Reasons to Visit
The most economical and by far the most popular way to experience South Africa is on a self drive. The roads are good, traffic tends to be light and driving is on the left.
Within easy driving distance of Cape Town, the valleys of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek have become known as 'The Winelands'. Here you can admire the manicured rows of green and russet vines and even stop to sample the local tipple.
Cape Town – one of the world’s great cities, Cape Town has excellent accommodation, is easy to explore and is the gateway to the Wine Regions and Garden Route. Cape Town is an ideal place to start your trip around South Africa.
Hermanus and Walker Bay, near Cape Town, are perhaps the best places in the world to spot whales from the shore (Jun-Dec). Whale watching trips from boats are also popular in South Africa.
Learn how Ghandi, Paul Kruger and Winston Churchill were all involved in the battle of Spioenkop, during the Boer War, or how a hundred British soldiers held off some 4,000 Zulus at Rorke’s Drift, and how nearly 1,800 were killed a few hours earlier at the battle of Isandlwana.
South Africa offers some of the best safari in the whole of Africa. One of the best places are the private reserves of Kruger Greater Park, where you can see the 'Big Five' (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo).
South Africa boasts some spectacular scenery across the whole country. These include the imposing Drakensberg Mountains, coastal views along the Garden Route, the impressive Blyde River Canyon and the vast Karoo.
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Whilst Nkambeni is basic and large the layout and the activity structure make for a surprisingly personable experience. It also offers fantastic value considering it is within the world famous Big Five Kruger National Park.
The tented camp is set within The Kruger National Park in its own private 'Big 5' 11,000 hectare concession. This property, although basic, offers the best value accommodation for a private reserve within the Kruger Park and is fenced to provide safety from the animals.
Whilst the camp has 150 tents they are all laid out amongst mature vegetation making it feel deceptively smaller than it is. Each permanent tent comprises a solid wooden floor, canvas sides and an outside decking area with two comfortable chairs giving you a real tented feel to your safari. The rooms are of a good size with double beds, wardrobe, ceiling fan, tea and coffee and en-suite facilities. The bathrooms are basic and shower only but you can choose between either indoor or outdoor hot showers.
The main public areas are located within a large permanent canvas building which comprises of the buffet restaurant, lounge area and the bar. From the veranda you have views of The Kruger and also the large freeform swimming pool and a viewing deck that overlooks a dam with its resident hippo.
Breakfast is a buffet served between 05:30 and 09:00 which allows a steady flow of clients throughout the morning as people return at different times from their activities. Lunch is a limited a la carte menu served in the bar due to many clients being out all day on game drives. Dinner alternates between a buffet and a boma meal which is located next to the main tent. The buffet is extensive offering a choice of hot main meals and salads with desert and tea and coffee is available throughout the day.
The Kruger National Park is one of the oldest, largest, and most diverse parks in Africa. It is also one of the places where you can see the Big Five (lion, leopard, black rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo).
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