Kruger National Park is vast – bigger than the whole of Ireland – and is home to the widest variety of wildlife of any park in Africa. Established in 1898, the last census counted 147 species of mammals, 507 bird species, 114 species of reptiles and 336 different types of trees. Without a doubt, Kruger National Park holidays offer pure excitement for wildlife lovers, and it’s a dream destination to go out on safari.
The best time to see the animals is either on an early morning or late afternoon game drive. At these cooler times of day, the animals are more active, usually resting in the shade in the hot afternoon sunshine. Elephant, giraffe, zebra, lion, hyena and impala abound, but it is not unusual to spot the more elusive rhino or leopard too. Night game drives give you the opportunity to see creatures in a different light as powerful torches pick out their eyes glowing in the dark. Camping facilities in Kruger are generally of a good standard, with shower and toilet blocks and sometimes even a swimming pool.
Kruger National Park Adventure Holidays
15 Daysfrom$ 4,349
Guided Group (Excl. Flights)
Walk in the Drakensberg Mountains and safari in Kruger
This was our first Exodus cycling holiday and it won’t be our last! The scenery was varied and beautiful, the hotels were better that I was expecting and the cycling was challenging but manageable and a great way to see the countryside.
We were able to ride at our own pace through out the trip, with one of the guides at the front and one bringing up the rear and breaks every hour or so for water and snacks.
Food from the Exodus Mobile Kitchen was excellent – every meal was something different and we were often the lunchtime the envy of other tour groups! The buffet meals in the hotels were also good – a range of options to suit everyone.
Correctly graded as challenging, the first few days were harder than I expected with the altitude and head winds. It was quite cool there too, so a warm and windproof layer is essential in the misty conditions, arm warmers were handy too. The Blyde Canyon ride is long, but you start early (earlier than the trip notes suggest, and without breakfast before setting off); the first and last thirds have an uphill bias but the middle part is a really nice undulating section – the wonderful views are a great distraction too. It’s an enjoyable trip, with some good biking including some fabulous descents safe enough for some good top speeds, and we certainly saw more wildlife than I was expecting – take some binoculars, you’ll be glad you did.
The bikes are key to the enjoyment of a cycling holiday. I have enjoyed at least 12 previous cycling holidays with Exodus and the bikes provided for this trip were the worst I have ever had. It was difficult or impossible to change gears smoothly on both the front or rear gears. The chain frequently hopped 2 gears, no gears, or changed on a whim entirely by itself. Frequent adjustments were made by the guides, but any changes didn’t last more than 20km. I suspect the cables needed changing, but this wasn’t in their remit. The display on the handlebars were completely obscured so you had no idea what gear you were in unless you memorised the back and looked down at the front, making it easy to cross chain and exacerbate the problems. On first sight of the bikes at least 2 had new chains which were drooping almost to the ground.