Visiting Kruger in October

In early October, Go2Africa staffers Emma and Nadia left a wintery Cape Town and headed to the Kruger National Park where they spent a good few days exploring the region’s best private concessions and most luxurious lodges. 

October usually marks the end of the peak safari season in Kruger. It is a transitional period (also known as the shoulder season) between dry winter months and the onset of spring rains. Sadly, there has been a prolonged drought this year and Kruger’s characteristic afternoon thundershowers are yet to arrive. This means that the excellent game viewing of peak season has extended right into October: wildlife is easily located close to permanent water sources, and less vegetation makes animals more visible and easier to track down.

Nadia and Emma witnessed incredible concentrations of wildlife, and even had an extremely rare sighting of three of the Big 5 – elephant, rhino and leopard – arriving to drink, all in one spot! Below are some of the highlights of their trip. 

Incredible sighting
A rare sighting of three of the Big 5 at the same waterhole. The rhino and elephant are very tolerant of each other but don't know there's a leopard sleeping under a bush nearby.
Nadia and Emma
Nadia and Emma enjoy a welcome drink on arrival at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge.
Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge
Double-volume spaces with traditional thatched roofs create an inviting space filled with interesting and locally made artworks.
Safari
Vegetation is sparse but the thrilling wildlife sightings of peak season more that make up for that!
cheetah
A very well-fed cheetah relaxing after a hunt.
Dining
In the chic dining room at Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge you can escape the midday heat and enjoy lunch with your feet in the cool water – a total sensory experience!
Views
The lodge's unique design allows you to feel totally immersed in Kruger’s wilderness at every moment spent ‘indoors’.
gameranger
Go2Africa's Head of Marketing, Nadia, with her dedicated game ranger at Kirkman's Kamp.
Rhino
After winter there are slim pickings for grazers and browsers, but less vegetation means great visibility and excellent wildlife sightings for guests.
Leopard
A leopard’s spots help it to stay camouflaged while on the prowl.
lioness
They may appear pensive and elegant but it's the females in a pride that do most of the hunting, and do so together in groups of up to eight.
Leopard in sand
This lazy leopard is nursing a very full belly and was spotted on a game drive at Kirkman’s Kamp, also in the Sabi Sand concession.
Leopard
Dulini Game Reserve located in the prestigious Sabi Sands concession which is one of the best places on the continent to see Leopard, the most elusive of the Big 5.
Ellie
Big game including elephant are habituated to game drive vehicles, allowing you to get up-close-and-personal.
Bedroom
Nadia and Emma had a chance to visit the beautiful Leadwood Lodge, a serene and intimate hideaway nestled between the Sand and Mabrak Rivers.
Bathroom
The immaculate suites at Leadwood allow you to totally unwind and relax after a day of game drives, gourmet cuisine, and incredible animals sightings.
cubs
The lion cub sightings at Lion Sands River Lodge were brilliant. Their playfulness is an important precursor for learning to hunt and survive in the wild.

Video

Lion Cubs in Kruger National Park | Go2Africa.com from Go2Africa Safaris on Vimeo.

Bedroom
Each suite at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge has it’s own plunge pool and deck to appreciate views of the riverbed.
room
The lodge is located on the Sabi River and captures a contemporary safari aesthetic.

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