Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is one of the last bona fide paradises left, an African Eden of effervescent rivers, sprawling savannas and thorny woodland.

Introduction

Kruger is South Africa’s largest and most important conservation area. It is home to the greatest diversity of large mammal species that can be seen in any national park in Africa.  It is the ideal destination for a first time safari to Africa.

Size 1,948 528 Ha
Distance north to south 352km
Average distance east to west 60km
Mammal Species 148
Identified Bird species 505
Amphibian Species 35
Reptile Species 118

Popular Kruger Park Safaris

A bachelor herd of kudus spotted on safari in the Kruger National Park. 4 Day Kruger Park Safari

Enjoy three nights and four days on a privately guided overland safari in the Kruger National Park, at one of the park's comfortable rest camps.

The exterior of a suite at Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge in the Greater Kruger. 5 Day Two Sabi Sand Lodges

Experience luxury, full board accommodation at two exclusive lodges in the Sabi Sand, the Greater Kruger's premier private game reserve.

A lioness and her cubs photographed during a Kruger Park safari. 7 Day In-Depth Kruger Park

Explore three different areas of the two-million-hectare Kruger National Park during a private overland safari with an African Sky guide.

The sumptuous bathroom of a sutie at Rattrays on Mala Mala. 7 Day Kruger's Finest Fly-In Safari

Only the finest lodges imaginable are included in this exclusive Kruger adventure that visits that Mala Mala and Sabi Sand private game reserves.

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Useful Info

Getting There
Plane

By Air

The Kruger National Park is served by four airports; Nelspruit and Skukuza in the south, Hoedspruit in the central part of Kruger and Phalaborwa in the north. Scheduled charter flights are available to most of the private lodges. