Since first established back in 1898 by Paul Kruger, the Kruger National Park has attracted well over 500,000 visitors through its gates each year. If you’d like to learn more about the park’s heritage, see our Southern Circle article on A Brief History of the Kruger National Park. Visiting South African during the December/January 2018 summer holiday season? We’re talking about a few guided Kruger Park tours you’ll never forget below:
Kruger National Park Explorer – 3 Days
This guided Kruger Park tour embarks from Johannesburg, known affectionately as Jozi by most South Africans, takes you through Middelburg and Nelspruit, and enters the Kruger National Park from the south. This is when the fun really kicks off!
Your guide will take you through the raw African wilderness, in search of the iconic Big Five. Don’t worry if you aren’t able to see all five members on day one – you’re almost guaranteed to see them on days two or three! Other fauna you’ll experience in their natural habitat include giraffe, zebra, kudu, nyala, impala, and many more.
Day two is a full-on guided safari experience, where up until sunset you and your party will explore the Kruger Park’s many feature game viewing spots. If you’re brave enough, you can venture out after dark on an optional night drive in a safari vehicle that uses high-powered spotlights in search of nocturnal animals.
A final Kruger Park game drive and breakfast is had on the morning of day three, before departing the park towards surrounding tourist attractions that include The Pinnacle, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Lisbon Falls, and the breath-taking Blyde River Canyon. Once your camera shutter finger is tired out, you’ll return to Johannesburg – arriving in the late afternoon.
The Kruger Park Explorer – 4 Days
Much like the tour above, the Kruger Park Explorer is an African adventure that’s sure to sear itself into your memories! Setting off from Johannesburg your guide will take you to the southern Kruger Park gate via the towns of Witbank, Middelburg and Nelspruit.
The excitement only builds to greater levels at this point, as you are taken through the raw African bushveld to your overnight accommodation. Here you’ll have dinner, and spend the night in a comfortable ‘rondavel’ type room. Don’t worry, it has air-conditioning and an en-suite bathroom!
Day two is all about why you’re actually visiting the Kruger Park – to see the wild animals! Your guide will take you through the park, visiting high-traffic game viewing spots (more animal traffic than automobile traffic) in search of the world-famous Big Five. You’ll return to camp at sunset for dinner, and if you’ve still got energy to expel – join us on a night safari drive using spotlights to catch glimpses of nocturnal Kruger Park animals.
The third day of this guided Kruger Park tour starts with a fresh, final game drive – after which breakfast is served. Your guide will then take you to the Escarpment, via Klaserie and the Abel Erasmus Pass, to visit the stunning Blyde River Canyon. Be sure to charge your camera the night before, because you’ll also get a chance to see God’s Window, Pinnacle Rock, and Bourke’s Luck Potholes.
Day three is brought to a close at the Ligna Lodge in Sabie, where you’ll overnight. Day four will see you and yours travelling to the quaint town of Pilgrim’s Rest, stopping at the powerful Lone Creek Falls on the way. You’ll have a chance to explore Pilgrim’s Rest, a little village that still features elements of the late 19th century when Pilgrim’s Rest was the place to be (due to the alluvial gold found there). After taking in Pilgrim’s Rest and spending time in the town’s museum, your guide will return your party to Johannesburg – arriving in the late afternoon.
Kruger Park Safari & Vistas Explorer – 5 Days
Ready for five days of soaking up the African sun and exploring South Africa? Then this guided Kruger Park tour is for you! Your adventure starts in Johannesburg, and progresses eastwards to Nelspruit where you’ll enter the sprawling Kruger National Park from a southern gate. You’ll more than likely encounter wildlife just on your way to the accommodation, so don’t pack your camera too deep into your luggage!
After a good night’s sleep in your air-conditioned traditional African ‘rondavel’ style room, day two will begin with a hearty breakfast and a rundown of the day’s agenda. Your guide will take you through the park, as you spend the day in search of all five members of Africa’s most popular celebrity group – the Big Five. You’ll see a bunch of other animals too, including Giraffe, antelope, and hundreds of bird species.
Day three starts with a final early-morning game drive, after which breakfast is served and your party departs the Kruger National Park. The Panoramic Route is truly breath-taking, and you’ll be taken via Kowyn’s Pass to the South African Escarpment – visiting Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, and a few other Instagram-worth sights. Thereafter your adventure moves downwards, through the Abel Erasmus tunnel and into Tzaneen. You’ll have a chance to explore the town, after which you’ll be taken to the Magoebaskloof Pass where the hotel is situated (Sherwood Country House).
Day four kicks off around mid-morning, taking you via Polokwane (previously Pietersburg) to the Waterberg region where our private nature reserve is situated. Here you’ll be checked in and taken on an open-vehicle safari drive through the iconic Waterberg Mountains, after which an overnight stay at the Wildside Safari Camp (glamping).
Day five starts off with a final game drive, with an optional helicopter flip for the more adventurous visitors. Once checked out, your guide will take you back to Johannesburg, but not before exploring a bit of Pretoria! Stops include the Voortrekker Monument, Kruger House and the Union Buildings!
Southern Circle also offers guided tours, featuring the Kruger National Park, that depart from Cape Town and Durban. For more information on the above tours, and to secure your guided Kruger Park tour for your next African adventure holiday – connect with us right here!