Frequently Asked Questions

Some safari companies seem to offer cheap Kruger Park safaris. As with all things in life, you get what you pay for, and there is always a reason something is cheap. Here are some possible reasons: Always read the packages carefully to see what you are actually getting for your money.

  • First check what exactly is included. In some cases, the price excludes things like your transfers from Johannesburg, or your daily conservation fee (park fees) in Kruger. We include that in our pricing. Many Kruger safaris don’t and you end of having to connect with a shuttle at your own cost from OR Tambo airport.
  • Include the return transfers from Johannesburg in their initial quote or website pricing.
  • Perhaps the camp/accommodation is not inside Kruger Park itself … nor inside the private reserve. They save on conservation fees this way. A number of Kruger Park safaris we know of are actually based outside the park, at a cheap safari lodge or even at cheap accommodation in a nearby town.
  • If the accommodation is situated outside, you’ll be entering Kruger Park as a day visitor, subject to queues at the gate, or getting off to a late start.
  • To save costs, some cheap operators tend to use entry-level, inexperienced guides on minimum wage, some of whom may not have a good command of English. Highly experienced guides like ours cost more as we strive to give our best.

The Big Five (or Big 5) were traditionally considered to be the five most dangerous animals to hunt in Africa. Today, they are among the most popular animals tourists wish to see in Africa. The Big Five are the Lion, the Elephant, the Rhino, the Buffalo and the Leopard. Apart from the Big Five there are The Magnificent Seven to be seen as well so these include the above as well as Cheetah and Wild Dogs.

South Africa is a safe tourist destination.

South Africa has a reputation as an unsafe destination, but visiting here as a tourist is much safer than most people realise.

Keep in mind that news headlines and social media often only report bad news, especially crime. Good news, unfortunately, does not sell newspapers. You are not likely to hear about the millions of tourists who visit South Africa each year without incident.

Safety is a top priority for us, and we will never recommend a destination or activity we consider unsafe for tourists. Visiting South Africa as a tourist is quite safe. We consider South Africa to be as safe – if not safer – than many other major tourist destinations around the world. We are also owners of a safety app which we include in all of our packages for use while on Safari and in South Africa that can assist with any eventuality should you need assistance while in the country.

Many visitors are concerned about crime, but we have never had any problems or incidents of crime on our safaris. Crime occurs in every major city in the world, and the key is to use common sense and avoid risky situations or known problem areas.

Going on safari is also quite safe. As long as you abide by the rules and stay in your vehicle or with your safari guide, there is no need to be concerned about wild animals. In the Kruger National Park, each camp is safely fenced with an electric fence.

Your accommodation is usually designed to be as insect-proof as possible.

Nhongo Safaris offers from a 2 Day Safari with those that have limited time to a 9 Day Holiday Safari.

While on safari in the Kruger National Park the main activity is game viewing by Open Safari Vehicle as well as a Night Safari conducted by Armed Rangers on all of our packages. Bush Walks may also be booked on our longer packages at an extra cost should you wish to do one.

The risk of malaria should not stop you from going on safari –malaria is preventable and treatable. The only people who should perhaps avoid malaria areas are pregnant women, small children and those with a compromised immune system, e.g. no spleen. There are plenty of exciting malaria-free safari options available – please ask us for details.

If you’re going to visit the greater Kruger National Park, we recommend that you take anti-malarial prophylactic medication as prescribed by your doctor or travel clinic, before travelling to Africa.

The best way to prevent malaria is to not get bitten. Be sure to bring insect repellent with you – such as Mylol, Peaceful Sleep and Tabard. We also find that Citronella Oil is also good at repelling Mosquitoes while on safari.

Preventing mosquito bites is the best way to avoid malaria,. Our Tented Safari Option at Nkambeni Tented Camp does have mosquito netting over the beds and even the basic bungalows in the Kruger National Park have mosquito screens at the windows and doors. Electric fans and air conditioning are also effective in keeping mosquitos away.

The Kruger National Park is in the north-eastern corner of South Africa, along with the border of Mozambique.

