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Wildlife Safari Tours

A wildlife safari May 2017.05.19

A Wildlife safari in Africa is like anything else in life – you get what you pay for!

Like buying a car, you can buy a Chev Spark @ ZAR xxxx or you can buy the top of the range Mercedes Benz @ ZAR xxxxx. Or a Ferrari, or a Lamborghini! All will get you from point “A” to point “B”. But it’s how you get there that is the difference and what you’ve paid for.<>/p>

Like going to a restaurant for a meal, going to a Mc Donald’s drive-thru or going to a Michelin 3 star restaurant. You will leave both feeling full, buts it’s the quality of the food and service that’s the difference and what you’ve paid for.

Like flying from your home town to your safari destination in South Africa, flying economy or 1st Class. Both will get you here, but it’s the luxury, comfort food and service that is the difference and what you’ve paid for.

A Wildlife Safari in Southern Africa, or anywhere in Africa for that matter, is no different – get what you pay for!

You can rent a tent at Skukuza Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, without doubt, the greatest wildlife reserve in the world, for ZAR 640 per tent, that sleeps two people, per night, tent only. You pay extra to get to Skukuza, you pay extra, per person, for South African National Parks daily Conservation Levy’s, you pay extra for all the safaris, bush walks, and nature activities, you pay extra for all your meals, tea’s & coffee’s, you pay extra for your bar, you pay extra for phone calls, laundry, items of a personal nature and gratuities. And that’s the very basis level of accommodation available.

Or you can pay ZAR 21 950 per person per night at Londolozi’s Private Granite Suite, fully inclusive of everything! www.londolozi.com.

So you see. A Wildlife safari in Africa is like anything else in life – you get what you pay for!

Tours Info

02-03 pax: ZAR 1 380 per person.
04-06 pax: ZAR 1 200 per person.
07-10 pax: ZAR 975 per person.

Above cost excludes the Kruger National Park Conservation levy of ZAR R304 International Adult per person, ZAR R152 Child 2-11 years per person, RSA citizen ZAR R76 Adult per person, ZAR R38 Child 2 – 12 per person

The morning safari is from Gate Opening time to 12 noon. The pick-up time at your lodge, hotel or B&B will depend on the driving time from your hotel, lodge or B&B to the closest Kruger entrance gate or at any time suitable to yourself, subject to the approval of any other paying guests, if applicable.

02-03 pax: ZAR 1 380 per person.
04-06 pax: ZAR 1 200 per person.
07-10 pax: ZAR 975 per person.

Above cost excludes the Kruger National Park Conservation levy of ZAR R304 International Adult per person, ZAR R152 Child 2-11 years per person, RSA citizen ZAR R76 Adult per person, ZAR R38 Child 2 – 12 per person

The afternoon safari is pick up at 12 noon with drop off after the Kruger gates close in the evening or any time you elect subject to the approval of any other paying guests, if applicable.

02-03 pax: ZAR 1 775 per person.
04-06 pax: ZAR 1 360 per person.
07-10 pax: ZAR 1 070 per person.

Above cost excludes the Kruger National Park Conservation levy of ZAR R304 International Adult per person, ZAR R152 Child 2-11 years per person, RSA citizen ZAR R76 Adult per person, ZAR R38 Child 2 – 12 per person

The full day safari is from Gate Opening time to Gate Closing time. The pick-up time at your lodge, hotel or B&B will depend on the driving time from your hotel, lodge or B&B to the closest Kruger entrance gate. You will exit the Park at gate closing time and will arrive back at your hotel, lodge or B&B depending on the driving time from point of exit to your hotel, lodge or B&B.

Let Drive The Big 5 plan a multi-day/ night safari for you and your family/Guests, which includes overnighting and full day safaris staying at any of the 12 Major Rest camps in Kruger, for as long as your time will permit.

Please contact us. In order for us to work out a Kruger itinerary tailored to meet your specific Requirements

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Please Note

  • Pick-up and drop-off at an accommodation establishment in the Nelspruit / White River / Hazyview area.
  • All toll fees, if applicable.
  • Safaris conducted in a 10 seater “open safari vehicle”. An air-conditioned 13 seater available, should you prefer one.
  • Services of a registered Kruger National Park Guide.
  • Iced bottled water.
  • VAT.
  • Kruger National Park Conservation Levies as follows
    South African Citizens:
    Adults, 12 years and older, ZAR 76 p.p.
    Children, 2 to 11 years, ZAR 38 per child.
    SADC Nationals:
    Adults, 12 years and older, ZAR 152 p.p.
    Children, 2 to 11 years, ZAR 76 per child.
    International Visitors:
    Adults, 12 years and older, ZAR 304 p.p.
    Children, 2 to 11 years, ZAR 152 per child.
    Above valid till October 31, 2017.
  • Meals and refreshments. These are available at an extra cost. Please ask.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Gratuities
  • Licenced by the department of transport to carry fare-paying passengers.
  • All driver / guide are registered Tour Guides.
  • All driver / guides are in possession of a valid PDP. (Public Driving Permit).
  • All passengers are covered by a ZAR 20 million-passenger liability insurance cover, in the unlikely event of an accident.

