Plan to visit 4 of the best game drives around SA
The first of 4 of the best game drives around SA can be found at Marakele National Park where the guides have lots of information about the bush and its animals, and make sure your game drive experience is exciting. Rene de Klerk of SAN Park Times went on a drive with head guide Sydney Fumulani Mikosi. ‘As dusk fell, we picked up the tracks of a group of elephants and their calves. We followed the tracks with the sun painting the sky red after a long day in the bush. The elephants had other plans though, and and blocked the road with fallen trees as they travelled,’ says Rene. After sunset they spotted a caracal, bush baby, brown hyena, spotted eagle owl and rhino.
Cost: R200 per adult and R100 per child
Bookings: 014 777 6928 or [email protected]
Spotting a herd of mountain zebra grazing in the golden light, and then the elusive black-footed cat and aardvark, before you enter the camp is very unlikely, especially on a single drive. But this happens during Mountain Zebra National Park’s sunset game drives, where the spectacular display of sunset colours over the vast Karoo landscape offer stunning photo opportunities. The drive includes a unique stop along the way where guests can hop off the game vehicle and enjoy snacks and a sundowner.
Cost: R237.35 per adult and R118.68 per child under 12. Prices are valid until October 31 and exclude the conservation fee. A minimum of four and a maximum of nine visitors are required for the activity. No children under 6 will be allowed.
Bookings: Sanparks.org, [email protected], 048 881 2427 or 048 881 3434
Though the Karoo night drive requires a scarf and a blanket to combat the nippy Karoo air, it’s a real game viewing treat. Keep your eyes peeled on the light of the spotlight for a glimpse of the shy aardvark, lonesome aardwolf and nimble springhare. Smaller animals often feature here and the melancholic hoot of the owl adds beautiful audio to a night out.
Cost: Night drives are R186.85 per adult, and R90 per child 2-11 (minimum four people).
For all the animals you can spot in the park, visit this site (they have lions too)
Both Mopani and Skukuza Rest Camps offer a sunset drive and bush braai combo. The game drive takes about two hours, followed by the bush braai. There’s also the all-day drive where, on request and availability at camp level, guests may hire a vehicle and driver for the day. Trained officials take visitors to sections of the park that are usually inaccessible to tourists. This service can also be arranged from other camps at an additional fee. Reservations should be made at least two months in advance. Kruger National Park, PO Box 50, Skukuza 1350 or call 013 735 4998 or 013 735 4030.
Cost: R620 per person for combo at Mopani, and R590 in Skukuza.
Bookings: Mopani Rest Camp Reception on 013 735 6535/6 or Skukuza call 013 735 4030/4031/4184/4371 (reservations).