So, you’re thinking about going to the Kruger National Park this festive season? Apart from spending time deep within the raw African bushveld, there are a few Kruger Park activities you and the family can enjoy to welcome the new year in African style! This article looks at four festive season happenings to enjoy in the Kruger National Park during the 2018/2019 festive season… Christmas Eve Sleep-Out There are Kruger Park camps that offer wilderness sleep-outs, where you and the family will be escorted to remote raised wooden platforms for a night spent under the stars. Don’t worry, your guides will be armed at all times – and might even cook your dinner over an open fire! Why not spend Christmas Eve on one of these life-changing Kruger Park sleepouts? Christmas Day Picnic The coolest way to spend Christmas Day in the Kruger National Park? With a family picnic! Speak to your safari guides or accommodation management about planning a festive picnic in the heart of the African bush. There are many quiet, safe viewing points throughout the Kruger Park where you’ll be able to celebrate Christmas in the warm summer sun! Boxing Day Safari Walk Certain Kruger Park camps offer the option to go on walking safaris or driven safaris. Since most people prefer the latter, why not celebrate Boxing Day 2018 with an exhilarating safari walk? You’ll be accompanied by armed Kruger Park guides, who will take you through the bushy wilderness sharing interesting information about African wildlife along the way. Old Year’s Eve Game Watching Unless you want every predator in the Kruger Park bushveld to descent upon your camp site, we’d recommend keeping loud music to a minimum on Old Year’s Eve. For this reason, why not keep things totally quiet and allow the wildlife
There’s nothing better, when visiting a foreign land, than having the expertise of a knowledgeable guide close at hand. A tour guide understands what you’re looking for, and knows his country, so a guided tour really is the BEST way to experience everything a nation has to offer visitors. This blog article takes a look at a few guided South African tours you’ll want to book a spot on when visiting the Rainbow Nation… Tours from Johannesburg Johannesburg is the business hub of South Africa, with many mines and corporate offices being found in the Gauteng province. There are a bunch of amazing things to see and do in and around Johannesburg, including the world-famous Kruger National Park. Below are a few tours from Johannesburg, their durations, the highlights you’ll get to enjoy while on each tour, and a link to each should you wish to find out more: A Taste of South Africa Tour Starts in Johannesburg, ends in Cape Town 11 days Pilgrim’s Rest, Sabie, God’s Window, Blyde River Canyon, Kruger National Park, Swaziland, Zululand, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, Lake St Lucia, Durban, Indian Market, uShaka Marine World, Port Elizabeth, Garden Route, Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Outeniqua Pass, Cango Caves, Little Karoo, Winelands, Cape Town.Find out more about this tour here. The Great African Wildlife Expedition Starts in Durban, ends in Johannesburg 6 days St Lucia, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, Zululand, Swaziland, Kruger National Park, Panoramic Route, God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, Sabie, Lone Creek Falls, Pilgrim’s Rest, Dullstroom, JohannesburgFind out more about this tour here. Tours from Cape Town Cape Town, otherwise known as the Mother City, is found at the southern-most point of the African continent. Cape Town is home to Table Mountain, which can be accessed by cable car, the iconic V&A Waterfront, and Robben Island – where Nelson Mandela was
Travelling to South Africa anytime soon? Through your research you’ve almost certainly heard about Table Mountain, Robben Island, and the Kruger National Park – but what about the road less traveled? Those places about which even most South Africans do not know? We’ve found four of South Africa’s best kept tourism secrets – and we’re sharing them below… Quiver Tree Forest Heard of the San people? They were skilled hunter-gatherers indigenous to the South African peninsula before the arrival of Europeans and north Africans. The San that occupied sections of Namaqualand in the Northern Cape would remove dry, hollow branches from the aloe dichotomy trees – using them as arrow quivers (hence the name Quiver Tree). Book a South African guided tour to the Northern Cape and go pick yourself an organic arrow quiver souvenir. Quiver Tree Forest – Google Maps Link Pondoland Coastline Between the mighty Mthatha and Mtamvuna rivers in South Africa’s Eastern Cape lies a stretch of coastline that will leave most speechless. Rolling green hills of vegetation slope down to the ocean, only separated by a stretch of sand no wider than a few metres. This land used to belong to the Pondo people, some of whom still call the prestine coastline home. There’s a waterfall that drops directly into the Indian Ocean in Pondoland, so if you’d like to see this part of South Africa – as well as the rest of the Rainbow Nation, see our19-day Grand South African Tour. Pondoland Coastline – Google Maps Link Groot Winterhoek Rockies South Africa’s Western Cape is home to some of the nation’s best-loved attractions, but not everybody who visits knows about this little gem. Secluded between high walls of mesmerizing rock formations lie multiple clear pools of fresh water, kept full by running streams
