4 Day Encounter the Kruger National Park Safari

£627 pp

Cape Town

4 days


What you'll do

With over 20,000 square kilometres and 14 different eco-zones, the Kruger National Park is one of the most incredible wildlife watching destinations.

On this Kruger experience, you'll be accompanied with an expert local safari guide, who's passion it is to showcase the natural wonders of the South Africa and go much deeper than the iconic big 5. From fascinating game drives, to visiting animal rehabilitation projects, to walking safaris, you'll get up close and personal with the African icons: lions, elephant, cheetah, giraffe, hippo and rhino. As well as, discovering and learning about the 137 other mammals and over 500 different bird species.

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Experience Itinerary

Greater Kruger National Park

We depart Johannesburg as we make our way to the Greater Kruger National Park where our Safari adventure begins. After travelling through the Highveld farmlands, we descend the Drakensberg Escarpment and into the Lowveld, home to some of the most pristine Private Game Reserves in South Africa and the world-renowned Kruger National Park. We arrive at Thornhill Safari Lodge in time for a delicious lunch.

After some relaxation time, we venture out on a late afternoon/evening Big Five game drive in open 4×4 Safari vehicles in one of the neighbouring Private Reserves. We take a break for Sundowner drinks and snacks at one of the waterholes en route enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the African Bushveld before continuing our game drive into the night.

Located within the Guernsey Private Nature Reserve and forming part of the Greater Kruger Park ecosystem, Thornhill offers comfortable accommodation in authentic thatched roof chalets. Vibrant fabrics and local hardwood furniture all create that rustic yet stylish bush atmosphere. Sit back and relax in our Bar/Lounge area or sip cocktails around the swimming pool and treetop viewing deck overlooking the Drakensberg Mountain Range and never-ending wilderness.

Included Activities

  • Big 5 Open 4×4 Vehicle Game Drive in a Private Reserve open to the Kruger Park

Meals Included

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Useful Information

Thornhill Safari Lodge is a 45-minute drive to Kruger National Park’s Orpen Gate. Big 5 Game Drives on this itinerary are conducted in the Kruger National Park and neighbouring Private Game Reserves. Please note that if Thornhill is full you will be accommodated in a similar lodge within the Greater Kruger Park region.

Kruger National Park

An early rise as you are greeted by your guide and enjoy coffee and rusks before embarking on a day of exploration in the celebrated Kruger National park. The Park offers an unrivalled wildlife experience that ranks with the best not only in Africa, but around the world. Its rich history dates back to 1898, and its goal has always been to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld. Today, this national treasure offers two million hectares of unspoiled African bushveld.

Truly the flagship of the South African National Parks, Kruger remains home to an impressive number of species ranging from 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 517 birds and 146 mammals. Look forward to a safari experience that unfolds from the moment you enter the Kruger Park, and explore the best game drive routes the Park has to offer.

Our game drive takes us through varied topography with an amazing variety of wildlife, birds, plants and trees. We break at a remote picnic site to enjoy our packed breakfast before continuing our Safari discovering the unspoilt, untamed wilderness that makes Kruger Park so special. Our journey continues as we stop off at the various viewpoints and waterholes whilst game viewing and bird watching along the way. We return to the comforts of the Lodge and enjoy yet another taste of traditional African cuisine before retiring to the peaceful sounds of the African night.

Included Activities

  • Full Day Open 4×4 Safari Vehicle Game Drive in Kruger Park

Meals Included

  • Packed breakfast
  • Dinner

Leisure day

This is your leisure day, where you can soak in the African sun, relax at the lodge and sip cocktails around our inviting swimming pool or partake in any of our numerous and exciting optional activities on offer. Take a Big Five game drive, visit a local animal rehabilitation centre or simply spend the day reading under the shade of our famous Marula trees. After a day spent relaxing in the distinct African ambience of the lodge, you can look forward to enjoying delicious African dishes prepared by our talented chefs.

Optional Activities

  • Big Five Game Drive
  • Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
  • Panorama Route and Blyde River Canyon
  • Kapama Cheetah Project
  • Cycling Safari

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Greater Kruger Park to Johannesburg

An early rise as we head off on a game walk exploring the reserve on foot. Our qualified field guides will share their passion with you as you learn some fascinating facts about the environment and all its inhabitants that surround you. After a tasty breakfast, we greet you farewell as you depart on the next leg of your journey back to Johannesburg. Ascending the beautiful Drakensberg Escarpment, we stop off to view the picturesque Blyde River Canyon and Three Rondawels.

Please don’t book any international flights before 10pm this evening.

Included Activities

  • Morning game walk on the Guernsey Private Nature Reserve
  • Visit to the Blyde River Canyon and Three Rondawels

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Reviews (1)


Friday 29th March, 2019

We would like to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to you guys for all the help with planning a very memorable trip. It was an absolute pleasure dealing with them and they certainly contributed to creating very special memories that will be cherished by the both of us. ’Stefanie you will never know how much we appreciated all your extra help when we missed our flights. You were so reassuring, and nothing seemed impossible for you, even managing to make me laugh. ‘We both had a fantastic, fabulous, incredible and unforgettable time. ‘…you are well informed on the various destinations and so incredibly friendly. ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you - I look forward to definitely dealing with you the next time we plan our trip to an African destination (perhaps Kenya or Okavango).’

Location Info




3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners


Open 4×4 Safari Vehicle, Minibus


En suite chalets (3 nights – Thornhill Safari Lodge)

Included activities

  • Late afternoon/evening Big Five game drive in a Private Reserve in open 4×4 Safari vehicle
  • Full Day Kruger Park Game Drive in open 4×4 Safari vehicle
  • Morning game walk in the Guernsey Private Nature Reserve
  • Visit to the Blyde River Canyon and Three Rondawels

4 Day Encounter the Kruger National Park Safari