Game Reserves in South AfricaMpumalanga Nature & Game Reserves
The private game reserves of Mpumalanga are arguably the best destination in South Africa for anyone seeking an exceptional wildlife safari. The private game reserves lie along the western border of the Kruger National Park and recently, much of the fencing that once separated these reserves from Kruger have come down, allowing the wildlife to roam freely between the private Game Reserves and the Kruger Park. Although the game is essentially the same, there are differences in the overall game viewing experience. In the Kruger Park only closed vehicles are permitted and off-road driving is forbidden ... [cont.]
In the Kruger Park only closed vehicles are permitted and off-road driving is forbidden. Night drives in Kruger may only be conducted by park rangers in large park vehicles. In the Private Game Reserves, day and night game drives are conducted in open vehicles. The biggest advantage of the open safari vehicles is that you get a better view and also a much better feel for the bush than in a closed vehicle.
At camps in the private reserves, the driver and tracker who accompany you on excursions are expert rangers and they are in contact with the other vehicles on game drives, greatly increasing your chances of finding the wildlife that you most want to see (including the 'Big 5'). Vehicles in the private game reserves may also leave the road to follow animals into the bush and provide much better opportunities to witness animal behaviour and interactions. Night drives in the private game reserves are also exceptionally good opportunities to spot game not usually seen during the day. [close]