Kruger Region, South Africa - Wildlife Region
Sustain's Kruger region wildlife tours combine bushveld vistas with the abundant animals and birds of the world-renowned Kruger National Park, and the predator havens of Sabi Sand and Kapama. This journey will also lead us into several big wildlife areas for superb game viewing and memorable adventures in unique and breathtaking habitats. We typically use the affordable and comfortable park accommodation, but should you prefer, several superb private lodge options are also on offer in the adjacent private reserves.
Some target species include: Our chances of witnessing the classic ‘Big Five’ (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and both White Rhino and Black Rhino) are excellent, while other sought-after mammals such as African Wild Dog, Cheetah, Honey Badger, Sable, and the majestic Kudu are likely.
Sabi Sand & Kapama Region
The Sabi Sand Reserve is the birthplace of sustainable wildlife tourism in Southern Africa, and is the oldest of all the private reserves in the country and spans 65,000 hectares. It has only ever been a wilderness area and is home to a vast wildlife population, including The Big Five, and a number of endangered species too. Both Sabi Sand and Kapama (13,000ha) reserves flank the Kruger National Park, and animals pass unhindered between the unfenced borders of the reserves.
Nowhere in South Africa will one find a wildlife experience quite like this. Sharing a vast unfenced border with the Kruger National Park, these immense and diverse tracts of land are home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant), and many more. The predator abundance is remarkable.
Three rivers, the Sand River, Sabie River, and Klaserie River supply these reserves with a valuable water source. The sustenance of these rivers ensures that this area enjoys one of the highest and most bio-diverse wildlife populations of any area in Africa. Over two hundred different species live in abundance, whilst the ever changing bird life provides even the most experienced ornithologist with rare finds.
Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park covers 19,685sq.km and is the tenth largest game reserve in the world. It has 3,000km of road, 23 rest camps and a host of excellent picnic sites, walking trails, 4x4 routes, hides and massive dams. Kruger supports the greatest variety of wildlife species on the African continent.
The big game viewing in Kruger rivals that of any reserve in Africa with large elephant, buffalo and lion populations being relatively easily seen. Every year over a million visitors tally up in the region of 520 bird species.
Birders can also look forward to pursuing the big 6: Saddle-billed Stork, Kori Bustard, Martial Eagle, Lappet-faced Vulture, Pel's Fishing-Owl and Southern Ground Hornbill.
Birding is best in the summer months (November to March) with the arrival of summer migrants but a remarkable amount of birds can be seen in the winter months (May to July).