The Kruger National Park lies just 5 hours from Johannesburg, and it's a pleasurable drive, particularly if you take in the Escarpment. You could head straight for Rissington Inn, a good place to base yourself if you want to make day trips into the park. Better still (and cheaper), spend 4 nights in the park: Rates at rest camps start at around R475 ($65/£35) for a comfortable, clean en-suite unit. If you can book well enough in advance, a safari tent with river view at Lower Sabie is the one to snag, followed by a two-bed bungalow with river view at Olifants (the latter will run you R600/$85/£40); spend 2 nights at each. Alternatively, if your budget can stretch this far, take a look at augmenting your national-park experience with a 2-day sojourn at the main camp at Rhino Walking Safaris (R4,200/$585/£300 double, all-inclusive), a fabulous private concession within Kruger itself, or Umlani Bushcamp (R3,300-R4,500/$460-$625/£235-£320 double, all-inclusive) in the adjacent Timbavati Reserve -- effectively the same game-viewing land, as it shares an unfenced border with Kruger.