The Crocodile River is the focal point of this tour. It forms the southern border of the Kruger National Park; aptly named for the crocodiles that sun themselves on the sandbanks and hippos that wallow close by. The lodges near the river provide clients with privileged views of the park just across the river. Come explore Africa with us!
The Crocodile River forms the southern border of the Kruger National Park (KNP). Crocodiles sun themselves on the sandbanks and hippos wallow in the shallows. To its banks come all the animals of the Kruger National Park to drink and enjoy the cool shade of the tall trees. Lodges near the river have the privilege of views of the Kruger National Park across the river often better than the private lodges inside the Kruger. From here visit the picturesque country of Swaziland.
Itinerary for This Tour
Johannesburg - Crocodile River
You will depart from the OR Tambo International Airport on a shuttle transporting you through to the City of Nelspruit where a driver will meet you and privately transport you to Hamilton's Lodge. After checking-in if there is time before your evening game drive please take a walk onto the Crocodile River Bridge. But please do be back in time for your sunset game drive. The bridge is actually in the Kruger National Park where you can safely stand and see animals such as crocodiles and hippos in the river and other animals coming to drink. Later in the day you will take part in a sunset game drive, returning later in the evening for dinner at the lodge (Dinner will be at your own cost; choosing from the a la carte menu which caters for most tastes). Enjoy the sights and sounds of the bush and connect with nature all around you as you relax under the African stars on the lodge's open deck, take a late evening swim, buy a drink from the bar and then turn in for the night.
Accommodation Hamiltons Lodge, Bed and Breakfast
Kruger National Park
You will rise before dawn and go for a sunrise safari with an experienced park ranger. This is a special time of day as the Kruger awakens and comes to life. Dawn is the busiest time of the day for wildlife viewing. Watch the iconic Fish Eagles cry as they soar along the river. Hopefully there will be a matriarchal herd of mother elephant and their babies or a savage but necessary lion kill, perhaps a majestic bull elephant and a herd of stern looking African buffalo. You will return to the lodge for breakfast and then spend the rest of the day at your leisure. There are optional choices like a visit to a local town, a private tour that offers elephant or horseback safaris, microlight flights over the reserve and nature walks or again you may just feel like relaxing and having lunch at the lodge. Later in the evening after your sunset game drive, you will return to Hamilton's Lodge for dinner at your own cost and your overnight stay.
Accommodation Hamiltons Lodge, Bed and Breakfast
Kruger National Park - Johannesburg
You will rise early for your last safari drive at dawn, with the choice of either a morning game drive or a safari walk. Arrangements need to be made in advance - you must let us know a week or two at least before your trip. A walk in the bush gives an entirely different perspective to the area than driving. After breakfast at the lodge you will start your journey back to Johannesburg or if going on to Cape Town there is a very convenient flight leaving at lunchtime every day from a local airport. We can drop you off there (in which case we refund/discount the cost of the shuttle back to Johannesburg). This is where your safari will end. You can extend your trip by spending an extra night in the independent Kingdom of Swaziland. There is also a trip along the Panorama Route, which rivals the Grand Canyon in the US and an overnight stay there. If pushed for time we can fly you in and out to a local airport at surprisingly low rates. Talk to us about these extra options.
End of Tour
Included in Price:
- 2 Nights 4 Star accommodation next to the Crocodile River.
- All meals mentioned in itinerary
- Daily Sunset and dawn game drives whilst staying on the boarder of the Kruger National Park - Hamiltons
- Shared shuttle transfer from Johannesburg to the respective lodges, return,
- Entrance Fees to all parks /places of interest mentioned in itinerary
- All passport and Visa fees excluded
- All Beverages excluded, except for tea and coffee with meals
- All meals not in itinerary
- Travel and Medical Insurance excluded
- All Optional Activities excluded
- All cost of a personal nature, e.g. laundry, telephone calls
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour unless added by us.
Accommodation Note: All the hotels and lodges are as reflected in this itinerary, but if for reasons beyond the control of Mmilo Tours this is not possible, they will be replaced with establishments of the same star grading.
Important: Please read the itinerary carefully, noting any optional activities you or some members in your group may want to take part in. You do not have to take part in any of the optional activities if you do not wish to. It helps us in our planning to know if you are interested and number of participants. These additional optional activities are not costed into this scheduled tour, and if you choose them, you pay the extra amount involved either directly to Mmilo Tours in advance, or on arrival at the venue. You will be informed accordingly by Mmilo Tours, and they are extra to the basic cost of the tour
All our tours and packages are subject to availability at the time of booking and payment and accommodation is in a standard double room at Hamiltons Lodge.