Go See The BIG 5
Addo Elephant National Park
Addo Elephant National Park offers more than bargained for...a chance to see the Big 7.
Try to spot Sylvester, our most famous lion, see the elephant herds congregate at Hapoor Dam and go on a game drive in search of the elusive leopard. Try a unique vantage point and book the Addo horse trail to view the rhino and buffalo in the veld. Morning and afternoon rides are two hours long and take place in the Nyathi area, home to the Big Five, whose behaviour are monitored and taken into consideration when conducting these trails. For those visitors not comfortable on horseback, guided game drives (sunrise, morning, midday, afternoon, sundowner and night) are available.
Add the remaining two sightings to this list by going on a marine eco tour and spotting the Southern Right Whale and Great White Shark.
Set within the picturesque Alexandria Forest in the Woody Cape Section of Addo Elephant National Park, a new, exclusive accommodation offering is set to be a hit with birders, those who enjoy escaping to a private destination under a canopy of trees and others who just wish to "get away from it all". Prospective visitors with a special interest in botany, trees, ferns and mushrooms will also delight in using this accommodation as their base from where to explore the forest.
Kruger National Park
An experience that is a must for any nature-lover: seeing the Big 5 in their natural habitat.
This is what the iconic Kruger National Park is famous for. An abundance of wildlife means you are more than likely to spot the lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo that make up this renowned list.
For the more adventurous, why not attempt this as a participant on one of our immersive Wilderness Trails to get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures. Or alternatively book a morning walk. Most of Kruger's camps provide guests with the opportunity to take part in daily early morning guided walks. Up to eight guests are taken out of the camp's boundaries to explore the surrounding wilderness areas and their inhabitants, adjacent to the camp. Another option is go on a morning-, sunset- or night drive where experienced guides drive groups to spy on Kruger’s nocturnal creatures and their secretive activities.
The Pafuri Border Camp lies in the northern most part of the Kruger National Park, in close proximity to Punda Maria, near the confluence of the Luvubu and Limpopo rivers.
Marakele National Park
A 'place of sanctuary' for an impressive variety of wildlife
Marakele National Park, in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains, has become a 'place of sanctuary' for an impressive variety of wildlife due to its location in the transitional zone between the dry western and moister eastern regions of South Africa. This includes the Big 5 and thus, due to it’s close proximity to Johannesburg and Pretoria, offers visitors the ideal weekend getaway where they can get the opportunity to spot them all. While some elephant had been previously reintroduced into the park, it was the release of the Tuli elephants in 1999 that captured the public’s and media’s imagination.
Visitors have the opportunity to book game drives, undertaken in an open safari vehicle with a driver / guide who has extensive experience and intimate knowledge of the area and is an expert on the game movement and other ecological aspects of the region. Game drives usually depart in the early morning and late afternoon, when it is cooler for the game to hunt and graze. There will thus be a better chance of encountering abundant wildlife.
Another opportunity to gain a truly immersive experience, is to book an interpretive bush walk. Our professionally trained field guides cater for guest’s preferences and fitness levels to create an outstanding wilderness walking experience.
It's no coincidence that bontle means "beautiful" in Setswana. This pleasant rest camp consists of 36 camp sites with power points, arranged into three clusters with one communal ablution block per cluster.
It also has 10 tented units for those who would prefer a permanent structure more than putting up a tent and camp themselves. The tented units consist of four (4) family units and six (6) two sleeper units. All these units have a private veranda and are self-catering with its own fully equipped kitchen and outdoor braai stand.
The rest camp, with its unobstructed views of the unspoiled bush and mountain, is located in close proximity to the Park's main entrance gate.