Kruger Park game drive

The land of baobabs, marula trees and the Big Five beckons African rail tour travellers at the Kruger National Park. World renowned as one of the largest game reserves in Africa, the popular Kruger National Park is a top destination for those seeking stellar bushveld accommodation, exciting game viewing opportunities and unparalleled serenity. 

Lying in the heart of the Lowveld, the Kruger National Park is deemed larger than Israel and stands at nearly 2 million hectares of land stretching for 20, 000 square kilometres. Due to the seemingly endless stretches of unspoiled wilderness and unique atmosphere, the park is considered to be one of the top game viewing destinations in the world and a wildlife sanctuary like no other. 

Passengers leaving their luxury train accommodation aboard Rovos Rail take a break from their epic golfing safari to encounter a traditional safari experience – the game drive. While the Kruger Park is traditionally a self-drive destination, the park employs a number of expertly trained rangers who specialise in guided game drives.

Game drives are what the Kruger National Park is all about. Venture out aboard a rugged off-road safari vehicle with binoculars in hand and hold on tight as the guided game drive whisks you away over the rolling hills and untamed bush in the pursuit of the Big Five.  Picnic sites, rest camps, waterholes and hides dot the vast landscape, offering travellers prime game viewing hideaways where they can witness a pride of lions snoozing in the shade or a herd of elephants feeding on the intoxicating fruit of the marula tree.

Hidden amidst the bristly fever tress, baobabs and imposing bushveld lurk the famous Big Five (the lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros) as well as the ‘Little Five’ (buffalo weaver elephant shrew, leopard tortoise ant lion and rhino beetle) and the birding ‘Big Six’ (ground hornbill, kori bustard, lappet-faced vulture, martial eagle, pel’s fishing owl and saddle-bill stork). 

Generally, game drives last around three hours and usually include a coffee break, breakfast or sun-downers in the bush.