The Greater Kruger Park consists of a large number of (originally) private game reserves located on the western side of the world-famous Kruger National Park. There are no gates that separate the Kruger Park and these game reserves and all animals (including the Big Five) can move freely between these areas. The best known reserves that are part of the Greater Kruger Park are: Timbavati, Sabi Sands, Klaserie and Balule. Below you will find more information about the different reserves. In most areas you will find beautiful luxury and exclusive accommodations. You pay a gate fee and / or conservation fee when you enter the parks.
Timbavati Game Reserve
The 53400 hectare reserve consists of a hilly landscape with heights between 300 and 500 meters above sea level. The area is classified as ‘savanna forest field’, the vegetation consists mainly of mopane, acacia and mobretum forests / shrubs. The reserve includes the entire Big Five (elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino), but also hyenas, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, jackals, wild dogs and a wide variety of goats and antelopes. Bird watchers can see a total of 360 different bird species in the reserve.
Summer is called the wet season with the most chance of rain from December to February, this is also the hottest time of the year with an average temperature around 32 degrees. During the day it is warm and often late in the afternoon you see clouds gathering together for a thunderstorm in the early evening to cool you down. In the winter months (April-September) the chance of rain is very small and the temperatures vary considerably. In the early morning and evening it can be relatively cold, around 10 degrees, while during the day when the sun is shining it is very pleasant (above 20 degrees). Because of the drought, wildlife is often easy to spot at the water sites.
When you take a safari in the Timbavati Game Reserve, take a good look to see if you happen to see a pair of white lions. These lions with a remarkably light fur are seen here with some regularity. These are not albino lions since their skin and eyes are normally colored. The white color of the coat is caused by a gene defect.
Sabi Sands Game Reserve
Klaserie Game Reserve
The Klaserie Private Nature Reserve borders the Kruger Park in the north, the Timbavati Game Reserve in the east and the Balule Game Reserve in the west. The Klaserie reserve is 60,000 hectares in size and the Klaserie River runs through the park, which is important for the water supply for flora and fauna. It is dry and warm most of the year, after the summer rains the vegetation regains its green color.
This part of the Greater Kruger Park shows well the beauty of the African bush and its wild animals with all the sounds and smells that go with it. The sunsets here are also beautiful!
In the Klaserie reserve are beautiful lodges where you can stay during a safari, the Africa on Foot Camp is known for its different daily routine. The highly knowledgeable guides take the guests on a walking safari in the early morning and later on for a game drive later in the afternoon, in the heat of the day you can relax by the pool.
Balule Game Reserve
The Balule Private Game Reserve, or Nature Reserve, came into being when six small reserves decided to remove the fencing around their property for the benefit of wildlife. From then on the animals could migrate over a larger area and also reproduce better and the danger of overgrazing became smaller.
The largest and best-known accommodation in the Balule reserve is the Tremisana Lodge consisting of 15 chalets and a two bedroom guest house. The closest places are Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa.Add to my travel plans