Safari in Kruger | Joe Walsh Tours

Safari in Kruger

Please note that these are tailor made itineraries and not escorted tours.

The Mpumalanga region is the safari capital of South Africa and home to the world-renowned Kruger National Park. This wildlife park covers almost 2 million hectares and is home to a huge variety of indigenous species, it offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the Lowveld, Kruger is unrivalled in its diversity of nature and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.

Hot and humid during the summer and warm and dry during the winter, Kruger is an excellent year round destination. The best time to view wildlife in the park is during the winter months (June – September) when water is scarce and the natural bush is less dense – providing opportunities to view the wildlife as they congregate around waterholes. In addition to the diversity of wildlife, Kruger truly is a scenic splendour, with waterfalls cascading into clear pools and stunning natural wonders. The Blyde River Canyon, a breathtaking gorge, is the 3rd largest canyon in the world and is one of South Africa's most scenic natural wonders.

There is a wide selection of cultural treasures evident in the park, from bushman rock art to archaeological sites like Masorini & Thulamela. These unique attractions represent the cultures, tribes and events that played a role in the history of the Park and are conserved along with its natural assets. Accommodation at the entrance of the park provides easy access to the main road running through the park, allowing self-drivers to explore at their own pace. The private game reserves bordering the Park offer a quality safari experience with knowledgeable rangers providing an educational safari. The first-class cuisine and luxurious accommodation completes a truly magnificent safari experience. We recommend a guided walking safari with an experienced guide to learn more about the unique features of the Little Five and also catch a glimpse of the Big Five.


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Top Tips

  • The Blyde River Canyon: Recently renamed the Motlatse, this canyon is the third deepest canyon in the world and surely one of the most spectacular sights in Africa. Enjoy stunning mountain scenery and magnificent panoramic views over cliffs rising 600m-800m from the river bed. The canyon extends over 20kms in length as it cuts through the Drakensberg Mountain Range. Discover ‘Bourke’s Luck Potholes’ - a remarkable geological phenomena where water erosion has created cylindrical rock sculptures over thousands of years.
  • The Big Five & The Little Five: The phrase “Big Five” was originally coined by game hunters and refers to the five large mammals that were most sought after by game hunters in Africa. The big five were not selected based on their size, but because of the difficulty in hunting them. The collection consists of the lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and black rhinoceros. The “Little Five” are a more recent grouping and represent examples of Africa’s amazing biodiversity. They include Buffalo Weaver, The Elephant Shrew, Leopard Tortoise, Ant Lion and the Rhino Beetle.

Local Information

  • Currency: South Africa Rand (ZAR)
  • Glass of Coca Cola: €1
  • Bottle of Beer: €1.50
  • Bottle of Wine: From €10
  • 3 Course meal: €15 - €30
  • Time Difference is GMT: + 2 hours (no daylight saving time in 2012)
  • Airports: Nelspruit (MQP)
  • Flight duration: 12 hours 10 minutes approximately
  • Transfer time: 40 minutes
  • Languages: English, Afrikaans, Zulu
  • Climate: Varied across the country but generally a temperate climate
  • Voltage: 230V A/C, sockets outlets and sockets Europlug 2 pin and type M 3 pin are used
  • Visa (Irish citizens): No
  • Passport: EU citizens travelling to South Africa must have a valid up-to-date passport valid for travel three months beyond the date of return
  • Vaccinations: Tetanus, Typhoid, Malaria, Hepatitis are recommended - please consult your GP.
  • These prices are given as a guide only.

Makali Private Game Lodge

Country: South Africa

City/Area: Kruger

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