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Highlights
  • Encounter exotic wildlife in kruger national park
  • Get off the mainstream tourist trail while spending a night in the community of shalati
  • Witness a traditional dance

Short and to the point, if you're already in Joburg or simply hungry for a taste of South Africa's exceptional wildlife and culture, this 4-day safari adventure will certainly hit the spot. Starting in Johannesburg, you'll head into world-renowned Kruger National Park—one of the largest and most diverse wildlife areas in Africa and home to zebras, elephants and lions. Travel is via a small 19-seat minibus. Participatory camping keeps you under the stars and, thanks to our long-standing community ties, you'll get plenty of invigorating local interaction as you meet the people of Shalati. The African wilderness is closer than you ever imagined.

Trip Description
Kruger Camping Safari
 
Countries
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
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4.8 out of 5
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Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
Kruger Camping Safari

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Great Trip With Great People April 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I have nothing but good things to say about G Adventures. The August 2015 Kruger Camping Safari was my second trip with them. (I went to Costa Rica with them in 2009.) I am impressed by the consistent organization of company employees, both behind the scenes and during the trips themselves. I also really enjoy the fact that G Adventures attracts travelers of like-mind from around the world. I've met many wonderful people.

As for South Africa, my trip was actually just the beginning part of a longer tour. I, unfortunately, was not blessed with the time away from work to do the whole thing. Though, I think due to my lack of time, going with G Adventures was even more of a blessing. Our guides were incredible at organizing, keeping us on track, and allowing us all to experience and see Kruger the way it should be seen (participation camping), along with sharing their depth of knowledge about the region.

I was impressed yet again with the care our guides took to making sure that myself and the one other traveler leaving the group early were able to get back to Johannesburg safely and on time for our flights. (They had to arrange special transport for us.) They even tried to convince me to stay for the rest of the trip to Cape Town, saying they'd figure out how to rearrange my flight and take care of everything else too. I certainly believe that they would have done so, had I been able... and I certainly wish I could have!

Hands down, I would recommend this trip with G Adventures. And, hands down, I will be looking into going on another trip with them somewhere else in the world.
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It was a great trip, our guide was awesome, and it was overall a really great experience! April 2015

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
It was AWESOME! And I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Operator G Adventures

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It was very good organized and amazing people! January 2015

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Top 1 experience in south africa!!!

Operator G Adventures

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Best tour guide and driver I have ever had. Never a dull moment always happy. October 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I would do it all over again, with the same people off course!

Operator G Adventures

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I love the way it is organized October 2015

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Itinerary

Day 1 Johannesburg

Arrive in Johannesburg at any time and make your way to the joining point hotel. Additional Notes: Please make sure you have all of the necessary visas for this tour by the time of the welcome meeting. It is very important to read the visa section in our trip details to make sure which visas you will need, if any. Please note that not all nationalities are able to obtain a visa on arrival at the border. Our starting hotel is located outside of the city of Johannesburg, but take some time to enjoy an excursion to Soweto or to the famous Apartheid Museum. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Johannesburg/Manyeleti (1B, 1L, 1D)

Drive through scenic mountains, and experience a traditional Shangaan dinner and dance. Included Activities: Traditional Dinner and Local Dancing Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 3 Manyeleti/Kruger National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

In the morning, visit G Adventures-supported G Hope Africa preschool. Enjoy a wildlife safari drive in Kruger and watch wildlife from the comfort of the touring vehicle. Included Activities: Hope Africa Children's Day School Kruger Wildlife Safari Drive

Day 4 Kruger National Park/Johannesburg (1B)

Rise to the sounds of the wild. Transfer back to Johannesburg via a shared shuttle and arrive in the early evening, where the tour ends upon arrival at 6pm or earlier. Additional Notes: Note that this transfer is unaccompanied by a CEO. Drop off is at Oliver Thambo Airport or Airport Game Lodge. Transport: Shuttle

