Okavango Tours

Mpumalanga & Kruger National Park

Cape BuffaloMpumalanga is the province of South Africa that harbours the traditional big game country, the country that inspired Rider Haggard to write his heroic African epics, the country where Jock of the Bushveld became the dog of dogs, the country of the transport rider, the ivory hunter, the last redoubt of the frontiersman in southern Africa, the country through which Paul Kruger fled on his way to Delagoa Bay (modern-day Maputo) and death in exile after the Boers’ defeat by  the British in 1902, the country of the gold rush and dashed hopes. The Kruger National Park is the world-famous hub of South Africa’s big game reserves today, serving as the core protected area around which the many private properties that comprise the Timbavati, Sabi Sands, Manyeleti and Makuleke reserves cluster.

Lion Sabi Sabi


The lodges in these private reserves range from the ultra-chic to the casual, and serve as the perfect entry-level for the novice safari-goer. Benefiting from South Africa's excellent infrastructure, most of these lodges have mains electricity, telephones, access by 2-wheel drive vehicle and are serviced by sealed airstrips that can accommodate twin-engined aircraft and light jets. Game viewing is not compromised however – quite the reverse, as the relatively small (compared to the vast expanses of east Africa and Botswana, for example) sizes of the properties and the intensively utilised network of game-viewing tracks mean that rangers cover all available ground very thoroughly, and it is not unusual for a visitor to have close-up sightings of the ‘Big 5’in a single afternoon’s drive. Night driving is also allowed, after which it's back into the lap of luxury with air-conditioned rooms, spa treatments and cuisine of the highest standard – often under the star-canopy of the southern sky.

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