Kruger Big 5 Safari- 7 Day

This is a special 6-night 7-day tour with the best that Kruger has to offer for the wildlife enthusiast with a real interest in wildlife and possibly photography and who wishes to spend a fair amount of time in the bush. We will begin in the southern section of the park and move north wards changing location every two days making it possible for you to see both animal life and birdlife in the various sections of the park with varying habitat.

Day 1: We depart from Johannesburg early morning at about 7:00 am or from Nelspruit about 12:30 pm for Kruger National Park. The journey from Johannesburg takes approximately 5 -6 hours driving time with a stop in between for a comfort break. We will be driving through the Drakensberg foothills for some of the time in the more scenic sections of Mpumalanga. The journey will be made in an air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced driver and upon arrival at the preferred gate to the park we will switch to an open safari vehicle. Game viewing starts as we enter and Kruger has some of the most spectacular game viewing in Africa. Look out for the Big 5, Kudu, Impala, Warthog, Giraffe, hHippo, Hyena, Zebra, Nyala along the way. We arrive at the rest camp about 6 pm and check in to the accommodation. A room with en-suite bathroom with all amenities is provided to our guests. This evening after a fairly long day we use the camp restaurant where a selection of meals/drinks will be provided.
Day 2: This is our first game-viewing day and our expert guide will start you off in the wee hours of the morning so as not to miss any of the primetime game viewing. Wake up and smell the coffee that your guide has prepared, a quick rusk and coffee and we are off. Dawn and dusk are the peak game movement hours especially for predators and there is a good chance to find leopard, cheetah, lions and hyenas out and about before they find a shady spot to spend the day. We will return to camp at about 10:00 am for a brunch prepared by your guide. The game drive will resume after everyone has had a chance to freshen up after the brunch or a siesta. This time we will get back at around 6:00 pm when the gates of the camp close for the night. You have time to rest, relax and check your photographs while your guide either prepares the meal or we may use the camp restaurant where a selection of meals/drinks will be provided. We will be moving tomorrow to another camp so please be prepared to load luggage in the morning.
Day 3: Today will be very similar to yesterday except that everyone has had a first hand experience of being in the bush and has a better idea of how long they wish to spend in the bush. This actually can vary on a daily basis depending on the sightings we encounter and the weather and of course your own inclinations as a group. There are many rest stops and picnic spots where we can have a bush breakfast instead of going back to the rest camp and depending on what is happening we are prepared for any eventuality. Stopping at a scenic spot for breakfast we continue on our game drive when everyone feels comfortable and there is no real pressure to get to the camp. Shops and toilet facilities are available in many spots so we are able to take in a fair amount of area on a day drive. We will get back at around 6:00 pm when the gates of the camp close for the night. You have time to rest, relax and check your photographs while your guide gets dinner ready. Dinner will be served by our staff. This is usually in the form of a barbecue classic South African style known as a Braai.
Day 4: Today we will be changing rest camps and so it will necessary to pack the previous night and be prepared this morning. A slightly later start at 7:00 am takes us on a day of game viewing and an enjoyable time in the bush. We will get back at around 6:00 pm when the gates of the camp close for the night. You have time to rest, relax and check your photographs while your guide gets dinner ready. Dinner will be served by our staff.
Day 5: Today will be another great game viewing day and we will be spending time looking for the Big 5 specifically as we have been doing. All rest camps have a sightings board and your guide will be actively collating information on the latest and best sightings for your game viewing pleasure. A hot dinner under the African sky around a roaring campfire ends the day. Tonight we embark on a night drive with SANParks.
Day 6: A full day of game viewing and today we will be specifically looking for and trying to see animals that we have not seen thus far. A day where we will like to complete everyone’s sighting list and do the utmost to make special since it is our last full day in the bush. This evening after a fairly long day we use the camp restaurant where a selection of meals/drinks will be provided.
Day 7: This morning we start slightly later to give everyone a chance to pack all their things and prepare for the journey back to Johannesburg /Nelspruit. We depart from the rest camp at 7:30 am and head out catching game viewing opportunities along the way. The drive back to Johannesburg will take about 5-6 hours from the time we exit the park and switch to an air-conditioned vehicle from the open game viewer. We usually arrive in Johannesburg before 4:00pm. Of course the traffic plays an important role in the time taken.


November 2018 to October 2019
R 20 600 per person sharing
R 26 700 single supplement
November 2019 to October 2020
R 23 700 per person sharing
R 30 700 single supplement
More Information
Included: Open Safari vehicle with highly qualified and experienced guide Bottled water Accommodation Meals where specifie Pick up and drop at Hazy view/ Malelane/Komatipoort/ Nelspruit 1 x night drive. Excluded: Lunches Soft drinks for drives. Bush walks. Overnight accommodation at Hazyview Visit to Hoedspruit endangered wildlife centre Panoramic tours. 25% surcharge for private Safari

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  •   Thank you so much for booking with us and thanks for the super review.
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  •   In November 2019 I had Joined the Legend Safari team on a photo safari at the Mashatu game reserve in Botswana. The entire process from the initial contacting up to an including the entire safari was an absolute breeze. The team was so professional in everything that they did right down to linking me up with their suppliers to score special rates for equipment hire on their strength.

