Kruger Complete - Self-Drive In Kruger And The Lowveld

Suggested Holiday Itinerary

Kruger Complete - Self-Drive In Kruger And The Lowveld

Summary Of The Route and Costs

This self-drive itinerary offers the complete Kruger Park experience - it start with a few nights at one of the most attractive and romantic budget lodges in the area, then includes a self-drive adventure in Kruger before finishing with a few nights at one of our favourite places to stay whilst you explore the Lowveld area that adjoins the park.

At nThambo, every day begins and ends with a game drive through this vibrant part of the Southern Klaserie Game Reserve, while the camp offers open views onto an active waterhole and all the animals that use it. Leopard and lion, Africa's biggest cats, prowl the bushveld and their calls can be heard in the night when you are falling asleep. Other wildlife you may encounter on the twice-daily game drives include elephant, rhino, buffalo, impala, kudu, zebra, giraffe, baboons, monkeys, hippo, warthog, and many others.

After you return from your morning safari activity on your last day at nThambo, you will have time to enjoy breakfast at the camp. You will then exit the reserve, and allow about an hour from here to drive to the Orpen Entrance Gate of the Kruger National Park.  Pay the Daily Concession Fee to enter the Park and allow a further 2 hours to then drive through the Park to reach your first rest camp, watching out for wildlife along the way.

Whlst the rest camps are not as luxurious as the safari lodges, they do offer clean, comfortable accommodation in th ehear of the park, and by staying at a couple of different camps you will have the chance to explore more of the park than if you just stayed at one camp.

Letaba Rest Camp is situated on a sweeping bend of the Letaba River, midway between the southern and northern boundaries of the Kruger National Park. The name means 'river of sand', and the sandy riverbed is an excellent location for game viewing, particularly elephant, which thrive in the area.

After your night at Letaba you should allow about 6 hours to drive down through the Park to reach your next rest camp. Skukuza is the Kruger National Park's largest rest camp and administrative headquarters. It is situated on the southern banks of the Sabie River. The camp is well foliaged and there are some lofty trees along the river's edge. Activities and facilities are diverse, as are the animals and plants found both within the camp and in the surrounding areas.

When you leave Skukuza on your last day of safari, you can spend the entire day in the Park, before leaving the Park via the Paul Kruger Gate late afternoon.  Allow an hour to then drive back to Hazyview for your last few days on holiday.

The small village of Hazyview is an ideal place to base yourself to explore the Lowveld area around the Kruger National Park. This is a beautiful area, with attractions including the Blyde River Canyon, the well known 'Panorama Route', elephant and chimp sanctuaries, and a couple of excellent animal rehabilitation projects.

 

 

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Summary Of The Itinerary

Holiday Title: Kruger Complete - Self-Drive In Kruger And The Lowveld

Countries Visited: South Africa


Day 1

Collect your luggage then make your way into the Arrivals Hall and find the Bidvest Car Rental office. Complete the necessary paperwork - you will need to present your driving licence, passport and credit card. The keys to your hire car will then be handed over to you.

11 Day Car Rental: Group K: Renault Duster 2x4 or similar - Manual Transmission (on Super Cover)

Allow about 2 hours to drive to the Klaserie Game Reserve. At nThambo, every day begins and ends with a game drive through this vibrant part of the Southern Klaserie Game Reserve, while the camp offers open views onto an active waterhole and all the animals that use it. Leopard and lion, Africa's biggest cats, prowl the bushveld and their calls can be heard in the night when you are falling asleep. Other wildlife you may encounter on game drives include elephant, rhino, buffalo, impala, kudu, zebra, giraffe, steenbok, duiker, mongoose, baboon, vervet monkey, hippo, warthog, and many others.

Klaserie Game Reserve

3 nights at nThambo Tree Camp


Day 4

After you return from your morning safari activity, you will have time to enjoy breakfast at the camp. You will then exit the reserve, and allow about an hour from here to drive to the Orpen Entrance Gate of the Kruger National Park. Pay the Daily Concession Fee to enter the Park and allow a further 2 hours to then drive through the Park to reach your first rest camp, watching out for wildlife along the way.

Kruger National Park

1 night at Letaba Rest Camp


Day 5

Allow about 6 hours to drive down through the Park to reach your next rest camp. A self-drive safari in Kruger is a truly wonderful experience - the thrill of driving along a road by yourself and coming across a pride of lions basking under a nearby tree, or waiting at a peaceful waterhole and having a sighting all to yourself is hard to beat. The Park boasts an exceptionally rich mix of wildlife, including some 490 species of bird and 147 mammal species, including the Big 5.

Kruger National Park

2 nights at Skukuza Rest Camp


Day 7

You can spend the entire day in the Park, before leaving the Park via the Paul Kruger Gate late afternoon. Allow an hour to then drive back to Hazyview for your last few days on holiday. The small village of Hazyview is an ideal place to base yourself to explore the Lowveld area around the Kruger National Park. This is a beautiful area, with attractions including the Blyde River Canyon, the well known 'Panorama Route', elephant and chimp sanctuaries, and a couple of excellent animal rehabilitation projects.

 
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Example Cost

Holiday Title: Kruger Complete - Self-Drive In Kruger And The Lowveld

Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa for 10 nights

Passengers: 2 Adults

Example Cost for 2 Adults: * per person sharing.

*Excludes international flights from your home country - please ask us if you would like us to include these for you.

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