This special tour departs from the lodge at 05h00 (seasonal) and visits the world-renowned Kruger National Park. This two million-hectare sanctuary is home to 147 mammal species, 500 varieties of birds, 114 types of reptiles and a fascinating array of flora. After an early start and some fresh filter coffee, the Kruger Park is revealed at sunrise. This time of day offers the finest opportunity of seeing nocturnal predators before they sleep during the heat of the day. A short stop is made for a delicious breakfast pack at one of the many picnic spots in the Kruger Park. This tour can either be taken as a half-day trip returning to the Lodge at lunchtime or as a full day tour where a picnic lunch is also included
Our drivers and guides are highly experienced and knowledgeable, having studied extensively, as well as having worked in the area for a considerable time. They are all fully trained, and their pleasant manner will help to ensure a memorable day. All our guides are registered with the South African Tourism Board.
Our new luxury fleet of vehicles, comprising such modern comforts as pure leather seats, all have air-conditioning. All vehicles carry beverages on board and drinks can be served en route. Superior picnics are served on certain tours and the kitchen at Cybele Forest Lodge and Health Spa, in consultation with the guest’s dietary requirements, provides these.
Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers 19,485 square kilometres (7,523 sq mi) and extends 360 kilometres (220 mi) from north to south and 65 kilometres (40 mi) from east to west.
To the west and south of the Kruger National Park are the two South African provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. In the north is Zimbabwe, and to the east is Mozambique. It is now part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park that links Kruger National Park with the Gonarezhou National Parkin Zimbabwe, and with the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique.
The park is part of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere, an area designated by the United Nations Education and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO) as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve (the “Biosphere”).
The park has 9 main gates that allow entrance to the different champa.
View more facts and historical information about The Kruger National Park.
Depart from the Lodge at around 13h30 (seasonal) and be driven to one of South Africa’s top private game reserves in search of the ‘Big 5’ – Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhino. After tea, guests board an open Land Rover and set off into the bush to experience wildlife at close quarters in the care of a game ranger and tracker. Enjoy sundowners in the bush, after which, spotlights are turned on and the game drive continues into the night as the ranger seeks out the nocturnal species. Arriving back at camp, dinner is served around a huge log fire in the boma after which guests are driven back to the Lodge at around 23h00. Subject to private lodge availability.
Our Sundowner safaris take you into the bush as the wildlife prepares itself for another night on duty. Sit quietly on a rocky outcrop and watch the African night fall like a canopy pierced by stars as the night comes alive with sound. Better still, try the African night experience, and after your Sundowner enjoy a Boma dinner and watching traditional dancers under the stars, flames from the fire reflected in your eyes and the scent of wood smoke on the air.