Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa and stretches over two provinces; Mpumalanga and Limpopo. With eight different entrances and a good network of roads, the various camps within the park are easily accessible. Here lion, elephant and cheetah roam the land and humans are merely spectators in the world of the animal kingdom. Covering nearly 2 million hectares of Lowveld landscape, an area larger than the whole of Israel, the park is home to 336 species of trees, 49 species of fish, 147 different species of mammals and 507 types of birds.
The Kruger was originally started with the intention of being a self-catering, self-drive experience with many watering holes, picnic sites and bird hides dotted throughout the park. Over the years private game lodges have been developed offering luxurious 5-star experiences while still surrounded by the rugged beauty of the African bush.
Game drives are the order of the day while staying in the park. Days generally start early as guests head out at dawn to take in some viewing before the days become too warm and the animals disappear under the shade of the acacia and baobab trees. Vehicles rumble slowly down the road while all onboard keep a diligent lookout for the flick of a tail or the flash of an eye. It is a thrilling experience to come across a family of elephants munching on the branches of a tree, or a pride of lions sleeping in the shade with their cubs at play.
Mid -morning and early afternoon are generally spent relaxing at base camp, enjoying a refreshing swim or an afternoon nap before embarking again for an afternoon drive and perhaps a sundowner drink alongside a watering hole.
The earth is red and dusty, the sunsets are awash with bright colours and the days are long and lazy - what more could one ask for as you sip your gin and tonic and gaze out at the African Bush. Welcome to Africa.