Extraordinarily, we have made the excursion to Kruger National Park as a 2-days tour, where we spend the night in one of the fine camps inside Kruger Park. Each couple will have a cottage of their own with private bath/toilet. If you want to experience the Kruger National Park and the fascinating African wildlife, you simply do not get the full experience by joining one of the normal 1-day excursions, which most of the other lodges offer. Nature is unpredictable and it would be a pity if your only day in Kruger would be a bad one.
Predators like lions and leopards are primarily active during the night and early mornings and can rarely be seen during the day. Another major advantage is that the excursion takes place at a much nicer pace as we do not have to drive so far to see everything in just one day. Whenever we see something interesting, we can take our time to enjoy the experience.
We leave Kruger National Park in the middle of the second day so we have time to get back to Mpala Safari Lodge and – if you like – a cooling dip in the pool.
We contacted the local chief and asked him if the tribe wanted to be part of this. They accepted, but their young did not know the dances, their parents were also slightly unfamiliar with them so we had to ask the grandparents to teach.
Safari and a romantic dinner in the bush
We will go slowly and carefully along winding tracks through the bush, where we might encounter curious giraffes, which will stay to have a look at us. We take a break at some point to enjoy some refreshments and take in the astonishingly beautiful African scenery. In the evening, a romantic dinner will be served in the bush.
Undervejs stopper vi op, så vi kan nyde en forfriskning og betragte det smukke sydafrikanske landskab. Om aftenen bliver der serveret romantisk middag i bushen.
At the Mpala Game Drive, we drive in open safari vehicles with powerful engines, which make it possible to drive through the uneven terrain of the area. Mpala owns a part of Great Kruger National Park, which is reserved for the guests at Mpala – and all the animals.
Often, we get quite close to the animals, so you need to have your camera ready to get the perfect scoop. We offer Game Drive several times every week. Along the road, we make stops so you can have some refreshment and discuss the experience with each other. Sunday, we round up with the last Game Drive on Mpalas viewpoint, where Mpala thanks you for the visit and offer you a glass of champagne in the sunset.
It is fascinating to experience the South African nature on foot, while the guide tells you about the many things you will meet during the walk.
It is amazing to see how the experienced guide discovers small signs on the ground and more, which nobody else would have seen, had he not pointed them out. It may be a broken branch, tracks in the sand, or animal droppings, which reveals which animal was here and when.
The nocturnal animals see or sense just as clearly as humans do during the day. The animals are not frightened by our floodlights.
You need to dress warmly, as it gets quite cold in the evening and during the night in Africa.