Photo safari at Olifants River

Do you want to get close to the wildlife to get some amazing and unique pictures? This requires extensive local knowledge and a tranquil setting to succes. You get it all at Mpala Safari Lodge which is located in the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Wildlife are best observed in their natural surroundings. To see giraffes, lions, rhinos, elephants and many other African animals up close, the Kruger National Park in the north-eastern part of South Africa is a good place to go. It is the largest game reserve in Africa, open to the public since 1927.


Requires tranquillity and good local knowledge

To get close to the wildlife you need quiet and calm conditions and a guide who is well acquainted with the local conditions. In the southern part of the Kruger National Park that can be hard to find because of the large number of tourists.

But if you head towards north east in the park, the tourists will be less frequent. Here you find Mpala Safari Lodge, located on the banks of the Olifants River. With room for only 12 guests at a time, there are good opportunities to get a first-hand view to the amazing wildlife. In fact, it can be observed directly from the terrace of the luxurious duplexes you will be accommodated in and you will have an extremely good view to the wildlife along the Olifants River from the terrace in the main house.


Photo safari in the bush

But you will get even closer to the wildlife! During the week you go on a very exclusive photo safari in the bush. Among all the exciting safari excursions, games drives, bush walks and tours that are included in the stay at Mpala, you will one day also get the opportunity to driving an ATV on your own through the bush among the animals, which is a quite rare event. If this is not your best idea of a game drive you just take the open safari jeep with one of the rangers as a driver.

The rangers at Mpala are real professionals and know where to find the different animal groups at the moment. The animals move during the season depending on where they can find food and water.

The rangers will lead you as close to the wildlife as possible, to give you the best opportunities for good pictures. Of course, the rangers are vigilant and armed, if you should encounter a dangerous situation, which only very seldom happens.


In a steady pace through the bush

The game drives and the bush walks and the trip on ATV’s takes place at a steady pace through the many winding paths in the bush. Along the way the rangers tell you how to read the tracks that the animals leave behind. The rangers are excellent with telling about the wild life and the nature and about how to survive by using the natural bush methods.

There will also be time for refreshments and lots of time to enjoy the magnificent scenery. When the days are over, our chefs make a true gourmet meal, often over open fire – one night even in the middle of the savannah far away from all civilisation, with the most spectacular scenery of the millions of bright stars on the black African sky. How more romantic can it be ?

To experience the beautiful and luxurious Mpala Safari Lodge, you have to be an early bird. With room for only 12 people at a time, it can be difficult to find vacant duplexes at a time that suits you.

So book now to get an incredible week (if not two weeks because the second week is half price) in first class luxury with lot of opportunity to get your greatest pictures of the African wildlife – and maybe the best holiday of your lifetime.