Experience Africa – The Kruger National Park – Part 2 – Sabie River to Olifantsrivier
In this 2nd post on the Kruger National Park, we explore the region north of the Sabie River up to Olifantsrivier which borders Mpumalanga and Limpopo. This region covers the northern part of the Lembombo hills which border South Africa and Mozambique as well as the Grasslands of central Kruger Park.
Whether heading north from Skukuzu along the H1-2 or Lower Sabie along the H10, which are both situated on the Sabie River, the closest rest point is Tshokwane Picnic Spot. Tshokwane receives its name from the old Shangaan chief who lived in the area until he died in 1915. The original warden of the old Sabie Wildlife Reserve (the original reserve which became the Kruger Park), Colonel James Stevenson-Hamilton, learnt much about Shangaan, Zulu and Swazi history in the area from Chief Tshokwane.
Orpen Dam which is east of Tshokwane Picnic Spot is a great viewing spot for elephant and the area around is known for its giraffe population.
The H1-3 leads north from Tshokwane through the central grasslands of the Kruger National Park to Satara Camp. Along this stretch we pass through Lion territory. Satara is most known for its lion sightings. Along the H1-3 is an optional route, the S34, known as the Vutomi Loop. This road follows the Munywini River and Ripape River until it joins back to the H1. This loop sees large amounts of Zebra and Wildebeest during the winter season and is a great route for spotting giraffe feeding off the tall knob thorn.
The H7 Route leads westward from Satara to the Orpen rest camp, following the Timbavati River. This route offers sightings of Buffalo, Zebra and Wildebeest. The H6 road leads eastward to the Lembombo hills, filled with knob thorn acacia woodlands.
Northward from Satara we follow the H1-4, through dry pans and bushveld to the Olifantsrivier.
Along this route there are a few side roads such as the S90 and S40 which take us through eastern parts of the centeral park and offer more opportunity for birding and game sightings. The main stopping point on the way to Olifantsrivier is the Ngotso waterhole. Ngotso is great for birders to catch sight of the African Fish Eagle and is known for frequent visits from herds of Elephant.
The Kruger National Park is vast and full of a variety of habitat and African wildlife. If you haven’t yet visited the Kruger National Park or haven’t yet been since your youth, I would advise you re-engage with the beauty of the Southern African bush and reconnect with nature. Find accommodation in and around the Kruger National Park right here through Hotel Stays. Reading about these great safari experiences is nothing compared to when you Experience Africa for yourself! See you in The Kruger!
Author: Sebastian Bergman – Account Executive Hotel Stays Africa