Join our unique Safari Truck for an unforgettable experience with our Kruger Park Day Tour package. This trip only goes on Sundays, we leave early morning from Maputo and are back around 19:00.
The trip includes, lunch, snacks, bevarages, transportation and a professional and certified Kruger Park guide.
We have available binoculars for you in every seat, USB chargers if you need to charge your phone or cameras. We also have a fridge and a freezer if you need to keep something cool.
You will have a very diferente perspective on Kruger Park just because you will have a higher view with our Overland Safari Truck with 12 seats.
Looking forward to welcoming you onboard.
Check also our Kruger Park Tailor Made Tour.
Join us on a Kruger Park Tour on our unique Overland Safari Truck. We will leave from Mussiro office at 5:00 am to go through Ressano Garcia border, arriving there around 6:30 am.
We will help you through the border procedures, that should take 15 to 20 minutes.
Once we are in South Africa we usually enter Kruger Park at Crocodile Bridge Gate. Our guide will take the routes that will allow you to maximize the experience and the game drive.
We will stop for lunch at one of the rest camps, inside the Park. It’s a all-you-can-eat buffet with a lot of diversity, but you feel free to bring anything you want because we can store it in our fridge if you need.
Kruger Park is a big 5 area, if we are lucky, we can see them all. Leopard is usually the most difficult one to spot, but the fact we are using a high Safari Truck increases our chances to see all the animals, and our open roof also creates a very different experience.
The game drive will last until 05:30 pm. Then we will leave the Park from Crocodile Bridge gate again because it’s closer to the border. We shall be in Maputo at around 07:00 pm.
Come and join us for a day tour to Kruger National Park in our unique safari overlanding truck. As a group tour, it only departs on Sundays, but private safaris can take place every day.
Our overlanding truck takes 12 people so don’t worry, you will make new friends on this tour.
Adventure starts from 5 a.m. till around 7 p.m. Come and explore with us in search of the BIG 5.
We meet at our office (COWORLAB 4), set at Kwame Nkrumah Avenue, 417. As our departure time is 5 a.m. you need to be there at least 20 minutes before the departure time for the briefing. You can arrange a taxi, or a tuk-tuk (they called txopela here) to pick you from your accommodation. We don’t do pickups as we would spend the morning collecting people, :p, but we recommend 2 taxi operators which are Mango Taxi (+258 840 558 280) or Marcello Taxi (+258 845 050 050). Please don’t forget to bring your valid passport with double or multiple entry visas, warm clothing for mornings and evenings, camera and extra batteries, hat/cap and comfortable shoes; we offer some binoculars on the truck but if you have your own special binoculars you can bring them along.
One tip: if your passport has a single entry visa, you can get a new one at the border in our way back, just bring a proof of your accommodation place, invitation letter and flight ticket. Be also aware that some travelers can’t get a visa to enter South Africa at the border, so please talk to your embassy to find out this question. ;D
Our truck has a freezer and a fridge which you can freely use. We also offer you soft drinks, water and snacks but if you feel that you like to bring your own extra drinks or a sandwiches or extra food go for it. Just one point to consider: alcoholic beverages are not allowed into the Kruger National Park, but you can have a beer or wine at the camps inside the park.
Entrance fees to the park are not included so please you need to bring some cash in Rands to pay for entrance fee, which varies depending on the nationality, but average is 400 Rands. Anyway, check with our office when you make your booking as you us in advance then we will get the Rands and take care of the entrance fee for you. Entrance fee cannot be paid by credit card, only cash. What many customers do is to carry 2000 Meticals and exchange them in the border to get the Rands for the entrance fee.
The day is starting with the boring part of filling all the necessary paperwork: disclaimer form, photo’s authorization, passenger list (to cross the border) and Kruger’s entry form. Then our professional and experienced guide will give you a brief on the plan of the day and at 5 a.m. we should jump into the truck and be ready for departure. It will take us more or less 2 hours to get to the Ressano Garcia border post, where again our tour team/guide will help you with border procedures which should take us 15/20 minutes depending how busy the border will be on that day. Once in South Africa we will drive straight to Crocodile Bridge, which is the closest gate after the border to start our wild safari.
