For guests that want to visit the Kruger National Park and have 4 Days to do so, we have created the Northern Kruger Safari that takes you on a journey of the old "Ivory Trail" offers a deeper and morning enriching Safari through the Central Grasslands to the far Northern Regions in search of solitude and Big Tuskers. This Safari will offer you wonderful insights into alternative eco-zones that showcase Kruger’s expansive diversity.

Privately Guided 4 Day Northern Kruger Park Safari


"The Ivory Trail"

Duration: 3 Nights & 4 Days

Price: R 13,750 per person (Min 2 - Max 6)
Includes: Accommodation, Conservation Fees, Private Guide & Safari Vehicle
*All packages can be extended
*Single Supplement Available


Its your Safari. Its your Story. We'll help you tell it
To Safari is to Journey. It’s a voyage of discovery out in the African savanna. Its not a destination, it has no ending and it cannot be described or explained. It’s one of the true origins of adventure and it evokes emotions that take you to life's living edge. To Safari in the Kruger National Park is to explore a wilderness that has been protected for over a 100 years and witness one of earths last natural treasures. Our Safaria Overnight Kruger Park Safaris have been designed to take you deep into the heart of Kruger with the guidance of an expert who will share a wonder-filled story board of its history, heritage and of course diverse wildlife. After all its your Safari. Its your Story. We just want to help you tell it.
Journey through the Central Grasslands to the Northern stretches of Kruger over 4 Days
For guests that want to visit the Kruger National Park and have 4 Days to do so, we have created the Northern Kruger Safari that takes you on a journey of the old "Ivory Trail" offers a deeper and morning enriching Safari through the Central Grasslands to the far Northern Regions in search of solitude and Big Tuskers. This Safari will offer you wonderful insights into alternative eco-zones that showcase Kruger’s expansive diversity. On your Safari you will be guided by and Expert on the area, staying in authentic Kruger accommodation and having your very own private Open Safari Vehicle.
For guests that want to visit the Kruger National Park and have 4 Days to do so, we have created the 4 Day Safari that focuses on the Central and Northern Regions of Kruger Park between Satara and Mopani and Camps. This Safari will offer you a comprehensive view of both these Regions by taking you on a journey through 4 unique eco-zones that showcase Kruger’s expansive diversity. The duration of this is also perfect in that it offers enough time to travel comfortable as we will be accessing far Northern areas and spending a lot of time in the savanna. On your Safari you will be guided by and Expert on the area, staying in authentic Kruger accommodation and having your very own private Open Safari Vehicle.
Included:
  • 3 Night accommodation in a 2 Sleeper Bungalow in one of the Central Kruger Park Camps
  • 4 Full Day Guided Safaris
  • 3 Breakfast
  • 4 Lunch
  • 3 Dinner
  • Expert Guide & Private Luxury Open Safari vehicle
  • KNP Conservation levy

  • Excluded:
  • All alcoholic beverages
  • Items of personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Pre & Post Night Safari Accommodation. We recommend guests stay in Hazyview the night before departure as well as the return night

