Every morning at dawn the bush shuttle leaves from OR Tambo Airport bringing travellers to the Kruger Park. This easy and affordable Kruger tour spends 3 nights/ 4 days in the Greater Kruger with the convenience of a return shuttle service from Johannesburg and Pretoria. The journey to the Greater Kruger takes about 5 hours in air-conditioned comfort with stops along the way. Wildlife Encounters, your Kruger tour operators, meet the shuttle with welcoming drinks before departing for the nDzuti safari camp 25 km away. We enter the reserve immediately and so the sightings of African Wildlife begin right then.
At nDzuti Safari Camp there is time to settle in and have lunch before the afternoon/ night drive sets off. The nDzuti area is vast and varied with open plains, riverine thickets and rocky out-crops. The game drive is in an open safari vehicle and guided by the experienced and knowledgeable Brett Greenaway. Brett will uncover some of the many mysteries of the bush and point out wildlife, birds, tracks, reptiles and insects and explain intriguing aspects of animal behaviour. nDzuti is home to the Big 5 but as any seasoned bush lover will tell you there is so much more to experience.
Each day starts with a wake-up call (as early as the season allows) and tea and coffee with something light to eat. Generally we drive out of camp but walking is a large part of our ethos and we often leave the vehicle to follow animal tracks, watch a wasp capture and parasitize a spider or just lwoner at a show of wild flowers. After a 3 hour-odd game drive breakfast is served back in camp in the garden or on the patio with lots of chilled juice to wash away the dust and a wholesome home cooked meal. During the middle of the day guests can relax at the pool or in their air-conditioned rooms or in the game viewing hide.
Then after lunch; the afternoon game drive departs armed with a cold box of drinks and a spotlight for the nocturnal night drives. Sundowners are enjoyed at a lookout point, a dam or simply in the middle of the bush listening to the sounds of the evening coming down. The nocturnal species tend to be secretive and a privelage to encounter and . the big cats tend to be very active at night. Back in camp the fire in the boma is a huge attraction especially in winter when night drives can be decidedly chilly. Dinner around the fire is unforgettable but bed is an attractive option with the early morning looming. Days at nDzuti are relaxed and informal but with good service and genuine hospitality- ask anyone who has experienced it! Animal sightings are important and we strive to show guests a balance that will provide an unforgettable safari and will make them return some day.
Easy Kruger Tour - 3 night/4 day itinerary.
Guests are collected from OR Tambo or accommodation facilities close by. The shuttle leaves the city for the Kruger stopping once or twice along the 5 hour journey. We meet the shuttle at the gate into Timbavati and Klaserie and share a welcoming drink while we transfer luggage into another vehicle and then set off for the last 25 km to the bush camp. Lunch is served on arrival and there is a chance to relax before the afternoon game drive departs. Drinks are packed for sundowners and the safari begins. The drive gets back to camp after dark and dinner is served in the boma around the fire –weather permitting.
The morning begins at dawn with tea and coffee, fruit and rusks served before game drive/ walk. Walking in the bush is an eye opener with so much information written in the sand and a skilled ranger will reveal all. Not all groups are suited to walking however and the ranger will decide whether to walk or not. The area is vast and varied and after 3 hours or so the drive heads back to camp for a substantial breakfast with cool fruit juice and the inviting swimming pool. Guests relax in camp during the heat of the day. The air-conditioned rooms are tempting for a siesta or relaxing with a drink at the pool side. After lunch and tea the game drive sets off and returns to camp after sundowners and a night drive. Dinner and over night.
The same basic itinerary as day 2. Genuine hospitality and a relaxed atmosphere will have guests feeling at home and enjoying a very personalised, traditional safari. Meal venues will be varied and may include a picnic or a bush braai. A game viewing hide at a dam may be the venue for bird watching and game viewing and drinks on the airstrip at sunset are good value with the game pulling in to the safety of an open area for night.
Day 4 .
The last morning drive is now a routine for guests whom may be hoping to spot that last bird on their wish list or an animal they’d like another look at. Breakfast is served after the drive, leaving time to pack and say goodbyes before departing to meet the shuttle back to the city.
ZAR 6500 per person sharing - air conditioned, en-suite bedrooms.
A visit to the Greater Kruger should ideally be a minimum of 3 nights. This way it is more likely that you will see and experience most of the wildlife you are hoping for. The Greater Kruger is a vast area and game movements are to a large extent unpredictable, so give yourself the time if you have it.