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Into the Heart of Kruger

South Africa

from £3,299 per person
2 passengers 13 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £71 if not required
  • Small Group < 19 Small Group 19 or less
  • VIP travel service VIP door to door
  • Half Board Plus Half board plus

Visit and stay in and around Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is one of South Africa’s most important reserves, covering some 7,500 square miles and home to a staggering 850 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and more. This is a park of dreams, where the ‘Big Five’ – lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhino – roam, where heritage and archaeological sites abound and where safaris and safari lodges promise a true African experience.

This safari tour stays in authentic African lodges, and includes daily game drives, sundowner drinks, and dinner under African skies.

Including...

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed11 nights in lodges and 2 in flight

Dinner plate30 meals: 11 breakfasts (B), 8 lunches (L) and 11 dinners (D)

PersonSaga tour manager

Plus...

  • Return flights and transfers
  • Welcome drink
  • Drink reception
  • Farewell dinner
  • Porterage at all hotels

MapExcursions and visits

  • Four game drives in a private game reserve
  • Seven game drives in Kruger National Park
  • Visit to Mhoholo Rehabilitation Centre
  • Drive part of the Panorama Route
2021 Departures

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Day 1 UK-Johannesburg

Johannesburg

After taking Saga's included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly overnight to Johannesburg.


Day 2 Johannesburg-Makalali

Enjoy an African 'braai'

Upon arrival at Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, transfer by short internal flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit and onto Makalali Private Game Reserve, just west of the mighty Kruger National Park.

This private reserve covers nearly 85 square miles, with its lowveld and savannah landscape, and provides the perfect introduction to the bush, with more than 1,000 animals to spot including the ‘big Five’. Look forward to spending the next three nights at the locally rated 4-star Makalali Private Game Lodge (3Q) set within the reserve. This afternoon look forward to setting off for your first game drive in the Reserve, travelling in open topped vehicles in the company of your expert guide, as you watch for wildlife.

Makalali Private Game Lodge is constructed in traditional African style and unfenced. Look forward to a true taste of Africa during your stay, with rangers to watch over you and animals able to wander through the camp. Your stay is on a full board basis, where you can enjoy dinner under the starlit African skies, or round the classic South African ‘braai’ (barbeque). From your comfortable room with its kingsize bed, take in the surrounding countryside and watch for visiting wildlife from your viewing deck. D


Day 3 Makalali Game Reserve

Enjoy sunset game drives

Look forward to setting off for two game drives today. The Big Five can be found here, as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra, kudu and more, with the opportunity to get close up and see some of Africa’s stunning wildlife in its natural habitat. When you’re not on safari, relax at your lodge, or watch from the deck of your room as you enjoy a sundowner. B, L, D


Day 4 Makalali Game Reserve

A group of cheetahs hunting in the national park

There will be two more game drives today as you continue your search for the wildlife and birds of the region. You may also like to join a walking trail from your lodge (extra charge may apply) or take your seat on one of the terraces of the lodge that overlook the bush and watch for the wildlife to emerge from the bush as the sun goes down. B, L, D


Day 5 Makalali-Kruger National Park

Spot elephants in the national park

Transfer to Kruger National park.

En route you’ll visit the Mhoholo Rehabilitation Centre. Situated at the foot of the north east Drakensberg mountains, the centre was started in 1991 by a local businessman and run by conservationist Brian Jones. Within a short time animals in need of care including the orphaned and injured were brought to the centre to be cared for and rehabilitated. The centre continues this work, as well as maintaining a number of permanent resident animals and undertaking research and breeding programmes.

Learn about this important work as well as enjoying a light lunch, before continuing to Kruger National Park. Look forward to meeting your guides before setting off for your first game drive in this magnificent park. Your drive concludes at the locally rated 5-star Imbali Safari Lodge (4Q) within the park itself where you will stay for the next three nights on a full board basis.

Situated on the banks of the Nwatswitswonto River this luxury lodge with its elegant and comfortable furnishings, will be your Kruger home for the next three days. Sheltered by the surrounding forest, it’s the perfect location for experiencing African hospitality at its best, and spotting the wildlife that gather at the nearby Imbali waterhole, which may include elephants, buffalo, rhino, antelope, giraffe, lions and the elusive leopard. Within the lodge you will find African-inspired decor, comfortable sofas, a well appointed dining room where you can enjoy a buffet breakfast or order something hot.