Open your eyes when crossing the bridge because our safari begins, and crocodiles may be waiting to welcome you. The size of Kruger National Park is 19,485 km2 , quite similar to Belgium. It is the largest and popular game reserve in Africa, hosting one of the biggest elephant populations in Africa.
The name, Kruger, comes from the President of the Transvaal (before the constitution of the Republic of South Africa), Paul Kruger. After realizing that the Lowveld animals needed to be protected, the area between Sabie and Crocodile rivers was set aside for restricted hunting, so Sabie Game Reserve was established first, and later it was renamed to Kruger National Park, a sanctuary for the big mammals on Earth.
A wide range of mammals both the BIG 5 (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard) and the SMALL 5 (elephant shrew, rhino beetle, buffalo weaver, ant lion and leopard tortoise) make their home here and a diversity of more than 500 species of birds such as vultures, eagles and storks and even the ostriches among others. The landscape varies from mountains, tropical forests and bush plains.
Yes, it is home to the BIG 5, and if we are lucky we can see them all, but leopard is the most hard to see but you never know how the day will be like; large herds of elephants, prides of lions, crashes of rhinos, herds of buffalos, climbing leopards are waiting for you.
The drive from Crocodile Bridge Gate to our first stop in a rest camp will take you through the acacia forests, savanna and few water holes, all along the Sabie River, where at some point you will have chances to spot some different species of animals drinking and playing in the waters, or a herd of buffalos mud bathing, a herd of impalas grazing on the savanna, etc.
Impalas are the most common antelopes in Kruger National Park, and responsible ones to balance the ecosystem. One herd is normally comprised of 1 dominant male and females up to 100!! So what happens with the males? They fight and the winner will take dominance over the females and the other males will stay in a bachelor herd. Normally they give birth during the rainy season in early November and the females synchronize their birth; all females give birth to their young in the same week and month and they keep their babies in a crèche, so that they help each other to protect them from predators. The babies are born during the daylight when all the predators are resting. Males are only ones carrying horns. Impalas practise both browsing eating the tree leaves and grazing, eating the grass. Lions, leopards, hyenas, eagles, crocodiles, wild dogs, cheetahs and baboons hunt impalas. Impalas are usually seen with zebras and wildebeest, and they are called plains game because usually they are seen in plains or savanna; the other reason they all stay together is safety: the more they are the easier to help each other to watch from predators. Their gestation period, by the way, is up to 6 months and they can give birth to 1 young one at a time.
Impalas are not the only ones giving birth to 1 baby; hippos are the same, but need 8 months for it. If impalas were offering a crèche to their babies, hippos also offer a kind of school for the little ones to teach them how to survive in water. We know hippos from their eyes, as they usually pop out their eyes out of water, where they spend most of the day times cooling their bodies and coming out to feed from grass at night or during the day when it is cool. Did you know that hippos spend on average 5 minutes under water before they pop up their heads to breathe again? They look friendly and cute abut they have the highest rate of killing humans in Africa, so don’t trust them that much! ;D
Hippos are big mammals, and so are rhinos. How cool is it to watch a crash of rhinoceros with their calves in the savannah. Rhinos are known of their horns on their foreheads, they can run up to 50 kms/h, they weigh around 2000 kgs and our professional guide will take the best routes to look for them. S/he will allow you to maximise the experience and the game drive, stopping on the sighting and giving you the time and chance to take precious photos and admire the fauna and flora. S/he will be explaining to you the animals’ names, how they live, what they eat and reproductions. You will be surprised how Mother Nature behaves and how all the animals associate to each other.
You will watch the world largest existing land mammals, the African elephants, observing how they interact and feed and socialise. Look closely their ears as they resembles the map of Africa. They can weigh up to 6000 kgs, despite their weight they can run up to 40 km/h, they can have 1 calf after 22 months of gestation period, the leader of the elephant herd is the oldest female called matriarch, they eat on average of 300 kgs of food per day, and drink over than 160 litres of water per day, so they visit the water holes or dams or rivers everyday and very often. Elephants have good memories and you have probably heard they never forget.
