Fly from Cape Town to Kruger National Park (local flight not included) to spend three nights in an private wildlife reserve surrounding the Kruger National Park, known for high wildlife density and limited numbers of other visitors.
Option A: Timbavati Game Reserve
Tanda Tula is located in the Timbavati Game Reserve, on the western border of Kruger National Park. There is no border between the reserves so wildlife moves freely. Home to breeding herds of buffalo up to 1000 strong, leopards, rhino, elephant families and particularly the rare white lion, open vehicle game drives are always exciting. The Timbavati Reserve encompasses only 9 lodges in nearly 200 square miles, meaning plenty of space not only for wildlife but for private game viewing by guests in the reserve.
The three guides at Tanda Tula bring over 50 years of combined experience to your open vehicle game drives. Their extensive knowledge and training ensures that your game experience will be exciting, informative, and most of all unforgettable. Enjoy bush walks to experience the bush at a slower pace, and in-between game drives watch wildlife at the watering hole from your tent.
Option B: Sabi Sand Game Reserve:
The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is a 250 square mile reserve with a 30 mile unfenced border with the Kruger National Park. The oldest private reserve in South Africa, this area has only ever been a wilderness area and is the birthplace of sustainable wildlife tourism in southern Africa. Enjoying one the highest densities of wildlife populations in South Africa the Sabi Sands Reserve is home to the Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino) as well as cheetah, plains game, and a large assortment of bird species.
Within the Sabi Sand Reserve, the 13,500 hectare Mala Mala Game Reserve has one of the largest and best pieces of private land, strategically sandwiched between the Sand River on its western boarder and the Kruger National Park to the east. The river is a magnet for wildlife coming from the Kruger in dry season, so guests of Mala Mala have front row seats to some of be best wildlife viewing in the area. In the past year leopards were spotted by guest’s everyday except for 20 days!
The typical day starts with an early morning game drive, then after breakfast a bush walk gives you the opportunity to learn about the smaller wonders of the veld. Conclude your afternoon game drive at a carefully selected natural site to enjoy a sundowner whilst watching the sunset over the awe-inspiring wilderness.