The majestic Kruger National Park is definitely one of the most precious jewels of South Africa and going on a safari with Private Kruger Safaris, is the best way to enjoy and experience it to its fullest.
Private Kruger Safaris is owned by Bernhard Bekker. What makes this service different from other safari excursions is that they have direct access to the Kruger National Park, where you can experience the authentic African wilderness. Multiple-day safaris, staying over in Kruger National Park’s rest camps can also be booked with prior arrangement.
If you are a keen or professional photographer, then they are the wildlife photography safari team you want to join from sunrise to sunset. Private Kruger Safaris also supplies Gimpro’s Stabilizing photographic arms and bean bags for supporting long lenses. Professional camera equipment like 600mm lenses and DSLR camera bodies can be hired for your safari.
Veteran safari guide and photographer, Arno Pietersen, picked us up at 5:30am in the morning from Perry’s Bridge Tourism Centre in Hazyview. Being winter, it was bitterly cold, but Arno provided us with warm blankets, while waiting for the sun to rise over Mpumalanga and the Kruger National Park.
Have a wild adventure with Private Kruger Safaris
When we arrived at the first gate to enter the Park, there was already a long queue, due to the fact that it was school holidays and many families were eager to visit the Kruger.
However, the perks of being with a professional ranger and safari company, meant that we were
allowed to drive past all the cars, park, pay and enter the park before six in the morning, what a pleasure – no stress whatsoever.
The Kruger National Park can be beautiful in the winter, with the frost on the grass and trees thawing in the African sun, it truly makes for a spectacular scene while listening to the birds singing.
Shortly after we arrived, we saw a beautiful giraffe having its morning breakfast. Arno explained to us how a giraffe swallows its food – being ruminant animals; the eating process for giraffes is peculiar. They will chew their food for a moment and then swallow it. Food is then regurgitated in a ‘wave-like’ fashion back up their necks and into their mouths to be chewed for a second time. Our group found this very interesting.
A thrilling & educational adventure
We later stopped at a bird viewing point, where Arno gave us cups of delicious coffee. The steam and smell of coffee was bliss in the cold. Proper mugs, fresh milk and sugar, all from his van on a professional tray, was a nice touch and truly appreciated.
After our coffee and breakfast, we later encountered many other animals – a herd of elephants, hyenas, impalas, zebra’s, kudu’s, hippo’s, crocodiles, bush pigs, Blesbok and the beautiful bird life.
Arno was adamant that he shows us some lions and, because of his knowledge and experience in the bush, took us straight to them. We were not disappointed, as we watched two lionesses hunt down an Impala – the entire kill from start to finish right before our eyes. The whole Impala was finished within an hour after the whole pride arrived.
We returned to Hazyview at about 4pm, and were all absolutely amazed by the wonderful day we’d just had. Arno was an incredible guide and really gave us an adventure of a life time.
If you are looking for an incredible safari in Kruger National Park, then I highly recommend Private Kruger Safari’s for a wonderful and magical experience that you will never forget.
For more information, call 083 772 4420 or visit www.privatekrugersafaris.co.za.
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