5 Day Luxury Kruger Lodge Safari
Fly from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit in the heart of South Africa’s iconic Kruger safari region on this Luxury Kruger Lodge Safari. Experience five days of prime wildlife viewing in three top-class African game reserves.
Explore Kruger National Park, Balule Reserve (in Greater Kruger Park), and Motlala Wildlife Reserve. Embark on thrilling sunset-to-night and morning game drives in these diverse African game reserves in open 4×4 safari vehicles designed for off-road tracking, the best views, and optimal photo opportunities.
Experience two safari camps located in private game reserves near Kruger Park. Indulge in luxurious safari lodge accommodation with excellent facilities. This short Big 5 Kruger Safari is sure to include many thrilling African wildlife experiences in South Africa’s leading safari region.
About Balule in Greater Kruger National Park
There are no fences separating this 35000-hectare private game reserve from Kruger National Park allowing numerous wild animals to roam freely between these wilderness areas. The Olifant’s River flows through the Balule game reserve attracting a variety of birds and animals year-round.
Balule is home to the iconic Big 5 of Africa with buffalo, lion, and elephant being sighted the most regularly sometimes even from the lodge property! Other wildlife commonly sighted in Balule include giraffe, wildebeest, hyena, zebra, hippo, warthog, mongoose, vervet monkey, and various antelope species, such as waterbuck, steenbok, impala, and kudu.
Nocturnal animals such as civets, bush babies, bats, hares, genets, wild cats, and porcupines can be spotted on night game drives. Some of the more elusive wild animals found in this part of Greater Kruger include cheetah, African wild dog, bat-eared fox, and badger, as well as caracal and serval cat and a variety of antelope species, such as suni, roan, and sable antelope.
The Greater Kruger Park area consists of various private game parks, such as Balule, that share unfenced boundaries with Kruger National Park proper. Staying in a private game lodge allows you to escape the main throng of tourists, as the Balule game reserve is not open to the general public. Balule is closed to the general public and we drive mostly on dirt roads encountering fewer safari vehicles – a more remote game viewing experience in untamed Africa!
On this exclusive safari adventure, you get a more secluded bush experience that brings you closer to nature. Another advantage of game viewing in the Balule private reserve is that your qualified guides communicate with each other via two-way radio, increasing the number of wildlife sightings on your drives.
Yet another perk of staying at a private lodge is that off-road driving is permitted in this exclusive game reserve area of the Greater Kruger Park, improving your chances of spotting wildlife in the bush.
About Kruger National Park
The world-renowned Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s best safari destinations and South Africa’s premier game reserve. Covering nearly 2 million hectares of untamed African bush the variety of habitats in Kruger Park are home to a breath-taking diversity of plants and animals.
Kruger is South Africa’s top travel destination offering superb game viewing, including massive populations of Africa’s iconic Big Five – elephant, rhino, leopard, lion, and buffalo.
This vast wilderness area is inhabited by a staggering 147 mammal species and 517 bird species, as well as a variety of other wild animals and 336 tree species. South Africa’s flagship national park, Kruger Park is considered a world leader in advanced environmental policies and wildlife management practices.
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Fly from OR Tambo Airport to Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport. Transfer to the luxurious Katekani Tented Lodge for a drink and dip in your private pool.
Later in the afternoon, go on an exciting game drive. Return after dark to Katekani for dinner and overnight.
At the start of this Luxury Kruger Lodge Safari, you will fly from OR Tambo to Hoedspruit's Eastgate airport where you will be collected and transferred to our game lodge located on a secluded piece of unspoiled land next to Kapama Private Game Reserve.
Arriving at our lodge, we acquaint ourselves with our surroundings, while enjoying a welcome drink. There's time to take a quick dip in our private pool before embarking on our first game drive in Balule Reserve. This private game reserve is home to healthy wildlife populations, including two of the Big 5 of Africa - leopard and buffalo. Our game drive in Balule is an excellent introduction to the scenic African bush, its magnificent animals, and varied birdlife.
The game reserve is relatively uncrowded and the animals are quite habituated to people. It covers varied habitats, including open grasslands and big, old trees. Leopard, buffalo, and numerous plains game species are regularly spotted in Balule, which encompasses a variety of habitats with vegetation ranging from riverine forests to open grasslands.
Having spotted an array of balule's resident wildlife and watching a spectacular sunset, we return to the private tented lodge, on the lookout for nocturnal creatures. A hearty dinner is a welcome sight. Watch the stars, relax and chat in the bar, cool off in your plunge pool, and take in the sounds of the bush after dark.
- Meals included: Dinner
After breakfast, our qualified Kruger Park specialist guide will take you into Kruger Park proper on a full day safari on our open Game viewer. Enjoy a fantastic day in Africa’s premier wildlife park.
Drive to Tremisana Lodge in the Balule Game Reserve from where you will enjoy another night drive en route to Ezulwini Game Lodge.
Today starts with a fresh coffee and then we set off on a morning game drive in Greater Kruger Park.
Returning from wildlife watching in the wilderness we have breakfast at the lodge, followed by free time to rest and relax in comfort. After lunch at the lodge, there is more time for you to nap and enjoy the top-notch facilities that the luxury lodge offers. In the afternoon high tea is served before we set off on our sunset game drive in an open safari vehicle.
This exhilarating evening game drive is conducted by the expert staff of the luxury lodge, taking us in search of the abundance of wildlife found in Greater Kruger. After dark, we use a powerful spotlight to locate the creatures that emerge at night. Back at the lodge we tuck into a delicious dinner and unwind after a rewarding day in the African bush. Your hostess and the lodge staff ensure that you are pampered and enjoy personal service during your stay.
We enjoy another night of luxury lodge accommodation in Balule Nature Reserve on day three.
- Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
We spend another full day game viewing in the Big Five Balule Reserve with the well-trained and experienced staff of our luxury safari lodge.
Your safari guide and tracker will take you in search of any of the Big Five of Africa you may have missed so far, as well as other wildlife found in Balule. On the game drives, the safari guides stay in constant contact with each other via radio, improving your chances of sighting wildlife in this vast expanse of the untamed bushveld.
At the end of the day, we have dinner and unwind at the luxury safari lodge in Greater Kruger.
- Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
On the final day of this Big 5 Kruger Safari, we rise early for one more optional game drive in the Kruger Park Private Concession area.
After our optional sunrise game drive in Big 5 territory, we have breakfast back at the luxury lodge. At about 13h00 (depending on the time of your outgoing flight) you are transferred to the Hoedspruit Airport for your flight to Johannesburg in Gauteng.
This affordable Luxury Kruger Lodge Safari comes to an end back at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
- Meals included: Breakfast