An unsurpassable wildlife experience in Africa's most famous park
The warmth of the early-morning sun slowly burns away the dawn mist. Dew glistens on the grass as herd of zebras cross the veld. Further, low shrubs do very little to conceal a lone elephant male whilst an African fish eagle soars up in the sky.
This is Kruger National Park, South Africa's largest and most prolific conservation area. With 14 different eco-zones, a surface area of 19,000 square kilometres and more mammals than any other game reserve on the continent, the park's notoriety is well deserved.
We base ourselves inside the park for four days going on game drives in a specially designed open vehicle with specialist guides. We hope to see many of Kruger's animals including lions, leopards, giraffes, buffalo, rhinos, elephant and numerous others.
Before visiting Kruger National Park we spend some time at the Moholoholo rehabilitation centre which takes in abandoned, injured and poisoned animals. The centre is a highly regarded contributor to wildlife conservation and we have the opportunity to witness the caring and nursing of birds and mammals and observe them from close up before admiring them in their natural habitat.
Our August departure is a special rhino conservation departure with an altered itinerary where we have the opportunity to assist a local vet with the assessment, micro-chipping and ear-notching of one of the 130 White rhinos which inhabit the Klaserie/Timbavati private game reserve (please see special departure trip notes for more details of this special itinerary). You can also extend your time in S. Africa either by combining this trip with Cape Town and the Garden Route (AZW) or by organising a Cape Town extension.
What makes this trip responsible?
During this trip we visit the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, which relies on donations and revenue from tourism to fund numerous projects. These include rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife to release them back into the wild, breeding endangered animals to release them into the wild, and environmental education and sensitisation.
Look out for a special rhino conservation departure, where we assist a local vet in assessing, micro-chipping and ear-notching a White rhino. This is important work for the conservation of White rhinos and would not be possible without the support of tours such as this one. Also by staying in the park's camps some of the revenue generated goes back directly into the conservation of the Kruger National Park. We use local guides for this trip.
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