Mbombela Tours
Exhilarating 3 Day Kruger Safari From Nelspruit

Exhilarating 3 Day Kruger Safari From Nelspruit

By Balanta Imagine Safaris
R 11 000,00
R 9 900,00
per adult (price varies by group size)
Lowest price guaranteeFree cancellation

Ages 3-99, max of 10 per group
Duration: 3 days
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
Written guide
Print or digital reading material such as a guide, map, brochure, etc.
: German, French, Spanish

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Transfers
What's not included
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Kruger Conservation/Entrance Fees @ R460 for international visitors and R150 for South Africans

    Pickup details
    • We pick clients up from all Kruger Mpumalanga Airport and all hotels around Nelspruit
    Airport pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included airports.
    • Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, 4703, R538, Mbombela, 1200, South Africa
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Wheelchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      • Infants must sit on laps
      • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
      • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 92110P19

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Most travellers can participate
      • Children must be accompanied by an adult
      • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
      • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 92110P19

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      About the operator
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      • Balanta Imagine Safaris
        South Africa
        Joined in October 2018
      • eleonoraz919
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        100% recommended
        Balanta Tours provided an outstanding experience. Rodger and Esther delivered exceptional service, and special recognition goes to the best safari guide, Obri. We'll definitely return and recommend them wholeheartedly. The lodge was impeccably clean and conveniently located near the park, with excellent food. Eleonora
        Written 25 April 2024
      • Snowdog850
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Wonderful Safari Experience
        This was an absolutely wonderful introduction to a safari. We got picked up at our Johannesburg hotel and driven to Kholiwe lodge. We spent 2 nights there, going on 4 safaris into Kruger National Park. Transportation: the drivers to and from the airport were on time, very polite, and accommodating. They answered our questions and stopped when breaks were needed. Lodging: the accommodations were great. AC in the bedrooms made it comfortable. Meals were provided and were excellent. The rooms were clean and we felt safe when in the lodge. One day we fed a family of warthogs right at the front door. Another day a couple of silver monkeys came and we fed them. One of us even got the feed a kudu that came up to the lodge. Safaris: the guide we had was Aubrey. He was amazing. He was in constant touch over the radio with other drivers to find the places to go in the park. Aubrey often would spot animals hidden in the bushes. We saw lions on each trip into the park. Elephants, including a herd with very young ones. Buffalo, zebras, giraffes, monkeys, baboons, hyenas, wild dogs, impalas, crocodiles, and many species of birds. It was incredible. Management: Balanta Tours was in constant touch via WhatsApp. They answered questions we had from before we got picked up through the final day we were there. They offered to help with whatever we needed. Very good customer service.
        Written 8 April 2024
      • urveels
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great experience at Kholiwe
        We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Kholiwe! Aubrey was our safari driver and he was incredible - he made sure to help us see rhinos and lions. Elephants, zebras, and giraffes galore. He was extremely knowledgeable and was plugged into the happenings inside the park, often using WhatsApp to localize sightings. The staff at Kholiwe were very nice and accommodating. Sbu took us on a walk, helped us feed a kudu, and see zebras and wildebeests very close by. The lodging was good with AC and a fridge. They were clean. The food was okay and they accommodated our dietary restrictions. Overall would highly recommend Kholiwe and would visit again!
        Written 4 April 2024
      • Harris R
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing Time at Kholiwe Lodge on Kruger.
        The staff at Kholiwe Lodge were super nice and friendly. The rooms were clean and full of love. We definitely will return
        Written 2 April 2024
      • PJRuchards64
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Unforgettable experience
