allowed.

Children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult and book a private room.

Children under 18 years are not allowed to stay or book a dorm sharing room package.

Minors under 18 years are not allowed to consume alcohol and will require adult consent to partake in some optional activities.

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 what to expect

 

South Africa

  

11 official Languages Spoken

Afrikaans – English – isiNdebele – Sepedi.– Sesotho – Siswati – Xitsonga – Setswana – Tshivenda – isiXhosa

How to say hello?

Molo – Xhosa

Sawubona - Zulu

Hallo - Afrikaans

Dumela - SeSotho

 

Electricity – Volt & plug

The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins.

Measurements 

Metric System

 

WiFi/Internet Access on tour 

WiFi can be found at most accommodations, restaurants and airports, however, the download speed is often slow and many connections limit your data usage. In short, you’ll be able to stay connected with home, but don't expect to watch HD movies in your spare time.

 

When to go

South Africa is blessed with a mostly mild climate, but different areas will yield different temperatures throughout the year. Summer in South Africa is usually peak season, lasting between November – February, however, Easter time (March) is often still considered peak season too. Temperatures range from 25ºC in coastal areas to high 30ºs in inland areas. Cape Town has ideal weather during this time and Durban sports warm beaches and humid air, Johannesburg experiences hot clear days and often an afternoon thunderstorm.

The shoulder season is April and May, as well as September and October. Surprisingly, the weather in Durban is often at its best during this time, and other areas simmer down from their scorching highs. Prices are lower and crowds are smaller. September and October see eruptions of flowers and blooms all around the country.

Winter is beautiful in most parts of the country. Cape Town experiences winter rain and is often a little cold and miserable, but still crisp and beautiful. Because of the warm Indian Ocean, Durban has spectacular weather in winter, often hovering around 20-25ºC with clear blue skies. Inland areas get quite chilly and the odd snowfall is not uncommon (it only lasts for a day though!). Prices are at an all-time low and it is an ideal time for game viewing, as the animals are more active in the cooler weather. 

The Garden Route enjoys a Mediterranean Oceanic climate, which is intrinsically temperate and mild almost all year round. Summers are warm to hot, and winters are cool. Second only to Hawaii, the Garden Route is acclaimed for having one of the mildest climates in the world.

However, the winter rain season can cause some delays for outdoor activities but the mild sunny days and the appeal of seeing the Southern Right Whale migration makes the Cape Whale Coast & Garden Route an ideal destination during the European summer holidays. You can expect cool mornings and evenings, but usually the climate remain bright and sunny during the day.

 

Best time to go where?

Jun-Jul ( mid winter) = Safari in Kruger region

Jan-Feb ( mid summer) = Cape Town city or beach destinations along the Cape Coast

Year-Round = Moderate weather in the Garden Route region

 

Public Holidays

With the possible exception of Christmas Day and New Year's Day, most tourist services and attractions are open on South African public holidays. In addition most city shopping centres, restaurants and entertainment venues remain open.

1 Jan   New Year's Day
21 Mar   Human Rights Day
30 Mar   Good Friday
2 Apr   Family Day
27 Apr   Freedom Day
1 May   Workers' Day
16 Jun   Youth Day
9 Aug   National Women's Day
24 Sep   Heritage Day
16 Dec   Day of Reconciliation
17 Dec   Day of Reconciliation Holiday
25 Dec   Christmas Day
26 Dec   Day of Goodwill

 

Visa & Travel docs

Travellers from most Commonwealth countries (excluding New Zealand), most Western European nations, Japan and the USA receive a free, 90-day visitor's permit on arrival. These travellers do not need a visa to enter South Africa. A valid passport is essential with at least two empty pages. You generally will need to show return or onward travel arrangements. Children aged under 18 must show an unabridged birth certificate (showing both parents details).

Some countries do, however, need a visa. Visas are not issued upon entry, they must be attained beforehand. It is advised that you clarify this before you leave, the Department of Home Affairs office has a comprehensive list of countries that do not require visas. http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries

 

What to pack

We're generally laid back in South Africa, so no need to haul out your best silks and diamonds when you head to our shores. Here's some clothing advice when in South Africa:

  • For the summers, bring clothes that are cool and comfortable, along with an umbrella or rain jacket, as this is when most of the country gets rain. A light jacket or wrap is a good precaution. Don't forget a swimming costume.
  • The winters are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers. But we do get some days when temperatures plummet, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg (some nights go below 0ºC), so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. If you are going to the Cape, rain gear will be needed in this season (your average here will be between 10-20ºC).
  • Always bring a hat - the sun can be strong even in the winter months. Make sunglasses, a hat and sunblock a firm part of your skin care kit.
  • Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.
  • For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful, but there's no need to go overboard and kit yourself out like David Livingstone, out to explore Africa for the first time.
  • For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, go the smart-casual route. If you are simply going out to get a bite to eat, a general “no shirt, no shoes - no service” rule applies, so as long as you are fully clad, your attire should not be an issue.
  • When travelling with Hotspots2c we encourage reasonably sized bags for multi-day tours and we are able to accommodate bags that are on average under 20kgs. For one and two day tours, a light backpack is encouraged. 

  

Health & Safety

There are no compulsory vaccinations required to enter South Africa with exception of a yellow fever vaccination if you have been in a yellow fever area within the last 12 months.

The only major health risk you might face in South Africa is malaria, which is confined to small areas in the north-eastern parts of the country. Small pockets of the northern parts of the Kruger National Park fall under this area but the risk here is considered extremely low and it is not always necessary to take anti-malaria tablets. Remember as a precautionary measure to check with your doctor or a local travel clinic on what is recommended for your country to visit South Africa.

 

For more info about the safety regulations on tour - please see https://hotspots2c.co.za/ideas/safetravels

 

South Africa may have high crime statistics, but if you conduct yourself wisely, most tourists enjoy the country without any incident at all. Here are some tips: ensure that you lock away your passports and travel documents in a safe, which is usually provided by your accommodation or keep valuables at a safe place. Don't flash around valuables and keep an eye on your belongings at all time. Majority of South Africa’s crime is opportunistic petty crime, so if you are vigilant about your belongings you should not have any problem.

 

Getting Around 

South Africa has 3 world-class airports that receive international flights every day; Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Most international airlines will have flights into one or all of these airports daily.

There are numerous budget carriers that offer domestic flights between the major cities for very reasonable rates; this is the fastest and safest way to span large distances, especially between Johannesburg and Cape Town, which is a 2-hour flight.

From the airports there are numerous shuttles and taxis that you can pick up upon arrival, there are also many different car hire options at each airport and in all major cities. Uber is another reliable and affordable option.

 

Money 

Our currency in South Africa is the South African Rand. You can easily convert your currency to rand at a bank or Forex Bureau, the airports and larger towns often have many different Forex options. You can also withdraw from an ATM, banks are available throughout South Africa. Be sure to check what international bank charges you will incur for withdrawals before you arrive. Major credit cards are usually accepted in hotels or restaurants, however, there may be a surcharge. It is advisable to have small amounts of cash for curios and tipping. 

Tipping

  • Tour Guides and Drivers – Tipping on tour is neither expected nor compulsory, however, should you wish to tip the team on the road you are welcome to decide on a value that match the level of service received. A recommendation usually range from R50 to R200 per person per day.
  • Restaurants and Bars - Tipping in restaurants is the norm and is customarily kept at 10% of the total shown on the bill. Many restaurants will add a 10% service charge to a bill if the number of guests exceeds six or ten.
  • Hotels - At hotels you may also leave money to housekeeping at the end of your stay. Porter fees may already be included in your quote, and will be listed under your tour package inclusions.
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