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Not only one of the continent’s largest National Parks, but also its most accessible, Kruger proves itself to be in a class of its own when it comes to wildlife spotting. Here, you’re guaranteed the classic safari experience. No matter how many times you witness a herd of elephants milling amongst the bush’s thick verdure, or a leopard slinking across a dirt track up ahead, the magic of the moment will never wear off. And, don’t forget to snap endless photos to bore your family members with for years to come – being a safari-goer will make you ever so slightly smug, that’s for sure.
From the aptly named Crocodile River to the imposing sprawl of the Lebombo Mountains, it’s not just Kruger’s 19,485 square km that will be your oyster. The surrounding private reserves are yours to explore too. Wherever you opt to rest your head when living your safari dream, local guides will be on hand to welcome you into their reserves’ unique fold.
A safari is a given, everyone knows what that entails. Jeep rumbling through the bush, a guide shouts “stop” and points out an animal so well camouflaged into the wild surrounds that they’re almost almost invisible to the naked eye – of course the guide’s eyes are more well trained than yours. But it won’t take you long to pick up the knack. A hyena’s distinct cackle will soon give their hiding place away and a rustle high up in the trees will often signal any one of the 500 species of bird that call Kruger their home. And, once you’ve fine-tuned your expert eye from the safety of the jeep, why not try your skills out on foot? Sounds interesting, right? Book yourself on a bush walk and that’s exactly what you’ll be doing.
One of the most incredible things about a stay in the wilds of Africa’s largest National Park – bar the animals of course – is the lack of light pollution. Away from the bright lights of any cities, Kruger makes for premium night-sky viewing. Back at your lodge, cosy up around the warm glow of an open fire and get to work on your stargazing skills. If staying at Makalali Private Game Reserve, take advantage of their guides’ astronomy skills and learn the secrets of the vast African sky.
In Kruger, animal sightings aren’t limited to game drives. Take breakfast on the terrace, or enjoy a post-dinner cocktail with a view, all the while keeping your eyes peeled for those crucial wildlife glimpses. With more species of large mammal than any other African National Park, you can expect to see anything from a pride of lions basking in the sunshine to zebra grazing in the long grass. Not to mention, the sunsets here are incredible – guaranteed to be screensaver worthy.
Going wild in Kruger is part and parcel of our Classic itinerary, but if it was the Garden Route that you fancied this time, simply add it on as an extra location in the itinerary builder. This holiday is all about you and your needs remember, so have a play with the building tool now to see where else you can tick off your bucket-list.
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