The Kruger National Park is one of the worlds’ leading nature reserves and on a 5-day safari we spend a lot of time searching for wildlife. Most operators only do 3-hour morning and afternoon drives, but the KNP is vast and Kurt Safari was one of the first operators introduce full-day safaris. This gives clients a chance to see larger parts of Kruger and different areas, compared to short 3-hour safaris which has to remain close to the camps, resulting in driving the same areas on every safari. Spending a full day in the KNP can sound tiring, but the guides stop regularly at rest camps and lookout points. The extended time increases the chances of seeing more wildlife as we traverse different grasslands and ecological zones.
90% of our clients on 5-day safaris encounter all of the Big 5.
Kurt safari makes use of accommodation just outside the KNP in Hazyview, privately owned with quality service – breakfast & dinners included.
Please note: We collect clients from the OR Tambo International Airport shuttle/bus terminal (Johannesburg) between 7 – 7:30am. We also collect from the surrounding lodges (within a 5km radius) at 6:30am.
*Clients staying in Sandton can take the Gautrain or an Uber to the airport.
Private transfers Johannesburg to Kruger (Hazyview)
Please note that there are also private transfers available between Johannesburg and Kruger at R 4 900 per vehicle, one way, for up to 7 clients. The rate per person for the safari tour also reduces by R 800 per person when booking a private transfer.
We prefer the lodges and hotels outside of the Kruger Park as there is a bigger variety of accommodation and it’s only a 10-minute drive to the nearest entry gate. All the accommodation venues are privately owned.
We cannot take children under 8 on shared safaris but please request a quote on private safaris.
Clients flying out of OR TAMBO on last day to please not book flights earlier than 20:00 pm for domestic flights and 21:00 pm for international flights as one cannot always guarantee on-time arrival at OR Tambo International airport.
Clients should arrive the day before their tour starts to avoid missing the shuttle to KNP, as this vehicle is not private and cannot be delayed.
We travel directly East, towards Hazyview, the Gateway to the Kruger National Park, the route takes us from the Johannesburg Highveld through the picturesque valleys of the Mpumalanga Lowveld.
We arrive at the lodge in Hazyview between 11am & 12pm; clients check into the lodge, have some lunch and then depart at 2pm for an afternoon safari with the ranger. We only exit the park again at gate closing times – just before sunset. Clients enjoy dinner at the lodge and an early night to be well rested for the next early morning safari.
NB: Please see a selection of accommodation lodges and hotels near the Skukuza Airport or OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg; most lodges offer free transfers to the bus shuttle terminal…
Our safari starts very early, before sunrise, to the Kruger National Park in specially fitted open vehicles. We enter the park at one of the best wildlife areas; here you will spend the day on a safari with your ranger and we will visit various water holes, lookout points & rivers.
We have our breakfast, which was pre-packed by the lodge, at a local rest camp/picnic venue and then continue our safari looking for the mighty Big 5, not missing out on over 100 mammal & 500 bird species – your ranger will ensure the very best experience. Your guide will stop at a local rest camp for lunch where there is a great menu, then we continue with our safari.
We return to the lodge late afternoon (between 3:30 & 4pm) after a great day on safari. You can then relax and even jump into the swimming pool before we have dinner at and get to bed early again before the next day’s Panorama Tour.
Today we awake slightly later and after a hearty breakfast at the lodge, we make our way in an air-conditioned closed vehicle towards the famous Panorama Route at about 9am.
We will visit the world’s third largest canyon – the Blyde River Canyon – as well as the Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, found in the Blyde River, and a small town called Graskop, where we will have lunch and do some souvenir shopping. We also visit the breathtaking God’s Window, as well as Lisbon falls. It is meant to be an unforgettable, yet relaxed day.
We return to the lodge at about 4 – 5pm for some leisure time, a swim, and time to rest after the past few exciting days. We have dinner and get to bed for the next day’s animal sightings in the Park.
You will have to get up before the sun has risen to depart on another safari with your same ranger as the previous day, but then you get to experience the gorgeous sunrise again. We will visit a different area of the KNP than the day before and the guide will focus on finding different wildlife that might have alluded you the day before.
We will visit various water holes, lookout points, rivers, and have our pre-packed breakfasts at a local picnic venue. After that, we will visit bird hides and look for the mighty Big 5 again.
Where we stop for breakfast and lunch – as the day before – depends on the guide’s choice and the direction he chooses to take in the KNP on the day. We return to the lodge (between 3:30 & 4pm) for a swim, relaxing and catching up on the last few days of pictures and experiences. But be sure to get to bed early, as you will have to get up before sunrise again for your final safari the next day.
We depart early again from the lodge on your last safari, entering the park as the sun rises. We will have another breakfast with the packs supplied by the lodge and continue the safari until 11:15am. Then we leave the park at about 11:15am and return to the lodge to collect luggage. Clients are collected by the air-conditioned closed vehicle again to return to the shuttle terminal at OR Tambo and surrounding lodges (within a 5km radius), arriving at between 4 – 5pm.There you will depart to your various lodges and hotels after a great safari experience.
NB: Clients flying out of OR TAMBO on last day to please not book flights earlier than 19:00pm for domestic flights and 20:00pm for international flights as we cannot guarantee on-time arrival at OR Tambo International airport.
Enjoy a 5-Day Kruger National Park Open Vehicle Safari with Kurt Safari.Co. The KNP is one of the world’s leading nature reserve, boasting Africa’s Big 5 and many more species of mammals, reptiles and birds. One has great chances on encountering lion, elephant, leopard, and buffalo on a 3 to 5-day safari; 95% of clients leave having encountered the Big 5. We have many zebras, giraffe, hippos, and other species that your ranger will teach you all about. Kurt Safari.Co makes use of private accommodation venues just outside the main gates, ensuring availability and top class quality service.