Big 5 Luxury Tented Lodge Safari in Greater Kruger National Park
Enjoy this Big 5 safari within the Greater Kruger Park without fences between the two wildlife areas. This Big 5 tour is perfect for honeymooners and is located remotely. You will visit Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and highlight of the Panorama Route (Three Rondawels/Blyde Canyon). The Big 5 tour includes a Bush braai (traditional South African meal). All meals are prepared according to your dietary requirements. Bush walks, sunset drive, a game drive and full day game drive in the Kruger on an open Game drive Vehicle.
Accommodation on a Big 5 Luxury Tented Lodge Safari in Greater Kruger
Vehicles you will be Travelling in on a Big 5 Luxury Tented Safari
You will be picked up in a luxury and safe mini bus from Johannesburg and returned as such as well. On Safari you will have the best view to spot the Big 5 in 4 x 4 open but roofed vehicle.
Itinerary for the 6 Day Big 5 Luxury Tented Lodge in Greater Kruger
DAY 1 – JOHANNESBURG TO Big 5 AFFORDABLE GAME LODGE SAFARI (LOCATED IN BALULE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE – OPEN TO KRUGER PARK WITHOUT FENCES)
You will be picked up for your Big 5 safari at approximately 09:30am (latest) from OR Tambo or your accommodation. The drive to the Lowveld is 6 to 7 hours in a comfortable air-conditioned mini-van. When you arrive in the Lowveld you can take pictures of the lovely backdrop.
The closest Airport is in Hoedspruit (You get ZAR 500 discount one-way on the Safari Price if you get picked up from here). We have an Airport in Nelspruit (MQP/KMIA) as well but pick-up is at an additional cost and it is a four hour drive. The lodge where you will overnight on the first night is in the Hoedspruit Area.
The first night of your safari
You will overnight at an Affordable Game Lodge in the Hoedspruit area. The rest of the nights are at the Luxury Tented Lodge.
Your chalet/room is equipped with an air-conditioner. You can enjoy some peace and quiet, or swim in the pool, walk around in the gardens or enjoy drinks at the bar area.
Before enjoying your traditional South African dinner (bush braai) at the Boma which is at a Marula Tree, you will go on your first open game viewer sunset drive.
Day 2 – BUSH WALK AND GAME DRIVE
On this second day of your Safari, after an early coffee and light snacks, you will drive to the Oliphants River. Armed and qualified Game Rangers will take you on a four hour bush walk. You will learn about smaller plants and spoor tracking as well seeing signs of the Big 5.
What bubbles up the excitement throughout your body, is the anticipation, after you encounter these beautiful Big 5 animals on foot.
Before being transferred to your Big 5 Luxury Tented Safari Lodge (Located in Klaserie Private Game Reserve – open to Kruger National Park without fences), you will enjoy a brunch. At your Luxury Tented Lodge you can enjoy lunch at the Lapa and then have a rest, swim or walk around the Big 5 Lodge.
You will then go on a three hour Big 5 game drive in the Motlala Game Reserve. After this amazing game drive you will have dinner and overnight in you air-conditioned luxury suite that has its own private pool.
DAY 3 – FULL DAY ORPEN AREA OF KRUGER NATIONAL PARK GAME DRIVE
This day is an exciting day! After breakfast you will drive on an Open-Sided Safari vehicle, to the ORPEN area of the Kruger National Park, a world-renowned National Park. Enjoy a full day of Big 5 game viewing and bird watching.
Days away from the Big 5 Luxury Tented Lodge, will require take-out meals, at your own expense which are recommended. Eating out is seen as special occasion in Africa, this may take some time.
After the experience of this amazing Big 5 drive, you then return back to the Luxury Tented Lodge for dinner and to overnight.
DAY 4 – BIG 5 VISIT TO MOHOLOHOLO AND TSHUKUDU PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
Visiting the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre is a highlight of your Big 5 safari, because you will not only interact with injured or orphaned animals but also learn about conservation efforts.
A three hour game drive to the Tshukudu Game Reserve awaits you after lunch. The chances are good of finding the Big 5.
After this exciting game drive you will return back to the Luxury Tented Lodge to enjoy a tasty dinner and overnight in comfort.
DAY 5 – FULL DAY BIG 5 ORPEN AREA OF KRUGER NATIONAL PARK GAME DRIVE
After breakfast you will once again drive on an Open-Sided Safari vehicle, to the ORPEN Game area, a world-renowned National Park. Enjoy a full day of Big 5 game viewing and bird watching.
Days away from the Luxury Tented Lodge, will require take-out meals which are recommended. Eating out is seen as special occasion in Africa. This may take some time.
After the experience of this amazing Big 5 drive, you then return back to the Luxury Tented Lodge for dinner and overnight.
DAY 6 – BIG 5 BUSH WALK AND VIEW THREE RONDAWELS AT THE BLYDE RIVER CANYON
On this last day of your Greater Kruger National Park Safari and before driving back to Johannesburg, an armed Ranger will once again take you on a one hour early morning Big 5 Bush Walk, in search of some wild animals and the Big 5.
After enjoying breakfast, you drive to the awesome Three Rondawels at the Blyde River Canyon only en route to Johannesburg.
Drop off will be between 17:00 and 18:00pm.
** Terms & Conditions Apply **
- Park fees (for non-residents)
- All activities (unless labeled as optional)
- All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
- A professional driver/guide
- All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
- All Taxes/VAT
- Roundtrip airport transfer
- Meals (as specified in the itinerary)
- Drinks (as specified in the itinerary)
- International flights (from/to home)
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
- Tips (tipping guideline US$5.00 pp per day)
- Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
It is important to note that this is not a private safari and more than likely there will be other guests joining you on the game drive vehicles, air-conditioned mini bus transfer vehicles as well as in the dining facility.
The child policies vary from lodge to lodge. Some lodges do not accept children under 12 at all, while others gladly accept children but do not allow younger children on the open game drive vehicles for safety reasons. These lodges offer babysitting services at a nominal extra charge. Please be sure to enquire about this before making your reservation.
Airport pickup is between 7:00 – 9:30 am from hotels and guest houses around OR Tambo – Please consult us about where to book pre- and post-accommodation. We also arrange transfers from and to Nelspruit airport (at an additional charge), for more information please consult your Travel Experience Designer.
Guests flying out of OR Tambo Airport on the last day are reminded to not book any flights earlier than 20h00 (domestic) or 21h00 (international) in order to give us enough time to get you to the airport. We recommend that you rather stay over in Johannesburg if possible. Since we cannot guarantee our arrival time in Johannesburg on the last day we will not be held responsible for reimbursements of flight tickets, should we arrive later than expected. Private transfers for guests with early flights can be arranged in advance at an extra charge.
What is cost for Big 5 Luxury Tented Lodge Safari:
R17795 per person sharing ; R19995 single
Transfers: included as per the above itinerary