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Arrival (See Getting There for more details)

Arrival (See Getting There for more details)

  • You'll be collected from the airport.
  • Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.

Day 1

Fly to the Greater Kruger Hoedspruit Town then Transfer to Bush Camp for Lunch and Afternoon Drive

Fly to the Greater Kruger Hoedspruit Town then Transfer to Bush Camp for Lunch and Afternoon Drive

The small frontier town of Hoedspruit lies at the gateway to the central Kruger Park and Eastgate Airport. Now converted from an Airforce facility, the quaint airport receives daily flights from both Cape Town and Johannesburg.
A guide from Wildlife Encounters will meet your flight and transfer you for 1 hour to the tented bush camp that is to be your base for 3 nights. The four tents stand erected each on a solid base and have sturdy beds with fine linen, luggage racks and patio furniture facing out onto the waterhole. The adjacent bathroom is complete with flushing loo and hot shower.
Lunch is served upon arrival and then relax in the unfenced camp until " game drive time". Afternoon game drives are about three hours and depart as the day cools down and animals begin to move about more.
As the sun sets, we will stop for a traditional sundowner, a drink to toast the sunset. Then we'll set off once more for a short 'Night drive" viewing animals with the handheld spotlight.

Main Destination:
Balule Private Nature Reserve (Greater Kruger)
Best Time to Visit May to September (Dry season)
High Season October to March (Not overly crowded)
Best Weather Apr-May and Sep-Oct (Mild and little rain)

Wildlife in Balule NR

ElephantCommon
GiraffeCommon
BuffaloCommon
ZebraCommon
HippoCommon
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HyenaCommon
White RhinoOccasional
Black RhinoOccasional
LionOccasional
Accommodation:
nDzuti Safari Camp (Luxury Tent)
  • Mid-range tented camp located inside Greater Kruger
Meals & Drinks:
  • Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2

A Full-Day Safari Exploring the Central Area of Kruger Park from Orpen to Letaba Rest Camp

A Full-Day Safari Exploring the Central Area of Kruger Park from Orpen to Letaba Rest Camp

The mode of transport for this day is a double cab 4 x 4 or a minibus. The journey from camp to the Orpen Gate is an hour and a half leaving the camp early in the morning and getting to Orpen shortly after the gate open. The vegetation around Orpen is typically open savannah due to the underlying soils and so this area can be productive for species like white rhinos, cheetahs and wild dogs. Herds of zebra and wildebeest also prefer the open plains. We'll have a picnic breakfast packed and a flask of coffee for a refreshment stop. The full-day journey in the park takes us through many different vegetation types so we can benefit from viewing different birds and animals found in these habitats. At Letaba Camp, there is an elephant museum that is well worth a visit and we can lunch here from the a la carte menu while watching animals along the wide sandy Letaba River. We'll then head west with the sunset to the Phalaborwa Gate and then head home to the bush-camp in Balule Game Reserve.

Main Destination:
Kruger National Park
Best Time to Visit May to September (Dry season)
High Season December to January and July to August
Best Weather Apr-May and Sep-Oct (Mild and little rain)

Wildlife in Kruger NP

ElephantCommon
GiraffeCommon
BuffaloCommon
ZebraAbundant
HippoCommon
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HyenaCommon
White RhinoOccasional
LionOccasional
Black RhinoVery Rare
Wild DogVery Rare
Accommodation:
nDzuti Safari Camp (Luxury Tent)
  • Mid-range tented camp bordering Kruger NP without fences
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3

Morning and Afternoon Safari in Greater Kruger Park From the Tented Bushcamp

Morning and Afternoon Safari in Greater Kruger Park From the Tented Bushcamp

Today we'll enjoy morning and afternoon game drives at ease. We'll head out and about, at dusk and dawn when the wildlife is most active. Explore this vast 12000ha area at leisure, always taking a box of drinks and snacks with us. Visit waterholes and enjoy the endless vistas from the crests of hills and meander along next to the Olifants River. A full breakfast is served in camps and then relax in the shady grounds of the unfenced camp keeping an eye on the waterhole in front of the tents. The camp has a small splash pool and a platform lounge area where bird watching is rewarding. A hot shower can be an event enjoyed in your private bathroom out under African skies.
A light lunch is served. Our section of Balule is well known for its exciting lion dynamics and elephants are plentiful, however, no wild animal sightings can ever be guaranteed. A sundowner stop is a ritual to salute the setting sun on the afternoon drive. A crackling fire, a hot shower and dinner under the stars await.

Main Destination:
Balule Private Nature Reserve (Greater Kruger)
Accommodation:
nDzuti Safari Camp (Luxury Tent)
  • Mid-range tented camp located inside Greater Kruger
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4

Sunrise Game Drive a Last Breakfast and Farewells before Leaving for the Airport

Sunrise Game Drive a Last Breakfast and Farewells before Leaving for the Airport

We will meet at the fire for coffee and rusk and then pile into the trusty landy out into the bush to look for those last sightings on a wish list. The morning drive with the rising sun, makes the most of the morning before heading back for a full breakfast. You'll then say your farewells before leaving for the airport.

Main Destination:
Balule Private Nature Reserve (Greater Kruger)
Accommodation:
No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

End of tour (See Getting There for more details)

End of tour (See Getting There for more details)

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • You'll be dropped off at the airport.
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  • This tour is offered by Wildlife Encounters, not SafariBookings.
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  • This group tour requires a minimum of 2 people to run.
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