Kruger Park or Private Reserves?
The Kruger National Park or simply Kruger Park is located is the most north-eastern corner of the country. It borders with Zimbabwe in the north and shares its complete eastern boarder with Mozambique. It is perhaps the most famous animal park in the world. The park is 380km long and 60km wide. Besides the “big five” Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard you can discover a huge variety of animal species here. Kruger Park is laced with lakes and rivers and various hills and creeks which also makes for a very picturesque environment to go on safari. All these advantages and the simple possibility to drive around in the park, makes Kruger logically also the most visited wildlife park in Africa!
Reserves around South Africa
At Atelier Africa we like to avoid the masses and thus we are big fans of the private concessions and reserves bordering the Kruger Park. There are no physical boundaries between all these places and the park so all the wildlife you find inside the park can also be found here.
The difference with a private reserve you find in the EXPERIENCE.
Inside a private reserve you’re not allowed to self-drive. The only cars driving here are the open game-drive vehicles of the lodges or camps located inside that specific reserve. Because there is way less traffic it is also allowed here to off-road with these open and high vehicles, driven and guided by a professional ranger who knows how to tracks specific species. Inside private reserves it is also possible to go out on a night drive or night safari, just before or after dinner, to spot the wild cats (leopard and lions) and dogs (jackal & hyena’s) in their more active mode, which again is not possible inside a national park. Also Walking Safaris, tracking and spotting wildlife on foot, guided by a professional tracker and ranger is only possible in these private safari reserves. South Africa has many of these reserves around Kruger Park, but also in many other areas of the country you can find them.
Some amazing private safaris reserves are also located in malaria-free zones, so you can travel here completely risk free with your young ones. For large families of a group of friends some of these places also offer private villas or houses on the reserve where you then get your own chef, butler, ranger and own safari-vehicle, making it a very luxurious experience at a really affordable price!