Footloose and Fence-free Our 7 top Kruger spots

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Discover the Best Spots to Explore in Kruger National Park

Greetings fellow adventurers! Today, I am thrilled to share with you my personal selection of the top 7 spots to visit in the magnificent Kruger National Park. As a nature enthusiast, exploring this incredible wildlife sanctuary filled with diverse flora and fauna has been an absolute delight.

Now, let’s dive into the heart of the matter – the top spots you absolutely cannot miss!

1. Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Oh, this camp is a true gem in Kruger National Park! Nestled on the banks of the mighty Shingwedzi River, it offers a serene and awe-inspiring atmosphere. Imagine waking up to the soothing sounds of nature as the sun slowly rises over the horizon. The diverse birdlife and incredible wildlife encounters make this camp an absolute must-visit.

2. Blyde River Canyon

Prepare to be amazed by the breathtaking beauty of the Blyde River Canyon. As one of the largest canyons in the world, it will leave you speechless. The panoramic views from God’s Window are simply unforgettable. Don’t forget your camera for this one!

3. Pafuri Picnic Spot

Oh, the Pafuri Picnic Spot! This is the place where dreams come true. Unwind and enjoy a delicious picnic while surrounded by untouched wilderness. Keep an eye out for elephants that occasionally pass by for a refreshing drink at the nearby waterhole. It truly is a haven for nature lovers.

4. Skukuza Rest Camp

Skukuza Rest Camp offers a captivating blend of comfort and wildlife. Relax in cozy accommodations and relish the beauty of the Sabie River flowing just a stone’s throw away. As dusk settles, embark on an exhilarating night drive and witness the park come alive under the magical African sky.

5. Lower Sabie Rest Camp

Lower Sabie Rest Camp is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. The picturesque setting along the Sabie River creates a serene ambiance, attracting a breathtaking array of wildlife. Take a moment to appreciate the tranquility as you watch crocodiles basking in the sun and hippos engaging in playful antics.

6. Letaba Rest Camp

Are you ready for a unique wildlife experience? Head over to Letaba Rest Camp and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature. From the awe-inspiring elephant museum to the mesmerizing sunsets over the Letaba River, every moment spent here will leave you in awe.

7. Satara Rest Camp

Last but not least, we have the iconic Satara Rest Camp. Known as the lion capital of Kruger, it offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness the kings of the savannah in action. As darkness blankets the land, the symphony of roaring lions will create an unforgettable soundtrack to your African adventure.

Well, there you have it – my personal selection of the top 7 spots to explore in Kruger National Park. Whether you are a wildlife enthusiast or simply seeking a breathtaking escape into nature, these spots are sure to leave a lasting impression. So pack your bags, grab your camera, and get ready for an incredible journey through the wonders of Kruger!

Footloose and Fence-free Our 7 top Kruger spots

Hey there! Let’s talk about Kruger, shall we? I bet you have your own favorite places in this amazing park. Maybe you have a special camp that holds dear memories from your childhood. Or perhaps you know the perfect spot to enjoy a picturesque sunset with a refreshing sundowner in hand. And who can forget those thrilling moments when you stumbled upon a breathtaking waterhole bustling with wildlife?

There’s something magical about the Kruger Park that captures our hearts. But guess what? The magic doesn’t stop there! The surrounding reserves also have incredible gems just waiting to be discovered. These hidden treasures offer fantastic opportunities for a vacation that will fill you with nostalgia for years to come.

Imagine exploring new places, away from the well-trodden paths. Picture yourself surrounded by untouched wilderness, as you embark on a thrilling journey through the breathtaking landscapes of the Kruger Park reserves. With every step, you’ll uncover the wonders of nature and create memories that will stay with you forever.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your camera and pack your sense of adventure! The Kruger Park, along with its neighboring reserves, is calling out to you. Get ready to experience the excitement and beauty of this extraordinary destination. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

Words: Lauren Dold Photography: Supplied

Footloose and Fence-free Our 7 top Kruger spots

Hey there! Let me tell you about AfriCamps Hoedspruit, a fantastic place to explore the Greater Kruger region and the Blyde River Canyon. Trust me, you’re in for quite an adventure!

Picture this: you’re in the Lowveld, the area just to the west of South Africa’s beloved park. Here, you’ll find the Greater Kruger or APNR, which stands for associated private nature reserves. These reserves have something special to offer: privacy, exclusivity, and incredible encounters with nature. If you’re a wildlife enthusiast like me, you’ll definitely want to add them to your bucket list.