Our overlanding safari truck has an open roof that increases the chances to see the animals better and it creates a very different experience. Our first stop will be after few hours at Lower Sabie Rest Camp, where you will have a short break to stretch your legs and use the restrooms. Have some snacks or simply a cup of coffee at the restaurant. Lower Sabie Rest Camp is situated at the banks of Sabie River. The river attracts loads of animals including hippos, buffalos and lots of antelopes which can be seen from the deck of the restaurant. After few minutes of break you proceed with your game drive to Skukuza Rest Camp, driving along the Sabie River, giving you high chances of viewing herds of elephants drinking and playing in the river, hippos and buffaloes doing mud bathing. If you are lucky elephants will even cross in the front of the vehicle on their way from the forests to the river.
Carefully lookout in the trees for leopards; they are very shy animals and because of their camouflages they are quite hard to be spotted, and we can’t forget that most cats hunt at night spending most of day times resting or lying under the bushes. Leopards are well known of taking preys in the trees, so if you see a dead antelope like impala hanging on a branch then you know the leopards are around.
As you will be driving along the river you will also see few of the famous big green yellow acacia trees which are also known as the fever or malaria trees; this name was given by the first explorers to Africa: they used to camp under this big trees, and as these trees grow where there is humidity and lots of water, which is good for mosquitoes, they always end up having fever, and not realized that the fever was being caused by the mosquitoes, therefore they just blamed the trees for causing the fever.
We have talking about the big animals, but you often see few of the SMALL 5 crossing the roads, like the leopard tortoise and rhino beetles. There is a mighty saying that the leopard tortoises predict rain. This friendly animals have the longest life span of up from 80 up to 120 years, and their food comprises of vegetables and fruits.
From the roads you will see loads of the dung beetles rolling there balls, mostly of large piles of the elephant dungs. They use these balls to lay their eggs (so babies will have food when hatching) or they simply use them as food storage. Dung beetles play a very important role to the ecosystem: when they bury the dung they will provide a very important food resources to the decomposers. These animals only live up to 3 years.
Towers or parades of giraffes are seen popping their heads in the acacias bushes. They have very long tongues which are up to 45 cm long that they use to get the tiny leaves from the acacia trees, to make it easier and safe from their faces not to get hurt from the acacia thorns. And if you pay attention you will find out that tongues are black, as natural protection from sunburn. They have also developed long eye lashes which protect their eyes when they penetrate their heads in the acacia trees. Most interesting is the way they walk; they are the first modellers so to speak: if you look carefully when they walk you will notice that the two legs from one side (front and back) they move at the same time giving it a modelling style, did you know that only giraffes and camels walk like that? And when they run they do galloping.
Giraffes have the second longest gestation period following the elephants, of 15 months, and the baby can weigh up to 100 kgs at birth and can stand and walk after few minutes. Giraffes’ necks are made up of seven cervical vertebrates just like us humans, but they are much longer. When giraffes males fight they use their necks (it is called necking) and can fight for long hours and sometimes they can even break their necks. Also as a defence mechanism they have a very strong kick, specially from their back legs –they say a giraffe kick can break a lion’s head. The dark ones are the males and if you watch carefully you will see small birds usually on their backs and necks: the oxpeckers, which feed from the ticks that are found on the bodies of the giraffes, so they will be picking the ticks from the giraffes’ bodies. This relation is called mutualisation and the giraffes don’t mind from the oxpeckers because both they benefit and also there is no harm from each other: the bird gets the ticks as food and the giraffes will get the ticks removed from their bodies.
From elegant animals we jump into other funny ones, the troops of baboons that are often playing on the roads, even blocking your way. It’s usual to see the Chacma Baboons grooming each other and feeding from the seeds and small fruits along the main roads. Baboons troops can be made up of from 20 to 80 members and you will also learn how the hierarchy is made. The troops comprise of adult females and adult males and young ones, but with an alpha male which leads. Diet is mainly plants, fruits, insects but they can eat almost anything including birds, mammals –they are known for hunting small baby antelopes– and they like to forage in woodlands and savannas. Leopards are known of hunting the baboons.
