Off-roading Pretorius Camp -Southern Kruger National Park
Off-roading Pretoriuskop Kruger National Park
Off-roading at Pretoriuskop in the Kruger National Park; after riding Kruger’s road network for a while and staring sideways into the bush looking for beasties, a desire starts growing to get out there into the wilderness. Near Pretoriuskop, there’s a 4×4 trail that does just that. The Madlabantu (Man-eater) Trail circles the camp, using a combination of visitor roads and off-road paths, beginning at the Fayi Loop. For me, the highlights were the huge bushveld trees and looming granite whalebacks that seemed to attract kudus, buffaloes and perky klipspringers. You can book the trail at Pretoriuskop reception. Here are also longer trails in the Kruger Park.
The Mananga Adventure Trail at Satara is Kruger Nationa Park’s answer to the Serengeti. You don’t need a 4×4, just high clearance, and around you, the game-rich plains stretch to the horizon. The trail takes about four hours and meanders through grasslands and along rivers lined by giant knob-thorn and marula trees. I opened all the windows at several places, switched off the engine, and wallowed in bird song. Glossy starlings, desert cisticolas, southern black tits, magpie and red-backed shrikes, shaft-tailed whydahs, lilac-breasted and purple rollers in profusion and the tap-tapping of woodpeckers was ample reward. The trail takes around five hours.
Here are some tours for those who enjoy to sit back and relax: