Kruger National Park Leading Safari Destination

For a perfect introduction to Africa, what better way to go on safari than in South Africa's foremost Game Reserve? Established over a century ago, the Kruger National Park leading safari destination. Situated in the northern reaches of South Africa, the Kruger Park offers the visitor an astounding variety of wildlife in an area that is comparable in size to the whole of Israel.

The Kruger Park lies on the border that South Africa shares with neighbor Mozambique, and it now forms part of a massive peace park that amalgamates the areas of Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. There are no internal borders in this massive 35,000 square kilometer Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park that allows wildlife to move freely on their ancient migration routes.

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On Safari With Kara

5 October 2017

My 4 Day Safari with the most funniest and good hearted Swiss I have had the pleasure of taking on a safari. Gaele, Ben, Marco, Coralie, Eline and I entered the park after having a quick lunch, driven by our need and excitement to see Giraffes and Elephants but all the animals and birds the bush had to offer us on our first afternoon in Kruger. Our very first specie was a herd of Impalas with a few males, young from the previous season and loads of heavily Pregnant females ready to give birth after the first good rains. Later we were very lucky to see a Cheetah off in the distance lying on a big Termite mound in the shade of a Weaping Boerbean in bloom. After a while he got up looked at us and climbed down the mound into the thickets and disappeared from our view. Leaving that sighting beyond thrilled we were barely a hundred meters further when we noticed a few spotted Hyenas resting by a den in the shade panting from the heat... We also managed to see a huge herd of buffalo crossing the road, all following the dominant bulls to a nearby watering whole we were guessing...

6 October 2017

We set off early after coffee and breakfast packs in hand. It was a bit raining in the start but soon it dried up and it was a cloudy day, not to hot and not to cold helping us to find a big variety of species. We got 4 White Rhinos sleeping, not ready to get up and start grazing, but just taking turn peaking up and smelling in the air to make sure there is no threat lurking around. There was a female lioness also lying in a river bed a little while after stopping for breakfast. She was lying there in the sun baking with a full belly after a recent meal. We came to a dam called Sunset dam and was sitting looking at all the birds, hippos and crocodiles lying on the shore when we spotted a female Hippo with her calf moving slowly towards the shore. All of a sudden the hippo gets up and starts chasing the crocodiles that were lying nearby and they all fled in different directions, not wanting to get in-between mom and calf.

7 October 2017

Today was the day we did the panorama route, driving from Hazyview through Graskop and heading to Burkes Luck Potholes, the rain and misty weather luckily didn’t cause us to not see well here but unfortunately created a bit of a wall at Three rondalwels but for the rest of the stops we could see the waterfalls very clearly and what a magnificent sight. While stopping for lunch the sun came out and it was wonderful weather getting a chance to shop for some curios and take look at the village.

8 October 2017

It was unfortunately our last morning together and in our luck the sky started to open and there was no rain and while driving we were already discussing where to go in cape town and where to go in the park once they came back to visit. We had the most adorable sighting of 4 young Dwarf mongoose fighting and playing next to the road. Jumping on one another and tackling one another from the grass. We also had a big herd of waterbuck which we could see from up close how fluffy they were and a troop of naughty baboons trailing behind. What a few amazing days with great people and no matter the weather we made it a blast.

On Safari With Amanda

6 October 2017

Today I collect my lovely English guests, John and Sally at Phalaborwa as they are staying at bushveld terrace hotel. After lunch we are booked on a sunset cruise on the Oliphants river at 3pm. Roughly 800 odd kms long starting near Johannesburg and flowing through the park out into the Indian ocean, the Oliphants river gives some breathtaking views as we slowly amble along for a few hours. Giraffe's and Waterbuck, impalas and huge crocodiles on the river banks. After disembarking we head back for supper and a good night's sleep.

7 October 2017

Today we decide to maximize our time in the park and drive to Oliphants camp. The weather is very pleasant and a bit of cloud cover as we set off. This is the mopani region in the park because of the vast amount of mopani trees. With mopani trees comes huge elephants and plenty were to be seen along the way. Giraffe, zebras impalas and kudus on the road.. just before we saw 2 male lions relaxing under a bush. After coffee we set off driving in a light rain shower with massive storm clouds to the west of us, we noticed a few cars ahead. After looking around we saw they were looking at an impala wedged in the tree by a leopard, the leopard was busy cleaning herself at the base of the tree. After some time she got up and disappeared out of view. We headed for a quick lunch and on returning to the leopard kill we were lucky to see her eating on the kill where after she lazed on a branch...only waking when a hyena paced around the tree obviously aware of the kill. The hyena disappeared quickly and soon after the leopard jumped down from the tree out of sight. Another great day.

8 October 2017

We decided on an early start and did a few loops around the area we saw lovely Elephants and rather skinny looking buffalo. My guests enjoyed watching baboons warming up on the rocks, we sat and watched them play for a while. A kori bustard, our biggest flying bird was seen, very rare to see. Yellow billed kites, white fronted bee eaters and the sound of a migrant woodlands kingfisher indicating that summer will soon be with us. My guests were on a sunset drive where they saw hyena, genet a spring hare and a juvenile Mozambique spitting cobra. The drive was carried out in full swing of a massive thunder and lightning storm very very incredible to witness.