        I am a Safari enthusiast and this was my 3rd Safari with Balanta Imagine. I also decided to add the Swaziland tour this time and glad I did, it’s a very fun event learning about Swazi culture, the traditional dancing, and the drive is lovely. The Kholiwe Lodge is a very lovely boutique lodge. The rooms are super clean and comfortable. I requested the Tau room which has an inside shower as well as an outside shower and beautiful outside bathtub under the stars. I can’t say enough about the staff at Kholiwe, everyone was so nice, attentive, and professional. They make you feel at home and go out of their was to accommodate you. The food was absolutely delicious and eating under the stars in the boma, next to the fire is very memorable. The game drives was the highlight among others. The guide was able to get 4 of the big five being Lions, Elephants, Buffalo, and an awesome sighting of a Leopard in a tree with a kill. Aubrey is the Man! I highly recommend Balanta if you want to have an unforgettable Safari experience and without burning a hole in your pocket.
        Written 30 March 2024
      • 449jch
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Prime service, great value for money and unforgettable memories
        I booked a 3-day tour through Balanta. They were excellent and very accommodating as I had to reschedule my trip. They did so without any additional fees. Always friendly and prompt to respond my questions and requests, and tailored my trip according to my needs. I stayed at the Kholiwe on Kruger lodge. I cannot recommend enough these guys and gals!!! They made my stay fantastic. Sbu, who supervises the lodge is a fantastic guy, very helpful and friendly. Eibri, the guide, is also very friendly and extremely knowledgeable taking us to where the action -and animals- were. Huge kudos to the fantastic ladies working at the lodge. Their food is like made by angels -which I’m guessing they are ;)-. All in all a great experience which I highly recommend. They’ll make sure your time in Kruger is great
        Written 30 March 2024
      • Dee G
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        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        A great experience!
        This was a great experience. Leigh and her team, Roger, Sbu and the ladies made our stay so warm, romantic and inviting. It was eleven of us. We were up early in the morning on a beautiful safari each day. You want Aubrey as your driver!! He was phenomenal!!! Very detailed, personable and knowledgeable. We saw different animals and birds each day. Four of the Big 5. The ladies cooked breakfast or prepared a breakfast for the morning safari. The dinner on the second night was amazing. We ate by candlelight and the fire pit. The rooms were clean. If you choose the Elephant suite, please know your shower is outside. The tub/shower extension is within the bedroom without a door so if it’s 2 in that room make sure you’re comfortable with one another. The wharthogs and the kudu come right up to you and there is food to feed them. The only reason I didn’t give it a 5 is because although the food was good, we had to eat what was cooked. Vegetarian option and a meat option that they chose. We didn’t preorder and options weren’t available. An overall great experience.
        Written 30 March 2024
      • cocoa816
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great place to vacation with family and visit Kruger!
        The Kholiwe location and staff is amazing! We had a twin room for my mom and I and it was really enjoyable to have our family and friends in the same lodge area, around 10 people. The common area is really nice for nights to play Phase 10, complete with a warthog family showing up everyday for lunch to be fed and kudus or impalas too! If you’re an animal lover, this is it! Kruger is just 15 minutes away, to see the Big Five and it’s all a smooth process setting it up with them! A huge thank you to Leigh, Sbu, Aubry!
        Written 30 March 2024
      • GrandTour440076
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing experience
        This trip was totally amazing the staff at Balanta tours and Kholiwe lodge was spectacular everyone was so polite, attentive, and very professional. We planned this trip for my wife 50th birthday and she couldn’t have been more excited about the outcome. My 75 year old mom stated it was her favorite vacation and I have taking her to many places. The tour of Joberg was awesome and educational very enriching. Once we arrived in Kruger the fun really began and the experience was elevated. Got to see big game animals 4 of the big 5 all in there natural habitat amazing thanks to the wonderful and extremely knowledgeable tour guides Aubrey and Mbali top notch. Also the bird watching was breathtaking. Once at the lodge we was prepared some delicious meal by the staff hats off to the cooks and staff for creating a wonderful atmosphere for me and my family definitely will be returning and recommending to all my friends and colleagues. Finally I want to acknowledge the total team Lee, Bruce, Sbusiso, Danielle. Sifiso, Roger, Cece, Zinhle, Aubrey, and Mbali for everything first class staff.
        Written 27 March 2024
      • trelawneyb