The park is an easy five-hour drive or a one-hour flight from Johannesburg. You may fly directly from Johannesburg or Cape Town to either Nelspruit Airport or Skukuza Airport should you wish to not experience the drive from Johannesburg.

Game viewing differs quite a bit depending on which region of the Kruger National Park you visit. The southern part is known for its high animal density and excellent game viewing because of the abundance of food. The landscape and vegetation are characterised by thorny thickets and some rocky granite outcrops. Game viewing along the river banks and dry river beds is usually very good. Camps used for this are Skukuza, Berg en Dal, Pretoriuskop or Nkambeni Tented Safari Lodge.

The central area has more open grasslands and larger herds of grazers. This, in turn, means a high concentration of lions (reputedly the highest lion concentration in the world) and other predators. Camps we use are Satara, Orpen or Olifants.

The northern regions are characterised by mopane shrubs and game viewing is a bit more difficult here. However, the remoteness, beautiful landscape and lower visitor density are some of the reasons why many people prefer this upper section of Kruger. Birdwatching in the north is also excellent, and elephants are also in abundance here. Camps we use are Letaba, Mopani, Shingwedzi and Punda Maria.

The animals you can expect to see on an average two or three day safari include elephant, buffalo, rhino, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, impala, waterbuck, warthog, hippo, crocodile, hyena, lion, leopard (possibly) wild dog (maybe) , cheetah (if you are lucky) and various smaller antelopes and predators, as well as birds and reptiles.

Sightings can never be guaranteed because the animals move around freely. Unfortunately the Kruger Park is not a Zoo so you have to have good eyes to find what you are looking for with the help of your Safari Guide.

Many visitors are concerned about crime. Crime is a reality in every major city in the world and the key is to use common sense and avoid risky situations or known problem areas. Your guide will be happy to advise you should you be venturing further into South Africa after your Safari.

Going on safari is also quite safe. As long as you abide by the rules and stay in your vehicle or with your safari guide, there is no need to be concerned about wild animals. In the Kruger National Park, each camp is safely enclosed with an electric fence. There are a few guidelines that your Safari guide shall explain to you before you embark on your Kruger Park Safari.

Yes we are SATSA (South African Tourism Services Association) Bonded in South Africa which covers you the client. We also carry R100 Million Rands Public and Passenger Liability cover for every eventuality in South Africa. It is also important for you to carry travel insurance for any other eventuality.

Accommodation standards differ and rates do as well. As you are accommodated in the Kruger National Park on all of our Safaris , we will make recommendations based on your budget and preferences. We can offer you options ranging from basic, budget accommodation with communal ablution facilities to exclusive, luxury five-star accommodation in private lodges within the Kruger National Park. We do not offer camping safaris (where you have to pitch your own tent), but we do sell a number of tented safari camps within the Kruger Park and surrounding Reserves. Please note that all accommodations in the Kruger National Park and its boundaries are subject to availability as it is a Public Entry Park.

Our electricity supply is 220/230V, with a type M, large 15-amp plug. We always suggest that you bring your own travel adapter with you. These can also be purchased within the Kruger National park as well as at all major airports.

Children are welcome on most of our safaris. However, if they are under six years of age, we do not recommend a Open Safari Vehicle Safari due to safety reasons.

SANParks considers children aged 12 and older as full paying adults.

Important: If you are travelling with minor children (under 18) you will also need to
provide:

  • Unabridged birth certificate of each child (showing both parents’ details)
  • Proof of guardianship/custody
  • Consent from the guardian in the case of an unaccompanied minor

If you book a scheduled Kruger National Park safari with us, the average group size is between four and six people per safari. The maximum group size is 9 per vehicle. For larger groups, we will use extra vehicles (one vehicle and guide per 9 people).

We do not make use of shared accommodation, except for couples and families who book as a group (we do not expect you to share accommodation with people you do not know).

Every camp within the Kruger National park has a Restaurant, Take Out or a shop within its proximity. Lunches are freely available from a Salad to a full on meal at any one of these facilities. All Shops within the park have drinks, snacks and emergency supplies of all that may be required while on safari.

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