Footloose and Fence-free Our 7 top Kruger spots

Did you know that leopards have incredible eyesight? Their retinas have adapted to allow them to see seven times better than humans, even in the dark! Just imagine what they can spot hiding in the shadows. It’s truly amazing.

When it comes to choosing a vacation spot, there are so many options out there. Each camp and lodge offers something unique, whether you’re going on a romantic getaway, a family trip, or a fun excursion with friends. It’s all about finding the perfect place for you.

Now, let me tell you about one of the best spots for exclusivity: Abelana River Lodge in the Abelana Game Reserve. This place is truly special. It offers privacy and luxury, surrounded by the beauty of nature. You’ll feel like you’re in your own little paradise.

When you visit the newly opened Abelana, you’ll discover a vast expanse of 15,000 hectares that’s exclusively yours to explore. The best part? You won’t find many other vehicles crossing your path. Now, I have to admit, the wildlife here can be a bit shy due to previous hunting activities, but that only adds to the excitement of spotting animals in their natural habitat. Unlike other safaris where there’s a constant stream of radio chatter about sightings, here you’ll experience something different.

During our drives, we were incredibly fortunate to come across some breathtaking sights. We stumbled upon a graceful rhino and her adorable calf, majestic elephants, a mighty male lion, and an abundance of plains game. Each encounter felt like a unique and extraordinary moment.

Footloose and Fence-free Our 7 top Kruger spots

Abelana Reserve has a beautiful 10km stretch of the Selati River flowing through it.

I’m excited to tell you that Abelana belongs to the Mashishimale community, and the name itself means ‘to share among each other’ in Northern Sotho. It’s just 25km away from Phalaborwa, and it plays a big role in benefiting the community.

Abelana Reserve is committed to hiring local people and supporting community-owned businesses. When you stay here, you’re not only enjoying a wonderful experience but also contributing to the well-being of the community.

Now, let me tell you about the accommodation. There are 20 suites that face the river, and they are absolutely gorgeous. Each suite offers everything you need – indoor and outdoor showers, a private deck with a view of the river, and even air conditioning.

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But here’s something that made me really happy – you won’t find any Wi-Fi in the rooms. And the signal is so weak that you’ll hardly be able to use your phone. I know this might sound strange, but trust me, it’s a good thing. It means you can truly disconnect from the digital world and focus on experiencing the beauty of nature.

Footloose and Fence-free Our 7 top Kruger spots

I was woken up one afternoon by the joyful chatter of a giant kingfisher on my private deck. These kingfishers make their nests by digging tunnels into riverbanks, sometimes as deep as five meters.

The lodge where I stayed had a dammed portion of the Selati River right in front of it. This created the perfect habitat for a variety of wildlife and many different types of birds. I was lucky enough to stay in suite 12, but I was also warned that hippos often graze between suites 12 and 13 at night. Since the camp doesn’t have any fences, the lodge staff walk guests to their rooms after sunset, armed with torches to keep everyone safe.

Footloose and Fence-free Our 7 top Kruger spots

When you stay at Abelana, you’ll have your own private suite. It’s a cozy and comfortable space where you can relax and unwind. Whether you prefer to stay cool with the air conditioning or enjoy a gentle breeze from the ceiling fan, you’ll always be comfortable. And if you’re feeling thirsty, you don’t even need to leave your room. The mini bar fridge is always stocked with a variety of refreshing beverages.

During our evening drive, our guide, Victor Breytenbach, told us to stop the vehicle near a riverbed. He gestured for us to get out and said, ‘Come with me, I want to check something.’ We walked a few steps through the thick sand and were completely surprised by the staff from Abelana. They had set up a magnificent feast under a massive sycamore fig tree, which was a stark contrast to the usual biltong-and-beer-on the bonnet experience. The snacks were expertly prepared, and the gin selection was top-notch, with a dedicated bartender pouring and garnishing the drinks. As the sky turned pink, I couldn’t help but wonder why gin tastes so much better in the bush. That night, in my lodge, I fell asleep with a content smile, listening to the peaceful sound of a hippo eating grass just outside.

Insider Tip: Here’s a little secret: you can indulge in freshly baked cookies anytime in your room – they magically appear again and again!

Starting at only R7 500 per person when sharing, this package includes meals, memorable game drives, and a R100 daily community levy. Visit abelanagamereserve.com or call 061 952 4302 to book.

