A guided safari in the Kruger Park (using the national park camps) is quite different to a safari at a private game lodge. Both have their advantages. This trip idea combines two nights in Kruger, followed by two nights at a private game lodge for you to experience the best of both worlds. All game drives in open vehicles with expert and knowledgeable guides.

Highlights
  • 2 Nights in Kruger National Park
  • 2 Nights in adjacent Private Reserves
  • Evening drives continue after dark at private lodge
  • Bush walk included at private lodge
  • Two different ways of experiencing Kruger
  • Off-road game drives allowed on private reserves
  • Variety of different landscapes and animals
  • Flexible itinerary - more nights can be added if time and budget allow
  • Cost will depend on choice of lodge

Map of the 5-day Kruger Park and Private Lodge Combo Safari

A question we get often is which safari is best - a Kruger National Park safari or a private game lodge safari? Check out this blog post to read more about the differences between Kruger and the adjacent private reserves.

A safari in one of the adjacent private reserves is indeed very different from the Kruger National Park. This combo safari lets you experience both.

Day 1-3

Depart from Johannesburg or Nelspruit and join one of our 3-day Kruger Park safaris, spending two nights at one of the best camps in the Kruger National Park, overlooking the Sabie River. Normally we stay at Skukuza Camp or Lower Sabie Camp, using comfortable thatched bungalows for accommodation. All game drives are included in the cost and conducted on an open safari vehicle. Breakfasts and dinners are also included.

The benefits of this part of the safari are that you will have a highly experienced guide, you will see a huge variety of wildlife and explore a large part of the Kruger National Park, driving through different landscapes and vegetation types. All game drives are conducted on an open safari vehicle.

Day 3-5

On day 3 we transfer you to a private game lodge in the Greater Kruger Park, for example in the famous Sabi Sand or Timbavati Game Reserve or similar. These private reserves form part of the Greater Kruger National Park and there are no fences between Kruger and the private reserves.

At a private lodge, all meals and game drives are included in the cost, and the accommodation is more luxurious than in the national park camps. Morning and afternoon game drives are conducted on open land rovers, and the vehicles are able to go off-road to get closer to the animals.

At a private game lodge, your chances of seeing big cats up close are pretty good because the vehicles are in radio contact and can follow the tracks of these magnificent predators into the bush. A night drive is included each evening, and a guided bush walk with an armed ranger is also included (not compulsory of course).

The choice of the game lodge will depend on your budget and interests, as well as availability. Prices at private safari lodges can range from about $250 to over $2,000 per person per night sharing, depending on the level of luxury, room type and season. We add no booking fees and there are no hidden costs when we give you a quote. For those on a tight budget, the more affordable lodges cost below $400 per person per night, which is very good value considering it includes all meals and game drives.

Spend two nights at a luxury private safari lodge of your choice. (This can be extended on request).

Private-safari-lodge-sabi-sand

Close up encounters at a private safari lodge

On the last day, enjoy a final early morning game drive followed by breakfast, and then it is time to check out and head back for Nelspruit or Hoedspruit (the closest airports) or Johannesburg (5-6 hours by road, or a one hour flight). The flights are not included in the cost estimate below. Expect to arrive in Johannesburg at the end of the day.

Customise this trip idea

This is a travel idea, not a fixed itinerary. You can spend more nights in the Kruger Park at the national park camp, or extra nights at the private game lodge if you prefer.

Approximate cost

The cost will depend on the choice of lodge, but the estimated rates below will give you an idea of the cost per person sharing, for the full 5 days with a transfer to either Hoedspruit or Nelspruit at the end.

Rates
Period Price per person (pp)
2019 - Estimate based on budget-friendly lodge
$1,353
£1,081
€1,205
R18,850
2019 - Estimate based on mid-range lodge
$1,895
£1,513
€1,688
R26,400
2019 - Estimate based on luxury lodge
$3,015
£2,408
€2,686
R42,000

This approximate rate is intended as a guideline only and includes all transfers, accommodation, meals and game drives, but excludes flights and visas. Your final quoted rate may differ depending on date of travel, choice of lodge, room type and exchange rate fluctuations.

All rates on our website are provided to give a price estimate only and should not be seen as a firm quote. Likewise, our currency converter will give you a rough idea of the price in another currency, but should not be seen as a firm quote. It is only intended as a guideline, based on the daily interbank exchange rate. Please contact us to receive an accurate, free quote with no obligation.

Includes
  • Road transfer from Johannesburg or Nelspruit to Kruger National Park
  • Kruger Park entrance fees and daily conservation fees
  • 2 Nights accommodation in comfortable bungalows with air-con and small private bathroom
  • All breakfasts and dinners in the Kruger Park
  • All game drives on open safari vehicles with expert guide
  • Road transfer from Kruger to private lodge
  • 2 Nights accommodation at private safari lodge
  • All meals at private lodge
  • Daily conservation fees for private reserve
  • Road transfer back to Hoedspruit or Nelspruit airport on last day
Excludes
  • International flights and visas
  • Flight or road transfer back to Johannesburg on last day
  • Lunches in Kruger Park
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities (not compulsory)
  • Personal expenses and optional extras
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