  • Accommodation:
    Accommodation in the Central Kruger National Park will be dependant on availability over the period of travel. With our preference on staying at Satara Camp we select the best and most appropriate based on your nearest gate of entry and bungalow availaibility. Your guide will take you on a journey of the history and heritage of the area and the camp and share with you the wonder and wildness of the Park.
    Bungalows range form a single room with 2 single beds to Guest Houses that can accommodate up to 10 guests. Dependant on the size of the Bungalow guests will either have their own bathroom on suite or one to share. Each Bungalow is fully furnished and serviced daily with bed linen, towelling and the necessary amenities. Each Bungalow is based on a self-catering basis and is equipped with a basic kitchen and braai (barbecue) area on the patio. All rooms and living areas are equipped with ceiling fans and air-conditioning units. Whilst each Bungalow has a basic kitchen our guests will enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinners at camp restaurants. In the evenings after dinner we like to light a fire outside eh bungalow and Finnish the evening with a review of our check-lists and a few stories.
    Day 1: Journey into the Central Grasslands of Kruger
    Guest Collection is from Hazyview Town.
    Guests can either self-drive, request a transfer from Johannesburg or fly into KMIA Airport in Nelspruit for collection and transfer to their Camp accommodation in the Kruger Park. Check-Into Bungalow is from 14h00pm but we recommended getting into the Park as soon as possible to make the most of the day. As soon as we enter the Park we are already on Safari and will enjoy a game drive to our Overnight Camp for the next 3 nights and 4 days. Our accommodation is always dependant on availability but our preference is to Satara Camp which is in the Central Region of the Park. Perfectly located in perhaps the best game viewing area in Kruger, Satara is surrounded by fertile plains that attract many grazers and thus predators. Travelling from the Southern Gates to Satara Camp can take as long as 8 hours with stops so we recommend leaving as early as possible on your day of arrival.
    On arrival at the Camp your guide will Check you into your Bungalow and explain the Camp and surrounding area. Guests can enjoy a late lunch or grab a take-away from the Camp restaurant before setting off at 15h00pm for the afternoon Sunset Safari in the surrounding area. The itinerary is very flexible and will be based on the time of arrival and our guests preferred need. The main objective is to get as much game viewing time as possible to maximise the opportunity for special sightings.
    As the copper Sun and its warm orange rays slowly fade, our sunset Safarras head out onto the African plain in the late afternoon at 15h00pm. The time of day when the adventurers and traders of old Africa would outspan and plan their camp for the evening. An Afternoon Safari is a time of day to go in search of thirsty elephants and lazy leopards. When lions slowly begin to rouse and open their eyes and frogs, crickets and nightjars save their breath for the evening symphony. Sunset Safari is a time between two worlds with golden lighting and soft orange hues. Our first afternoon Safari will takes us along the fabled S100 Loop via N’wantesi Picnic site and back via the H6. This route takes us through a strip of Ecca shale with sweet grazing grasses that has a high frequency of Lion and general game species.
    Guests will return to Camp at final sun-down around 18h00pm where they can either return to their Safari Bungalow or go straight onto having an early dinner at the main Camp restaurant. After dinner guests will enjoy their own personal time in Camp. Your guide is available to have dinner with you should you request.
    Day 2: Crossing the Mighty Olifants River
    Early morning wake up call for your Sunrise Safari at 05h00am. We depart Camp with coffee, tea and rusks on board vehicle at 05h30am and make our way on our Sunrise Safari using a network of roads towards Olifants Camp roughly 50km. Using the S90 which is known as the “old Main Road”. The southern portion of the road is a vast open grassland that attracts herds of Wildebeest (Gnu), Zebra and Elephant. The open plains are a true feast for the eye and after the first rains this water logged area breaks out with wild flowers. This road is also particularly good for birding and is a favourite habitat for Ostrich, Bustards, Korhaans and other small shy game birds. Traversing many seasonal water courses the road finally ends at Balule Camp which is just before the mighty Olifants River and Olifants Camp.
    Breakfast is enjoyed on the restaurant patio high up overlooking the Olifants River as it meanders east towards the Mozambique border. This wide angel view makes for the perfect backdrop with many great sightings from its vantage point. After breakfast we enjoy a leg stretch walking along the look-out edge and then beginning our journey back to Satara.
