Tours Africa Tours Kruger Safari And The Panorama Route

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  • Private game drive and stay at exclusive safari lodge
  • Modern air-conditioned private coach
  • Clean & comfortable accommodation

Summary

Are you ready for the wildlife adventure of a lifetime? Come with us as we explore South Africa's most famous national park and introduce you to its untamed wildlife. We'll meet in Johannesburg and head straight to the Kruger National Park Region. Here you'll go on safaris to see the Big 5, sleep in comfortable accommodation and enjoy delicious local food. Then we're off to the Panorama Route in the Mpumalanga province to see the Blyde River Canyon and Bourke's Luck potholes before returning to Johannesburg via Graskop. Sound good? Let’s go! 

If you'd like to experience Cape Town, the winelands and the Garden Route, in addition to the Kruger and Johannesburg, consider the South Africa Escape tour - click here.

Highlights

  • Enjoy three full days in the Kruger National Park and spot the 'Big 5' 
  • Options for half-day or full-day game drives
  • Discover the stunning scenery of the Panorama Route 

Start Point

Garden Court OR Tambo International Airport Hotel | approx. 10:30 AM

End Point

Garden Court OR Tambo International Airport Hotel | 10:00 AM - After breakfast
DAY 1: Start of tour in Johannesburg - Kruger National Park Region

Welcome to South Africa! Meet up with the tour at a hotel close to Johannesburg airport (see the help section for more information). Then, travel towards the Kruger National Park Region and settle in at a gateway destination to the Kruger National Park Region this evening. Did you know that the park is only slightly smaller than the entire country of Belgium? Dine under the African sky this evening.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 1: Start of tour in Johannesburg - Kruger National Park Region

Welcome to South Africa! Meet up with the tour at a hotel close to Johannesburg airport (see the help section for more information). Then, travel towards the Kruger National Park Region and settle in at a gateway destination to the Kruger National Park Region this evening. Did you know that the park is only slightly smaller than the entire country of Belgium? Dine under the African sky this evening.

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DAY 2: Kruger National Park Region

A full-day game drive in the Kruger National Park awaits! The elevated position in the bus makes it very easy to spot animals (if you're really lucky you'll tick off all of the Big Five today!) in the bush. See African animals in their natural habitat. Some of these animals include leopards, lions and elephants. There are also cheetahs, wild dogs and rhinos. In the late afternoon, head to the accommodation on the western edge of the park. Time for a relaxing swim in the pool and a sun-downer or two before an included dinner this evening!

Experiences

Kruger National Park game drive: Enjoy a full-day game drive through the southern part of Kruger in our air-conditioned tour bus. Keep your eyes peeled for the iconic 'Big 5' - the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard and rhinoceros. Today's Kruger conservation fee is included in the tour price.

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DAY 3: Kruger National Park Region: Free Day

Today, take the chance to embark on a game drive led by local wildlife specialists in open safari trucks. Choose a half or full-day safari drive and spend time driving in prime game viewing areas, stopping at various waterholes and rest camps. Keep your eyes peeled and your cameras at the ready, watching these stunning animals in the wild is truly an experience to remember. On return to the accommodation, slip into the pool to cool down and relax before enjoying an included dinner.

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DAY 4: Kruger National Park Region: Free Day

Today is your second free day to tailor your Kruger experience to your liking. Choose to go on another half-day, sunrise safari with a local wildlife expert. This amazing park has recorded 100+ reptiles species, 500+ kinds of birds and 140+ mammals! Or, stay at the accommodation and relax by the pool. Tonight is the last time to enjoy dinner here. Sit down around the bush fire while swapping safari stories and sipping some Amarula. Be sure to try this local liqueur made from fermented marula fruit!

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DAY 5: Three Rondawels - Bourke’s Luck Potholes - Blyde River Canyon Viewpoint - Johannesburg

Leave the Kruger behind and head towards the Panorama Route. This is a famous scenic area in South Africa's Mpumalanga province. Onwards to the Drakensberg escarpment to look out over the Blyde River Canyon from the famous Three Rondavels viewing point. If there ever was an epic view, this is it. Ready your cameras! Afterwards, head to Bourke's Luck potholes. This natural water feature is made up of literally hundreds of potholes and plunge pools, and marks the start of Blyde River Canyon. Afterwards, travel back to Johannesburg. Check in at the hotel, and meet up for farewell dinner and drinks.

Experiences

Visit the Three Rondavels viewpoint: Visit this spectacular viewpoint and take in views of three famous mountain tops that tower over the Blyde River Canyon. Named after a traditional round-shaped African homestead, the Three Rondavels is one of the major attractions in the area. Various look-out points are sure to offer fantastic photo opportunities.

Explore Bourke’s Luck Potholes: Take a short walk and wander around what has been dubbed "nature's wishing well". See numerous waterholes, plunge pools and impressive rock formations. Visit the information centre to learn more about the natural history as well as the San people, the earliest inhabitants of this region.

Blyde River Canyon Viewpoint: Get one last look at the majestic Blyde River canyon. This must be one of the most cherished and most photographed views in South Africa. See the Lowveld of South Africa with the Kruger National Park and Mozambique in the far distance.

