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Big 5 Game Drives

Big 5 Game Drives

Pridelands Game Reserve

From R990 per person

Kruger National Park

From R1750 per person

My Africa Game Drive

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Big 5 Game Drives in Hoedspruit Limpopo South Africa offers opportunities to go on a morning or afternoon Big 5 Game Drive. Pridelands Private Game Reserve is 3 km from Hoedspruit town in the Balule Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. You can take a full-day safari in the Kruger Park with an open safari vehicle with a qualified guide. A South African game safari is a must on your bucket list of wild African adventures. It can be a luxury game safari in South Africa, or you do a budget game safari in South Africa. Many lodges do not allow children under 6 years old to go on safaris, but if you want a family game safari in South Africa, contact me via email – I will find a safari company or lodge that allows children to go on a game safari.

How much is a Big 5 Game Drives?

All the rates below can change, depending on if you want a private game drive or if you are a group of 8 people wanting an extended drinks stop at sunset. We can tailor any game drive to suit your needs, including a surprise engagement setting.

Pridelands Game Reserve – morning and afternoon 4-hour game drives

Pridelands Game Reserve is a 5-minute drive from Hoedspruit town in the Geater Kruger National Park.

Cost from R990 per person


Qualified game ranger in an open safari game vehicle.

Pick up and drop off.

A drink and snacks.

Kruger National Park – full-day safari

Kruger Park Orpen Gate is 65km from Hoedspruit.

Cost from R1750 per person depending on the number of passengers


Qualified game ranger in an open safari game vehicle.

Pick up and drop off


Park entrance fee

Drinks and snacks bought in the park

Walking Safaris

Bush walk

Big5 Game Reserve – 4-hour walking safari

Cost from R1100 per person


Close walking encounters with wildlife

Walking with an experienced guide

Learn about nature and animals

Pick up and drop off

What to wear on a Big 5 Game Drives

A safari dress code does not have to be complicated. You should wear neutral or earthly colors, but don’t wear bright colors like red, yellow, or purple. Always have a sun hat and bring along sunblock. The South African sun can be harsh even in the winter months. During the winter months, it can be cold – +3 degrees so bring along something warm to wear for the early morning game drives and the late afternoon drive. During the summer months, wear clothing that is light and breezy.

What to take along on your Big 5 Game Drives

Binoculars on safari

1: Binoculars – a good pair will assist you in identifying birds, and mammals that are far away.

2: A camera – if you have a good camera with a good lens, it will allow you to capture the wildlife and bring back memories. If you don’t have a camera, using your cell phone camera will also do well.

3: Sun cream – it gets hot under the African sun. Make sure you have at least a 40+ factor suncream. Lip ice or lip balm is also useful in keeping your skin moist.

4: Clothing – the temperatures can vary greatly during the day. If you are going out during the winter months, bring along some warm clothing that can be layered. Early morning drives can be cold but it warms up once the sun comes out. Afternoon drives start warm, but it can become chilly once the sun goes down.

Kruger National Park Mammal List

The Greater Kruger National Park has 147 mammals listed For a comprehensive list of the animals you are likely to see please click here

Kruger National Park Bird List

The Greater Kruger National Park has over 450 birds listed. Some birds are migratory, arriving after our winter and leaving again 5 months later before winter settles in. For a comprehensive list of birds you are likely to see please click here

Big 5 Game Reserve Mpumalanga or Limpopo

Kruger Nation Park is a Big Five Game Reserve that covers two provinces. The northern section of Kruger National Park is in the Limpopo Province and the southern section falls in the Mpumalanga Province. Pridelands Game Reserve is in the Limpopo Province, just outside Hoedspruit town.

Game drives in Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit in the Limpopo Province South Africa, has 3 private game reserves close to town. Kruger National Park is only 65km from Orpen Gate. If you want a private game drive for a family outing or a special engagement surprise drinks stop, contact Anthony at and I will make it happen.

For online bookings and availability click here or for more information about game drives or a walking safari,

email Anthony at


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