Game Drives – Kruger National Park
These drives are conducted in both open 4×4 safari and closed air conditioned vehicles. The majority of our international clients choose the open 4×4 safari vehicle option as it does offer an elevated view and a more panoramic experience. However, it should be pointed out that the closed vehicle is a good alternative for rainy, cold or extremely hot days.
A full day tour of the Kruger National Park southern region
The full day safari departs at 05.00 in summer and 06.00 in winter. Guests will be provided with a generous breakfast which are at one of the rest spots in the park. Guests will return to camp in time for dinner.
A half day tour of the Kruger National Park
This tour has two departures either in the morning (05.00 summer and 06.00 winter) with a breakfast at one of the rest camps in Kruger and guests returning in time for lunch, or an afternoon departure at 13:00 after an early lunch. The afternoon option includes sun-downer drinks and guests return in time for dinner.
Summer months: 1st November to 31th March
Winter months: 1st April to 31th October
Your ranger will give you an early morning wakeup call on request
The drive leaves camp and follows the public road to either one of the main entrance gates to the Kruger National Park. These are the Malelane or Crocodile Bridge gates depending on the season. These are the two main entrance gates on the southern side of the Kruger National Park. The Malelane entrance is a 30 minute drive from camp and the Crocodile Bridge entrance is a 45 minute drive.
The half day tour focuses on the very southern part of Kruger, whilst the full day covers a large area up to Skukuza. Please see the maps of Kruger National Park below. In the event you are already on site the safari managers will be pleased to answer any questions you may have on these two areas. Alternatively if you are in the planning stages of your safari you are welcome to email any specific questions you may have in advance and we will be sure to assist.
The southern section of the Kruger National Park is renowned for its rich game and diversity of fauna and flora and offers excellent chances of seeing elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard and several other general game.
Advantages of Kruger National Park half or full day tours
- This is a tour of the southern area of the Kruger National Park and covers a far larger area of land than that of Kwa Madwala drives.
- Kruger National Park offers an environment as close to natural as possible – second to few on earth.
- It offers some of the best game viewing in terms of variety of species Africa has to offer.
- Kruger National Park remains an icon in international circles and is a must see if you are from abroad and have travelled many miles to visit South Africa.
- It will give you special memories of a large part of South Africa’s conserved land.
Points to take into consideration for Kruger National Park half or full day tours
- Kruger National Park today is fairly commercialised. It is not uncommon to wait a while at the entrance gates in busy times. Scheduled tour groups are advised to pre book their Kruger gate entrance fees in advance.
- Most of the tour will be conducted on tarred roads where you are likely to see various other vehicles, safari operators, tour buses and cars on the animal sightings you may encounter.
- Rest camps are simple and offer simplistic lunch menus and drinks. In addition these camps are often fairly busy and again commercialised in terms of souvenir shops and tourists.