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5 Day Kruger and Panorama Budget Safari

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Kruger National Park
Min Age : 8 Years
Tour Description
Safaris Depart Every Monday – Wednesday – Saturday

5 Day Kruger and Panorama Budget Safari


Rates Valid from 1 November 2023 – 31st October 2024:
R17 650.00 PP Sharing / R19 150.00 Single supplement

Children 11 years and below sharing with Parents less 50%
Min age 8 years – Min 2 clients.

What to expect

Day 1: Johannesburg – Kruger Park

Transfer from Johannesburg to Hazyview, check into the lodge and enjoy a light lunch, before departing on a late afternoon Sunset/Night Kruger Park safari followed by dinner at the lodge. (Light Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 2: Full Day Safari in the Kruger National Park

The safari starts before sunrise, with breakfast and lunch in the park at rest camps, returning to the lodge late in the afternoon, to swim and relax a bit before dinner at the lodge. (Breakfast Pack and Dinner Included)

Covering an area of 2 000 000 hectares, the sprawling Kruger National Park is the ultimate safari destination. Kurt Safari was among the very first safari companies to introduce the concept of full-day safaris. This approach provides our clients with the unique opportunity to explore a vast portion of the Kruger, setting us apart from briefer 3-hour safaris which are confined to the camp surroundings, often resulting in repetitive routes each day.

Day 3: Panorama Tour

We enjoy breakfast at the lodge followed by an exciting day exploring the Northern Drakensberg Mountain range, visiting Gods Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the world’s 3rd largest canyon, the Blyde River Canyon, and Lisbon Waterfalls. (Sit down Breakfast and Dinner Included)

Day 4: Morning safari in the Kruger National Park & and Afternoon of Leisure

The day starts with another exciting safari, with breakfast enjoyed in the park. After the morning’s drive, we return to the lodge for lunch followed by an afternoon spent at leisure at the lodge, relaxing by the pool, or walking the trails around the lodge. (Breakfast Pack, Light Lunch and Dinner included)

Day 5: Morning safari in the Kruger National Park

Again, we depart before sunrise and we spend 6 hours on safari. We return to the lodge and from here we transfer back to Johannesburg. (Breakfast Pack Included)

90% of our clients on 4-day safaris encounter all the Big 5.


Kurt Safari uses either the serene Umbhaba Eco Lodge or the inviting Hazyview Sun, both nestled in the scenic town of Hazyview, as our preferred Kruger Park accommodation. These privately owned lodges are renowned for their exceptional accommodations and delicious menus. Each room is equipped with modern amenities, including air-conditioning and Wi-Fi, ensuring a comfortable and well-connected stay. Situated just 10 km from the Phabeni Gate, these lodges offer convenient access to the prime wildlife areas of Kruger.

All of our Budget Package clients will be accommodated in Standard Rooms. These rooms have comfortable air-conditioning, and Wi-Fi, but they don’t have fridges or DSTV access.

Departure & Return Location

06:30 am – 06:45 am – Clients will be collected from lodges within a 5 km radius of OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
06:45 am – 07:00 am – Clients will be collected from the Shuttle and Bus Terminal at the OR Tambo International Airport. We depart at 7:15 am. Please see the Map below to see our pickup points.

Transport to the Airport is available via the modern Gautrain or Uber.

Clients can also fly directly into Skukuza Airport within the Kruger, or to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport where they will be collected by a Kurt Safari Guide at no additional cost.


Flights depart daily from Johannesburg – OR Tambo International at 11:00 am landing before 12:00 pm in Nelspruit at KMIA- (MQP)

Flights depart daily from Nelspruit – KMIA- (MQP) at 13:00 pm landing in Johannesburg at OR Tambo International Airport at around 14:00 pm.

Flights depart daily from Cape Town at 10:30 am landing before 13:00 pm in Nelspruit at KMIA- (MQP)

Flights depart daily from Nelspruit – KMIA- (MQP) at 13:30 pm landing in Cape Town at 16:00 pm.