Farewell dinner in Johannesburg: Feast on local cuisine as we sit down for one last special dinner together. You are now in the bustling city of Johannesburg, the second largest city in Africa.

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DAY 6: End of tour in Johannesburg

And so the last day of your South African wildlife & scenery trip has arrived. Have one last breakfast together to say bon voyage. Guests are welcome to stay on to explore Jozi, as the locals call Johannesburg, and enjoy one of the optional activities available such as a half day tour of Soweto!

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What's Included

Accommodation

  • 5 nights in 2, 3 & 4* hotel and safari lodge accommodation, in twin rooms with private bathrooms
  • Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room

Meals

  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners 
    *Vegetarian options available for all meals on request

Transport

  • Modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and toilet onboard 

Tour Leader

  • Fully guided tour with experienced tour leader
  • Tour leader will accompany group throughout and manage all logistical details

5 Experiences!

  • Full-day Kruger National park game drive
  • Visit the Three Rondavels viewpoint
  • Visit Bourke's Luck Potholes 
  • Blyde River Canyon Viewpoint 
  • Farewell dinner in Johannesburg

Accommodation

Hotels are chosen closer to departure date. We do use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here.

Kruger Gateway

Photos of the tour

Full-Day Game Drive

A full-day game drive with a highly qualified guide is the best way to explore the Kruger National Park. These guides are experts in sensing and following the movements of wildlife. This means there is an excellent chance of enjoying spectacular wildlife sightings. You will also be able to capture rare photographic and video memories. First prize is seeing the Big Five all in one day! Enjoy a bush lunch for an additional fee of R300. 

Please Note: This price excludes the daily conservation fee of R372.

Optional Excursions

Unless marked as “Pre-Book”, all optional excursions can be booked on tour and paid for in cash (in the stated currency) to your tour leader.
Prices and availability are subject to change

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Additional Information

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Reviews

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Auntie Christine Verified Buyer 2023-05-30
Amazing Trip!
This was the best tour I've ever been on! Our guide Matt was incredible from start to finish. He was knowledgable about the animals and history, made us laugh and kept us safe at all times. I experienced the culture from not only Matt but from our game drive trackers, excursion tour guides, and Timbavati Lodge staff. When I was unexpectedly scratched by a monkey Matt made sure I was ok and got me to the doctor to ease my mind. I made friends for life with my fellow travelers and can't wait to go on another adventure with Expat next year!
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Barney Verified Buyer 2023-05-04
Kruger Safari was an Amazing Experience!!
Loved every minute of it. Would consider doing it again!
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Pat Verified Buyer 2022-12-22
Fantastic tour!
This is a must do trip! Loved everything about it. Tour guide, Matt, was great! He kept it fun and interesting. I really enjoyed staying at the safari lodge in the African huts. The whole atmosphere at the lodge was perfect. The game drives were great and the scenery on the way back to Johannesburg was absolutely breathtaking. This was my second trip with Expat Explore and I've already booked two more. Their trips are packed full of adventure and are a great value for your money!
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Krystal Verified Buyer 2022-06-02
Incredible
The tour was absolutely incredible! The game drivers were once in a lifetime experiences and our ranger was amazing with so much knowledge and experience. He could spot an animal a mile off. The authentic African huts for accomidation were a nice touch and experience. But what really made our tour was Matt the tour guide. He had so much energy, enthusiasm and knowledge. He made very drive, evening and downtime just as enjoyable as the experiences! Thank you Matt and expat.
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Karie Verified Buyer 2018-10-28
What a fantastic experience!
I enjoy Expat Explore tours — they pack a lot into 1 trip! The Kruger safari was by far the highlight of this tour. I saw the Big Five and then some.

Why this tour?

Spend 6 days admiring the splendid South African landscape on this Kruger National Park safari combined with a visit along the Panorama Route. See the famous Big 5, enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the wild, and take in exceptional views. 

Start this exciting tour in Johannesburg before you travel to Kruger National Park with your group. This is one of the top things to do on any trip to South Africa and shows off the best of the country. Expect undisturbed nature and a raw look into the wild - from the safety of your Kruger guided tours. 

The first couple of days are spent exploring the park, viewing the many wild animals in Kruger National Park and soaking in the serenity of the bush. Then, enjoy a couple of free days to explore more of the park, or just laze by the pool of your safari lodge. 

No trip to Kruger National Park would be complete without a campfire, and that’s exactly what you’ll get on your last night. 

Once you’ve seen all there is to see on the Kruger safari tours, it’ll be time to say goodbye to the park and its untamed inhabitants. Before the trip ends back in Joburg, there’ll be a day to explore the stunning Panorama Route. View top attractions like Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels, and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. 

If wide-open spaces, free-roaming wildlife, and picturesque views are your idea of a dream vacation, then this tour is exactly what you need. With most of the Kruger National Park prices included in the tour price, you’ll only pay for optional extra game drives. Join a group tour to explore the Kruger and make millions of memories.