Two money bags or less
BASIC ACCOMMODATION & RESTCAMPS
These are government facilities offered by SANParks inside the Kruger, and small owner-run properties outside the park. They are basic, clean and good value for money. The main restcamps fit into this category (we cover these separately) and some of the larger ones have Safari Tents as an attractive option. There are also smaller bush camps, but these are booked well in advance.
If you go for this price range you probably have a budget consistent with self-driving. Camps and Lodges in this category do not include activities, food or transport in their prices and you need to factor these expenses into your planning as the cost of each of these is comparable to that of the roof over your head.
You will not enjoy the expertise and insight of an experienced guide other than when you join the Park Board’s activities, which you are advised to book in advance (they fill up quickly). Bring your guidebooks and read our self-drive tips including the instruction to buy a map at the gate!
You are not allowed to exit your car or put limbs outside it in the Reserve apart from at Restcamps and at nominated “get-out” points, so be prepared for a bit of frustration at being confined to the car in such an open-air environment.
Clientele: best suited to people who already have some safari experience under their belt and feel that they can manage without the benefit of a full-time guide; those who are constrained by budget but “must see” the Kruger; the local South African market, or people with a South African “can-do” approach to life; people who get excited by the idea of driving themselves around Big Five territory.