After much research, I've put together our 7-day/6-night self drive itinerary for Kruger National Park in September this year. We have already booked our flights too, so we will definitely start and finish at Nelspruit airport.
I'd like some advice on the below itinerary for me and my husband. Please let me know if it looks good for you, or whether I've missed out on something. Or if you would suggest an alternative accommodation/route, and/or the time we should enter/leave Kruger National Park. I am still yet to book the car hire (planning on a 4WD) and accommodation, so any advice on this would be great too. Thank you all in advance!
Day 1: Arrive in Nelspruit airport at 11:55am. Pick up the rental car at Nelspruit airport. Drive to Marloth Park. Overnight in Needles Lodge.
Day 2: Game drives ourselves from Kruger’s Crocodile Bridge Gate. Overnight in Skukuza Rest Camp. Do the night game drive offered at the camp.
Day 3: Second day game drive around Kruger. Exit the park in the afternoon via ‘Paul Kruger Gate’ or ‘Phaben Gate’. Overnight stay in ‘Blue Jay Lodge’ in Hazyview.
Day 4: Self drive the Panoramic Route from Hazyview enroute to Hoedspruit. Visit God’s Window, The Pinnacle, Bourke’s Luck Pothole, Three Rondavels, Blyde River Canyon. Arrive in ‘Guernsey Private Nature Reserve’ for our accommodation of the next two nights in Pezulu Tree House Game Lodge.
Day 5: Join the 'morning bush walk' offered by the lodge. Visit Jessica the hippo in (inside Ndlovumzi Nature Reserve, Hoedspruit) ourselves. The rest of the time relax in the tree house and watch animals come drinking at the waterhole.
Day 6: Enter Kruger National Park via Orpen Gate. Game drive ourselves from here all the way to Crocodile Bridge Gate. Overnight in Marloth Park’s Crocodile Kruger Safari Lodge.
Day 7: Leave the lodge at approx 10:30am for the Nelspruit - Johannesburg flight departing at 13:35.Edited: 2:12 am, March 02, 2013