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Came as guest, left as family!
        An experience of a lifetime! We came to Kholiwe as guests and left as family! From the welcome drinks to the amazing dinners to the game drives to the gorgeous rooms, we were welcomed with open arms! Thank you so much Kholiwe team for giving us an experience of a lifetime! Big shoutout to Bruce, Leigh, Sbou, Roger, Sofiso, Sinclair, Aubry, Mbali and the entire Kholiwe team!!!!!!
        Written 27 March 2024
      • Kerry S
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        It was absolutely an amazing experience. The professionalism of the staff was outstanding. Very knowledgeable and friendly. They made the whole trip worth taking. I will definitely be going back and bringing family and friends.
        Written 24 March 2024
      • Gina_Guest
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        3.0 of 5 bubbles
        Safari great, tour company subpar
        I booked my trip on balanta website and not via Trip Advisor. The communication could have been a lot better than what it was. I had no communication until I reached out a few days before my trip with questions on coordination. Per their website itinerary it states pickup from airport, hotel to the lodge. I was transported via private pick up to airport, then bus to Nelspruit and private pick up from Nelspruit to the lodge and same thing on the way back. This itinerary, and transfers were never communicated to me ahead of time. I was put on a public bus without advance notice and information on transfers. Getting to my lodge was a confusing journey. The fees not covered by the tours were not clearly stated: first it was additional fee for single supplement of the room as I was traveling solo, then it was another extra cost for pickup/drop off from hotel in Joburg, then there is a daily entrance fee into Kruger park that I had to cover which was included in cost of the tour. So this skews the total cost of the tour if you were trying to compare with other services as all the costs are not disclosed nor included. For someone that plans, organizes and compares and just for transparency purposes fees not covered should be disclosed upfront especially prior to purchase. Despite this I enjoyed the safari experience, Two days was enough time for me at the safari. Our tour guide Oberi made sure we saw a lot of the animals especially those we had on our lists as wanting to see. The lodge was beautiful, the food was good and staff was welcoming and provided great service. Do your research
        Written 19 March 2024
      • sjimenez1
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great experience
        Our guide, Obrey, was great. He made sure we saw as many animals as possible. The staff at the facility was so kind, friendly and accommodating. They all made sure we had a good time. The facilities are nice with everything you need. The park is fantastic.
        Written 18 February 2024
      • anguell2020
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        The entire trip was amazing. You practically couldn’t ask for better and the only animal in the Big Five that we didn’t see was leopards. Other than that, the lodging was great along with the meals that they provided. Special thanks to our safari guide Aubrey, chef Precious, and host Swazi who went above and beyond with their service and their knowledge of the park and animals.
        Written 26 December 2023
      • malwinaiwonat
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great Safari experience
        In general the Safari tour was really good. The location was amazing, clean, modern and super nice located. The staff on site was very friendly and helpful. Accidentally we were the only guest and could really enjoy the luxury conditions and get all the time of both personnel on site and the guide. Our guide, Obry, was really great. We saw almost all the animals in the park and got also explained a lot about the life of animals in the park. The only thing that could have been handled better was the transportation to the location. We were told that we can be picked up from our location and brought to the accommodation for Safari, in fact it took a lot of communication shortly before the tour and to our surprise, we were put on a regular line bus with other people. A general bus, that transports people between cities. All in all though, really cool Safari and in the end all went well. Thanks again to Danielle for taking care of us in Pretoria.
        Written 30 October 2023
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles1 review
      Very good

      Nilav P
      2 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2024 • Solo
      Small lodge and friendly staff. Game drives were amazing! Accommodated to dietary preferences but there could have been more clarity about the package when booking. Would’ve helped to know the details of the driver beforehand along with a schedule
      Written 29 March 2024
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