Get up close and personal with wildlife iconsexperience the fabled "golden hour" of afternoon light...
There’s nothing like a full-day safari in the Kruger National Park, experiencing the magic of this legendary game reserve from an open game-viewing vehicle with an experienced and qualified safari guide at the wheel… This is what up-close and personal game encounters with some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife species are made of in one of the world’s most renowned and lauded national parks – making this and other game drive safaris the most sought-after activities offered to guests at eKhaya Bush Villa.
Of course, when it comes to the Kruger Park, you’re also able to explore the it yourself driving either your own car or a rental car… The Orpen Gate is a smooth 40-minute drive from eKhaya and it’s always best to get to the gate as it opens in the summer months, meaning a REALLY early wake-up call and a packed breakfast! Getting an early start beats the heat of the day and gives you the perfect opportunity to see animals as they begin their daily routine, just after sunrise. You may also be lucky enough to see nocturnal predators like leopards in the early mornings, before they head off to find a place to sleep and beat the heat…
You can purchase a map of the Kruger Park at the Orpen Gate and at the Orpen Camp shop, which also offers a range of snacks and drinks for the road as well as curios, clothing and gifts. From there the choice is yours with a range of great routes to choose from in one of the busiest and best game-viewing sections of the park.
There are picnic spots and rest-stops where you can get out of your vehicle and stretch your legs, enjoy an awesome view and a picnic breakfast and lunch and soak in the magic of the African wilderness. There is also Satara Camp within easy distance of the Orpen Gate, with its restaurant, shop and ablution facilities.
Our other game viewing activities take place in the mornings and afternoons on local private Big Five game reserves. Like the full-day Kruger safari, morning game drives kick-off early, with a pre-dawn wake-up and collection from eKhaya in time for a sunrise start. We’ll send you off with a packed breakfast and a cooler box with some refreshments as well.
Afternoon drives usually depart in the late afternoon, allowing you to experience the fabled “golden hour” of afternoon light that makes for perfect photography. You’ll stop for sundowners and then spend an hour or so experiencing a “night drive” with a spotlight, allowing you to look for nocturnal animals and predators. We’ll pack a cooler box with a selection of drinks for your sundowner stop and anything else you’d like to take with you.
So don’t forget to ask us when you make your booking to arrange your activities for you, or better still – book one of our great, inclusive packages with activities included! Get in touch for more information!