To say there is nothing like the Kruger National Park is probably an understatement; it’s perhaps the greatest way to experience the best of South Africa in nearly 2 million hectares of natural splendour – animals, landscapes and historical sights, included.
Yet many of the thousands of visitors – families, honeymooners and adventurers alike, who flock to the park every year, leave without fully experiencing its thrills.
That is because, in the bush, it takes the trained ear, a sharp eye and the discerning nose of an experienced guide to get you to the right spots.
This is where Mbazi Safaris, with their wealth of experience in a range of safaris, game drives, tours, bush walks and other activities, come in.
Mbazi Safaris allows you to experience the African bushveld in an open game drive vehicle. Besides the Big 5 – lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo and rhino, this way, you also get the chance to spot zebra, giraffe, antelope, hippo, crocodiles and birds in their natural environment.
Your professional and experienced safari guide and driver will keep you informed and try to show you as many of the best sightings during the day as possible.
During the drive, they do make stops for breakfast and lunch in one of the camps at the guest’s own cost, usually Skukuza or Lower Sabie.
A morning safari is usually the best time to find lions, leopards, cheetahs and wild dogs as they might still be hunting or feeding on the kill of last night. After breakfast, a quick turn is made to the river or waterhole to see animals coming to drink as the day heats up.
Lucky Mathebula is the chief guide and owner of Mbazi Safaris.
He has extensive knowledge of the Kruger National Park and years of experience after serving as a field guide since 2006.
I found his respect and endearment for the animals in the park profound.
I also like the fact that he takes his time driving so that you can truly see and enjoy everything that interests you about the park.
If you hold more interest in the history and culture of the park, you may be interested in taking their Panorama Route Tour.
Have a sneak-peak of what you can expect on your tour with Mbazi Safaris.
Mathebula is also your man if you are more daring and want to attempt morning and afternoon bush walks or dare the elephant interaction and rides.
For the Kruger bush walks, guests are picked up from one of the Kruger National Parks rest camps or nearest lodges or hotels to the gates where trained field guides will take them for a walk.
The walk itself is relaxed and experienced and armed guides use their knowledge of the bush to explain natural wonders.
The rangers will track rhino, elephant, lions and other Big 5 on foot, and help guests learn and observe fascinating facts about the African bush.
The most amazing thing you’ll find out on a game walk is how active the bush can be!
You will hear insects chirping, birds singing, and baboons barking.
The rangers will inform you on all the elements and what certain animal sounds and calls means.
There are also Safari Packages available for those wanting a full wild and wonderful experience in Kruger National Park. Choose from a 3-day to a 5-day experience so that you leave knowing you spent your time to the fullest.
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