During the day you can also look forward to enjoying light lunches, freshly baked cakes for tea and of course dinner outside, accompanied by wine and the sounds of the Kruger bush. Relax on the deck, take a dip in the pool or just enjoy a sundowner as you watch the sun set. There are 12 suites, each with an en suite bathroom, french doors and deck overlooking the river or savannah, plus a small outdoor pool or jacuzzi. Other room amenities include air conditioning, telephones, and free Wi-fi. During your stay look forward to enjoying two safaris each day in the company of an expert ranger – the perfect way to explore Kruger National Park. B, L, D


Day 6 Kruger National Park

Discover hippos on the rivers of Kruger National Park

Your first safari of the day may take place at dawn, when you’ll set off early into the bush listening for the early morning call of birds, watching for elephants, zebra, wildebeest and more while travelling through the park. There will be a second safari later in the day when you may be fortunate to spot predators such as lion or leopard, as well as other of Africa’s Big Five. If you want to get down to ground level, perhaps treat yourself to an optional bush walk as well (additional charge).

Later today, relax as you watch the evening wildlife visitors to the waterhole, or take a dip in the pool before enjoying dinner. B, L, D


Day 7 Kruger National Park

A lioness and her cubs

During your final full day at Imbali look forward to two more safaris into Kruger National Park. With its wealth of wildlife including 147 mammal species and some 507 species of bird, there’s lots to watch for, under the expert guidance of your ranger.

Look forward to dining under the evening sky again this evening. B, L, D


Day 8 Kruger National Park-Malelane

Crocodile river in Kruger National Park

After breakfast transfer to Malelane, which lies to the south of Kruger National Park.

Here look forward staying at locally rated 4-star Buhala Lodge (3Q) where for the next three nights on a full board basis. Situated on the banks of the Crocodile River, which skirts around the southern boundary of Kruger National Park, this colonial-style, family-run lodge on the banks of the river provides a stunning opportunity to observe the park and the wildlife attracted by the river including the Big Five, crocodiles and hippo. With its comfortable lounge, African-themed bar, dining room and attractive grounds, look forward to dining close to the river, and watching from a balcony, veranda or viewing platform to spot the many and varied animals that visit the river during your stay. Relax and enjoy dinner this evening before retiring to your en-suite room, with tea and coffee-making facilities. B, L, D


Day 9 Malelane

Southern yellow-billed hornbill

Look forward to a game drive into the southern area of Kruger National Park today in the company of your experienced guide. Explore the landscape and watch for wildlife and birds as you travel through the southern region as well as zebra, cheetah and wild dog, which are more prevalent here due to the low numbers of lions in this area. Additional drives can be arranged if you would like to stay in the bush for longer (additional charge applies). Enjoy dinner at your lodge this evening. B, L, D


Day 10 Malelane

An African lioness and cub

Enjoy another game drive into Kruger today. Relax at your lodge the rest of the day, perhaps enjoying a dip in the pool or watching the wildlife at the river. B, L, D


Day 11 Malelane-Dullstroom

Mountain view Dullstroom

After breakfast transfer from Malelane to the village of Dullstroom, the highest in South Africa.

Situated in the highlands of Mpumalanga, the village has a choice of cafes and restaurants, as well as a thriving arts community. Enjoy a stroll around, perhaps treating yourself to lunch and browse the shops before continuing to the boutique locally rated 4-star Critchley Hackle Lodge (4Q), where you will spend the next two nights. Set within attractive grounds and overlooking a private lake, this colonial-style lodge has a restaurant with lake views, lounge bar, and swimming pool. Rooms are situated in the main or separate buildings around the lake. Comfortable furnishings include a television and some rooms also have a fireplace. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening, as you enjoy views of the lake and surrounding countryside. B, D


Day 12 Dullstroom

Fishing cottage in Dullstroom, South Africa

Enjoy today at leisure, relaxing at your hotel. Perhaps take a walk in the grounds or visit the village. B, D


Day 13 Dullstroom-Johannesburg-UK

After a leisurely morning transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight to the UK. B


Day 14 UK

Arrive back in the UK.


2022 Departures

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Day 1 UK-Johannesburg

Johannesburg

After taking Saga's included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly overnight to Johannesburg.


Day 2 Johannesburg-Kruger National Park

African sunset with silhouette of deers

Upon arrival transfer by internal flight to Nelspruit, and on to Numbi Gate inside the mighty Kruger National Park (16 miles, 30 minutes). In 1898 Paul Kruger – president of the then Transvaal Republic – established a park to protect the animals of the Lowveld. By 1926 it had became a national park named after him, and today is one of South Africa’s largest and most popular game reserves.