    Our journey after breakfast take us on the H1-5 between the Olfants River and Letaba Camp. This is a stretch of roughly 30km that is generally accepted and the division between the North and the South. This specific area is nestled between both the Olifants River and Letaba River and offers a completely different ecosystem to the South. With less open grassland this area is now dominated by the Mopane Tree and attracts more browsers than grazers. With wonderful views along the Olifants river guests will encounter a variety of species along the water and including, Waterbuck, Hippo and shy browsers such as Kudu and Nyala.
    On arrival at Letaba Camp your guide will Check you into your Bungalow and explain the Camp and surrounding area. Guests can enjoy a late lunch or grab a take-away from the Camp restaurant before setting off at 15h00pm for the afternoon Sunset Safari in the surrounding area. The itinerary is very flexible and will be based on the time of arrival and our guests preferred need. The main objective is to get as much game viewing time as possible to maximise the opportunity for special sightings.
    The afternoon sunset drive leaves Camp around 15h00pm and will take a very alternative route onto the western side of the Letaba River along the S46 in search of large Elephant Herds. This road traverses dense Mopane thicket but has beautiful loops along the river and is truly one of the most beautiful stretches of Kruger. Special sightings on this road include large Elephant Tuskers, Leopard and Spotted Hyena.
    Guests will return to Camp at final sun-down around 18h00pm where they can either return to their Safari Bungalow or go straight onto having an early dinner at the main Camp restaurant. After dinner guests will enjoy their own personal time in Camp. Your guide is available to have dinner with you should you request.
    Day 3: Exploring the Mopane Shrubland
    Early morning wake up call for your Sunrise Safari at 05h00am. We depart Camp with coffee, tea and rusks on board vehicle at 05h30am and make our way on our Sunrise Safari towards Mopani Camp on the H1-6 also using the S48 and S49 loops . This is a very scenic drive with pleasant views and obvious changes in eco-systems. This road is particularly rewarding for larger Buffalo and Elephant herds and places in the best opportunity to find Big Tuskers on the Old Ivory trails of Northern Kruger.
    Breakfast is enjoyed on the restaurant patio high up overlooking Pioneer Dam which is sure to attract game whilst enjoying your meal. This wide angel view makes for the perfect backdrop with many great sightings from its vantage point. After breakfast we enjoy a leg stretch and a swim in the pool before beginning our journey back to Letaba.
    Our journey back to Letaba takes us along the same route which provides great game viewing during the mid to late morning as there are several drinking pans along the way. On arrival back to Camp guests can enjoy lunch at the camp restaurant as well as some personal time around the Camp pool or at their Bungalow. Late Camp is know as the Camp that you don’t even have to leave because of the wonderful setting along the rivers edge. The Camp has a beautiful tree top canopy that covers it which allows for wonderful strolls as well as visit to the fascinating Elephant Museum.
    The afternoon sunset drive leaves Camp around 15h00pm and will take a very alternative route onto the western side of the Letaba River to Mingerhout Dam. This road is a particularly scenic drive with beautiful trees lining the banks offering a change from the Mopane vegetation. Special sightings on this road include Leopard.
    Guests will return to Camp at final sun-down around 18h00pm where they can either return to their Safari Bungalow or go straight onto having an early dinner at the main Camp restaurant. After dinner guests will enjoy their own personal time in Camp. Your guide is available to have dinner with you should you request.
    Day 4: Sunrise Safari and Check-Out
    Early morning wake up call for your Sunrise Safari at 05h00am. This is a fairly long day on Safari so we need to leave as early possible. Our aim is to be back at the drop off point by 16h30pm latest. We depart Camp with coffee, tea and rusks on board vehicle at 05h30am and make our way back to Satara Camp for our morning breakfast stop around 09h30am. After breakfast our route takes us back to Skukuza for a final lunch stop and then onto either Paul Kruger or Phabeni exit gate at the pre-arranged time. Transfers are available to either the Airport, next destination in the area or Johannesburg. Should you be travelling directly back to Johannesburg after your Safari then it is very important to indicate if this will be via road transfer or airport flights as this effects your Park exit time.
    Our Safari Style