9 October 2017

Today we decided to head north to mopani and get a photo opportunity at the tropic of Capricorn. The scenery is amazing along the way . Another kori bustard and lots of general game along the way before lunch offering a great view of the dam at mopani. Huge baobab trees adding a striking view just passed mopani camp. On the way home we came across a massive herd of buffalo at a water hole and also 3 reed bucks. With another storm brewing we headed back to the hotel.

10 October 2017

Our last day today as we say our goodbyes as my guests set off on the journey back to the UK. Another rewarding safari.

On Safari With Robbie

7 October 2017

Our new safari started again in rainy weather , but the journey south from Skukuza to Malelane really produced as we got the big 5 and literally saw huge amounts of general game including loads of Giraffe and Zebra!! The sighting of the day occurred at a great location called " Klipspringer hills " which is a collection of granite outcrops!! When any species is located here it is enhanced tenfold by the rocks and on this particular afternoon a beautiful male Leopard was lying there especially for Daniella and Patricia!! He yawned and stretched for us allowing for an incredible sighting! We picked up some incredible sightings of Elephant and Buffalo extremely close to us and in perfect light!! The best sighting of the day however was a pair of White Rhinos that we followed for ages grazing close to us and then they decided to lie down and rest literally 5 meters from us! This was to the two girls the sighting of their safari!!!

8 October 2017

We were joined by Marco and Paulo and an incredible morning drive was had with 4/5 sighted and observing Elephant behavior and feeding patterns for over 1 hour! We saw plenty Buffalo with 2 huge herds literally crossing in front of us! The highlight being 3 Lioness hunting Impala for about half an hour, with no success but excellent visual allowing for brilliant photographs in early morning sunlight! At one stage we had 1 Lioness stand next to the vehicle as She observed the Antelope below! We said goodbye to the 2 enthusiastic German girls who were very upset to leave!!

9 October 2017

On the sunset drive last night , Marco and Paulo were incredibly lucky to spot 2 male Lions walking close to them next to the road! They absolutely loved the sundowners and Amarula! We had a rather quiet day but it was raining! The highlight however was a huge Sable bull walking slowly towards a thicketed area but we were still able to observe him for well over 30 minutes! With landscape photography being as important as photographing animals, Paulo took well over 200 pics of the Pretoriouskop area alone !!! In the afternoon we spent 2 hours odd filming landscape alone which was a first for me and very interesting and I must say as a guide sometimes we take the landscape for granted!

10 October 2017

On our full day safari with Marco and Paulo from Italy we started off in torrential rain with temperatures of 9 degrees and ended on 25 degrees ... Despite this irregular variance in temperatures we still managed to have a great day with some spectacular sightings! The sighting that stood out most was something one doesnt see often and that being a Cheetah with 4 cubs literally 2 months old! Because this mother Cheetah and her little ones were stationed on a termite mounds peak , we were able to have brilliant visual and a fantastic photo opportunity of these seldom seen cats! The youngsters were playing all around the Mom and She was keeping a keen eye for any other predators which may have been in the area! Luckily with Nhongo safaris there is no rush and we were at the sighting for ages! It was a real solid top sighting for the trip!!!

11 October 2017

There was huge anticipation in the air on the morning of our last safari as we had come close to finding Leopard but hadn’t succeeded! I decided to stay close to the Skukuza area ( camp where we stayed ) as I had found these elusive cats many times here before but its not always easy.. Amazingly so after about 2 hours of searching we got word of a Leopard sighting! On the way we heard it had disappeared and to the total astonishment.... It appeared from nowhere right in front of us!! Walking with us for quite a while we had phenomenal photographic opportunities in superb light... I have never seen 2 guests as happy as the two behind me!!! To top it all on the way to the sighting a Black rhino popped out!! This was a fantastic safari with many laughs and memories!!!

On Safari With Gert

9 October 2017

We started a new Safari with Neil and Dee from the UK. We had a nice first drive on route to camp with many Giraffe sightings and numerous large bull Elephant. We also had a beautiful sighting of 3 White Rhino crossing the road in front of our vehicle!

10 October 2017

This morning we left camp early and were again treated to a large variety of game and birds. The highlight of the morning was undoubtedly when we came across a female Cheetah with 3 young cubs of around 3 months old, still with the mane of long white hair along the back to disguise them as Honey Badgers! They were moving through the grass and the mother seemed to have a hard time keeping the playful cubs in check and had to stop regularly to call them to her. They gradually moved away from the road and we eventually lost sight of them. After an afternoon break we visited a Hide, where we found a large variety of birds and also a very active pod of Hippo in the water. Shortly before closing time on our way back to camp we were lucky enough to find a female Leopard on the prowl! Although on the move and often hidden behind thickets we watched her for a while stalking back and forth, to the loud dismay of the nearby Crested Francolin! A great way to end a very successful day on Safari.

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