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 549

Price Per Day:

$ 137 per person
 
Details
Trip Includes
  • G Adventures for Good: Hope Africa Children's Day School
  • Manyeleti
  • Traditional Shangaan dinner and dancing
  • Kruger National Park entrance with wildlife safari drives
  • Visit to G Adventures-supported Children’s Day School
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport19-seat touring vehicle, shared shuttleFor this tour we will use a 19-seater coaster bus with a maximum of 14 people. With comfortable seats and sliding windows, this style of transportation is a great way to travel through the region and get a good view the surroundings. When necessary, a trailer will be used for your luggage and the tour gear. Please note these vehicles are not air-conditioned.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 14
Max 14, avg 12.

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Simple hotel (1 nt), participation camping (2 nts).
Camping in Africa is truly an adventure. You will be able to get off the beaten track to get a first-hand experience of the beautiful wilderness and nature. While camping, we stay at designated campsites in national parks and outside towns. Campsite facilities in southern Africa are generally good, but can be basic in certain places. There are generally small restaurants and/or bars, washing facilities and occasionally telephones available. The camps have flush toilets, and showers at some camps are outdoors, having simple reed enclosures for privacy. Additionally, warm water is available at most sites, but it is not guaranteed to always be warm when you take your shower; the warm water may be used up others who also use the camp. We usually set-up camp within close proximity to the toilet facilities, though occasionally to reach them you may to walk a short distance. All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied, including camp mattresses, which are warm and comfortable. We supply dome tents and assembly/disassembly takes only 5 minutes. They are good quality, durable, industry-standard 2-person safari tents. Please note that most adults will not be able to fully stand up inside the tents, though most travellers find these more than adequate, as they have a base area of approximately 4 square meters. These tents are regularly treated with a waterproofing agent, but under certain rainy conditions, the tent fabric may become saturated to the point where seepage or leakage may occur. All tents have built-in mesh insect netting on the windows and doors. We travel with our own portable camp chairs with a comfortable back-rest, and we utilize our own cooking equipment to provide the group good quality camp meals. In camping within the national parks and conservation areas, some camp sites are enclosed for keeping the resident wildlife out. Other camps are open to the natural environment – care must be taken, especially at night, when a torch/flashlight is recommended when walking around the camp area. Despite the challenge that a few days “roughing it” may pose to some, the experience of being that close to nature, camping under the African stars, and seeing incredible wildlife at your tent door-step is not just gratifying but ultimately an experience of a lifetime.
Start City
Johannesburg
End City
Johannesburg
Guides 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout as head guide/cook and driver.