    Safaria’s Privately Guided Kruger Park Safaris have been created to provide our guests with an authentic, educational and exclusive Kruger Park Safari experience. Our expert guides take you on a journey through the Kruger National Park sharing with our guests the diversity of the savanna, its species as well the Parks history and heritage. Our Safaris are unlike "Tours" in that they are an un-rushed, story-filled experience that is personalised to every guest. Every Safari is specific tour our guests requirements and each drive is tailored around the specific region and its history, heritage and diversity. Your Guides main objective is to bring you as close as possible to the many wonders of Kruger and share with you their passion through wonder-filled stories and personal experiences.
    Main Safari Routes
    With 1,700km or roads available to explore, the Park has provided us with a wonderful network of roads that access some of thefts areas in the Park. When establishing the areas that we traverse on Safari we follow a simple principle of looking for nutrient rich soils and staying close to water. These two specific criteria support the bulk of the game and provide the perfect environments for grazers and growers and in turn the predators.
    The Southern Region of Kruger is predominantly based on granitic soils with pockets of the western boundary lending to basaltic substrate that offers the best grazing. The main rivers in the south are the Sabie and the Crocodile river which flow all year round and are incredibly productive for game viewing in the winter months. With the highest rainfall in the Park the Southern Region is positioned on well drained granitic soils (sour veld) and offers a variety of eco-zones from mixed savanna woodland to riparian forrest and thorn-thicket. Species of interest in the South include both species of Rhino, Wild Dog and Cheetah. Of particular interest and often overlooked, the South is home to a few small heard os rare antelope such as Reedbuck, Sable Antelope and Liechtenstein Hartebeest. Seeing these animals is a particular highlight and whilst the may not be part of the famous 5 they a far rarer with population of less than 50 animals in the entire region.
    The Central Region of the Park between Tshokwane and Satara is widely regarded as the best Lion country in the Park. Supporting the largest grassland eco-zone, this area attracts large herds of grazers and for that reason is believed to home 25% of the Parks Lion population. The area is predominantly based on basaltic soils offering sweet nutritious grasses. These vast expanses provide great visibility particularly in the late winter. This is also a wonderful bringing area for Raptors and Ground Birds alike.
    North of Satara the bush slowly starts to change to a more stunted mixed woodland and then onto the quintessential Mopane tree. What the North lacks in game population sizes and diversity, it makes up for in beauty, tranquility and adventure. The North is a far more traditional Safari experience and our personal favourite. Away from the busy-ness of the South, you find yourself on long expansive roads with very little company other than yourself and the wilderness. This region of the Park is also home to the largest breeding herds of Elephant and Buffalo. The North is historically known as the “old Ivory Trail” and still today is famous for its large Elephant “Tuskers" and is home to 70% of todays big bulls. This is one of our prime focuses in the North and we work together with the Elephant Museum at Letaba Camp to document and provide feedback on sightings. One has to work a bit harder for predators in this region but every route is one that takes your breath away.
    How we plan our Safari Routes
    Every day we plan our routes the night before using that days intelligence to best inform our decisions. We use local knowledge and that basic principle of staying close to water and prime grazing areas to go in search of game. Our routes are also based on the historical value of the region or area so that we can also bring you closer to understanding what has happened and who has been here in the 150 years. Our morning drives are usually around 4 hours and afternoon drives around 3 hours. Dependant on our overnight camp accommodation we may also journey for full days which will mean being on the open vehicle for more than 10 hours but with food and comfort break stops every 3 hours.
    Meet Andrew, your Private Guide
    On your journey you will be guided by Andy Wags. His knowledge of the Park has been gathered from 2 generations before him, his own personal experiences and nearly 150 reference guides on Kruger and its wildlife. His Safari style is one of wonder-filled story telling backed with fact and ancient wisdoms. His educational style approach is tempered according to his clients appetite for information. One thing which becomes quite apparent is his love and passion for Kruger which will be sure to captivate you daily. He also never seems to run out of information. One of his guests has even link-end him to having a “David Attenborough” like ability to sharing. As a private guide his objective is to both share all his knowledge of the Park as well as personally escort you over the duration of your stay. He will handle all of the administrative responsibilities as well as your personal care and safety.
    Andrew was recognised and nominated in 2018 for a South African Tourism - Lilizela Award for Best Guide.

