When you are visiting the Greater Kruger area in South Africa you have three main options for going on safari to see the diverse wildlife that includes lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and much more. You can stay in a lodge in a private game reserve, self-drive within the Kruger National Park, or take an organised tour. I’ve already compared our experiences of staying in lodges vs self-driving and written a detailed guide to help you plan a Kruger self-drive safari on a budget. In this post I break down exactly how much a self-drive trip costs.
Kruger National Park is the easiest and most affordable safari destination in Africa. This South African park is one of the largest game reserves on the continent with nearly 2 million hectares of diverse wildlife including elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards, hippos, giraffe, zebra, wild dogs and much more.
Our safari in Kruger, South Africa was one of our favourite travel experiences ever. Our expectations were high for our first African safari, but they were far exceeded as we got up close to lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, hippos, giraffe, zebra, wild dogs and much more.
Klaserie Sands makes an impression as soon as you arrive. After bumping along dirt tracks through the African bush we emerged in an oasis of lush, manicured lawns leading to the grand entrance to the lodge, grizzled tree trunks holding the porch aloft. As we entered the main space with its high ceilings and dramatic chandelier, owner Lee-Ann welcomed us with a smile, cool towel and fruity drink and ushered us onto the terrace. Wow! (We said this a lot that first afternoon.)
What is life like at a safari lodge in South Africa? We visited two lodges in the Greater Kruger area (Umlani and Klaserie Sands) and, like all lodges, they follow similar schedules to take advantage of when animals are active in the early morning and evening.