Big Cat Safari: Kruger & Sabi Sand Reserve
South Africa’s Greater Kruger National Park offers undoubtedly the most readily accessible authentic wildlife experience in Southern Africa, as well as some of the finest game viewing and photographic opportunities, especially when it comes to the big cat and other magnificent wildlife like as elephants and rhinos, all to be seen on this Big Cat Tour in the Greater Kruger National Park.
Covering a huge swathe of remarkably diverse woodland savanna in the north-east corner of the country, this park and the adjacent private reserves are easily accessible by road and air. Unlike some other large parks in the sub-region, there’s no need for expensive charter flights or bone-jarring road journeys and, after landing at Skukuza Airport, one can be on your Safari in Kruger Park and game viewing minutes later!
The park is some 350 kms long from north to south and offers a wonderful array of different types of landscapes, from the well-wooded hills and rock outcrops of the south-west to the open basalt plains in the central region, and is home to over 500 bird species, 137 mammal species, 119 reptile species, 33 species of amphibians and nearly 50 species of fish.
The Sabi Sand Safari offers a cherry-on-the-top experience, with close-up encounters with big cats that have been known to be highlights of a lifetime for participants. Photographic opportunities abound and keen photographers are known to return from a 9 day tour with 10 000 plus images stored on their memory cards and hard drives.
Top 5 Highlights:
- Look for big predators on open-sided vehicle safaris in the Kruger National Park.
- Spend time photographing mammals and birds from our photo safari vehicle.
- Experience the scale and diversity of the Kruger National Park.
- Get up close to big cats in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
- See cats moving after dark on night drives.
Tour in Brief:
- Group size: maximum of 6 participants with 1 guide.
- Areas visited: Kruger National Park and Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
- Expected weather conditions: warm to hot during the day. Early morning and evening drives in open safari vehicles can be cool to cold, due to wind-chill factor. Little chance of sustained rain.
- Tour tempo: medium to medium-plus, depending on the level of interest of the group. The Kruger section is faster-paced, while the private lodge section involves long rest periods between activities.
- Accommodation standards: medium to high: private lodges and National Park's rest-camps.
- Mammal viewing: excellent, especially in the private reserves. Full range of species can be seen, including the Big Five (Elephant, Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Lion and Leopard) as well as Cheetah, Wild Dog and Spotted Hyena. Top class photographic opportunities.
- Other highlights: great birding opportunities, wonderful scenery and landscapes.
- Add-ons: those who have more time available can add extra days on to the safari, or extensions to the Cape for the flowers, or to Victoria Falls. Contact us for ideas and prices.