Age Notes

Min. Age: Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. Please note that the transfer on day 2 is a transfer shuttle bus service only and not a tour or safari and will also transfer other passengers than G Adventures bookings. You will only meet your group and your CEO in the afternoon of day 2 upon arrival at the lodge. This tour is a section of a longer tour (DAFK). You may be joined by both passengers who have been travelling on other sections or who are starting in Johannesburg as well. Please note that in some occasions you might be the only passanger joining a group which has already started. In the evening of Day 1 our G Adventure Representative (CEO) will go through everything with you and will make sure that you will get to the lodge the next morning without any hassle. 2. An essential part of your safari is participation. The group is usually divided into small groups and given different tasks which change on a day to day basis, from kitchen duty group (helping in prepare meals and clean up afterwards), the packing group (sets up all tables and chairs outside) and the cleaning group (which cleans the truck by emptying the rubbish bin and brooming). it is all part of your adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip will run smoothly. Your CEOs will do all the meal preparation, but we do ask the clients to help with the washing up. Team spirit is part of the fun! All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied. We supply dome tents and assembly/disassembly takes only 5 minutes. All tents have built-in insect nets. Mattresses are also available, which are approximately 4cm thick, warm and comfortable. 3. Please note that due to the seasonal fluctuations of the Kruger National Park we cannot guarantee that we will stay at the places indicated in this itinerary. 4. A valid passport and visas are required for entry into South Africa. 5. SOUTH Africa is to enforce new rules requiring proof of Yellow Fever vaccination for all travelers - even in airport transit - who have been in Zambia or other countries where the disease is endemic. The stricter guidelines, effective 01 Oct 2011, will see pax without an international Yellow Fever certificate refused entry. 6. This is not a physically demanding journey; however, travelling can be difficult, with long drives and poor road conditions at times. Despite this, most clients feel that the diversity of the African landscape, countries, culture and wildlife are all well worth the experience. We use a comfortable and safe air-conditioned touring vehicle for the long drives. 7. LUGGAGE COMPLICATIONS: It occasionally happens that luggage on international flights into Cape Town, Livingstone or Johannesburg does not arrive. Please be aware that this may happen, especially if you have a tight connection in either of these centres, are flying with different airlines with a connection, have a last minute flight change or re-route, or fly from or connect through another African centre. Please be prepared and keep all important documentation and valuables on your person. As well we recommend a change of clothes in your hand luggage. If unfortunately this does happen, and your luggage does not arrive, you should be entitled to a limited initial compensation from your airline. In Southern Africa, the arrival of lost luggage normally takes between 10 and 48 hours after the initial plane’s arrival. The airlines technically should be responsible to forward your luggage to you, to your hotel or elsewhere in Southern Africa. You may find that your tour will begin, and you still have not received your luggage. When reporting your missing bag at the airport please provide the airline with the emergency telephone number of our local office in South Africa (+27 82 4444 303). Please do not give out any address (starting point hotel) as on most trips we do not stay long enough for the bag to arrive, the airline should phone our local office to arrange the delivery address. It is recommended that you purchase locally a few needed items, begin your tour. Your CEO or local representative will be able to help you organize this, and once your luggage is retrieved, it should be able to be forwarded to you – depending where you are. Please note that any costs that you may incur for luggage retrieval or sending luggage are not the responsibility of G Adventures, though we will always strive to assist you in any way possible, Please make sure to hand in the reference number of the bag and your flight details to your CEO in order to help with the tracing of the bag. You should always keep all receipts and documentation, and contact your airline or insurance provider for reimbursement. 8. Sleeping bags can not be rented on any of our Africa overland or safari trips. 9. Your CEO aims to provide you with the best service possible during your tour. They will be joining you in the back of the truck for a maximum of approximately 50% during driving, to answer questions and provide more information about the areas that you visit. They will spend the remainder of the driving time in front with the driver to enable them to make bookings, do planning and to fulfil other organizational requirements of the tour. During wildlife safari drives, your CEO will ensure to accompany you in the passenger area of the truck. This is of course because they have a lot of knowledge to share with you during these exciting wildlife safari drives. Please do not hesitate to ask your CEO any questions. 10. Please note that on all our Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) safaris there is a maximum of 22 people per vehicle.

Meals

As mentioned above, most of the meals on this tour are included in the tour price. When a meal is not included, this is because there are often many options available - we would like to give you the opportunity to explore a bit and test the local cuisine yourself. In these cases, your CEO will be able to suggest some good local restaurants or options for you to choose from. All included meals will be prepared from fresh local produce. The majority of the shopping for foodstuffs will be done before the trip departs, and fresh goods, such as meats, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, will be bought en route during the trip from supermarkets, local shops and markets. Breakfasts will generally consist of breads and cereals, if time allows a warm breakfast may be prepared. Many lunches will be provided en-route and will be light meals such as sandwiches and/or salads. All evening meals will be freshly-prepared hot meals, and will consist of a variety of continental and local dishes. Our cook will organize the meal preparation and lead the way here, but will prepare a duty schedule for ensuring a fair, rotating participation from you and your group members in the meal preparation and dish washing duties. Vegetarian meals and other dietary requirements need to be specified prior to arrival.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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