Since first established back in 1898 by Paul Kruger, the Kruger National Park has attracted well over 500,000 visitors through its gates each year. If you’d like to learn more about the park’s heritage, see our Southern Circle article on A Brief History of the Kruger National Park. Visiting South African during the December/January 2018 summer holiday season? We’re talking about a few guided Kruger Park tours you’ll never forget below: Kruger National Park Explorer – 3 Days This guided Kruger Park tour embarks from Johannesburg, known affectionately as Jozi by most South Africans, takes you through Middelburg and Nelspruit, and enters the Kruger National Park from the south. This is when the fun really kicks off! Your guide will take you through the raw African wilderness, in search of the iconic Big Five. Don’t worry if you aren’t able to see all five members on day one – you’re almost guaranteed to see them on days two or three! Other fauna you’ll experience in their natural habitat include giraffe, zebra, kudu, nyala, impala, and many more. Day two is a full-on guided safari experience, where up until sunset you and your party will explore the Kruger Park’s many feature game viewing spots. If you’re brave enough, you can venture out after dark on an optional night drive in a safari vehicle that uses high-powered spotlights in search of nocturnal animals. A final Kruger Park game drive and breakfast is had on the morning of day three, before departing the park towards surrounding tourist attractions that include The Pinnacle, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Lisbon Falls, and the breath-taking Blyde River Canyon. Once your camera shutter finger is tired out, you’ll return to Johannesburg – arriving in the late afternoon. *find out more about this guided Kruger Park tour here!
Did you know that the Kruger National Park has more species of large mammals than any other game reserve on the African continent? Home to the iconic Big Five, you can expect to see a true plethora of fauna and flora wherever you travel in the national park. This blog article takes a brief look at the history of the Kruger National Park, a South African tourism attraction enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people every single year… Where is the Kruger National Park Located? The Kruger National Park takes up a staggering 19,485 square kilometres of land in the far north-east of South Africa. It covers sections of both the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, and is separated from Mozambique by the Lebombo Mountains. The closest South African town to the Kruger Park is Phalaborwa, situated in the Limpopo province. Road travel time from Johannesburg to the Kruger National Park is around 4 hours 21 minutes, and from Durban you’re in for an 8 hour 13 minute journey (timeframes can change depending on road traffic). *Did you know that the Kruger Park is larger than some European countries? History of the Kruger National Park – A Timeline: Before 1898. Before being declared a government wildlife park by Paul Kruger in 1898, the Kruger Park was a wild and untamed eastern section of the then Transvaal Province. Inhabited by the Tsonga people who occupied kraals (settlements) all along the Sabi and Letaba Rivers. However, as the 19th century drew to a close, a hunter by the name of Abel Chapman noticed that hunting habits in the area was seriously diminishing the number of indigenous, wild animals – and brought this to the attention of the South African government of the time. 1898 – 1926. It was in 1895 that
The sardine run (also called Migration) is an annual phenomenon occurring from May to end July along the east coast of South Africa and in particular the Wild Coast and KwaZulu Natal coast as far as Durban and beyond. The spectacular sight is also called the biggest shoal on earth and is sometimes compared with the great migration of wildebeest and zebras in East Africa! This year – 2018 – is said to be one the biggest shoals in recent years. We operate a tour both ways form Durban and Cape Town where one is able to visit the beaches where these little fish are chased onto the sand by sharks, dolphins, whales and man alike! Darks spots in the sea close to the beaches – sometimes up to 15 kilometres long and around 3,5 kilometres wide – give away their presence! To book our tours for a view of the sardine run, please click here for the tour departing from Durban and here for the one departing from Cape Town. To read more on the phenomenon, click here.
Taki Christodoulou, our experienced tour guide, led the Great Wildlife African Expedition tour on 2nd June to 7th June 2014. On their first day of the trip while visiting #hluhluwe #Imfolozi Game Reserve they had a rare lion kill sighting. “While doing a game drive in the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve we came upon a lioness stalking a warthog.We watched her for over an hour as she stalked the warthog before attacking him and killing him. An incredible start to the 6 day tour.” An unforgettable experience for our guests, well done Taki!!