The Kruger National Park’s extensive road network is well mapped and maintained, criss-crossing an expanse of pristine wilderness that is half the size of Switzerland. You can spend hours, days or, if you’re lucky, weeks driving on routes that take you from camp to camp, encountering a huge range of wildlife on the way.
Ukutula Lion Park & Lodge in North West province is where Willi and Gillian Jacobs have a lion breeding and research centre. It is an amazing place to interact with lions of all shapes and sizes – from tiny cubs to big, black-maned males.
Gondwana Game Reserve sits in the heart of the Garden Route – 11 000ha of the only fynbos Big Five reserve in the world. Expect stunning natural beauty, superb accommodation and food, exciting game and interesting birds.
I was enjoying the cool night air at Kruger National Park’s Mopani Rest Camp. Far away, I heard a hippo grunt, then a jackal call. But I was mesmerised by the small, slender creature in the branches of an acacia next to my hut.
If you want to see cheetahs up close in a protected environment, then visit the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre in the foothills of the Magaliesberg. You’ll not only have an exciting day out, but also contribute to further research and conservation.
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