8-night “Big 5” bucket list African safari experience

It’s time! 2018 is the year you finally tick African safari off your bucket list! And here is the PERFECT 8-night itinerary for you to do so – and all for a super affordable price of AUD$2,900, USD$2,200, GBP £1,700, EUR €1,900 and ZAR32,000 per person if you travel in May or June 2018! (We can price other months for you as well)

Download the detailed itinerary here: African_Safari_2018_Itinerary or simply continue reading below to find out more – and don’t forget to get in touch via email cara@readysetsafari.com, skype carapring or give me a call on +61 403 536 778 if you want more information or to book!

Ultimate 8-night “Big 5” African Safari Itinerary

Lion walking in front of safari vehicle
Photo credit: James Walker

The perfect itinerary to tick African Safari off your bucket list! Fly into Johannesburg at what we believe to be the best time of the year, and head straight to a luxurious game lodge in Timbavati or Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve to be pampered, feast on amazingly delicious food (and lots of it), enjoy free drinks, relax and most importantly, explore the South African wilderness on open-vehicle safari drives! You will embark on two safari drives per day where your guide and tracker will reveal the magic of the African bush to you – getting you up close and personal to famous African wildlife like lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, rhinos, zebras, hippos and more.


Elephant walking on dirt road

You might even be lucky enough to spot some of the local wildlife residents from the deck of your luxurious room, while lounging by the pool sipping on cocktails or even while soaking in your bath tub! After four nights of pampering and luxury, you will head out of the private game reserve and enter Kruger National Park, the epitome of the South African safari experience! Here you will enjoy less luxurious accommodation (at a much more affordable price), but it won’t matter because you’ll be spending most of your time out driving on Kruger’s roads searching for the Super 7 (lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, buffalo, rhino and elephants) and enjoying countless other species of mammals, birds and reptiles.


Giraffes and Zebras on dirt road

After your eight guided drives in the private game reserve you will turn into your own guide and experience the excitement of spotting your own lions, leopards and elephants – often walking straight towards your car (or beside it) on the road. There is nothing more exhilarating than driving with your windows down in Kruger while watching an elephant or lion walk straight past your car. Don’t worry – it is completely safe so long as you respect their right of way and stay in your car! Dine at Kruger’s restaurants or cook your own meals, and be sure to keep a look-out for resident honey badgers, African wild cats, monkeys and baboons who may try and raid your bins! After three amazing nights in Kruger, travel back to Johannesburg and overnight before flying out the next day full of memories you will never forget.

If you’re like most people you may find the African safari is no longer a ‘bucket list’ item, but a new regular holiday!

Mum and baby rhino crossing Kruger road

Itinerary price estimate includes:

  • 1 x night in JHB at Protea Hotel by Marriott
  • 4 x nights in luxury game lodge including 8 x safari drives, optional bush walks, all meals and drinks*
  • 3 x nights in Kruger National Park in air-conditioned bungalows
  • Car rental (small car)
  • Conservation fees

*drink inclusions depend on game lodge


  • Meals/Snacks while in JHB and Kruger
  • Tips
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Anything else not listed within inclusions

Kruger Leopard in treeOptional Upgrades (prices quoted upon request):

  • Spend longer at luxury game lodge and/or Kruger Park
  • Flights and transfers instead of car hire
  • Fully guided tour of Kruger Park (rather than self-drive)
  • Even more luxurious game lodge (though this lodge is very high calibre)
  • Private vehicle and guide within game lodge
  • Larger/luxury upgrade in car hire
  • Cape Town trip add-on

This quote is specifically for May and June next year, but prices can be provided for any other month. Just get in touch with us and we will tailor the ultimate safari experience for you!

Lions on road in KrugerNote: all images on this page except the lion walking in front of an open safari vehicle were taken while self-driving in Kruger. Check out our article on 10 reasons to self-drive Kruger if you would like more information on this option.

We can of course provide upgrade options where you do not self-drive if you do not feel comfortable with this idea!

Prices quoted are an estimate only, and may be subject to change based on currency fluctuation as well as any price increases made by venues and suppliers. Subject to availability within game lodge and Kruger National Park.

Book your safari – enquire now. We will get back to you within 24 hours 🙂

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