It’s sometimes overlooked that the Kruger National Park revolutionised the safari experience in South Africa, in the 1980s. Back then, safaris were characterised by basic canvas tents and campfire-type experiences, and roughing it in the wilderness was the general directive when it came to wildlife viewing. Pioneering lodge owners then came along and decided to revolutionise the safari experience. Why not have fine dining, luxury suites and impeccable hospitality as part of the experience, while remaining respectful of the surrounding wildlife and wilderness? The safari business throughout Africa would never be the same again.
The lodges and experiences within Kruger haven’t stopped evolving and developing since. These days, there is a fascinating mix of unique experiences on offer in the humongous Kruger National Park reserve. Bigger than Wales, the Kruger is its own true wilderness, boasting sunsets and wildlife activity that leave its visitors with memories to last a lifetime – but also offers much more to see and do within the area.
The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon and the largest green canyon in the world, with its upper reaches lording over the Kruger National Park. This flight offers the opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring sights that the canyon has to offer. As you skim over the area, you’ll be treated to mesmerising displays of waterfalls cascading down the rugged mountain peaks. The flourishing flora and fauna add to the picturesque landscape, creating a truly memorable experience. There are multiple viewpoints along the way where you can stop to take in the surrounding vistas of the Drakensberg Escarpment down to the Lowveld. An unforgettable adventure, combining the thrill of flying with the stunning displays of nature’s wonders.
For some, there is no better way to experience the African bush than by walking through it. The element of thrill and danger surely has something to do with it. At Tanda Tula Field Camp, you can awaken your senses as you walk through the bushveld and learn to track game during a sunset safari walk. A wonderful element is that the small wonders are now at your fingertips.
Permanently stationed in Skukuza above the Sabie River, Kruger Shalati offers the most unique luxury accommodation in a re-envisioned train. This novel train hotel surveys the southern Kruger with well-deserved luxuries aboard. The architecture, the innovation, and the ingenious up-cycling of an old train are to be admired. The glass-walled, large train rooms allow for infinite views along the length of the majestic Sabie River while a bespoke deck with a pool offers a swimming experience unlike any other – with crocodiles, hippos, buffalos and elephants metres below.
Be amongst the wild creatures, without sacrificing any creature comforts. That’s the ultimate safari! This incredible sleepout experience is securely constructed above the ground with glass walls that provide panoramic views of the bush, as well as a safe and luxurious vantage point. You’ll pack an overnight bag and set off to experience the ultimate bush bedroom where you’ll be left with an emergency radio that is monitored all night (just in case you need to call in). Let the sounds of the bushveld soothe your soul while you settle in and immerse yourself in the magic of the night, from the comfort of your fluffy bed.
The Kruger National Park is a must-visit destination for any wildlife enthusiast and the perfect destination for a nature-focused holiday. Offering incredible landscapes, astonishing wildlife, unforgettable experiences, and some of the continent’s most luxurious lodges, our Southern African experts can help you plan a dream Kruger trip today.