Three Greater Kruger private reserves visited in one Big Five safari experience – the ultimate in close up wildlife encounters in exclusive, unfenced areas.
The highlights of a safari in the Greater Kruger private reserves include limited numbers of guests in the area, a less crowded safari experience and the true feel of Africa. Walking safaris, game-viewing in open safari vehicles and night drives with spotlights searching for nocturnal creatures, are offered with knowledgeable professional guides.
From OR Tambo airport, Johannesburg, the direct flight to Hoedspruit has you in the Greater Kruger in an hour, or there’s an option of a 6-hour road transfer in air-conditioned comfort through scenic countryside to the Greater Kruger region. South Africa is a beautiful country, and being driven through it is recommended for guests who have the time and interest for a more diverse experience.
With the borders between the Kruger National Park and the Greater Kruger Private Reserves being unfenced, there is free movement of wildlife, allowing sightings of a vast variety of animals including the sought-after Big 5. Start off in the Manyeleti Game Reserve, and experience 3 nights at the rustic and intimate Pungwe Safari Camp.
Manyeleti Game Reserve
“The Place of the Stars” – spectacular star-lit night skies for star gazing
Scenic open landscape, which attracts cheetah and plains game, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra
Special sightings of side-striped jackal, serval, cheetah
Rustic intimate camp experience at Pungwe Safari Camp, with only four tents
Guided morning walks and afternoon-evening drives with low vehicle density.
Kruger Tours and Transfers take you from Pungwe Safari Camp, through the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve to Bateleur Safari Camp where you will spend three to four nights in this authentic camp.
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Known as “the place where something sacred came down to Earth from the Heavens.”
There are 40 mammal species and 360 bird species in the reserve.
Special sightings – rare white lions born from time to time, endangered African wild dog.
Classic, tented safari units at Bateleur Safari Camp.
Learn bush craft, survival skills and basic astronomy.
Experience bush walks, as well as dawn and dusk game drives.
From Bateleur Safari Camp in the Timbavati, it’s a game drive to nThambo Tree Camp in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve for your final three nights on safari.
Klaserie Private Nature Reserve
Pristine wilderness, one of the largest privately-owned reserves in South Africa.
Small, personal camp overlooking a waterhole frequented by elephants, warthog, and baboons.
Special sightings – endangered African wild dog, honey badgers often present around camp.
Wooden chalets on stilts, at eye-level with the trees at nThambo Tree Camp.
Morning and night drives, as well as optional bush walks.
Homeward bound with Kruger Tours and Transfers from nThambo Tree Camp to Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport for the 1-hour direct flight to Johannesburg, or the road transfer back to OR Tambo Airport.
Contact our safari specialist, Rosemary Marx, to find out more about this ultimate Big Five Greater Kruger safari experience.