In this online safari, we will head to the Olifants West nature reserve in the Balule Conservancy within the Greater Kruger National Park (GKNP). The GKNP is over two million hectares of protected animal reserve, which is the largest in South Africa and the third-largest in Africa. Here, the animals, predators and prey alike, live their lives the same way they have for thousands of years. Home to the iconic “Big 5 “, elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard, and an array of other fascinating species make up this intricate, unique and fascinating ecosystem.
We have over 3,000 hectares of available traversing in our purpose-built open 4 x 4 game viewing vehicle, and we take you out with us on an interactive safari for one hour and a half, during which Matt, our very experienced and knowledgable field guide will be giving you explanations of what we find, large and small.
We are taking you on a real safari just the same as if you were a guest in camp. It is not a zoo we operate our safaris in, all the animals are free roaming. Together we will share the thrill of discovering what we can find, which, apart from sometimes being plain lucky, more often involves the ancient art of tracking, finding tracks, estimating their freshness and with our knowledge of species behaviour and the area, tracking the animal.
We will drive on rough roads through open plains, home to “plains game“ species such as giraffe, zebra, and different kinds of antelope, also over steep hills with dramatic panoramic views of the Lowveld bush fringed with the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains, as well as by the perennial Olifants River which is home to crocodile, hippo and glorious riverine birds.