Day safari options in Kruger National Park, South Africa
What to expect from a Kruger National Park day safari
Discover the vast area of the Kruger National Park situated in the north-eastern part of South Africa during an exciting Kruger Park day safari. You will be collected and dropped off from the hotel or rest camp where you will be staying. The Big Five and various other fascinating mammals such as Giraffe, Zebra, Hippo and Antelope can be seen.
Highly qualified and passionate Kruger Park guides will entertain you during your drive and explain every little detail about the birds or mammals you find and of the vegetation around you. They will point out game sightings and answer any questions you might have. Water, ponchos and blankets are offered inclusively for your comfort on your exciting Kruger National Park day safari. A lunch stop will be made where food and drinks can be purchased at your own expense.
Transfer/pick up and drop off
Pick-up outside Kruger National Park
If your accommodation is outside but close to the Kruger National Park (Hazyview, Nelspruit, White River, Malelane, Komatipoort, etc.) transfers can be arranged from your hotel or guesthouse to the closest Kruger gate. There, you will meet other participants and start a booked group safari or go on an exclusive private day safari. You will be returned to your accommodation near Kruger National Park after your exciting game-drive.
Pick-up at a Kruger Park gate
If you are staying further outside of the park you can drive to a specific Kruger Park gate. Free parking is available. You will meet other safari guests and start a scheduled group safari or go on an exclusive private day safari. You will be dropped off back at the gate after your exciting Kruger Park game-drive. (It might be possible to arrange a transfer at additional costs.)
Pick-up inside the park
Guests staying at the rest-camps inside the Kruger National Park have the chance to either self-drive or book a safari tour. Arrangements can be made that you are collected at the reception area. After your exciting Kruger Park game-drive you will be dropped off again at your rest camp.
Schedule for a full day and half day Kruger Park safari
The following times serve as a guideline only. They depend on gate opening times through the year and where the clients are being picked up from.
Full day safari schedule (approximate times)
Pick up - 05:15, Drop off - 18:00
Half day safari schedule: (approximate times)
Morning game drives in Kruger Park: Pick up - 05:15, Drop off - 13:00
Afternoon game drives in Kruger Park: Pick up - 14:00, Drop off - 18:00
Where can I buy breakfast and lunch on a Kruger Park full day safari
Ask your hotel or guest house if it is possible to get a packed lunch. This will be nice to have during your drive to the gate or while you are transferred to the Kruger National Park. During a full day game-drive bottled water is complimentary. You will stop for lunch and can buy meals and additional beverages (not included in daily rate).
Open safari vehicles are used for day safaris in Kruger Park. They ensure a perfect game-viewing experience. Feel the fresh air and hear the sounds of the animals in the open bush land around you. The jeeps are comfortable 10-seaters with space for nine guests and one guide. The recommended age for children on open safari vehicles is 6 years. For families travelling with younger children game drives can be arranged in closed, air-conditioned vehicles. Game-drives can be done in a group where you share a 4x4 with other guests or you book an exclusive vehicle.
Private day safari option for families or honeymooners
To book an exclusive vehicle is great for a family vacation in Kruger Park as you will have a more flexible schedule. Your guide will give all of his attention to you and your children and will move along in your own pace. You decide where you want to go and how much time you want to spend in the park.
Couples and honeymooners also find more privacy on an exclusive day safari. Newlyweds can enjoy their honeymoon in Kruger National Park on a private game drive to the fullest. The rate will include exclusive use of the safari vehicle for the day together with an experienced guide. The Kruger National Park conservation fee is excluded from the rate and can be paid at the entrance gate direct.
What to bring:
- neutral colored clothing, long sleeved shirts
- sun block or sunscreen (as the afternoon is still intense)
- insect repellent
- special medication if needed
- jersey or light jacket and hat
- spirit of adventure
- camera, binoculars
- Transfer (depending on the location an additional charge might apply)
- Qualified guide
- Mineral water
- Ponchos & blankets
- Meals and other beverages as listed are at guest’s own expense
- Kruger National Park conservation fee – to be paid at the gate upon entering the park