    Need a Transfer to the Park
    We offer guests a transfer option in luxury air-conditioned SUVs from Johannesburg to the Kruger National Park as well as from both Hoedspruit Airport and KMIA (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport) to their accommodation should they wish to fly in and not drive. We provide the same return solution on departure.
    The adventure of Safari is an exciting adventure filled journey that captures the imagination of every traveller to Africa. Preparation is also part of the excitement and because the African bush can be unpredictable we advise that our guests kindly bring with them the following attire and items of a personal nature
    • Camera
    • Binoculars
    • A good bush hat for summer months or warm beanie in winter
    • Sunglasses
    • Comfortable shoes

    We don't recommend for heavily pregnant women or persons recovering from recent back or hip injuries/surgery.

    What to Wear:


    Summer Months : September to April
    Cool functional attire preferably in dull darker shades to create uniformity with environment. Always remember a good hat as well as sunscreen. Midday summer temperatures can reach upward of 40 degrees and afternoons can experience thundershowers. All vehicles are equipped with blankets and waterproof ponchos for our guests.
    Winter Months: May to August
    During the winter months we typically experience blue skies with a daily average temperature of 20 - 25 degrees Celsius. Early morning and late afternoons are cooler and we recommend warmer attire as this is amplified particularly when travelling on an open safari vehicle.

    Departure Point: Click on name for direction
    Kruger National Park Gates:
    (Close to Nelspruit) Malelane Gate GPRS
    (Close to Hazyview) Numbi Gate GPRS | Paul Kruger Gate GPRS | Phabeni Gate GPRS
    Return Point:
    Kruger National Park Gates:
    (Close to Nelspruit) Malelane Gate GPRS
    (Close to Hazyview) Numbi Gate GPRS | Paul Kruger Gate GPRS | Phabeni Gate GPRS
    Map:
    Going onGoing on Safari has always been an exciting but inherently risky adventure. For this reason any guest traveling with Safaria Trading (Pty) Ltd enters the Kruger National Park or any other of the Private Game Reserve at their own risk. An indemnity form is a mandatory requirement and must be signed by every guest when entering the The Kruger National Park or any of the other Parks and Reserves used by Safaria. By acceptance and payment of any Safari offered by Safaria Trading Pty Ltd and its staff, Safaria cannot be held liable for any circumstance or situation that is beyond our control that may influence or negatively affect the quality of Wildlife Sightings and the general Safari experience. Examples of this may be extreme or adverse weather conditions, road closures in the park as well as the surrounding communities, disruptive and unprofessional behavior from outside guests or patrons. Safari has always been an exciting but inherently risky adventure. For this reason any guest traveling with Safaria Trading (Pty) Ltd enters the Kruger National Park or any other of the Private Game Reserve at their own risk. An indemnity form is a mandatory requirement and must be signed by every guest when entering the The Kruger National Park or any of the other Parks and Reserves used by Safaria. By acceptance and payment of any Safari offered by Safaria Trading Pty Ltd and its staff, Safaria cannot be held liable for any circumstance or situation that is beyond our control that may influence or negatively affect the quality of Wildlife Sightings and the general Safari experience. Examples of this may be extreme or adverse weather conditions, road closures in the park as well as the surrounding communities, disruptive and unprofessional behavior from outside guests or patrons.
    We will endeavour to seek out the finest wildlife sightings and create the most memorable experiences but sadly Safaria cannot guarantee that we will successfully track or locate the Big 5 or any specifically requested species. What is certain is that our guides will use there their knowledge and experience to bring our guests as close as possible to the unforgettable memories that Africa and the Kruger National Park is able to provide.

    We strongly advise that our guests bring with them the typical Safari gear to see and capture those unforgettable sightings but sadly we cannot be held liable for and damage or loss caused to any personal items particularly photographic equipment and binoculars. This also includes any personal luggage held whilst on Safari. Should any of our guests personal items be left in the vehicle we will endeavour to have it returned however the owner will be liable for any costs incurred.

