Safari in South Africa
Come join a safari where nearly 2 million hectares of unrivalled wildlife abundance co-exist with historical and archaeological sites - welcome to Africa . The world famous Kruger National Park offers one of the best wildlife experiences available in Africa . Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares, SANParks - Kruger National Park is unmatched in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies
Day 1: Johannesburg to Kruger National Park
Your trip starts early on the first day as you depart Johannesburg , the city of Gold and head off on an adventure of a lifetime. A truly unique African experience unfolds as you enter the Kruger Park via one of the Southern gates. The Park is home to 150 species of mammal, including Africa 's famed Big Five. The staggering 507 bird species, plus the wide variety of insects, reptiles and amphibians make this the ultimate wildlife experience. You will board open safari vehicles and enjoy your first exciting game drive en-route to our camp, taking in the sheer beauty of the African bush along the way. After settling into camp, you enjoy a bushveld dinner around the campfire before venturing out into the bush as you track the creatures of the night on a late evening game drive.
Accommodation : Park Camp. Meals : D
Day 2: Kruger National Park to Kruger National Park
Get an early rise on day two as you depart the camp at first light. Your game drive takes you to some of the best game drive routes within the Kruger Park , giving you the opportunity to view the varied landscapes, ecosystems and abundant wildlife. The entire day is spent game viewing, bird watching and stopping off at the various waterholes en-route to our Northern camp. You arrive in time to freshen up before you head out on a Big 5 Game Walk or a Big Five Cycling Safari through the Kruger Park . These activities are accompanied by armed Kruger Park Rangers and give you the opportunity to experience the real Kruger. After an adventure filled day you return to camp and are greeted with the aroma of traditional bushveld cooking as you enjoy a braai (barbeque) around a log fire.
Accommodation : Park Camp. Meals : BD
Day 3: Kruger National Park to Private Game Lodge
On day three you will get up at daybreak and discover more of the Kruger's amazing ecosystems on an early morning game drive. You enjoy breakfast at one of the picnic sites within the Park before continuing your game drive en-route through the Kruger. You then make your way out of the Park and head for a Private Safari Lodge in time for lunch. With the ever present views of the Drakensberg Escarpment in sight, you make our way to the Blyde River Canyon and enjoy a guided sunset cruise through the Canyon. You return to the Lodge, where you spend the rest of the evening at leisure. After an action packed day, you enjoy a traditional boma dinner around a log fire. This evening, you also have the opportunity to learn about the stars of the African skies with a guided star talk.
Accommodation : Safari Lodge. Meals : BD
Day 4: Private Game Lodge to Johannesburg
For the fourth and final day of your trip, you will wake up early and head out on a morning bush walk. Guided by qualified rangers, you learn about nature's finer details such as bird, tree and spoor identification. After breakfast, you will depart the Lodge and your journey takes you through the Mpumalanga Province as you travel along the Drakensberg Escarpment to view the spectacular setting of the Three Rondawels overlooking the Blyde River Canyon . You will then continue your journey en-route to Johannesburg , arriving in the late afternoon.
Accommodation : None. Meals : B
NOTE: This is a sample itinerary and may be altered to accommodate changes in field conditions.
Dates and Price
US$659 ONLY for Global Crossroad volunteers
To be determined by In-Country Coordinator (most likely at the end or middle of participant's respective volunteer program)
- All games drives in open 4x4 vehicles
- Night drives in Kruger park
- Big Five Game Walk or Cycling in Kruger Park
- Nature walk in Private Reserve
- Sunset Cruise through the Blyde river Canyon
- Camping in Kruger park in permanent dome tents with sleeping bags
- All ground transportation
- Services of experienced, qualified driver/guide
- Meals and entrance fees per itinerary
What's Not Included
- Transportation to/from project to travel start point
- Bus to Johannesburg (from cape Town )
- Personal items/drinks
- Optional Activities