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Focus on Predators: Kruger and Sabi Sands - 9 Days

Focus on Predators: Kruger and Sabi Sands
45200

An 8 night /9-day classic safari in the Kruger National park and Sabi Sand Game Reserve, focused on the big predators as well as other wildlife.

Day 1
Days 1&2 - The Kruger National Park, Skukuza

Meet your guide at Kruger / Mpumalanga International Airport near White River, a small town on the south-western corner of the park, and then head straight in to the Kruger National Park via Phabeni Gate and make our way to Skukuza Rest Camp on the banks of the Sabie River. Skukuza is the park’s headquarters and though rather large it offers a great base from which to explore the surrounding region. The perennial river attracts a lot of game during the dry season and provides a focus of predator and prey activity. We have two nights at Skukuza, spending time in the mornings and afternoons out in the field photographing birds, mammals and anything else that attracts our interest.

Day 3
Days 3&4 - The Kruger National Park, Satara

For our next two days we’ll head north to the central regions of the reserve. This area is drier and more open, with large areas of grassy plains. These attract large numbers of Zebra and Wildebeest, and game viewing in the region can be superb. Satara is particularly well known for great Lion and Hyena sightings and is reported to have the highest densities in the whole park of these two apex predators. The open savannah habitat also makes for great photographic opportunities and our two night stay here should produce many full CF cards! The program will remain the same as that followed at the previous rest camp.

Day 5
Days 5 to 8 - The Sabi Sand Game Reserve

After a last morning activity in the Kruger we’ll exit via Orpen Gate and enter the adjacent Sabi Sand Game Reserve, a 65 000 hectare private conservancy that is contiguous with the neighbouring national park. We’ll check-in in time for lunch and have time to relax before our first afternoon safari, lead by an experienced field guide and tracker. The Sabi Sand Game Reserve offers what is widely considered the best cat viewing in Africa, with regular close-up encounters with both Lion and Leopard to be anticipated. Cheetah and Wild Dog are also found in the reserve, though they are usually fairly nomadic within their large home ranges which takes them out of the reserve and into the neighbouring Kruger National Park and Manyaleti Game Reserves, so the chances of seeing these two predators depends on them being in the area at the time of our visit. Over and above the wonderful animals we are likely to see here, a true highlight will be observing the Shangaan tracker practising his craft as we track the big cats. Superb wine and cuisine will be enjoyed in the evenings after the afternoon safari, and all together this will add up to a truly awesome experience. We have four nights in the reserve, divided between two different camps, which will give ample time out in the field photographing our subjects.

Day 9
Day 9 - Departure

After a last morning safari we will leave the reserve and head back to the airport in time for departures.

This is a cracking big game tour! As the name suggests, the big predators are the focus, but there’s plenty more to fill in the gaps between cat sightings. Brace yourself for some epic wildlife!

What is included?

  • • Accommodation
  • • All breakfasts and dinners in Kruger
  • • All meals in Sabi Sands
  • • Entrance fees
  • • Ground transport
  • • Bottled water in Lawson’s vehicle whilst travelling
  • • Personalised checklists
  • • Specialist guide fees

What is not included?

  • • All airfares
  • • Travel and medical insurance
  • • Lunches in Kruger
  • • All drinks
  • • Optional excursions where applicable
  • • Gratuities
  • • Items of a personal nature
Wildlife Reviews
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  1. Wonderful!
    Kaye O'Riordan21 Jun 2018
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    Awesome! Fantastic experiences in Kruger on one trip and Kwa Zulu Natel on second trip. Great times and great value!
  2. Wonderful tour company!
    Teresa Norris21 Sep 2016
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    We very much enjoyed our week exploring the South Cape region, Western Seashore Park, and Little Karoo and week and a half adventure from Johannesburg through Kruger National Park and back! It was the fall season but still we saw 350 species of birds and about 20 species of mammals. Excellent, experienced and well informed tour guides.
  3. Northern Kruger Trip
    Chris and Rosey Thompson01 Mar 2018
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    My wife and myself have just been on a custom tour of the northern Kruger Park with Lawson's and what a great experience it was. We have used Lawson's before for birding day trips into the Kruger, which we can also highly recommend so we had no doubts about asking Lawson's to arrange an extended trip. Everything was perfect, Leon, our guide, was brilliant. We would highly recommend Lawson's to anyone who wants a great wildlife or birding safari.
  4. Lawson's. Without peer
    Graham Knighton20 Jul 2018
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    Have travelled with Lawson's many times and regard them as friends. While they are bird specialists they are outstanding experts on all wildlife. They treat all clients as friends and do everything possible to ensure that all requests are covered.
  5. Johannesburg to Kruger Wildlife Tour
    Brenda and Tony Hovell16 Nov 2017
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    We were escorted on a private tour by Leon at Lawsons from Johannesburg through to Kruger, stopping off at Dullstroom and Blyde Canyon. I can honestly say it was one of the best holidays We have ever hD. Everything was sorted by the guide, accommodation was wonderful and the best bit of all the tour was amazing, lovely wildlife, birds, insects so much to see, absolutely brilliant

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Tour Facts

  • Set Departure
  • Mammals
  • Maximum of 6 participants
  • No age restrictions but not suited to young children
  • Moderate
  • Kruger / Mpumalanga Airport, Nelspruit
  • Kruger / Mpumalanga Airport, Nelspruit