Perfect for a Fun Getaway with Friends

Nyala Sands in Balule Nature Reserve

Welcome to Nyala Sands, a small and cozy exclusive-use camp situated on the banks of the seasonal Mohlabetsi River. This charming camp offers four comfortable chalets, perfect for two people. Inside the main house, you will find a lovely dining room and lounge area, as well as a well-equipped kitchen in the middle. Whether you prefer catered meals or self-catering, we have got you covered. If you opt for self-catering, our friendly staff will be there to assist you with making fires and tidying up afterward.

The kitchen at Nyala Sands is equipped with all the essentials you need. We have fridges and freezers to keep your food fresh, a convenient dishwasher, a microwave for quick meals, and an electric stove and double eye-level oven for all your cooking needs. You’ll have everything you need to prepare delicious meals during your stay.

Footloose and Fence-free Our 7 top Kruger spots

When I step into Nyala Sands, I’m immediately transported to the captivating world of East Africa and Morocco. The decor, carefully curated with these influences in mind, creates an ambience that feels both exotic and familiar.

One of the things that immediately catches my eye is the placement of the kitchen. It’s right at the heart of the space, as if inviting me to not just taste the flavors of Africa, but to also witness the artistry and passion that goes into creating each dish.

But it’s not just the interior that impresses me; it’s also what lies outside. Directly in front of the lodge, there’s a waterhole that becomes a theater for wildlife as the day turns into night. Illuminated by a floodlight, it offers a front row seat to the majestic animals that come to quench their thirst. Even before the scheduled game drives, the magic of the African wilderness unfolds right here.

As I explore further, I discover that Nyala Sands has all the modern conveniences that I appreciate. The lodge offers Wi-Fi, which I can take advantage of if I want to stay connected. And on those scorching Lowveld days, there’s a splash pool that provides some sweet relief from the heat. While it may not be big enough for daring cannon balls, it’s certainly perfect for a refreshing dip.

Footloose and Fence-free Our 7 top Kruger spots

The Mohlabetsi River, known as ‘sweet waters,’ flows in front of Nyala Sands during the rainy season. It’s a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.

Insider Tip: If you want a unique experience, ask Manager Nicki Giles about the secret switch that turns the pool into a jacuzzi.

You can have the entire Nyala Sands to yourself for just R9 000 (for up to eight people). This includes delicious meals and exciting game drives. Don’t forget the R190 pp conservation levy. Book your stay at nyalasafarilodge.co.za or call 061 523 5041.

Perfect for Self Catering

Thornybush Nkelenga, Thornybush Game Reserve

From the moment my family and I entered Nkelenga, it felt like home. With its stunning view of the big dam, Nkelenga is a private and partially tented camp in the Thornybush collection. It comfortably sleeps eight people but can accommodate up to 12.

I have to tell you about this place called Nkelenga. It’s a magical spot with three beautiful Meru-style tents that are elevated off the ground. There’s also an old thatch house with a cozy verandah and beds in the loft. When I stayed there, it felt like I was on a childhood holiday, but with all the luxuries you could ever dream of. The staff at Thornybush were incredibly kind and helpful, making my stay even more memorable.

Footloose and Fence-free Our 7 top Kruger spots

When you visit Thornybush, you’re bound to see incredible wildlife up close. And the best part? You won’t have to fight through crowds just to catch a glimpse.

The name of this place, Nkelenga, actually means ‘fever tree.’ And as you stroll through the garden, you’ll spot three of these majestic trees, with their pale green leaves reaching for the sky. The lawn surrounding them is so lush and inviting – it practically begs you to play a game of cricket. And once you’ve worked up a sweat, the sparkling swimming pool is just a few steps away, ready to cool you down.

The wildlife around the camp is truly remarkable. As I sat on the lawn, I couldn’t believe my luck when I spotted an enormous rhino making his way to the water for a drink. Later, a group of elephants gracefully passed by, as I relaxed in my comfy Adirondack chair under the shade of a fever tree.

Footloose and Fence-free Our 7 top Kruger spots

Imagine this: a solitary hyena, surrounded by a fierce pack of wild dogs. The hyena stands no chance against their coordinated attacks – it’s like trying to fight a well-oiled machine.

Now, let me tell you about our incredible guides, Kilmon Ndhlovu and Orlando Mawelele. These two were not only accommodating, but they also had an impressive knowledge of the wild. Our game drives were absolutely unforgettable. It all started with an extraordinary sighting of 19 wild dogs, joyfully playing in a muddy waterhole and causing chaos for a pair of hyenas. And that was just the beginning. In a span of thirty minutes on our evening drive, we witnessed the majesty of lions, leopards, and wild dogs – all on one road!

