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Kruger National Park, South Africa - Best Tours & Trips 2019

86 trips to Kruger National Park, South Africa tours from 82 tour companies. 190 reviews. 4.8/5 avg rating.
Kruger National Park, South Africa’s largest wildlife reserve, is said to contain more mammal species than any other in Africa, and sports a wide variety of birds, fish, reptiles, and vegetation as well. Spread over parts of two provinces, it numbers more than 7,500 square miles and is a must-see on any trip to South Africa. Stride makes it easy to find the safari that will show you all the bounties that Kruger has to offer.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
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Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Essence of Southern Africa

13 days
$ 600 / day
$ 7,795
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore rural vineyards in the Winelands, close to Cape Town
  • Dine in some of South Africa’s finest restaurants and enjoy excellent local wines
  • Scale Table Mountain and soak up incredible views across Cape Town
  • Learn about South Africa’s cultural history with a visit to Robben Island or visit a local township
  • Track the Big5 on guided day and night game drives through predator rich Timbavati Reserve near Kruger National Park
  • Enjoy bush walks to spot tracks and signs of smaller wildlife you may miss from a vehicle
  • Stay in barefoot luxury in a small hotel on a pristine beach
  • Soak up the views from your private plunge pool
  • Experience world-class snorkeling and diving on undisturbed reefs
  • A private 13-day adventure that blends city comforts with the real African wilderness
Visits:
Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Robben Island, Table Mountain, South Africa
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South Africa Adventure Safari

ROW Adventures
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 383 / day
$ 4,595
From : $ 11,194
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Experience the view of Table Mountain and the Robben Island in the center of excitement in Cape Town’s harbor
  • Visit the beaches at Camps Bay and Clifton and then cross to Hout Bay for a boat cruise that takes you to Seal Island
  • Visit Stellenbosch, a wine producing region
  • Visit Franschhoek Town
  • Explore Timbavati which is popular as the birthplace of the famous African white lions
Visits:
Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town, Kruger National Park, Livingstone, Robben Island, Table Mountain, Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, South Africa, Zimbabwe
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On Safari in Southern Africa by Private Air

National Geographic Expeditions
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 1,288 / day
$ 15,450
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy exclusive wildlife viewing away from the crowds on safari in private game reserves.
  • Examine ancient rock art with an archaeologist and see pottery shards and trading beads that date back thousands of years.
  • Set out on a wildlife cruise in Botswana’s Chobe National Park and watch elephants “snorkeling” in the river.
  • Sip sundowners on the classic steam train Royal Livingstone Express as it travels through Mosi-o-Tunya National Park.
Visits:
Chobe National Park, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Livingstone, Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, Botswana, South Africa
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South Africa & Victoria Falls

Abercrombie & Kent
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 755 / day
$ 6,795
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Combine contrasting - but consistently luxurious - stays in the city center, wild bush and picturesque Victoria Falls during a single itinerary
  • Discover the Cape of Good Hope and the Boulders African penguin colony
  • Dive into local cuisine with Chef's Table experiences, dining on a chef-led progressive dinner and cooking traditional dishes side-by-side with a chef
  • Experience game drives, bush walks, hippo walks, astronomy and wildlife lectures during a stay at Lion Sands, the only reserve in South Africa to offer safari in both the Sabi and Sand rivers ecosystem
  • Cruise the Zambezi River at sunset, taking time to appreciate the fiery African sky
  • Explore thunderous Victoria Falls by private walking tour and private cycling tour
Visits:
Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Livingstone, Table Mountain, Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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Cape Town & Safari Express

SmarTours
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 222 / day
$ 1,999
From : $ 4,648
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Cape Town Orientation Tour
  • Table Mountain (Cape Town)
  • Cape Peninsula (Cape Town)
  • Winelands (near Cape Town)
  • Robben Island
  • Kruger National Park
Visits:
Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Robben Island, South Africa
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9 Day Luxury Cape Town & Kruger Experience

