Visit the Kruger Park on a 3-day safari from Johannesburg

Safari au parc Kruger, Johannesburg

3-day / 2-night safari in the Kruger National Park Reserve from Johannesburg

Have you ever wished for a real change of scenery? To live a unique experience at the end of the world? The Kruger Park offers a 3-day, 2-night safari: it’s currently the largest game reserve in South Africa, with a surface area of 20,000 km², a length of 350 km from north to south and almost 60 km from east to west. Its size is equivalent to that of Wales or Israel.

Departing from Johannesburg, you’ll be able to discover some amazing animals in their natural environment, and during these two nights you’ll be able to sleep in a safari lodge, a kind of open-air hotel that can only be found in Africa. This accommodation is located right in the heart of Kruger Park.

An overview of the park

Safari au parc Kruger, Johannesburg

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The Kruger Park was created at the end of the 19th century and is now one of South Africa’s major attractions.

This park offers fantastic viewing conditions to admire animals in their natural environment, especially the so-called « Big Five »: lions, rhinos, elephants, leopards and buffalo. The Kruger Park is home to over 8,000 elephants, 1,500 lions, 500 leopards, 5,000 giraffes and more. In a 4×4, you can drive through a herd of zebras, for example.

The Kruger Park can be explored all year round; however, the risk of rain exists all year round, but is lower between November and April, and it’s possible that thunderstorms will disrupt your stay at the end of the day.

The safari in detail

Here’s a unique opportunity to experience a thrilling adventure. While staying in a typical lodge, precisely at the Pretoriuskop Restcamp in the south of the Kruger Park, you’ll spend 3 days walking in the wilderness and observing animals. Here’s your program:

Day 1

Departing at 6:30 a.m. from the Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport Hotel lobby (a 30-minute drive from downtown Johannesburg), you will leave the city, some 450 km from the wild animal park, and head for the Mpumalanga province.

On your outward journey, you’ll pass through the towns of Nespruit, White River and Hazyview, before reaching Kruger Park. On your first day, you’ll enjoy your first game drive in a jeep or 4×4 during the afternoon, so you can appreciate the park’s wild beauty as quickly as possible. At the end of the day, you’ll be treated to dinner in one of the most magnificent settings imaginable.

Day 2

After breakfast at your lodge, it’s off for a second day’s safari. With the help of your tour guide, who will explain the different living conditions of the animals, you’ll set off to discover the famous « Big Five ».

In addition to these incredible wild animals, you’ll also have the opportunity to observe dozens of species of birds. You’ll then break for lunch, and the afternoon will be entirely free for you to wander the park as you please. Kruger Park will then be all yours, and you’ll have plenty of time to focus on certain animal species. After dinner, it’s back to camp.

Day 3

Last day in Kruger Park: after a morning at leisure in the park, you’ll head back to Johannesburg. On the way back, you’ll pass through Pilgrims Rest, Lydenburg, Dullstroom and Belfast. You’ll return to the city at around 6.30 p.m., and the images and encounters you’ve made with a 100% natural wilderness will stay with you for a long time to come.

An unforgettable experience in South Africa

Safari au parc Kruger, Johannesburg

Photo credit: Flickr – David Siu

Kruger Park is one of the world’s largest and oldest wildlife parks. To be able to observe the flora and fauna (birds, wild animals, reptiles, mammals) in such a place is a unique experience and an incredible opportunity: the setting is simply fantastic, breathtaking, and the tracks are in perfect working order. All you have to do, with the help of your guide, is get in a safe vehicle and drive at a reduced speed, alert to the slightest rustle of leaves, the slightest appearance.

For those who love nature, for those who want a different approach to a classic safari, the 3-day Kruger Park Safari is the experience not to be missed in South Africa. You’ll be in total symbiosis with nature, staying in a lodge right in the heart of the park, for a complete and total immersion experience.

All in all, a wonderful trip to enjoy alone or as a couple. It’s worth noting that between November and April, the park’s vegetation is extremely lush, the scenery is sublime and temperatures are quite warm, hovering around 30°C during the day. November and December are the best months to visit Kruger Park, while spring is the season for hunting and birthing.

Have you ever been on safari in the Kruger Park?

Main photo credit: Flickr – David Berkowitz