Price Includes

Licensed and Professional Safari Guides
1 Sunset Safari / Night safari
1 Full-day open vehicle safaris in the Kruger National Park.
1 Full day Panorama Tour
2 Half-day open vehicle morning safari in the Kruger National Park.
Transfers to & from Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport.
4 Nights’ 3 Star Accommodation in Hazyview
4 Breakfasts & 4 Dinners – as per itinerary.
5 Days’ Conservation levies & entry fees.
2 Lunch’s
Mineral waters on all drives

Excluded from Price

All Meals & Beverages not specified in Itinerary
Items of personal nature

What To Bring

Comfortable shoes
Warm & Rainproof Jackets
Sun Cream
Personal belongings

Important Note

*We unfortunately cannot accommodate children under 8 years old on shared safaris, but please do request a quote for one of our private safaris.

*Clients flying out of OR Tambo International Airport on the last day of the trip should please not book their flight earlier than 20:00 pm for Domestic Flights and 21:00 pm for International Flights as one cannot always guarantee on-time arrival at the airport.

*Clients should arrive in Johannesburg the day before their tour starts to avoid missing the shuttle to the Kruger National Park, as this vehicle is not privately owned and cannot be delayed.

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Day 1: Transfer from Johannesburg & Sunset/Night safari

(Lunch & Dinner Included)

Guests will be collected from the various lodges and hotels within a 5 km radius of the OR Tambo International Airport between 6:30 am and 6:45 am, and then from the OR Tambo International Airport shuttle and bus Terminal between 6:45 and 7:00 am. We depart for Hazyview at 7:15 am.

Clients have the option of flying directly into Skukuza Airport, or to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, and be collected by a Kurt Safari guide at no additional cost.

Please confirm your pickup details the day before the tour by sending an email to online@kurtsafari.com.

Please note these are shared departures.

We will travel straight to the lodge in Hazyview and we arrive between 11:30 am and 12:00 pm. Guests will have time to relax, unpack and settle into their rooms before enjoying a light lunch. There is also time to go for a swim or a walk around the beautiful lodge and its walking trails. We depart at around 16:00 pm for our Sunset/Night Safari in the Kruger National Park before returning to the lodge at approximately 19:30 or 20:00 pm for a scrumptious dinner, and a good night’s rest.

Day 2: Full Day Open Vehicle Safari in the Kruger National Park

(Breakfast & Dinner included. Lunch on your own account)

All of our safaris start before the sun rises, as the early morning hours are the absolute best time of day for spotting wildlife, especially predators. The guide will choose the best areas of the park to explore on this Kruger Park game drive. During this morning’s game drive, we will keep a lookout for all sorts of animals, including the Big 5.

The lodge will arrange breakfast packs and after about 3 hours of driving, your guide will stop for breakfast and bathroom break, and there is also a chance to get a coffee. We then continue with the safari. The Kruger Park is home to a variety of eco zones and each one has a different kind of wildlife to see. During the safari, we will visit rivers and watering holes as well as the vast open plains and the park’s Bushveld regions.

We then stop for lunch at a rest camp, where this meal will be on your own account. While here there will be time to do some curio shopping or to indulge in a cold beer! The guide will then continue with the safari, as you make your way back towards the lodge. We arrive back at between 15:30 and 16:00 pm, with enough time to relax, swim and have a great dinner.

Day 3: Full Day Panorama Tour

(Breakfast & Dinner Included. Lunch on your own account)

Today’s tour takes you to God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon (the world’s 3rd largest canyon), Lisbon Waterfalls, the 3 Rondavels and the town of Graskop, some of the most iconic destinations on South Africa’s world-famous Panorama Route!

We start the morning with a delicious hot breakfast at the lodge at 07:00 am, after that your guide will meet you at 08:00 am in a comfortable, closed air-conditioned vehicle.

The Panorama Route begins 45 minutes after we leave Hazyview. The route we take will have us climb almost 1000 meters up into the otherworldly Northern Drakensberg Mountain Range. The temperatures up here vary a lot from Hazyview, so bring a jacket (the days can get quite cool even in summer) as well as comfortable walking shoes, there will be plenty of invigorating walks on this day.

Our first stop is God’s Window, which provides a window-like lookout point from high up above the escarpment. There is a 1 000 m drop from the viewpoint to the landscape below, and on a clear day one can see as far as the Kruger and beyond.  Bring your comfortable walking shoes, as the various lookout points require a bit of a hike to get to. The average person takes around 15-20 minutes to get to the top. But the beautiful natural African rainforest that you will walk through is worth the walk.