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Unlike other lodges, we had the freedom to choose our own drive schedule. No early wake-up calls at 4:30 am for me, thank you very much. Plus, the lodge had a top-notch kitchen, giving us full control over our dining schedule. This level of flexibility is a rarity at luxury lodges, and it truly enhanced our overall experience.

A powerful thunderstorm swept over us on the second night. We moved inside and gathered around the big dining table in the old house, playing games by candlelight while the storm caused a blackout. Later, we sat on the porch and watched the lightning fill the sky, mustering the bravery to run to our tents. Falling asleep to the soothing sounds of rain on the tent canvas and the scent of damp earth wafting through the mesh windows was comforting.

Insider Tip: Kids enjoy the thrill of sleeping in the loft in the main house, which has four single beds.

Prices start at R13,000 per night for exclusive use and include game drives. The maximum capacity is 12 people, with an additional R495 per person conservation levy. Visit thornybush.com or call 011 253 6500.

Best for Large Groups:

Kapama River Lodge in Kapama Game Reserve.

When I arrived at Kapama River Lodge, I was amazed by its impressive size – it had a staggering 64 rooms and could accommodate over 100 guests. However, I was relieved to discover that despite its grandeur, the lodge still managed to offer a sense of privacy and exclusivity. The design and layout of the lodge were thoughtful, ensuring that guests felt like they were in their own little world.

One of my favorite moments was when the staff members greeted me by name as I walked through the lodge. It made me feel special and valued as a guest. Another highlight was having the swimming pool all to myself – I could relax and unwind without any distractions. And when I wanted some peace and quiet, I could retreat to my room and enjoy the coolness of the air-conditioning.

During the evenings, a sense of tranquility settled over the lodge. As I lay in my comfortable bed, munching on the delicious nougat provided on my pillow, the only sounds I could hear were the gentle chirping of nightjars and the distant roar of the resident leopard in the nearby drainage line. It was a magical experience, feeling completely immersed in nature without any intrusive human noise.

Footloose and Fence-free Our 7 top Kruger spots

I’m excited to tell you about zebras and their fascinating social structure. Zebras live together in small family groups, led by a dominant stallion and consisting of a group of mares and their foals.

As someone who grew up nearby in Hoedspruit, I had the pleasure of going on a guided walk through the veldt that I know and love. Our guide, John Mbetse, was incredibly knowledgeable, leading us in a single file. Along the way, we stopped to appreciate the beauty of wild flowers, marveled at a giant land snail, and observed termites meticulously building up their mound.

One of the best things about Kapama is its convenient location just across the road from Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport. This means that getting to Kapama from Johannesburg or Cape Town is a breeze. As soon as you arrive at the airport, the safari adventure begins, with guests being fetched in open game drive vehicles.

Footloose and Fence-free Our 7 top Kruger spots

When it comes to evening meals at Kapama River Lodge, you have two incredible options. You can dine on the deck overlooking the river, taking in the breathtaking view. Or, for a more intimate experience, you can enjoy a candlelit meal in a section of dry riverbed right in front of the lodge. It’s an enchanting setting that will transport you to another world.

Here’s an insider tip for you: if you want to take your experience to the next level, I recommend booking one of the first floor spa suites. These suites come with verandahs that open onto the bush, allowing you to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature.

Now, let’s talk about price. You’ll be happy to know that the spa suites at Kapama River Lodge start at just R2 500 per person, perfect for sharing. This price includes not only your luxurious suite but also exciting game drives and delicious meals. It’s an all-inclusive package that offers incredible value.

If you’re ready to embark on a memorable getaway, look no further than Kapama River Lodge. Discover the magic of dining by the river or under the stars in the heart of the African wilderness.

For more information and to make a reservation, visit kapama.com or call 015 793 8700. Your unforgettable adventure awaits!

Footloose and Fence-free Our 7 top Kruger spots

Hey there! I’m delighted to tell you all about the amazing spa at Kapama. It’s truly a hidden treasure!

First things first, let me introduce you to the spa’s fabulous features. It boasts five treatment rooms, a cool swimming pool, and even a mini gym. It’s a little slice of paradise!

