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Kruger Explorer

5 days Safaris

Virgin Holidays' view

Occupying the most enviable location, overlooking the Kruger National Park, the Protea Kruger Gate by Marriott offers guests a traditional lodge feel with all the comforts of a hotel. When you are not on safari you can spend your days lazing by the pool or enjoying spotting wildlife from the bar which offers a unique deck and treehouses overlooking the National Park.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kruger

Upon arrival into Kruger's Skukuza Airport, you will be met and transferred for your 4-night stay at the Protea by Marriott Kruger Gate. (D)

Days 2-3: Kruger National Park Safari

Experience the legendary Kruger National Park, home to the magnificent 'Big Five' animals of the world, and a host of others besides... 147 species of mammal, and over 500 bird species. On both days you will enjoy morning and evening game-drives in open safari vehicles, to enhance your game viewing and to provide the finest, unimpeded vantage points for photography and bird watching. There's little between you and your subject. Our qualified experienced guides will undoubtedly enhance the experience by their deep understanding of the bush and the movement and identification of animals and birds, something they will impart to you. You'll not only relish the experience of being in the Kruger environment, but you'll leave with gems of info you'd never have known before. (B/D)

Day 4: Day at leisure

Day at leisure at the hotel. There is the option to add in a morning, afternoon or full-day game-drive, or if you would like to explore further we recommend the full day Panoramic Route tour. (B/D)

Day 5: Depart Kruger

Depart to Skukuza for your flight to Johannesburg. (B)

Dates & prices

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Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.

Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.

Tour information

Please click here to download a pdf of the tour itinerary and additional tour notes.

Pre/Post tour options

We recommend adding this safari after a trip to Cape Town or the Garden Route. The lodge is only 20 minutess from Skukuza so we recommend flying into and out of this airport which is actually in the national park. Transfers to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport can also be added at a supplement but this is a longer transfer. 

Time difference

GMT +1 hour (summer) +2 hours (winter)

Tour inclusions

  • Accommodation and meals as mentioned
  • Airport transfers from/to Skukuza airport
  • Game-drives as detailed including entrance fees with English speaking driver/guide

Tour Exclusions

  • International flights with Virgin Atlantic in economy class, including all UK and overseas airport taxes and applicable fuel surcharges
  • Transfer supplement from Kruger Mpumalanga airport
  • Flight upgrades and airport transfers in the UK
  • Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry or tips and gratuities
  • Anything not detailed on the itinerary

Optional activities (available at extra charge)

  • Additional game-drives or Panoramic Route tour on Day 4

Dining inclusions

4 breakfasts and 4 dinners.

Transportation

Shared air-conditioned airport transfer and shared open-sided safari vehicles.

Journey times

Journey times are listed in the itinerary and are approximate.

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