Stay three nights at the 4-star Mdluli Safari Lodge (3Q), in safari tents on raised platforms in the south-western region of the national park. This afternoon you can relax and settle into the lodge, and enjoy dinner under the African sky. D


Day 3 Kruger National Park

A group of cheetahs hunting in the national park

Look forward to a game drive into the southern area of Kruger National Park today, in the company of your experienced guide. Explore the landscape and watch for wildlife as you travel through the southern region. Zebra, cheetah and wild dog are more prevalent here due to the low numbers of lions in this area.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure. B, L, D


Day 4 Kruger National Park

Grey rhebok, Kruger National Park

Look forward to another game drive today before watching for the wildlife from your patio as the sun goes down. The south-west is the most mountainous part of Kruger and offers habitat niches for some of the rarest antelope species, such as the grey rhebok. B, L, D


Day 5 Kruger National Park

Spot elephants in the national park

Head into the bush after check out and search for the ‘Big Five’ on your way to your next lodge. Enjoy a game drive before checking in to the 5-star Imbali Safari Lodge (4Q), a luxury lodge on the banks of the Nwatswitwonto River, where you’ll stay for three nights. The lodge is located in the central grasslands region, and the open landscape here increases your chances of seeing hunting lions. The open plains support plenty of grazing species, such as zebra and antelope, and the largest vulture populations can be found here feeding on carcasses.

Take a second game drive this afternoon. Relax this evening as you watch for wildlife that gather at the nearby Imbali waterhole, which may include elephants, buffalo, rhino, antelope, giraffe, lions and the elusive leopard. B, L, D


Day 6 Kruger National Park

Discover hippos on the rivers of Kruger National Park

Set off early into the bush on your first safari of the day, listening for the early morning call of birds, watching for elephants, zebra, wildebeest and more while travelling through the park.

There will be a second safari later when you may be fortunate to spot predators such as lion or leopard, as well as other of Africa’s ‘Big Five’. Later today, relax as you watch the evening wildlife visitors to the waterhole, or take a dip in the pool before dinner. B, L, D


Day 7 Kruger National Park

Southern yellow-billed hornbill

During your final full day at Imbali look forward to two more safaris in Kruger National Park. With its wealth of wildlife including 147 mammal species and some 507 species of bird, there’s lots to watch for, under the expert guidance of your ranger.

Dine under the evening sky again this evening. B, L, D


Day 8 Kruger National Park-Makalali

Orphaned baby rhinoceros being raised at a rehabilitation facility, South Africa

Transfer to Makalali, just west of the mighty Kruger National Park (75 miles, two hours). En route you’ll visit the Mhoholo Rehabilitation Centre. Situated at the foot of the north east Drakensberg mountains, the centre was started in 1991 by a local businessman and run by conservationist Brian Jones. The centre rehabilitates orphaned and injured animals, as well as caring for a number of permanent resident animals and undertaking research and breeding programmes.

Stay three nights at the 4-star Makalali Private Game Lodge (3Q), a rustic retreat set within the Makalali Private Game Reserve. The reserve covers nearly 85 square miles, with its lowveld and savannah landscape, and supports a range of animal species, having successfully reintroduced buffalo, hippo, white rhino and other previously extinct species in the area. This afternoon you can relax and settle into the lodge. B, L, D


Day 9 Makalali Game Reserve

A giraffe and Zebra at a watering hole

Look forward to two game drives today, travelling in open topped vehicles in the company of your expert guide, as you watch for wildlife. The ‘Big Five’ can be found here, as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra, kudu and more, with the opportunity to get close up and see some of Africa’s stunning wildlife in its natural habitat.

When you’re not on safari, relax at your lodge, or watch from the deck of your room as you enjoy a sundowner. B, L, D


Day 10 Makalali Game Reserve

An African lioness and cub

There will be two more game drives today as you continue your search for the wildlife and birds of the region. You may also like to join a walking trail from your lodge (extra charge may apply) or take your seat on one of the terraces of the lodge that overlook the bush and watch for the wildlife to emerge from the bush as the sun goes down. B, L, D


Day 11 Makalali-Dullstroom

Mountain view Dullstroom

Transfer to Dullstroom, the highest village in South Africa, via the Panorama Route (165 miles, five hours). Situated in the highlands of Mpumalanga, the village has a choice of cafes and restaurants, as well as a thriving arts community.

Stay two nights at the 4-star Critchley Hackle Lodge (4Q), a stone-built lodge located a few minutes’ walk to the centre of the village. You can take a stroll after checking in late in the afternoon. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening, as you enjoy views of the lake and surrounding countryside. B, L, D


Day 12 Dullstroom

Fishing cottage in Dullstroom, South Africa

Enjoy today at leisure, relaxing at your hotel. Perhaps take a walk in the grounds or visit the village. B, D


Day 13 Dullstroom-Johannesburg-UK

After a leisurely morning transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight to the UK. B


Day 14 UK

Arrive in the UK and take your included VIP door-to-door travel service home.


Into the Heart of Kruger

South Africa

from £3,299 per person
2 passengers
13 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £71 if not required
Into the Heart of Kruger

South Africa

from £3,299 per person
2 passengers
13 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £71 if not required