    Please note that a booking is only considered 100% confirmed once payment, in full, for the individual or Safari group has been received and acknowledged by Safaria.

    Cancellation policy: (Day Safari)


    • We require full payment prior to going on Safari
    • Should there be a cancellation received after payment has been made within 8 - 21 workings days prior to going on Safari, this will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
    • Any booking that is cancelled within 7 Days of departure will incur a 100% cancellation fee.
    • In the case of a cancellation where a 3rd party, Lodge, Destination or Operator is involved, such as accommodation, flights, transfer shuttles or coaches, the prevailing Lodge, destination or Operators cancellation policy will apply.

    On acceptance and payment of your Day Safari you willingly acknowledge and accept the following conditions:


    1. I voluntarily agree to participate in the afore-mentioned activity arranged and provided by Safari Trading Pty Ltd and conducted in the Kruger National Park and surrounding areas. 2. My general health is good and there is nothing that renders me unfit to participate in the above mentioned activity. 3. I acknowledge that there are risks and danger involved in the aforementioned activity. 4. I understand that I will be transported by an Open Safari vehicle, which is exposed, and subject to the natural elements and road conditions. 5. I am aware of the hazards and distribution of malaria in Southern Africa and acknowledge that I will be entering a malaria area. 6. I am aware of the potential dangers of exposure to the sun - directly or indirectly - and that serious sunburn may result from unprotected exposure. 7. I accept Safaria Trading Pty Ltd as well as SANParks conditions of participation and I voluntarily assume the risk inherent in taking part in such a tour. I together with my heirs, executors and administrators hereby release Safaria Trading Pty Ltd, its officers, servants, agents and representatives, from any liability, in connection with my participation in any tour, and from any liability or claims that could accrue to me or my heirs, executors and administrators arising out of my participation in the tour or in any related activities irrespective of whether such claim or claims arose through the negligence of any person, or from any of the risks, dangers or hazards inherent in an African Safari tour, or of any loss of, or damage to, any property from any cause whatsoever and I further indemnify and hold harmless Safaria Trading Pty Ltd.

    For Lodge Bookings:


    Provisional bookings:


    Provisional bookings will hold for a maximum of 7 days after which there will be an automatic release of the space.

    Safaria Reserved Rights


    In the event that Safaria, at any time, receives another firm enquiry, accompanied by the payment of a 25% deposit, seeking available accommodation being held by any of the lodges in its collection for the Guest, then Safaria reserves the right to request the Guest to immediately release the said accommodation; or Pay a non-refundable deposit to the relevant lodge in the sum equivalent to 25% of the full account, so as to secure the reservation.

    Refunds


    In the event of a refund, the final refund payment will exclude bank charges / currency fluctuations incurred when payment was received by Safaria. This however, does not include credit card merchant charges.Safaria. This however, does not include credit card merchant charges.

    Travel Cancellation Insurance


    Guests are obliged to ensure that they have taken out (or the travelling guest has taken out) adequate travel insurance to cover the financial implications of Safaria and its Lodges Cancellation Terms and Conditions. The Guest will bear the sole and absolute responsibility therefore.implications of Safaria and its Lodges Cancellation Terms and Conditions. The Guest will bear the sole and absolute responsibility therefore.

    General Accommodation Cancellation Policy:

    (Please note that the prevailing Lodges Cancellation Policy will apply)

    Other packages which are also available

     

    Optional private guides available


    Safaria offer guests the unique opportunity to have their very own private Safaria Guide and luxury Open Safari Vehicle over the duration of their stay in the Kruger. There is no need for rental vehicles or trying to establish what to see and where to go, we do all of this for you. Perhaps experience one of the unique off-road trails or don’t miss out on key sites and locations. When you self-drive you are limiting your experience. We want you to see and experience so much more.

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