2021/2022 Rates- 1 November 2020 – 31 October 2022: This safari Departs with a min of 6 clients. Daily Departures – Min age 8 years
R10 290 PP Sharing / R11 630 Single
What to expect
The Kruger National Park is one of the worlds’ leading nature reserves and on a 4-day safari we spend a lot of time exploring the Park. Most operators only do 3-hour morning and afternoon drives, but the KNP is vast and Kurt Safari was one of the first operators to introduce full-day safaris on our 3-day safari tours.
This gives students a chance to see a larger part of the Kruger and different areas, compared to short 3-hour safaris which must 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.
Your 4 day Kruger Budget Safari will include a sunset safari / night safari on Day 1, 1 full day open safari vehicle on day 2, 1 Panorama Tour on day 3, and 1 morning safari in the Kruger Park on Day 4.
80% of our students on 4 day safari encounter all the Big 5. Kurt safari makes use of Umbhaba Eco lodge and Hazyview Sun in Hazyview for our Kruger accommodation, these are privately owned quality lodges, with en suite accommodation and great meals, 15 min. from either Phabeni or Numbi gates, Kruger’s Premier wildlife area.
Departure & Return Location
Students will be collected and returned from lodges within a 5 km radius of the OR Tambo International Airport at 7 am and will return on the last day between 17-00 – 18.00 Pm.
Clients can fly directly into Skukuza Kruger National park, or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airports and be collected by your Kurt safari Guide at no additional cost.
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 safari 1 Half-day morning safari in the Kruger Park Transfers to & from Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport 3 Nights’ Accommodation in Hazyview 3 Breakfasts & 3 Dinners – as per itinerary 3 Days’ Conservation levies & entry fees 1 Lunch on Day 1 Mineral waters on all drives
Excluded from Price
Personal expenses Beverages and Meals not specified in Itinerary Gratuities
What To Bring
Comfortable walking shoes
Waterproof and Warm Jackets
We prefer the lodges and hotels outside of the Kruger Park as there is a bigger variety of accommodation and it’s only a 10-15 minute drive to the nearest entry gate. All the accommodation venues are privately owned. Students 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.
Day 1: Transfer from Johannesburg and sunset / Night safari
(Lunch & Dinner included)
Students will be collected from various lodges and hotels within a 5 km radius of the OR Tambo International Airport at 7 am.
Students can fly directly into Skukuza Kruger National park, or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airports and be collected by your Kurt safari Guide at no additional cost.
We will travel directly to our lodge in Hazyview and arrive between 11:30 am – 12:00 pm. Students will have time to relax, unpack and enjoy a light lunch, there after enjoy a swim or walk around the beautiful Lodge and it’s walking trail. We depart at around 15.45 Pm for a Sunset / Night safari in the Kruger National Park before returning to the lodge at approximately 20.00 pm for a lovely dinner, and a good night’s rest.
Predators are most active at night and we hope to find our first of the big five, on our first of 3 safaris into the Kruger National Park.
Day 2: Full Day open vehicle safari in the Kruger National Park
(Breakfast & Dinner included- lunch at own account)
All safaris start before sunrise, Mpumalanga means the place of the rising sun and is the first province in South Africa to see the sun rise. This is the best part of the day, not knowing what to expect, after a short drive to the park, we enter the park gates and your guide will have an idea of the best areas to find the wildlife including the Big 5 and plains game, this is the finest time of the day to see predators.
The Lodge will arrange breakfast packs and your guide will stop after about 3 hours for a breakfast and bathroom break and chance to get a coffee. We then continue with your safari, Kruger offers a variety of eco zones and each one has a different range of wildlife, we visit rivers and watering holes as well as plains and Bushveld regions.
We then stop for lunch at a rest camp, where this meal will be for your own account, time to do some curio shopping. The guide will then continue with the safari heading towards the lodge, we arrive around 15.30 – 16.00 pm, time to relax, swim and have a great dinner.
Guides are really informative and will share their knowledge and passion with all, ask as many questions as you wish and we will try our hardest to answer them as best we can.