Kruger National Park Info

The Kruger National Park is arguably Africa’s best known wildlife reserve. The Kruger is in excess of 2 million hectares in area (7722 sq. miles), it’s the size of Wales or the size of the State of Massachusetts, is home to 517 species of birds, 147 species of mammals, 119 species of reptiles, 52 species of fish and 35 species of amphibians. There are 8 distinct vegetation types which also make this reserve a botanists dream.

Join Drive The Big 5 on a morning, an afternoon or a full day safari into this natural paradise or let us tailor a tour into the Kruger for as long as your time in the area will allow.

Enjoy and experience nature as it was thousands of years ago.

On a half or full day Drive The Big 5 Kruger National Park safari you will be collected from where you are staying in time for you to be at the closest Kruger gate as soon as the gate opens. You will exit the Park at Gate Closing time and will arrive back depending on the driving time from the point of exit to where you are staying – see below for Gate Opening and Closing times.


KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Gate Opening and Closing Times
OPEN CLOSE
January, February, March 05h30 18h30
April 06h00 18h00
May, June, July 06h00 17h30
August, September 06h00 18h00
October 05h30 18h00
November, December 05h30 18h30

 

In order to get the most out of your time spent in Kruger, it is advisable to arrive at the gate as early as possible as animals are most active during the early morning when it’s still cool. One should depart as late as possible in the afternoon – i.e. at official Gate Closing time – as animals only start to move when it cools down in the late afternoon.

During the heat of the day the animals are usually at rest, lying down in the shade of a tree or in the dense bush in the cool of the riverbeds. As you can imagine, this makes the animals very difficult to spot. This time however is not “unproductive” as there is still so much to see, experience and enjoy. Your knowledgeable guide will select the best routes which could follow river courses where the animals congregate in great numbers to quench their thirsts and to cool off during the heat of the day.

This time of day is also the best time of day to look for birds, especially the raptors circling above as they need the thermals generated by the sun heating the surface of the earth thereby causing updrafts which they need in order to stay aloft. You will also be enlightened as to the medicinal purposes of local trees and shrubs.

Your experienced ranger also knows the best places in the park where to find the animals as he/she is in the Park almost on a daily basis and is also in constant radio contact with other guides who radio in various animal “sightings”. They also know where the animals current favorite water holes are, where the bird hides are and where rest stops are. This information will further enhance your Kruger experience.

Your time spent in the Kruger National Park on a Drive The Big 5 one day safari will imprint on your memory Africa as it was, 1 000 of years ago, before man started upsetting the balance of nature.

KNP Upgrades Gate Access Control Kruger National Park (KNP) is currently implementing additional gate access control systems at its entrance gates in the Southern part of the Park, which will require that as from 1 September 2017, all visitors who are 18 years old and above must produce positive identity document for scanning in order to gain access. For non-South African visitors, they must produce passports but South African driver’s licence will also be acceptable.

The new system will assist with monitoring of people’s movement who enter and exit the Park, and will ensure that information related to any persons entering the park is centrally recorded and monitored. “The system will apply to everybody including SANParks staff members, suppliers and other residents of the Park and is expected to improve on our proactive surveillance, early warning and detection.

In our quest to continue to enhance security for both wildlife and visitors, we will continue to make use of appropriate security technology”; said the KNP’s Managing Executive, Glenn Phillips.

Visitors will still be required to go through their normal check-in or check-out at the gate receptions before proceeding to the security scanning process. Training for the security personnel on the upgraded system is underway in order to minimize the possible delays as soon as the new operation kicks-in.

We request that tour operators and ground handlers communicate this requirement with their guests. “We recognise that we have to keep a very fine balance between imposing potentially anti-tourist friendly security apparatus whilst also ensuring the protection of both Tourists and Wildlife. We request the public to be patient during these very necessary security processes,” concluded Phillips.

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