Kruger National Park Safari, South Africa

Description of Kruger National Park Safari, South Africa

Travel to Africa's Safari Heaven with expert local guides and your own Zoologist Escort and track down the Big Five on foot and by 4x4 vehicle. Experience Kruger like never before.

Introduction:
We are specialists in tailoring wildlife watching all over the world and we have a great range of wildlife tours in Southern Africa which combine various different wildlife events. In order to develop our unrivalled range of combined wildlife watching holidays, our guides and colleagues around the world have spent years searching out the world’s best wildlife watching locations as well as visiting some seldom visited areas. Throughout Southern Africa and for the best part of Africa, there is nowhere else better for safaris than Kruger National Park. This park was one of the first national parks in all of the world (established in 1898) and is one of the largest. For anyone interested in the natural worl, Kruger is a must for you. Covering over 2 million hectares Kruger is home to an unrivalled diversity of natural, historical and cultural sights. The number of species present in this huge park are impressive, such as 336 species of trees, 49 species of fish, 34 species of amphibians, 114 species of reptiles, 507 species of birds and 147 species of mammals. During this tour we will try and see as many of these species as possible, concentrating on the incredible diversity of mammals; from lions, leopards and cheetahs to elephants, rhinos and hippos as well as ostriches, Nile crocodiles and other non mammal life. All of our tours are guided by our own professional zoologist or trained naturalist with years of experience, so you are sure to be in the best hands possible for the best sightings. Our escort for this tour has experience working in South Africa as well as working and guiding in national parks all around the world. We also have a great network of local guides in South Africa who have developed a great range of wildlife watching locations where the rarest species are commonly seen. We also make the most of the expert guides that work for the park and head out of morning walks, sunset walks and spotlighting after dark, coupled with full days spent driving around the park based in various camps, this is the best way to experience the park and gain a true appreciation for the park and its wildlife. One of the reasons why our wildlife watching holidays are unique is that our background (as a company) is from a scientific and zoological standpoint and so have a great network of colleagues and contacts all over the world who are the people on the front line in search of the best new locations for wildlife watching. All of these reasons and many more make us experts in arranging safaris and are able to tailor a safari to any location to try to find your targeted species. All you have to do is to get in touch with your budget and your group size and where you would like to go to try and find rare and elusive species.

Price Includes:

Everything mentioned in the itinerary is included. Including three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) where mentioned, in some locations lunch and dinner are not included (please refer to the itinerary). There will be bottled water (approx 1ltr) available for each guest each day. We have our own private air conditioned 4x4 vehicles with an excellent driver for all transfers. Where possible we use two brilliant guides; first a professional zoologist (when available) who will escort you on all your excursions and we also have very knowledgeable English speaking local naturalist guides who have decades of experience working and guiding through Kruger National Park. Your zoologist or naturalist escort is an expert in mammal biology and behaviour and will be able to help you identify the different species as well as interpret you what behaviours you are seeing. The local guides have spent years searching out the best wildlife watching locations and have an unrivalled knowledge of where some of the most elusive African animals are. As well as having years of experience in bringing people out to see Africa’s big five species and all the other wildlife safely. We also include all vehicle safaris, guided walks, spotlighting drives, park entrance fees and sightseeing entrance fees. We include more time spent in the field searching for wildlife per day than any other tour operator around; only if you request to have a rest day will we not arrange a safari into the African bush. A comprehensive species list (which states the relative chances of seeing animals based on past tours) is included in the pre-departure pack. There is also a reference book library available for your use throughout the trip as well as some documentaries on the wildlife that you are likely to see which are available to watch throughout the tour.

Seasons:

Kruger is a year around destination. Even though the park is open all year around there are some seasons that prove better for wildlife watching than others. Summer (November – Janurary) is the rainy season in Kruger Park. The rains fill the rivers and waterholes, resulting in the bushveld looking lush. Game viewing is sometimes a bit more difficult in the summer season 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 a memorable Kruger Park safari experience. Birding is excellent during this time as the summer migrant birds arrive. However it can get very hot during the day with up to a high of 30 degrees celsius. But the best time for wildlife watching is during the winter and spring July – October. 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 will 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 they come for a drink of water. 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.

Why Choose this Tour:

• All of our wildlife watching holidays are guided by a zoologist or naturalist as well as local drivers and also scientists or researchers where possible, this not only gives you numerous sets of trained eyes to find the animals but also gives you the chance to understand the behaviours and habits of the wildlife you’re watching.
• Our zoologist (please check the availability of our specialist zoologists for this trip when enquiring) that escorts all our safaris has great experience working with and studying wild animals all over the world and has experience in working with big predators and large mammal research & conservation and research projects on 4 continents.
• We can offer you spotlighting trips in some of the camps that we will visit in Kruger National Park so that you can search for the rarer species and other nocturnal wildlife when they are more active.
• We can also offer guided bush walks in the mornings and evenings to take in the incredible sunrises and sunsets as well as using the guidance of the guides to get close to animals on foot.
• We will stay in a variety of camps inside Kruger so that we can explore more of the park, without having to come back to the popular and often busy camps in the south, this will also showcase differences in the ecosystem and possibly produce endangered and elusive species such as sable antelope in the drier northern sections of the park.
• Spend all the daylight hours on game drives through Kruger with your expert zoologist or naturalist guide, taking packed lunches with us so that we do not have to stop the wildfire watching.
• All the above reasons give this, our safari of Kruger National Park a great success rate of seeing the best wildlife around here. We have an unrivalled network of experts and guides throughout Southern Africa so that we can try and find and observe animals such as the Big Five and the other terrestrial wildlife as well as the bountiful marine animals such as sharks, whales, dolphins and hundreds of other species throughout Southern Africa. Whether it is the South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique or Zambia or any of the other many wildlife watching locations you want to visit we can arrange it. Please inform us if you wish to receive more information about any of these locations and booking a safari.
• Unlike many tour operators we are willing to run this tour for a single person (on request).

Locations:

This tour only visits Kruger National Park but we stay in three very different parts of the park, firstly the southern section and heading north until we reach the drier more arid areas of the park. We will travel in and out of the nearest airport town of Nelspruit.

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.

Equipment:

When you book onto the tour we will send you a comprehensive pre-departure pack which will include a full packing list of recommended equipment; the equipment list will vary from tour to tour and from location to location so it is best to contact us or wait until you receive the pre-departure pack after booking.

Minimum Age: 18 Years Old

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Kruger National Park Safari, South Africa

Environment

In 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. At the end of each we offset our carbon footprint (based on the number of tours we have completed and the number of passengers we have taken with us), with the Carbon Trust.

Wildlife Promise:

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.

Community

As 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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