The huge Kruger National Park is undoubtedly one of the best wildlife reserves in the world. The park welcomes more than 1.5 million visitors every year. All the famous Big Five game animals (Buffalo, Elephant, Rhinoceros, Lion and Leopard) are found in “Kruger”, as it is affectionately known, along with more species of other large mammals than any other African game reserve (almost 150 species). Over 520 species of birds have also been seen in the park, along with vast numbers of reptiles, insects and other interesting fauna and flora.
Probably the best-kept secret of the world-famous Kruger National Park is the vast northern section, from the Letaba river towards the far north at Pafuri and the Makuleke concession.
Of all the regions of Kruger, the vegetation in the north is the least diversified and much of the region is blanketed in Mopane shrub. It is also, however, home to the strange and mythical Baobab tree. There are also several river corridors, the favourite habitat of many species of special mammals, like the exquisite Nyala. This is also the area of the park for rare antelopes, and Roan Antelope, Tsessebe and Sable Antelope are most easily spotted here. Herds of African Elephant and African Buffalo depend on the rivers for water, and predators such as Lion, Leopard and Spotted Hyaena concentrate where prey is abundant.
Further north there are some fascinating ecozones containing many very localised species of fauna and flora, and the Pafuri region is unlike any other in the park.
The Pafuri area is regarded by some visitors as the most enchanting corner of the Kruger, and is undoubtedly the most important locality for birds in the park, especially for rare vagrants and birds from tropical Africa.
On this 6 night safari, we will spend two nights each in Mopani Camp (with its stunning setting on the Pioneer dam), Shingwedzi Camp ( a hotspot for rare birds) and Punda Maria Camp (with its charming old school feel). Each camp has been carefully chosen to provide you with the best chance of seeing all that Kruger has to offer, both in terms of fantastic animal sightings and beautiful classic African landscapes.