Saturday, 10 December 2016

Kruger National Park safari extension option, coming soon!



In the past year and a half we have worked hard on expanding on our safari extension packages. Our guests have the option combine their Garden Route & Addo tour with some more in depth safari time on a private game reserve of their choice. We have partnered with a few of our favorite reserves in the malaria free Eastern Cape and are now branching out to offer safari extensions in the biggest National Park in South Africa, Kruger National Park.

 I just got back from Kruger earlier this week, after doing a 3 day educational safari to see how we  can link it up with our packages. Everything was arranged for us. I got picked up from the airport (OR Tambo, Johannesburg) and transferred to a lodge close by for the night. The next day (day 1) is the transfer to Kruger. This takes about 5-6 hours. You arrive in time for your first game drive that afternoon, followed by an awesome dinner. The days start bright and early with a snack and coffee before the sunrise game drive after which you have breakfast. Every day includes the morning- and afternoon game drives, breakfast and dinner.

 Kruger National Park is not only the biggest, but also the oldest National Park in South Africa, with a surface area of 19,485 km²! It is so big, it feels like a country in itself! As you drive through the park, the scenery and vegetation is constantly changing. Some areas have rivers and lush trees, some parts are wide and open with Acacia trees dotting the horizon and other parts have big rock hills and winding roads, giving you a birds’ eye view of the veld below. We had plenty of game encounters over the 3 days, including; hyenas, lion, rhinoceros, buffalo, kudu, impala, blue wildebeest, waterbuck, tortoise, elephant, giraffe and bush babies.

        
Besides the awesome game, which is the whole reason to visit Kruger, we also had fantastic, local food! We got spoiled with a bush braai on the first evening. Tables were set up in the middle of the veld, surrounded by candles and fires, with our food being prepared very traditionally on the open fire. When we started getting ready to leave, we spotted the hyenas lying about 50m away … A very exciting dinner, indeed!



We were there over summer so it was extremely hot (35-40 degrees celcius!) Each person or pair had their own hut (room) which was very comfortable, each fitted with its own air conditioning, en suite bathroom and a small kitchen space outside.  All rooms come in twin room setup, no double beds.  

I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience and am very excited to be offering this to our guests in the near future!