A mammal-watching tour to Dullstroom and Kruger National Park
This action-packed mammal-watching safari focuses on the abundant wildlife within Kruger National Park, South Africa’s premier wildlife reserve. We break the journey to Kruger with a night in Dullstroom and the chance to look for Blesbok and Grey Rhebok on the surrounding montane grasslands. Crossing the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains we enter the world-famous Kruger National Park where we split our 6-night stay between 3 different camps (usually Satara, Skukuza and Lower Sabie). Past tours have enjoyed sightings of over 40 species of mammal, including Lion, Leopard, African Wild Dog, White Rhinoceros, Nyala, Elephant and Giraffe. Birdlife is also colourful and abundant and Kruger night drives open another world of nocturnal wildlife possibilities.
- Six nights in the world famous Kruger National Park
- Explore the upland grasslands of Dullstroom
- Up to 40 species of mammal typically recorded
- White Rhinoceros, Lion and African Wild Dog all possible
- Abundant and colourful birdlife
- Night Drives in Kruger National Park
- Expertly guided by local South African naturalists
Lunches and dinners are not included, and will be taken at the varied restaurants, shops and bars of Dullstroom and the Kruger rest camps. You are likely to spend £100-£150 on the tour on these meals, depending on your appetite! Breakfast is included.
Simple, comfortable tourist chalets and furnished en-suite tented accommodation
White Rhino (Leon Marais)
Day 3/8 Kruger National Park
About the region
Dullstroom, a small town three hours north-east of Johnannesburg, is our first stop on this tour. The habitat here is mainly montane grassland interspersed with rocky ridges and marshes (vleis).
The world famous Kruger National Park extends across almost 2 million hectares, and is roughly the size of Wales. Kruger holds a wonderful diversity of animal life. There’s a wide variety of habitats within Kruger including grassland and thornveld.
The tour ‘in a nutshell’
A 10-day tour to eastern South Africa, including six nights in the world famous Kruger National Park.
What mammals might I see?
Around Dullstroom we’ll look for Blesbok, Grey Rhebok and Mountain Reedbuck.
As we heard towards Satara, in the central region of Kruger National Park, we’ll look for Giraffe, Tsessebe, Waterbuck and White Rhino. Satara holds the highest density of Lions in the park due to the high numbers of Blue Wildebeest and Burchell's Zebra attracted by the lush grazing and open country. Leopards also occur in the area, as do Cheetah, Spotted Hyena and African Wild Dog. Other species we’ll hope to encounter include Elephant, Cape Buffalo and Greater Kudu. Optional night drives provide our best chance of finding African Wild Cat, Caracal and Serval, as well as Black-backed Jackal and Honey Badger.
Next we will stay at campsites on the Sabie River and among the mammals we’ll hope to find here are Sable Antelope, the tiny Steenbok and Common Duiker, as well as Vervet Monkeys. Genets are often encountered at night, Thick-tailed Bushbaby is common and can be located by its raucous call at night, while Peter’s Epauletted Fruit Bats roost in colonies in trees in the camp and are very vocal at night!
The beautiful Grey Crowned Crane and Blue Crane around Dullstroom.
In Kruger we may see breeding Lesser Masked Weavers, as well as Kori Bustard, African Spoonbill, African Green Pigeon and a variety of vulture species.
We’ll hope to see Cape Clawless Otters along the Sabie River.
I took my 2 grandsons aged 13 and 7 years. Both enjoyed themselves tremendously. Our guides were excellent. John our guide had endless patience with both boys.
P.C. & P.C.
We really appreciated our guide’s ability and willingness to pass on information about all the bird calls throughout the trip. He also shared with us lots of information on the history and culture of the areas we visited, clearly having much experience and knowledge of Kruger.
The tour guides were fantastic, knowledgeable and deeply committed to African wildlife. I found it a good balance of mammals and the fabulous bird life abundant in the area.
R. & S.B.
Warren and Martin made South Africa come alive for us... The knowledge and skill that they both exhibited was amazing, their efforts to provide the maximum opportunity to see everything possible at the time were unceasing and totally successful.
Both tour leaders were incredibly knowledgeable and patient. No question was too basic for them. They made the trip highly enjoyable and informative, and also ensured that everything ran smoothly. I would recommend Naturetrek to everyone.
Both leaders were excellent ‘spotters’ of wildlife and Dave Steyn was particularly popular with his story telling of life in Africa with our grandchildren. Alan organised our comings and goings with great care. We also liked his sensitivity to the environment. We would be very happy to travel with either of them again and recommend them for a family group.
Our guides Warren and Martin were extremely knowledgeable, informative, helpful and friendly. They both helped ensure our trip was well organized and thoroughly enjoyed!
We had our ten year old son with us and Warren and Martin were both fantastic at providing answers to his animal questions. It was great for him to have people who could give clear answers and follow up with other interesting facts - their passion for their subject was infectious and for the first time in my life I began to understand why my husband enjoys birding!
The whole experience was better than anticipated - due in no small measure to the professionalism, dedication, knowledge and experience of our guides. The mammals, the scenery and countryside, particularly the riverside growth and the koppies were all that I wanted from South Africa. I shall go again!
Warren and Richard were absolutely outstanding leaders. They were extremely knowledgeable and worked tirelessly to make our trip the best it could possibly be. They made the holiday a superb experience. All in all it was excellent value for money!
The trip leaders and local agents were totally fantastic. Im already booking for next years Naturetrek holiday!