Kruger National Park Safari, South Africa
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Description of Kruger National Park Safari, South Africa
Travel to Africa's safari heaven in the company of expert local guides and your own zoologist escort as you track down the Big Five on foot and by 4x4 vehicle. This 11 day tailor made tour offers a chance to immerse yourself within the landscapes and animals of Kruger National Park.
There is nowhere else better in South Africa for safaris than Kruger National Park. This park was one of the world's first national parks (established in 1898) and is still currently one of the largest, covering over 20,000 km2.
The number of species present in Kruger is mind blowing: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. During this tour we will try and see as many species as possible, concentrating, in the main, on mammals, such as: lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, rhinos and hippos, as well as ostriches and Nile crocodiles. Our escort for this tour has experience working in South Africa as well as other national parks around the world. We also have very knowledgeable English speaking local naturalist guides who have decades of experience working and guiding through Kruger National Park. We also make the most of the expert guides that work for the park and head out on guided sunrise and sunset walks and spotlighting after dark. Coupled with full days spent driving in a 4x4 safari vehicle, this is the best way to experience Kruger in all its natural glory.
Even though Kruger is open all year there are some seasons that prove better for wildlife watching than others. Summer (Nov – Jan) is the rainy season where water fills the rivers and watering holes, resulting in the bushveld looking lush. Game viewing is sometimes a bit more difficult at this time because the vegetation is dense, making it bit harder to locate and observe wildlife. Towards the end of November and early December, Kruger National Park is filled with newborns, and spotting wildlife with their young is an incredibly rewarding experience. Birding is excellent during this time as the summer migrant birds arrive. However, it can get very hot during the day. The best time for wildlife watching is during the winter and spring (Jul – Oct). The bushveld is more open, allowing for better visibility. The grass is low, the bushes and trees are sparsely leaved and because it is so dry - with no rain - the wildlife migrate towards the water. Water holes, dams and rivers become a hive of activity and you are more likely to spot wildlife in the morning and evening as animals come to drink. The day temperatures in winter are pleasant but it can get quite chilly during the night-time so make sure you pack something warm when going on your afternoon/night game drives.
This tour only visits Kruger National Park but we stay in three very different sections. We will travel in and out of the nearest airport town of Nelspruit.
Recommended Fitness Level:
The vast majority of wildlife watching is all done from the 4x4 safari vehicle so any fitness level can participate. Where guided walks are offered they will be taken at a slow pace and last no longer than an hour or so.
Minimum Age: 18 years old
PlanetIn South Africa we (as with everywhere we go) we carefully choose accommodation, supplies and transportation that either minimises its effect on the environment or helps to contribute to its sustainable development. By choosing small, privately owned accommodation where possible we also look to only stay in truly eco-lodges that abide by basic and also pioneering methods of ecological sustainability. Where possible, we make sure that the lodges, camps and ranches that we use support local projects for the protection of the wildlife and local communities which rely on tourism as the principal source of income. This is why we stay inside Kruger National Park, as the SAN Parks organisation dedicate much of their revenue to conservation all over South Africa. We try and make sure that all the accommodation that we use is are ecologically responsible and use solar power electricity and water recycling pumps etc as well as making sure that all the food consumed is produced locally. We also contribute and participate in as many studies that the local researchers are conducting as possible.
By bringing people here with a professional zoologist as well as professional local guides we aim to showcase the environment in full but also to allow you to learn about the problems facing the ecosystems here and highlight the ways that continued development and human exploitation are affect the species and how cutting edge research is countering the problems as well as showing you examples of success stories. We also keep a record of all the great sightings we see on each tour and record the environmental factors, this data is used by ourselves but also given to the researchers who are working on many of these species. All the information collected in invaluable as the knowledge of some of the animals that live here are little understood. We also donate our pictures to the researchers to aid in their photo identification studies.
PeopleAs with any of our tours of Africa or elsewhere in the world we always employ local guides and drivers. They have a much better local knowledge and also helps to bring in revenue sources to the local community. All of the camps and guesthouses that we stay in make sure that all our resources such as food, drink and equipment is locally sourced. We also try and make sure that all the local guides that we hire and who work for the lodges, camps and guesthouses that we visit are from the local area. Southern Africa has been doing this very well for the last decade or so and it is quite common to have local guides taking you into the reserves. We think that by employing local guides we have encouraging a future generation to follow this career. Many of the accommodations that we use are involved in community based projects and schools in particular. Many of the projects that are funded by people staying here are geared towards helping children in townships get better education and enhance their career opportunities in the future. We also encourage the purchasing of local handicrafts which are all created in a sustainable way and provide great unique souvenirs.
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