Ker & Downey Africa
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 926 / day
$ 8,338
From : $ 9,505
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Visit Kruger National Park
  • Enjoy Africa's incredible wildlife as you explore Singita's private concession with knowledgeable guides
  • Explore Cape Town
Visits:
Cape Town, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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South Africa – Wildlife Conservation Experience

Discover Corps
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 350 / day
$ 3,495
From : $ 4,718
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Going behind the scenes of the conservation efforts to protect endangered species
  • Feeding orphaned baby rhino at a sanctuary to save these gentle beasts
  • Tracking the “Big 5” throughout Kruger National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • Learning firsthand about wildlife conservation from experts at the country’s largest reserve
  • Reading and playing with disadvantaged children who want to learn English
  • Visiting a center that rescues and rehabilitates injured wild animals
  • Playing a hands-on role in conservation using camera traps to track leopards and other animals
  • Relaxing poolside at our basecamp, located inside a private nature reserve
  • Admiring the third largest canyon on earth, filled with subtropical vegetation and dazzling birds
Visits:
Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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9-Day South Africa + Vic Falls Train Luxventure

Ker & Downey Africa
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 765 / day
$ 6,885
From : $ 7,849
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Massive Victoria Falls an acclaimed Natural Wonder of the World.
  • Explore Durban
  • Discover Johannesburg, opportunity to spot the Big 5 as well as enjoy sun-downers
  • Explore Zimbabwe, you will have the opportunity to go on a game drive at The Hide
Visits:
Durban, Hwange National Park, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls, South Africa, Zimbabwe
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11-Day South Africa Luxventure Safari

Ker & Downey Africa
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 583 / day
$ 6,414
From : $ 7,312
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore Cape Town
  • Visit Kruger National Park, viewed on guided game drives will provide a  lifetime wildlife encounters
  • View of Drakenstein Mountains in the distance as you experience some of South Africa's most beautiful landscapes
  • Enjoy the famous food and wine culture of Cape Town city
  • Experience a safari like you haven't before - a Cape Town Jazz Safari
  • You'll visit Franschhoek
Visits:
Cape Town, Kruger National Park, Robben Island, South Africa
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9-Day South Africa Luxventure: Wildlife + Winelands

Ker & Downey Africa
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 1,073 / day
$ 9,659
From : $ 11,011
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore Cape Town
  • Experience Africa's incredible wildlife as you explore Singita's private concession
  • Visit Kruger has an amazing memories and photographs
  • Explore wine lands of Stellenbosch and embark on a full day Devon Valley bicycle tour
Visits:
Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Discover South Africa With Victoria Falls

Indus Travels
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 300 / day
$ 3,599
From : $ 8,048
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy a romantic sunset cruise on the Zambezi River
  • See the stunning Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world
  • Soak up the atmosphere in Cape Town
  • Visit Soweto, a vibrant township that offers a fascinating glimpse into South Africa’s political history
  • Take in a game-drive through the breathtaking Kruger National Park in search of the BIG FIVE
Visits:
Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, South Africa
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Discovery Tours – South African Safari

10 days
$ 291 / day
$ 2,912
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • A safari adventure in a beautiful part of the world
  • Explore the legendary Kruger National Park
  • Eyes peeled for The ‘Big Five’ - lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo & leopard
  • An introduction to local Shangaan traditions
  • Incredible scenery – great photo opportunities
  • Join in with African dancing & music if you wish
Visits:
Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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5 Day Kruger Experience – Drive In

5 days
$ 123 / day
$ 613
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Explore Kruger national park
  • Enjoy a game walk exploring the reserve on foot
  • Enjoying the African, sun sipping cocktails around our inviting swimming pool or taking part in the various optional activities on offer
  • Enjoy a Game drive into a neighbouring reserve
Visits:
Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Southern Ethiopia, Gorillas & the Cape

94 days
$ 93 / day
$ 8,745
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Search for a rare sighting of Ethiopian wolves on the Sanetti Plateau
  • 2 days hiking in the beautiful Bale Mountains
  • Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • 3 nights at Murchison Falls National Park
  • Chimpanzee Budongo Forest Trek
Visits:
Addis Ababa, Amboseli National Park, Arusha, Cape Town, Chobe National Park, Dar es Salaam, Etosha National Park, Hwange National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Livingstone, Luangwa, Maasai Mara, Makgadikgadi Pans, Murchison Falls National Park, Nairobi, Ngorongoro Crater, Okavango Delta, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, Zanzibar, Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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Zimbabwe & Mozambique Explored

21 days
$ 104 / day
$ 2,180
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges. Camping
Highlights
  • Exploring the Bazaruto Archipelago
  • Swimming with whale sharks in Tofo
  • Safari through Kruger NP and Limpopo NP
  • Walking with rhinos in Zimbabwe
  • The only Drago trip that visits Swaziland - spend a night in a local village learning the culture of the country
  • Visiting Vic Falls
Visits:
Hwange National Park, Kruger National Park, Limpopo, Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe
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Top Kruger National Park, South Africa Experiences and Attractions

Top Kruger National Park, South Africa Experiences

  • Spotting the Big Five: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and Cape buffalo.
  • Checking off other species: Kruger is home to 147 different mammals, 507 types of birds, 49 species of fish, 36 amphibians and 114 varieties of reptiles.
  • Scanning the skies for the “birding big six”: ground hornbill, kori bustard, lappet-faced vulture, martial eagle, pel’s fishing owl and saddle-bill stork.
  • Keeping a close eye out for the park’s cleverly named “Little Five:” buffalo weaver, elephant shrew, leopard tortoise, ant lion and rhino beetle.
  • Learning to identify Kruger’s five main tree species: baobab, fever tree, knob thorn, marula, and mopane.
  • Visiting the Letaba Elephant Hall, to learn about elephants and view the ivory tusks of six of the “Magnificent Seven,” so-called because they were among the park’s largest bull elephants.
  • Touring the park’s archaeological sites, including the remains of two 19th-century Portuguese trading posts, and the ruins of a stone citadel that dates back to 1250 AD.
  • Taking a drive along the waterfall-and-mountain laden Panorama route, with a foray through the Blyde River Canyon, one of the largest and deepest on earth.
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Kruger National Park, South Africa Trip Reviews

190 Kruger National Park, South Africa Tour Reviews - Summary 100% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 158
Great 27
Average 5
Disappointing 0
Terrible 0
Value
4.8
Guide
4.8
Activities
4.8
Lodging
4.8
Transportation
4.8
Meals
4.8

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This is a very good trip and value for your money

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

This trip is very nice with people and good accommodation good host dinner nice in town and we also prepare our own food transport is nice

Johan

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Operator Hazyview Buffalo Game Lodge

Exceeded even my highest expectations

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This was my second trip with Dragoman and exceeded even my highest expectations. Tour leader was a fantastic leader and a true expert for exploring Africa - his knowledge of the ecosystem and animals often exceeded the guides and his enthusiasm was very motivating. There was many highlights but in general the level of accommodation was much higher than i had anticipated. Gweta lodge was one of my favorite campsites. The house boat on the Okavango was a great touch, plus the walking with rhinos was an unforgettable experience. There was many highlights but in general the level of accommodation was much higher than i had anticipated. Gweta lodge was one of my favorite campsites. The house boat on the Okavango was a great touch, plus the walking with rhinos was an unforgettable experience.

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Operator Dragoman

The crew were excellent

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

The truck and set up worked very well thought out. The crew were excellent.

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Operator Dragoman

All have been excellent

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This was my third trip with Dragoman and all have been excellent. We had a good team with a good mix genders, nations, and ages. I particularly appreciate this having seen some of the other overland companies. Dragoman trips seem to have a good balance of fun and focus on the local culture and environment. You also seem to have the best (from what I've seen) truck set-up and trip culture.

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Operator Dragoman

Enjoyed most experiencing different landscapes

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This is the second trip I've experienced with Dragoman both experiences have been very positive. Enjoyed most experiencing different landscapes and seeing animals. Especially in Etosha National Park.... a truly magical experience.

