It is important to understand the difference between a private safari and a self-drive in one of the national parks. The general rule about the safari experience is that you get what you pay for. If it seems cheap, then it's probably cheap for a reason...
Why you should choose a Private Game Reserve?
You might often hear about about traversing rights in reference to your safari experience. So what are traversing rights? Traversing rights allow neighbouring lodges to drive on each others’ land which means more space for you to explore and find animals. The larger the traversing area the better! More land = more biodiversity. Each ecosystem attracts a unique variety of life.
The private game reserves adjacent to the Kruger National Park are well-known for their array of decadent lodges and exceptional game viewing. If you have the time to spend more than a couple of days in the Kruger, we suggest that you split your time between various reserves. This will give you a sense of the variety and magnitude of the area. There are no fences between the private reserves and the Kruger so the animals are free to move across their borders.
Some of the most popular private games reserves include: the Sabi Sand Region, the Timbavati Game Reserve, Manyeleti Game Reserve and Thornybush Game Reserve. There are also several Kruger Private Concessions in the Kruger National Park itself where the same priviliges are available such as night drives and off-road driving with experienced rangers. The most enticing and luxurious private concessions in the Kruger Park are Singita Lebombo and Singita Sweni Lodge.
What Will We See?
So what is there to see on Safari? You've probably heard of the Big 5, but that's only scratching the surface. But what about the Little 5? Find out more about the Big 5 and some of the other magic that awaits here...
Malaria is a serious illness, but can be easily prevented and should not deter you from visiting an area. There are many anti-malaria medicines available that have advanced so as to have minimal side effects. There are also a whole host of sprays and devices!
Getting to the Kruger National Park
There are several ways of getting to the Kruger National Park, each of which has cost, timing and comfort implications to consider. Here are the pros and cons of the various ways of getting to the real magical kingdom...
A Typical Day on Safari
A typical day on safari usually follows a similar routine. No matter where you are, the African Safari experience will be one that lingers in your mind and awakens a deep passion for Africa. Here is a rough guide to what to expect on your African Safari...
When to Visit The Kruger National Park
Your safari experience will vary according to the seasons. We've compiled some information to help you make an educated decision about when best to visit. We usually recommend between 3 and 5 nights on safari.
Kruger Park Accommodation
There are plenty of hotels, lodges and self-catering options in the Kruger National Park. With so much to choose from, it can become quite confusing which is why we've set it all out for you below.
History of the Kruger Park
Founded by Paul Kruger in 1898. In 2002 it became part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park that links Kruger with the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe to the north, and with the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique to the east.
What Should I Pack?
The secret to successful safari packing is "less is more". Pack light and you'll save yourself many headaches. You really do not need to go mad buying camouflaged kit and pith helmets! Just take comfortable clothes and avoid bright colours.
So What Do I Need To Know?
Going on safari for the first time can be a daunting prospect, but don't fret - we've been doing this for years and we know you'll be well looked after. If you have any questions at all, our expert consultants are on hand to help you out...
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