    I had not met any of them until the beginning of our safari but their constant contact with us on a regular basis helped to break the ice and it felt as if we had known eachother since forever.

    The accommodation, meals, safaris, guiding, photo guiding and everything in between was just perfect. They are a team that is very knowledgeable and experienced in their field and are always on hand to help along the way to make your trip a comfortable and memorable experience while assisitng and guiding you throughout the safais to ensure that you are able to capture those breathtaking moments perfectly.

    I would highly recommend anyone that loves the African bush or would like to explore it, to seriously consider joining Shaheen and his amazing team at Legend Safaris. YOU WILL NOT REGRET!!

    Thank you Legend Safaris for the lifetime experience. I look forward to our next one soon.

    We met as strangers and left as friends!!

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  •   Our guide Freedom was very attentive and friendly! He taught us a lot about the animals ! We love RSA

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  •   Thank you so much for booking with us and thanks for the super review.
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    Looking forward to your next visit 🙂

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  •   Legend Safari completely swept me off the ground and just really blindsided me in all the best ways possible for a safari, as I had zero ideas and expectations of what a safari was going to be and what I wanted. Shaheen, the owner of the company, was already very friendly, patient and easy to talk with from the beginning over Whatsapp. A big factor that led me to go on a leap of faith and book with them was probably his demeanor. I got lucky and just signed up for the 7 day Sabi sand plus 3 days including the Panoramic View and a day in Kruger National Park.


    Shaheen and Zaheer (Photographic Guide) were always down to earth, approachable, soooo friendly that you just think of them as friends for the week, going on this amazing experience with you, on twice daily rides. We laughed all the time, but still easily dove into conversations on important matters; whether it was safari and wildlife related, or other worldly things we wanted to discuss. Like I said, we were like friends, and I consider them a big part of my South African experience by connecting with the locals and seeing life through their eyes. They were also knowledgeable and outspoken about whatever they knew of the present animal, even though in our “Safari Tank” of 8 guests we had a tracker up front, and a ranger who is also a driver that had a well of info on even more wildlife subject matters. I was with two groups and I can tell you that everyone became like a family, one unit, because Shaheen and Zaheer just exuded this happy, optimistic, and fun energy while maintaining professionalism and running the operations smoothly. What a great time. I’m still smiling so big writing this and thinking about my amazing trip from last month. It is amongst the top coolest thing I’ve ever done in my LIFE!

    Prepare to dive into a diverse variety of food, three times a day, family style. I really looked forward to them because that’s when we all got together to share stories about ourselves, make fun of each other, gossiped about what pride of lions would encounter what coalition of lions or what leopard bush drama had happened or might happen, and just a good time around the table. It was always enough food that’s you don’t have to worry about starving. I really like the desserts too, pecan pie!!


    So I thought safaris would be just like.. “there’s a zebra, there’s Zazu the bird, and there’s Timon and pumbaa and they are this this this, and that and brown and have four legs and love to eat grubs. Like I said, I hadn’t done a great job at researching safaris. But I didn’t realize that our whole week of Sabi Sand would be like a TV SERIES! We knew the name of the prides, some of the lionesses and their history. So each encounter was special and built on the last incident. It was really personal and contributed a great deal of depth, meaning to the understanding of what we were seeing, not just random snapshot of animals. So some drives later became like another episode with the return of the main character and a few supporting cast members. So so so amazing.

    My favorites were the LEOPARDS. I spent time with both groups from October 19-25, meeting 6 leopards through the week on the 12 total drives. (Tlalamba, Tingana, Mr Q(Uarantine$, Inkanyeni, Mondzo, and Thandi.) all with some kind of backstory, personality, and especially expressive characteristics. Since we had seen and been following Tlalamba since the second day of my safari, and towards the end! I felt like I KNEW her and could observe growth and changes and even fall in love with her, through real life. Wild animals seen on tv became much more REAL and tangible almost. Such a truly wild but personal experience.


    Always felt safe, even when the big cats walked right past our car. I knew that we were in a safe place, as long as we followed instructions and remained calm and quiet during close encounters.
    My room was always tidy, clean, comfortable and always provided me a good sleep to be ready for my early day at 05:30am!

    Post Safari:

    As I’ve told my friends and family about my trip, I realize it sounds like I’m recapping detailed, narrated episodes of some wild life show. It’s because that’s how into we get, and because these animals have been observed and watched through SAFARI LIVE, they have the knowledge and resources to explain to us who they are, what roles they have, why they do what they do... and how their life is played out in front of you.

    Thank you for not just helping me see the BIG 5, but in a way that is respectful of the animals, engaging, empowering and inspiring for us as people, and as individuals who want to keep seeing them free and thriving in the wild, where they belong.

    I would come back and bring my mom and sister!! GO WITH SHAHEEN AND ZAHEER! They’re the best!!

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