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Operator Dragoman

Exceeded my Expectations!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 5.0

For someone who usually plans every detail of my travels...going on a group tour was not something I relished. Plus, I knew that Smartours was considered a “budget” travel company, so my expectations weren’t that high. However, other than a few minor inconveniences, this trip exceeded my expectations. The magical African landscapes and its kind, welcoming people made this adventure one of the best vacations I’ve been on. Pros: Well-paced itinerary that gave us the opportunity for some free time to plan our own activities, smallish group (25) of lovely, considerate, fellow travelers (we were in the minority of “younger” folks and we are in our 50s), excellent included tours, mostly lovely hotels/lodges, amazing breakfasts/dinners, included porter services at all stops, Smartours CEO personally responded quickly to our inquiry regarding booking cost concern, and our delightful and attentive guide Jonathan. Cons: 6 hour scheduled layover, most uncomfortable 14+ hour flight ever via South African Airways, trip extension Vic Falls guide was very personable, but not very attentive, Smartours sends trip info only 2 weeks prior to departure (would love to have had this info sooner), several of the optional tours were mediocre. But honestly...if you’re a frequent traveler...these concerns are pretty minor. I will definitely be recommending the South Africa Tour to friends for value/quality and hope that ST keeps its word about limiting group sizes to under 25. I will definitely use them again in the future!

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Operator SmarTours

Kruger National Park, South Africa Tours and Travel Guide

Kruger National Park, South Africa Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Kruger, the flagship of South Africa’s extensive national park system, is one of the oldest game parks in Africa, first established in 1898, and rivals the best wildlife viewing experiences on the continent. It covers more than 7,300 square miles in parts of two provinces (Limpopo and Mpumalanga), and shouldn’t be rushed to be fully appreciated.

Along with 142 other mammal species, constituting the widest selection of mammals anywhere in Africa, you can spot the Big Five here -- lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and Cape buffalo. You’ll also find hippos, giraffes, zebras, warthogs, and cheetahs. Guides lead both morning and evening game drives, when viewing is best, as well as bush walks. During the winter months (May-September), especially, it’s a good idea to bring warm clothing for evening drives, and during he South African summer (October-April), it’s best to prepare for rain.

Park vs. Poachers

The park is located toward the far northeastern reaches of the country, in an area known as the Lowveld, which is blessed with a wide diversity of life (vegetation as well as animals) and ecosystems. Kruger is recognized for its environmental management policies, and wildlife poaching is vigorously prosecuted, though rhino poaching remains a serious problem.

Conservation efforts also extend to the longtime human history evident in the area. Within the park, you can find ancient bushman rock paintings at nearly 130 different sites, and archaeological sites such as the Masorini and Albasini (old Portuguese trading posts) and Thulamela. The latter, the ruins of a stone citadel dating from a centuries-old civilization, is reminiscent of the Zimbabwe Ruins. Prehistoric man is believed to have occupied the area for as long as 500,000 years, and Stone Age cultural artifacts have been found dating back 100,000 years. You may want to stop in at the Stevenson-Hamilton Knowledge Resource Center, which houses a museum where some of the park’s historical artifacts are kept.

Wide Range of Lodgings

Accommodations are plentiful within the park, ranging from some luxurious private lodges to tent camping. A step above the latter is the “safari tent,” permanent canvas tent bedrooms situated on platforms, often containing kitchens and washrooms. Small huts and bungalows – single bedroom units with bathrooms and kitchens – and cottages, single or multiple bedroom units withliving rooms as well as bathrooms and kitchens, are also available, as are guest houses with lounge areas and views.The park is also lined in places by private reserves along its borders. 

The far northern part of the park is the wildest and is difficult to access, but adventurous travelers should inquire with their safari operators about visiting there. Bordering countries such as Zimbabwe and Mozambique have agreed to remove their border fences along some far northern stretches of the park to create the mammoth Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a true transnational wilderness.

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