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The cultural history of South Africa's 'City of Gold' Johannesburg
Wildlife safari in Greater Kruger National Park
  • Jo’burg to Kruger National Park and back – game viewing and bird spotting to the max. Lions, elephants, leopards, crocs, cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes, rhinos, zebras, buffalo, hippos. And just in case you’re unimpressed, you’ll also get to a private game reserve in Greater Kruger National Park. Blue River Canyon and the Three Rondavels en route back to Jo’burg.

     

    Camping in game reserves is a pretty special way to experience game reserves. It’s like going to a drive-in movie but all the animals are in 3D and alive. And there’s no movie. Or popcorn.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Johannesburg - Kruger National Park

    Arrive in Jo'Burg then leave Jo'burg for the gaping sprawl of Kruger National Park, where the Big Five reign supreme. There are 150 species of animals here so pick your jaw up off the ground and get exploring.

    Depart Johannesburg at around 5am

    Arrive at the Campsite in time for dinner (570 km, approx 8-9 hours travel time including stops along the way)

    Head straight into prime game viewing areas
     

    Day 2 - Kruger National Park

    Set off at the crack of dawn for a whole day of game viewing. If you're not an early riser, today's the day you change that habit. There'll probably be lions, elepphants and maybe a couple of giraffes among the wildlife. As excited as you'll be, try and reserve a bit of energy for your evening excursion too.

    Rise early and have a light breakfast before embarking on a morning game drive 

    Most of the day will be spent game viewing, bird watching and stopping at various waterholes and viewpoints
    Returning to your camp in the park, there's time to freshen up before heading out on an open vehicle night drive

    Day 3 - Greater Kruger National Park

    Another full day to look at amazing animals before heading to a private reserve in the late afternoon. As evening approaches, head for the bar and enjoy some sweet, sweet safari sundowners (alcohol).

    Another early start to try and see more of Africa's wildlife

    Exit the National park in the late afternoon and head to a private game reserve (50 km, approx 1 hour)

    Stay in an intimate lodge which offers a cosy bar and swimming pool

    Day 4 - Greater Kruger National Park - Johannesburg

    Take a final nature walk with a professional field guide and get insider tips on how to read animal tracks, in case you fancy doing a bit of tracking when you get home. Head back to Jo'burg final the Blue River Canyon and the Three Rondavels, and ask yourself if you've ever done quite so much in the space of four days. The answer, most probably, will be no.

    Rise early and head out on a morning bush walk with a qualified nature guide
    Transfer back to Johannesburg (600 km, approx 8-9 hrs)

    Take in views at the viewpoint over the Blyde River Canyon


    On arrival in Jo'burg you can be dropped at the airport or any nominated Johannesburg or Pretoria hotel. No accommodation is provided for tonight, but we are able to book you additional accommodation in Johannesburg. Please ask at time of booking. Please don't book any international flights until after 10pm this evening.


     

  • Safety Information

    It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure.

    Geckos strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

    Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Geckos makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

    FIRE PRECAUTIONS: Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

    TRAFFIC AND DRIVING CONDITIONS: Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.

    PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

    SWIMMING POOLS: You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.

    UNFENCED CAMP SITES: On some trips where you will be staying within a national park, please note that at times you will stay in unfenced camp sites. While this is a fantastic experience, there are a few safety rules that must be adhered to. While staying in national parks it's important that you listen to any advice given by your leader and the park rangers regarding responsible and safe behaviour.

    BALCONIES:
    Some hotel balconies don't meet UK standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.

    SEAT BELTS:
    Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.

     

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  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

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    Brigid - Australia, 22 Jan, 2014
    5
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    Great value for money.surpassed our expectations!

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    juliana - South Africa, 20 Jan, 2014
    5
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    My daughters and I had a fantastic time at Kruger national park. Our camping experienced was a 5 star experience, our guide Isreal was such a gentleman and has great knowledge about the animals. We saw so much wild life, elephants, giraffes, lions, cheetahs, rhinos.... so many. Our night at the lodge was fantastic too. We will love to go back again soon. Highly recommend the camping even for the elderly, the tent has proper beds and they were very comfortable. We stay at the Hyatt Regency in Johannesburg, was truly a 5star hotel. All up a fantastic holiday. Thank you. Juliana, Brigid n Kimberley

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1 night basic lodge, 2 nights participatory camping
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