Inside the Kruger National Park you will find a series of simpler self-catering rest camps such as Satara, Skukuza, Olifants, Letaba and Lower Sabie. These are in spectacular settings and are ideal for self-driving Kruger safaris, or if you would like to tour with your own driver/guide - perfect for small groups, birders, photo safaris, wheelchair users and families. Specialised walking safari options are available, as well as sleep-outs with star beds for an extra special memory.
On a typical Kruger safari your day starts early with a dawn wake-up call for a 2 to 3 hour game drive, as this is when predators are most active. Large herds of elephants traverse through the park, and you can hope to see buffalo, crocodile and hippo in the rivers and dams, as well as storks nesting in the trees. A sighting of the king of the jungle is always a highlight, and a privileged few will see a magnificent nocturnal leopard.
But don’t only search for the big-five on your Kruger safari holiday, as there are hundreds of other rewarding species such as the kudu with its magnificent horns, the small bushbuck, the prickly porcupine, the lanky giraffe, the cheeky baboon, the gregarious wildebeest and the striped zebra.
Return to your lodge for a hearty brunch, before venturing out again in the late afternoon for another game drive, followed by sundowners in the bush and a superb African sunset. Then look upwards at the magnificent night sky and try to find the Southern Cross.
After a safari in the Kruger don’t miss the chance to drive along the scenic Panorama Route. To the west of Kruger, the green Blyde River Canyon is the third largest in the world with sites such as God’s Window, Mac Mac Falls and Bourkes Luck Potholes, carved out by river waters. Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is well worth a visit, and at the Endangered Species Centre in Hoedspruit you can see cheetah, vultures and wild dog up close.
The small town of Hazyview has an elephant sanctuary and is a convenient base for day trips into the Kruger Park. Other activities include horse riding, championship golf, hot air ballooning, white water rafting, treetop canopy tour, cultural village, Jane Goodall’s Chimp Eden and the Vervet Monkey Foundation.