Big 5 Encounters tour

Big 5 Encounters tour

Tour Experience

Short tour from Johannesburg exploring the Kruger National Park and surrounding area

Available

All year round on Fridays and Mondays

Location

Kruger National Park

This short but exciting tour takes you to one of the world’s most renowned game parks, the Kruger National Park. You’ll have the ideal opportunity to see the big 5, Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo! This is an 'accommodated' tour, so you'll spend all nights in lodges/hotels/permanent tents rather than basic camping.

We start this adventure leaving Johannesburg and your first stop for will be at God's Window where you will be able to take in the amazing views. Next, head deep into the park in search of wildlife. Kruger National Park was founded in 1898 and covers nearly and area of approximately 2 million hectares. The park has an unrivalled diversity of wildlife with approximately 145 mammal species including the famed 'Big Five', a collection of over 500 bird species, some of which are not to be found elsewhere in South Africa, and 336 tree species grow in the park.

After 2 full days in the park we head back to Johannesburg along the beautiful Panoramic Route, passing through the towering cliffs of Blyde River Canyon, one of South Africa's most amazing natural wonders.

Important Note: the itinerary below is written with an optional Activity Package included. This optional payment covers what we consider highly recommended activities on the tour. Separating these activities out is designed to help people with differing budgets. If required, the Activity Package should be pre-purchased prior to your arrival to guarantee availability and to help your guides plan ahead to help the smooth running of the tour. Please contact us for details and prices.

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INCLUDED

  • 3 nights accommodation - Permenant Tented Camp
  • All transport in 25-seat expedition vehicle
  • All 'included highlights' as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 2 truck crew (driver/guide plus assistant/cook)
  • Local guides for sightseeing tours and activities as per the itinerary
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners

EXCLUDED

  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees if required
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Activity Package and optional activities (see itinerary)
  • Entrance fees and activities not mentioned in itinerary
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Any other items not mentioned above

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1: Depart Johannesburg. Greater Kruger NP

We leave Johannesburg this morning so we recommend you arrive at least 1 day pre-tour. If you need help in booking extra nights and airport transfers we can assist with this.
An early start from Johannesburg, we travel through the Northern Province of Mpumalanga en route to the breathtaking Kruger National Park. After settling in we enjoy some local dancing and dinner around the camp fire.
OVERNIGHT:
Nkambeni Reserve – Permenant Tents
MEALS:
Lunch, Dinner
EXTRAS:
Extra day in Johannesburg – pre-tour, Arrival airport transfer in Johannesburg, Activity Package Big 5 Encounters (The optional Activity Package is available for an extra fee, please contact us for details and prices)

DAY 2: Kruger National Park

Today we have a full day of game viewing planned inside Kruger National Park. This gives you some fantastic photo opportunities so keep your eyes open for elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo, known as Africa’s ‘Big Five’ as well as many other species of animals and birds.
Activity Package: Morning Guided Bushman Walk
Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in main truck
OVERNIGHT:
Nkambeni Reserve – Permenant Tents
MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner
EXTRAS:
Activity package

DAY 3: Kruger National Park

Today we have a full day of game viewing planned in an open 4×4 vehicle inside Kruger National Park. This gives you some fantastic photo opportunities so keep your eyes open for elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo, known as Africa’s ‘Big Five’ as well as many other species of animals and birds.
Activity Package: Full day 4×4 Game Drive in Kruger National Park
Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in main truck (Only for those who did not purchase the activity package).
OVERNIGHT:
Nkambeni Reserve – Permenant Tents
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
EXTRAS:
Activity package

DAY 4: Panorama Route to Johannesburg

This morning we depart the greater Kruger area and journey back to Johannesburg. We travel along the spectacular Panorama Route, stopping at Three Rondavels and Bourke Luck Potholes and Gods Window. Your tour ends upon arrival in Johannesburg at the welcoming and comfortable Belvedere Estate which is located out of the city but close enough to Johannesburg airport for reasonable airport transfers.
Note – Your tour will come to an end once you arrive into Johannesburg. We recommend that you book at least 1 more night post-tour rather than flying out this evening incase of any delays. We can help you in organising extra nights if required.
Included Highlight: Panorama Route, Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Gods Window
Optional activities: Dinner Out
OVERNIGHT:
N/A
MEALS:
Breakfast
EXTRAS:
Extra day in Johannesburg – post-tour, Departure airport transfer in Johannesburg

DURATION

4 days

Price

A$987

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