As we were all locked in our houses for most of 2020 and whilst borders closed for all travel globally since the break of the pandemic news, we have all been dreaming of getting out into nature once more and travel the big, large outdoor spaces.
We are all ecstatic about the reopening of international borders for travel. South Africa is prepared for all travellers who want to experience a once in a lifetime African holiday, with the friendliest service & gourmet food.
You have not done a proper holiday in Africa if you have not yet experienced an authentic South African safari in Kruger. As the countries most loved, there is a reason why the Kruger consistently ranks amongst Africa’s most valuable reserves.
About the Kruger
The Kruger National Park is the largest wildlife reserve in South Africa, covering an area of almost 2 hectares. Located in Limpopo and parts of Mpumalanga, the park is home to a vast diversity of wildlife including the Big five, thousands of bird species and hosting some of the best private safari lodges.
The region comprises peaceful savannas, woodlands, riverine, forests and rugged mountains. The vegetation changes due to the size of the area, therefore it is good to have an expert guide as the changes have implications on game viewing. The Kruger is great for game viewing all year-round.
Where and How?
The Kruger offers a wide range of ways to explore the wilderness. Exploring can be done by doing a self-drive safari arranging your camping or lodge accommodation with the National Park authorities. If you are on a budget or local to South Africa, this is an excellent way of exploring the Kruger. I need to mention that doing this independently does come with a great many restrictions that limit your game viewing experience.
Travellers coming to visit the Kruger region usually start their journey in Johannesburg or Cape Town by taking a flight to the nearest airport in Kruger. There are also direct road transfers from Johannesburg international airport which is situated about 400 kilometres west of Kruger. This is a great way to add to your South African holiday, whilst also visiting the Blyde River Canyon en-route.
Most travellers opt to fly to either of the nearby airports, namely, Eastgate, Skukuza or Nelspruit. Upon arrival, private transfers or vehicle hire can be arranged.
There are several private game reserves and lodges within or bordering the Kruger National Park. Worthy of mention would be the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Timbavati Nature Reserve, Manyeleti, Balule and more. It is within these privately owned reserves where the best game viewing and safari’s take place.
The best way
From experience, the best is to plan private safari at one of the many famous private reserves offering luxury accommodation and superb game viewing in Kruger.
The added benefit of the reserves is that they are unfenced, animals roam freely between Kruger and the reserve, which adds to the magic that a Kruger safari offers.
A suggested stay of between 3 - 6 nights at any of the famous lodges, which are known for their world-renowned safari and wildlife encounters including professional, luxurious service.
It will be a once in a lifetime experience with priceless memories.
Another great idea if you want more bang for your buck and wow stories, is splitting your time between two different private reserves, which will guarantee splendid game viewing.
You can quickly fly to one of the nearest airports, usually Eastgate while having pre-booked your private transfer from the airport to the lodge, which will ensure a smooth and very relaxed holiday experience by doing less and experiencing more.
Arriving at the lodge of choice you will be met by friendly staff, experienced and provisional game trackers and guides. You can spot wildlife from your lodge, watching elephants drinking from the nearby waterhole, all while enjoying coffee and snacks in comfort.
Your safari tends to include exceptional food and beverages as well as activities such as day and/or night game drives in open-top Land Rovers.
Meals usually have an authentic traditional twist to it and include a boma fire to take in the full African vibes. Bush Walks are also available for those who are more adventurous at heart.
In summary, Kruger is undoubtedly one of the safest destinations, with great local deals, current exchange rates being in favour of the international traveller it is almost a must to book yourself the best safari of your life.
Planning an exclusive safari to any of the fantastic private lodges within the Kruger is the way to go.