Perfect for Families with Children

Welcome to Klaserie Drift Misava camp, located in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve

Now, here’s what makes Klaserie Drift Misava camp so special: they’re not just open to having children around, they actually encourage them to visit! That’s right – this camp is run by a fantastic couple who have their own little ones. They’ve created a family-friendly environment that sets Klaserie Drift apart from all the rest.

Footloose and Fence-free Our 7 top Kruger spots

When you come to the swimming pool, don’t forget to bring your binoculars! The river nearby is home to a variety of animals and birds, and you’ll have a great opportunity to observe them up close.

But it’s not just about swimming and wildlife. The swimming pool also offers a special program just for kids. They can have a blast painting, playing games, and even baking animal-shaped cookies while learning about the incredible ecosystem that surrounds us.

And don’t worry, parents! There’s plenty for you to enjoy too. Take a dip in the rim-flow pool, grab a drink from the well-stocked bar, or treat yourself to a relaxing spa treatment. It’s your vacation too, after all.

If you’re traveling with older kids who want their own space, you’ll love the newly built family suite. With two adjoining rooms, everyone can have the privacy they desire without being too far away from each other.

We had the opportunity to stay in both the River View and Garden View suites, and let me tell you, they were both absolutely stunning. The River View suite, in particular, offered an incredible view, a luxurious bathtub, and even an outdoor shower. It was like a little slice of paradise.

The Garden Suite was equally lovely, with its own unique charm. I was inspired by the beautiful aloes growing on the property and took advantage of the watercolor paint set provided in our room to create my own masterpiece.

Footloose and Fence-free Our 7 top Kruger spots

In their first few months of life, lion cubs are incredibly vulnerable. It takes them about two years to develop the skills they need to hunt. These cubs are truly a sight to behold, with their fluffy manes and playful demeanor.

During my stay at the lodge, I was treated to delicious lunches prepared by the talented chef, Njabuliso Mholi. We enjoyed our meals on the deck by the pool, which offered a breathtaking view of the Klaserie River. As I savored each bite, I couldn’t help but be captivated by a pair of saddle billed storks soaring by at eye level.

The temptation to take a dip in the pool was strong, but I found it hard to tear myself away from the spectacle of a herd of elephants frolicking in the river. Submerged in the cool water, I watched as these magnificent creatures enjoyed a refreshing escape from the heat.

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Eventually, the allure of a game drive proved irresistible. We embarked on a journey to get closer to the elephants as they basked in the water. One of the most memorable moments was when two hyenas nonchalantly strolled across the plain where we had stopped for sundowners. Their eerie calls echoed through the bush as they disappeared into the wilderness.

Pro Tip: Did you know that Kwhati Garden View has a hidden gem—a serene river view? You can even catch a glimpse of wildlife at the water hole! What makes it even more special is that it’s the only suite with both an indoor and outdoor shower, as well as a relaxing bath.

Footloose and Fence-free Our 7 top Kruger spots

When you stay at Klaserie Drift, you’ll notice the incredible attention to detail. Every night, the staff goes the extra mile by placing a weather forecast for the following morning on your pillow. It’s a small gesture, but it shows how much they care about your comfort.

Speaking of comfort, let’s talk about the price. At Klaserie Drift, you have two accommodation options. The Garden View suite costs R7 400 per person sharing, while the River View suite costs R9 400 per person sharing. Both options include meals and game drives. However, there is an additional conservation levy of R190 per person that goes towards protecting the beautiful surroundings.

If you’re looking for an unforgettable glamping experience, look no further than AfriCamps Hoedspruit at Klaserie Dam. This place is famous for its affordable glamping accommodation that allows you to experience the beauty of the Lowveld without breaking the bank.

To book your stay at Klaserie Drift, visit their website at klaseriedrift.co.za or give them a call at 063 507 4834. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity!

Welcome to the campsite! Located near the Klaserie Dam, this place is truly special. With 11 cozy tents, each with its own deck and two bedrooms that can accommodate up to five people, you’ll have the perfect retreat. There’s also an open-plan kitchen and dining area, where you can enjoy delicious meals together. And when it’s chilly outside, you can gather around the indoor fireplace for warmth and relaxation.

One of the best parts is the private braai facilities. You can cook up a storm and savor a tasty BBQ under the African sky. And if you’re in the mood for some pampering, there’s even a wood-fired jacuzzi where you can unwind and let your worries melt away.

From your deck, you’ll have the opportunity to see amazing wildlife. Keep an eye out for zebra, nyala, kudu, waterbuck, or bushbuck roaming freely in their natural habitat. But if you’re seeking a thrilling experience with the Big Five – lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and buffalos – the camp offers exhilarating game drives into Kruger Park.

