travel guide Kruger National Park

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K r u g e r N at i o N a l Pa r K P R I V A T E W I L D L I F E R E S E R V E S K r u g e r N at i o N a l Pa r K G E T T I N G T h E R E & A W A Y K r u g e r N at i o N a l Pa r K M A N Y E L E T I G A M E R E S E R V E large 25-suite traditional bush lodge is per- fect for families, with the Elefun Centre pro- viding endless entertainment for kids of all ages. The common areas are big and breezy and overlook a large waterhole. Rooms are large, with huge daybeds converting to beds for young ones. Sabi Sabi Little Bush Lodge LODGE $$$ (Map p400; % 013-735 5080;; s/d all-inclusive R9700/19,400; a W s ) Small but perfectly formed, this luxury six-suite lodge overlooks the Msuthlu River and is perfect for couples. Dine on the lantern-lit riverbed, chill by the rock pool or soak in your private hot tub. 8 Getting There & Away Most visitors fly into Kruger's Skukuza Airport (p399) or directly into Sabi Sand with Federal Airlines (, which serves Lon- dolozi, Mala Mala, Sabi Sabi and Singita airstrips from Jo'burg and MKIA. Manyeleti Game Reserve During the apartheid era, the 230-sq-km Manyeleti (; vehicle fee R50, per passenger R105 (incl community levy R75)) was the only wildlife reserve that blacks were permitted to visit. Due to its unfenced boundary with Kruger there is no shortage of animals here (including the Big Five), but you may have to look a littler harder than in Sabi Sand. The upside is that pric- es are much lower here. Access is via Orpen Gate Rd. 4 Sleeping & Eating oHoneyguide Mantobeni LODGE $$$ (Map p400; % 021-424 3122;; s/d all-inclusive R4725/8600; W s ) Aimed at couples, this small camp has 12 East African–style safari tents dotted amongst trees (No 4 overlooks a waterhole; No 1 is the most private). Elevated on platforms, the petite tents are very comfortable and have bathrooms that are partly open to the bush. The lounge and pool area also em- braces nature but is very modern in look and feel. Honeyguide Khoka Moya LODGE $$$ (Map p400; % 021-424 3122; www.honeyguidecamp .com; s/d all-inclusive R4725/8600; s ) S Khoka Moya has 15 permanent safari tents spread out along an elevated boardwalk in the bush. Each has a sitting area, covered deck, polished-cement floors and enough room to accommodate beds for kids (all ages OK). The sizeable bathrooms are a little dark. The open quad-shaped lounge surrounds a fire pit – the corrugated-iron roof gives it an old homestead feel. Timbavati Private Game Reserve It was the discovery of white lions in the mid- 1970s that put this reserve (Map p400; www.; vehicle fee R150, per passenger R180) on the map. Due to the incredible rarity and recessive nature of the leucism genetic muta- tion, there are only two of these bright beasts in the reserve currently. But the reserve, which has open boundaries to Kruger, is still one of the region's best for overall wildlife. oShindzela LODGE $$$ (Map p400; % 087 806 2068;; s/d all-inclusive R2440/3780) A great entry-level option for those wanting a taste of Timbava- ti without breaking the bank, Shindzela has eight small safari tents, each with attached loos under thatched roofs. Most tents over- look the busy waterhole (Nos 7 and 8 are more private and view the riverbed). Umlani Bushcamp LODGE $$$ (Map p400; % 021-785 5547;; s/d all-inclusive R4578/6870; W s ) This rustic, compact camp has lost none of its charm, despite some of its eight reed and thatch rondavels being replaced with modern ver- sions, complete with solid walls and glass windows. There's limited electricity and lighting is still provided by candles, lanterns and fires, which gives the place an ethereal atmosphere in the evenings. The pool and lounge overlook the active riverbed. Ask about staying a night in the remote treehouse. Jaydee Bush Camp LODGE $$$ (Map p400; % 083 283 8237; www.jaydeecamp.; 10-person camp R10,000; s ) A great op- tion for groups or large families, this very comfortable five-suite self-catering lodge is rented on an exclusive basis. There is a large braai area and a full kitchen (with private chef on request, R450 per day). Elevated decks allow wildlife viewing, and there's a pool and playground for kids. Wildlife drives are included. 4 0 2

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