These are not the only monkeys you can see today as Kruger National Park also hosts the Vervet Monkeys. They are quite small grey and with black faces, associate in small groups of from 15 to 30 members, are often known of warning other animals of danger by making some noises whenever they see predators, as they forage in trees and are the first at seeing the threats. They are omnivores, meaning that their food varies from fruits, seeds, leaves to insects, nesting birds and eggs, and they like to forage in woodlands close to water, but like to stay closes to camps as well and can be a bit naughty. Vervet monkeys weigh up to 6 kgs and live up to 12 years and males has very colourful testicles (look at them and be amazed with the intense brilliant light blue!).
After few hours of driving and enjoying our safari, you will get to Skukuza Rest Camp, where we are stopping for lunch and a bit longer break around midday. Skukuza is the park’s largest rest camp and where the Park Administration Headquarters are located. Facilities here includes restaurant, chalets/bungalows/tents, shop, curioshop, ATM, petrol station, post office, mechanic… Lunch will be buffet with a variety of food you can choose from, and it’s up to you if you want to seat inside the restaurant or on the outside deck overlooking the Sabie River and enjoying the breeze. Mammals like hippos, buffaloes and antelopes (specially waterbucks) can be seen coming to refresh themselves on this hot times of the day. Now you can relax and take a cold refreshment which is included on the trip, chat to your new friends you met on this adventure and know each other better; now you can discuss or ask the questions that maybe you didn’t have chance to ask your guide during the drive, and tick from the list the animals you saw so far and some you not yet saw.
After lunch you will have time to relax or check the curioshop or take a walk around. There is Wi-Fi at Skukuza so you can reconnect to the world and family for few minutes sending them the special photos you took so far. The guide will inform you the departure time from Skukuza after lunch and you will hope on again in our safari truck for the second part of the game drive.
After lunch, as it will be getting cooler, you might have a chance to see the other species that you didn’t see in the morning. When cooler most animals become more active. If you didn’t see the lions or any of the cats in the morning we might see them at this cooler times. There is nothing special in seeing a pride of lions hunting or feasting on a buffalo carcass with some vultures waiting for the surplus food in the trees, hahhaha. Female lions do most of the hunting, but despite the fact that they do the hunt, the males feed first, then the females and lastly the cubs. If they bring a small antelope like an impala, the males might eat it all and they have to go back and hunt again, so they always try to kill a bigger prey which is big enough for everyone. Anyway, this doesn’t means that the males don’t hunt at all, as they help if it comes to kill a bigger animal like a buffalo, because they are bigger and stronger they help to take it down.
Wild lions live up to 18 years, and a pride consists of one dominant male, females and cubs. Gestation period is almost 3.5 months and they can have up to 5 cubs, which are born blind and kept separate from the pride for few weeks. Each pride will have its own territory and the male will fight others males invading his territory. Lion’s roar can be heard miles away and serves as communication and also to tell other males that the area is already occupied. Nevertheless, you can see males on their own.
If you are lucky you can see young male lions in the trees resting, or simply watch the hyenas trying to scavenge the kill from the lions. Hyenas are not just scavengers, they can also hunt very well and are well known of successfully killing wildebeest or small antelopes. The pride here consists of an alpha female leading the pride. They live up to 12 years and their diet consist of birds, lizards, snakes, insects… They live in the savanna, forests and grasslands.
Our game drive will end around 4.30 p.m. From here we start heading back to Maputo. We might exit the park using Crocodile Bridge Gate again as it is closer, or we might use Malelane Gate, depending on your guide’s decision and according to how the safari was. 😀
We will back in Maputo at around 7 p.m., depending on how busy the boarder is. When we are approaching Maputo the guide will inform you so that you have time to contact a taxi to be waiting for you at our office. Our drop off point will be at our office where we started. Once again you can arrange for a taxi or tuk-tuk to take you back to your hotel or accommodation place.
Looking forward to having you on board!
You are most likely to find George at Kruger National Park, Maputo Special Reserve or Limpopo, he loves nature, wildlife, cars, and football. We have been trying to put all the four things together but it has been hard to teach lions to play football, but we will get there.