Leaving Whiteriver and on the way to the scenic Leopard Creek Country Club, which was designed by Gary Player, one of the most famous South African golf-legend. This Golf Club is reserved mainly for members and their guests. Arrangements can be made to play a round of golf for visitors staying in nearby lodges. The golf course shows innovative architectural landscaping, incorporating the surroundings into the course. The golf course borders on the Kruger National Park and as a result, wild animals are a common sight on the fairways or in the riverbed that runs alongside several holes. The clubhouse is located on the bank of the Crocodile River and has lovely views towards the Kruger National Park.
read more http://www.leopardcreek.co.za/
The eighteen life-size leopard sculptures that can be seen in and around Leopard Creek Country Club, have been commissioned by Mr Johann Rupert, co-founder of the Country Club, and made by the sculptor Dylan Lewis. A Stellenbosch based artist, Dylan Lewis is one of the world´s foremost sculptor of the animal and human form.
read more http://www.dylanlewis.co.za/
From the Leopard Creek Country Club we head to the Malelane Gate and enter the Kruger National Park, a 20’000 km2 wilderness area. The Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks amongst the best in Southern Africa. It is known for its size, conservation history, wildlife diversity and ease of access. The park offers 25 rest camps to choose from and is truly the flagship of the South African National Parks. Kruger is home to the Big Five and an impressive number of different species: 147 different kinds of mammals, 114 different reptiles, over 500 different birds, many amphibians and last but not least a great variety of noted trees.
The more adventurous can sign up for a wilderness trail where you track game on foot – a wonderful way to connect with the African bush. The park offers seven different wilderness trails, all done in small groups of maximum 8 people. The trails are guided by knowledgeable rangers and offer an even more intimate experience with nature. The walks are not overly strenuous, covering about 10 km per day, at a modest pace and are appropriate for anyone reasonably fit. The itinerary is determined by the interests of the group, the time of year and the disposition of the wildlife.
The prices of the trail include accommodation in rustic huts, food and equipment. The trails start on a Wednesday or on a Sunday afternoon. All trails are extremely popular and must be booked at least a year in advance. Reservations +27 12 428 9111.
Should you prefer something off beat and a bit more comfortable and unique, try the tented camp at Tamboti. The tented camp combines the comfort and amenities of a lodge with the feel of camping. Set on the banks of the Timbavati River, 2 km east of the Orpen Rest Camp, Tamboti camp is in a good location to explore this section of the park. The tents are secluded and most of them facing the river, meaning plenty of opportunities to spot game from your veranda.
There are two types of tents available; the two and four bed units have communal ablutions and kitchen, while the semi-luxury three-bed tents have their own en-suite bathroom and kitchen facilities and braai area.
read more http://www.krugerpark.co.za/Kruger_National_Park_Satellite_Camps-travel/tamboti-tent-camp.html
There is so much to see and explore in the Kruger National Park and we suggest that you plan your stay for at least three nights. However we do have to leave the Park to make our way to a Private Game Lodge in the area, for the next wine delivery by the Red ’53 Pick Up.
We follow the road to the Skukuza rest camp and leaving Kruger National Park through Paul Kruger gate. Our next destination is Dulini, situated in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve. This reserve is adjacent to the Kruger National Park and as there are no boundary fences between the Sabi Sand and the Kruger National Park, the area enjoys the same diversity of wildlife. The two rivers, the Sabi and Sand River, are vital to fauna and flora of the area.
Dulini Lodge is decorated in contemporary African luxury and has been built in the shade of old Ebony and Leadwood trees set next to the Mabrak River. The lodge offers daily game drives and nature walks, accompanied by experienced armed trackers. Dulini has an extensive library for those more inclined to quieter contemplation. From the viewing deck one can enjoy the landscape and spot animals wandering along the trails beyond the camp and through the riverbed.
read more http://www.dulini.com/dulini-lodge
Dinner can be enjoyed with a bottle of Kyburg Boutique Wine or a choice of other fine South African wines from the lodge’s cellar. Dinner is served in the Boma, a circular enclosure, with a fire in the centre. A true African dining experience: under a ceiling of bright stars.
Six exquisite thatched suites are located along the banks of the riverbed. Each spacious suite has a private plunge pool and beautiful rooms fitted with mosquito nets and exquisite bathrooms. Each suite offers a private view of the riverbed, seamlessly integrating the grandeur of nature and elegance of the décor.
The cellar is now stocked up once again with Kyburg Boutique Wine, so guests can enjoy a gentle Merlot, fruity Cabernet, a spicy Shiraz or the famous 33 Latitude Blend. We could easily stay a couple of days in this beautiful setting and suggest, if your budget allows, to plan a three night stay at Dulini.
Our team prepares for another wine delivery by the Red ’53 Pick Up. The journey goes on to a private game reserve located in the Hoedspruit area. Please join us for the next adventure!
Tanja and the entire Kyburg Team