The African safari! We all have our own little picture of what this must be like. What we offer is a guided nature experience of some of South Africa’s best national parks and game reserves. The atmosphere and vibe of these places are what makes it so worth visiting, attractive and authentic. You know, that sunset you will only find on one continent, that typical bushveld hardwood campfire, a lion’s roar and the ever-present anticipation of that once in a lifetime sighting you will not find anywhere else on earth. Yeah, you know what we’re talking about.
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
Officially established on 31 May 1926, the Kruger National Park is South Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuary and one of the largest managed national parks and protected areas in the world. Today, you have got roughly 20 000 square kilometers to explore with an astonishing two thousand kilometers of road to take you there. Mind you, even if you’ve been on every bit of road in this country-sized piece of old Africa you still have only seen two percent of it. The biodiversity here is at the very top end of the scale.
Legends of the wildlife world you will find right here – 200 true trees, 148 mammal species, 505 bird species, 118 reptile species, 35 amphibian species, and 50 indigenous freshwater species and about 50% of South Africa’s insect diversity. Of course, is this Big 5 country! So much have been written, researched, photographed and documented about this magnificent place. From the smallest grub to the largest mega mammal, you can be sure you are in the right place to experience your own version of that unforgettable sighting!
You have to stay within the park’s boundaries! No doubt about it. If you don’t a very large part of your Kruger experience is lost. One of the main reasons why you should stay in the park is the tranquility it offers. There are 12 major camps and 14 smaller camps. It doesn’t matter where you stay, it is a plentiful and great value. Beware, though. Kruger is seriously popular. You need to book in advance, like months in advance. Especially if you are looking for variety and a tailor-made itinerary.
Our approach to the Kruger National Park safari is simple: Make use of every drivable minute of every day. With so much ground to cover and so much to see we have to get out there!
HLUHLUWE-IMFOLOZI GAME RESERVE
The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is a very, very special piece of nature in South Africa. It is the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa, dating back to 30 April 1895. This place, in particular, is famous for its conservation efforts. The park was established primarily to protect the white rhino, which eventually led to the largest population of white rhino in the world. Operation Rhino has its roots in the park. Initiated in the 1960s, the project aimed at spreading rhinos to other protected areas and privately owned land in order to promote and increase the population of these Africa icons.
Not as big as its bigger and better known African counterparts, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve comes in at 960 square kilometers. It is way less visited and that means less traffic. There are two main rest camps, Mpila in Imfolozi and Hilltop in Hluhluwe. Probably what we love most about this park is that you can go on multiple short game drives to a variety of fantastic picnic sites and hides, places where you want to be still for a moment with eyes and ears zoned in on the bush. Its topography is hilly and undulating providing beautiful vistas of the surrounding savanna. The park is particularly rich in birdlife, abundant in all of the common antelope species and the only government-run game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal where each member of the Big 5 can be found. No wonder it was once used as the royal hunting grounds of the kingdom of the Zulu. The park lies in the heart of old Zululand where the history dates back to the early Iron Age and the hey-day of the Zulu legend, King Shaka.
With a profound focus on conservation and preservation of wilderness, this place creates a feeling of being that much closer to nature.