Today you will enjoy a full day game drive through the Kruger National Park, exploring from the southern to northern region! With a packed breakfast in-hand, we will make our way north, from Pretoriuskop Camp towards the picnic site at Skukuza Rest Camp.
As you’ll know from your previous day’s game drive, the area around Pretoriuskop is dynamic and takes you through several different types of terrain. We’ll then stop at Skukuza Picnic Site on this Kruger safari, to enjoy our packed breakfast before continuing on to Tshokwane Picnic Site.
As we drive further on and past Skukuza Rest Camp, one of the busiest and most bustling of all the camps in the Kruger National Park, you’ll notice the environment around you changing from smaller clusters of trees and grassland to forest-like terrain with plenty of tall, green trees and shaded areas for the wildcats to take refuge during the hot, sunny days. A particularly beautiful sight at this point in your journey is the banks of the Sabi River, which is lush and rocky and can often hold fantastic sightings of elephants, different types of antelope and giraffe, who come to the river to enjoy a midday drink. On this Kruger Park safari, be sure to keep a lookout for impala, vervet monkeys, waterbuck, zebra and duiker along this route, and crocs near the river!
Closer to Tshokwane, you’ll notice open fields, dotted with trees and a sudden and fleeting flurry of termite mounds, which make for quite a sight. The terrain is more dense here and you’ll see horizon-lined trees in the distance. Hint hint: dry riverbeds can be the perfect spot to… well… spot, leopards. And you may even see a klipspringer or two in the rocky structures along the side of the road!
For the birders, you’ll also most certainly start to see more colourful and lively birdlife on your Kruger safari from here onwards.
As the terrain becomes flatter and easier to navigate with your eyes, you’ll have the chance to carefully peer through the sporadic array of trees and find any wildlife that may be lurking about.
Upon arriving at Tshokwane Picnic Site, we’ll have some time to walk around the site, and grab a cup of coffee or a little lunch (own expense), before we head off towards Satara Rest Camp.
The area just after Tshokwane has been known to hold some truly terrific sightings, so be sure to look in the shaded areas under the trees as we go. The landscape here varies with uneven, mountainous terrain at first and flatter terrain later on. Both are equally beautiful and make for a breathtaking backdrop for our drive through the park. As we pass the green and gold scenery on either side of you, lookout for elephants, eland, kudu, buffalo, baboons, giraffe and an ever-beautiful lilac-breasted roller, perched at the top of the trees.
Once we pass Satara Rest Camp on this Kruger Park safari, the land becomes flat and we’ll see nothing but golden-yellow grassland all around us - often filled with a herd of zebra and several giraffe and wildebeest in between, harmoniously moving around one another. It easy to feel completely at peace and a world away as we drive through this picture-perfect scene of the majestic African bush.
As we continue on, another scenic highlight on this trip comes when we drive over a bridge, overlooking the epic and impressive Olifants River! Looking down, we’ll even get to see several green isles in the river where you may even find impala grazing. The river is a spectacular sight, and is something we’ll see again as we continue to Letaba Rest Camp - the final stop on our journey before we reach Phalaborwa Gate.
As the river follows us, alongside the road, on our left, we head towards tree-covered terrain, where the sand on the ground becomes darker and the trees, just a little more bare. When we stop at Letaba Rest Camp, you’ll get some time to stretch your legs and perhaps explore the Elephant Museum at the camp. Then we continue on our final leg through the park, where the terrain changes quite dramatically from green, rocky, mountainous terrain with Olifants river in the distance on the left, to flat terrain with mopane trees for miles and then a landscape littered with great termite mounds. It’s a brilliant illustration of the diverse scenery that you can experience on a Kruger safari and brings to a close our drive through the park.
Just before we reach the gate, we’ll take a turn towards Sable Dam, where we can often see both predators and different types of herbivores gathering to quench their thirst in the blazing, Kruger sun. We then exit the park at Phalaborwa Gate and drive towards Outlook Lodge Masorini, where we’ll be spending the evening.
Guests can also often enjoy seeing waterbuck, warthogs, duikers and bush babies moving around the camp. After a welcome by the manager, you’re shown to your room and you’ll then join us back in the dining area/lapa for a tasty dinner.