DAY 3: Full day Panorama safari
(Breakfast and Dinner included, Lunch on own account)
Visit Gods Window, Bourkes Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon (world’s 3rd largest canyon), Lisbon waterfall, the 3 rondavels and the town of Graskop.
Today we start with delicious hot breakfast at the lodge at 7.30 Am and your guide will meet you at 8 am in a closed air-conditioned vehicle. The Panorama route starts after a 45 min drive from Hazyview, however we climb almost 1 000m in elevation to the Northern Drakensburg Mountain range. The temperatures vary a lot from Hazyview, so bring a jacket and comfortable walking shoes as we do some lovely walks.
We visit God’s Window which allows people a window from the escarpment and a1 000 m drop below one can see as far as Kruger and beyond on a clear day. Your comfortable walking shoes will be needed as the various lookout points have paths and trails to the view sights. To get to the top takes an average person around 15-20 minutes, but it is worth the walk through a natural rainforest environment.
Bourkes Luck Potholes is a stunning natural formation created by water erosion over hundreds of years. The Bourke’s Luck potholes have round carvings and holes with different sizes formed in the Treur River and Blyde river confluence in the red sandstone. Your guides will brief you on all the history of the region. Guests can use small foot bridges and walk over the chasms, looking at the water flowing through the cracks and holes. There are also several small but beautiful waterfalls that litter the area, we spend about 1 hour here and it’s a great walk of about 1 Km in total.
Blyde River Canyon, the 3rd largest canyon in the world. The canyon is over 40km long and is as deep as 1 200m. The canyon contains vast amounts of plant life with rivers and dams making up the floor of the canyon. At a certain lookout point on the canyon, guests get to see another beauty of the Panorama Tour, the 3 Rondavels – The Rondavels get their name from their similar appearance to the Rondavel houses a traditional hut commonly built in Africa, these 3 outcrops stand prominently from the landscape.
The Guides will also visit Lisbon falls, a beautiful waterfall that has a strong flow of water throughout the year. Lunch and some curio shopping will be in the Highveld town of Graskop, famous for its great Pancakes and our lunch venue for the day, there some great small shops and quests will have time to enjoy a stroll through the town.
Today is a more active day with a few good walks, some waterfalls to visit if time allows, lots of fresh air and chance to get out of vehicles and enjoy nature and all its beauty.
Arrive back in the afternoon around 5 Pm after a great relaxed day, and enjoy swim and dinner at the lodge, before an early start for another and last Morning safari.
DAY 4: Morning safari and Transfer back to Johannesburg
(Breakfast included Lunch on own account)
Early Departure from the lodge and again we depart before sunrise, The guide will focus on animals we couldn’t find on the first 2 safaris and hoping for lion and leopard as they are most active in the early mornings, The Kruger National Park has 148 mammal species and over 500 bird species.
No safari is ever the same and Kruger has a huge network of roads to choose from guides will safari in different areas of the park in different seasons, giving clients the chance to see more sightings.
After a short breakfast and coffee stop, we will continue with the safari returning to the lodge at around 11 am, here you say goodbye to your guide and freshen up before the journey back to Johannesburg. Clients are collected by the shuttle at around 11.30 am, and we return to Johannesburg OR Tambo shuttle terminal and lodges within a 5 km Radius, arriving between 17.00 – 18.00 pm
NB: Students Flying out of OR Tambo on the last day should please not book they flight any earlier then 19.00 pm for Domestic and 20.00 pm for International flights.
Kurt safari makes use or 2 lodges in the Hazyview area, Umbhaba Eco lodge and if fully booked we use Hazyview Sun, both lodges are quality 4 star lodges and within 15 min of Either Numbi and Phabeni gates. Kurt safari only ensures quality accommodation for our clients for all tours and Safaris. All rooms are fully serviced, en-suite rooms safe and comfortable 4 star accommodation.
All rooms have single beds, WIFI thought out the property and a TV room, pool, huge grounds to explore and we can arrange conference room for lectures if needed.