So come and immerse yourself in nature, surrounded by breathtaking scenery and incredible wildlife. This campsite has everything you need for an unforgettable adventure. Book your stay now and get ready for an experience you’ll cherish forever!

Footloose and Fence-free Our 7 top Kruger spots

When you stay at AfriCamps, you’ll find that our tents come with both indoor and outdoor fireplaces. So whether you want to cozy up inside or enjoy the great outdoors, you can always have a warm fire to keep you comfortable.

If you enjoy fishing, don’t forget to bring your fishing rod! Our dam is a popular spot for catch-and-release fishing. You might get lucky and hook a carp, bass, bream, or barbel.

During the low season from 1 March to 30 September, you can book a tent for two people starting from R1 340. Additional adults can join for R275 each, and children can join for R175 each. Take advantage of this great deal and book your stay on africamps.com or give us a call at 021 300 5694.

Footloose and Fence-free Our 7 top Kruger spots

If you’re looking for a unique camping experience, look no further. Each tent at Bushwillow Creek Ranch comes with its own wood-fired “hot tub” or splash pool in the summer. It’s the perfect way to relax and unwind after a day of exploring!

Best For Camping

Discover Bushwillow Creek Ranch, Hoedspruit

I recently discovered Bushwillow Creek Ranch, a hidden gem located on a 600ha game farm just outside Hoedspruit. This newly opened camping spot offers two separate camps, Camp Nguni and the Lazy Lamb venue, making it suitable for families of all sizes.

At Camp Nguni, families can enjoy the privacy of their own tents, caravans, or rooftop tents. The camp can accommodate up to eight tents, allowing for an intimate family weekend. Don’t worry about bathroom facilities – the camp has hot running water for your convenience. There is also a small splash pool to cool off in and a fully-equipped kitchen. The cherry on top is the lovely braai area situated under a majestic false marula tree.

Footloose and Fence-free Our 7 top Kruger spots

If you’re looking for a family-friendly destination without any big game to worry about, Bushwillow Creek is the perfect choice. You and your family can enjoy a peaceful and safe environment, where kids can have a great time.

The base rate for two adults is R600 per night, and each additional person is charged at R150. Kids between the ages of 4 and 12 cost only R75, and kids under the age of three stay for free.

If you’re looking for something a bit more luxurious, you can consider staying at The Lazy Lamb. Not only can you camp there, but you can also hire it as a venue for special events. The campsite overlooks a beautiful dam, making it an ideal spot to cool off during the hot Lowveld days.

Hey there! I wanted to tell you about this amazing campsite that can hold between four to six tents. It’s called Camp Nguni and it’s absolutely perfect if you want privacy because you can book out the whole camp just for yourself. How cool is that?

When you stay at Camp Nguni, you can go on foot or ride a bike to explore the farm roads. And guess what? You’re going to see a lot of cool animals like eland and sable antelope. Isn’t that exciting? Oh, and don’t worry about any dangerous animals, because there aren’t any at this farm. It’s totally safe for kids to run around and have fun.

Oh, but every now and then, some leopards or wild dogs might pass by. That’s pretty awesome, right? Just make sure you keep an eye out for them.

Guess what else? The birdlife at this camp is incredible! So, don’t forget to bring a pair of binoculars. You’re going to spot so many amazing birds!

Did you know?

Have you ever heard of Greater Kruger? It’s a special place that includes the Kruger National Park and a bunch of other reserves like Timbavati, Klaserie, Balule, Sabi Sands, Manyeleti, Kapama, Umbabat, and Thornybush. These reserves are known as the Associated Private Nature Reserves (APNR). Back in 1994, they took down most of the fences between these reserves and Kruger, which added around 180,000 hectares of land to the conservation area. Altogether, this big chunk of land is called Greater Kruger, and it spans almost two million hectares!

Footloose and Fence-free Our 7 top Kruger spots

Back in 1928, if you wanted to visit Kruger, you had to pay a hefty five shillings. And if you wanted a guide to show you around, you had to fork over some extra cash. Not only that, but they even charged you for crossing rivers on pontoons. Can you believe it?

Let me tell you about this incredible park. It’s home to an impressive number of creatures. We’re talking 147 different kinds of mammals, 114 kinds of reptiles, and a whopping 507 species of birds. And that’s not all! There are also over 2,000 types of plants, including 330 majestic trees that will take your breath away.

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