It is time to kick off those corporate shackles and answer the call of the open road. South Africa is definitely the place to be if you want to experience beauty in abundance, and see all that the animal kingdom has to offer.
When starting off on your road trip, the first thing that you are going to need is a reliable rental car. Thanks to Hertz Car Hire, that is possible, quick and easy. With numerous branches located in and around South Africa, your journey never has to start and end in one spot. If you are flying in, simply book your vehicle online at www.hertz.co.za and when you land, all you have to do is pick up your keys, load in your gear and hit the open road.
The Kruger National Park, originally established in 1898, has a unique place among the world’s game reserves. This little piece of paradise in Africa spreads over an area of nearly 2 million hectares is a haven when it comes to wildlife, including 147 species of mammal, and this is the home of the Big Five: Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo.
It has a well-developed network of roads and many rest camps which are oases in a magnificent wilderness. Many rest camps in the park provide accommodation in air conditioned rondavels and cottages for those who need a break after a fun filled day of spotting the elusive beasts.
If you are battling to use your “wildlife eyes” there are a few things that you need to know to find the best spots. When you are on a self drive in the Kruger National Park, be sure to use the sightings boards, which can be found at the gates and the rest camps.
These boards are where you will find the daily records of the latest animal sightings. Another great tip is to hide out at the waterholes! When it comes to midday or sundown drives waterholes are almost a guarantee to spot something, as animals also need to stay hydrated. Remember the saying that “The early bird catches the worm” when you are in the Kruger. The best time to spot game is right as the camp gates open in the mornings, because this is when the animals are more active.
Why not make life a little easier, and book a safari tour with Elephant Herd Tours and Safaris? Game drives are an integral part of the adventures in the park, and what better way of going about it than on the back of an open vehicle, armed with binoculars and camera to capture the sight of a pride of lions, or a kill just over the rise. The last thing you want to worry about is changing gears or steering!
Join Elephant Herd in one of their open safari vehicles for a morning, afternoon or full day safari in the Kruger National Park. Their highly experienced and qualified field guides will track and search for animals whilst providing you with interesting information and facts about their behaviour in the wild. During your safari your guide will stop at rest camps on route where restaurants, curio shops and ablution facilities are available.
Take a break from the corporate world and answer the call of the open road, refresh your senses and relax as you get back to nature.