Bourke’s Luck Potholes is our next stop. This ancient natural rock formation was created by water erosion over hundreds of years. The Potholes are characterised by round carvings and holes of different sizes made in the soft red sandstone, at the swirling confluence of the Treur River and Blyde River. Your guide will brief you on the history of the region. There are small bridges that allow guests to walk over the chasms and look down at the water as it flows through the cracks and holes. There are also several small but beautiful waterfalls that are scattered throughout the area. We spend about 1 hour here and walk about 1 km in total.

The Blyde River Canyon, the 3rd largest canyon in the world, is our next destination. The canyon is over 40km long and is as deep as 1 200m in certain places. The canyon contains an interesting variety of plant life, and lazy meandering rivers and dams make up most of the floor of the canyon. At a certain lookout point above the canyon, guests get to see another beauty of the Panorama Route: The 3 Rondavels.

The 3 Rondavels get their name from their appearance which is similar to the Rondavel house, a traditional hut commonly built in Africa. These 3 outcrops stand prominently from the landscape, making them impossible to miss.

Before we reach our lunch spot, the guide will take you to the Lisbon Waterfalls, a beautiful waterfall that has a strong flow of all throughout the year.

After a morning of exploring the Panorama Route’s beautiful natural attractions, we stop in the mountain town of Graskop for lunch and some curio shopping. The town is famous for its delicious pancakes and our lunch venue for the day will be the pancake restaurant. There some lovely locally owned shops waiting to be explored and guests will have more than enough time to enjoy a slow stroll through the town.

We will arrive back at the lodge at about 16:00 pm after an unforgettable day out. There is time to have a drink and to take a dip in the pool before you tuck into a filling dinner at the lodge, before an early night.


DAY 4: Morning Safari and Afternoon of Leisure

(Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included)

We again depart before the sun is up for our morning safaris. The early, cool morning hours are the best time of day for viewing wildlife including predators like lions and hyenas, who are mostly active during the early hours of the day. Your guide will today try to find animals and exploring regions not yet seen or covered during the previous safari. The Kruger National Park is home to 148 mammal species and over 500 bird species. No safari is ever the same and there is always something new and interesting to see.

The Kruger has a huge network of roads to explore and our guides, who know the park so well, will drive in different areas of the park during the different seasons, giving our clients the maximum opportunity to see more of the beautiful wilderness, wildlife and vegetation.

We will return to the lodge at around 11 am and today we are relaxing and enjoying an afternoon of leisure. You can swim, stretch your legs with a walk around the lodge, try our local beers or just enjoy our great African weather. Breakfast, a light lunch and dinner, are included.

DAY 5: Morning Safari and Transfer back to Johannesburg

(Breakfast Included)

Today is our last safari and again we depart from the lodge before sunrise. We will have another packed breakfast at one of the rest camps or picnic sites. The guide will focus on trying to find the animals we couldn’t find on the first 2 safaris, and as always we hope to see lion and leopard as they are at their most active in the early mornings.

After a short breakfast and coffee stop, we will continue with the safari, as we make our way back to the lodge at around 12:00 pm.

After saying goodbye to your guide and freshening up, the journey back to Johannesburg begins. Clients are collected by the shuttle at around 12:30 pm, and you will return to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo shuttle terminal or a lodge within a 5 km radius of the airport, arriving between 17:00 pm and 18:00 pm

NB: Clients who are flying out of OR Tambo International Airport on the last day of the safari should please not book their flight any earlier than 20:00 pm for Domestic Flights and 21:00 pm for International Flights.



All Budget Package Clients will be accommodated in the lodge’s Standard rooms, these Include Air-conditioning, and WIFI, But No Fridges or DSTV in the rooms.

Kurt safari makes use of 2 lodges in the Hazyview area, Umbhaba Eco lodge and if fully Booked we use Hazyview Sun, both lodges are quality lodges and within 15 min of either Numbi or Phabeni gates.

Umbhaba Eco Lodge

Sanbonani Resort Hotel


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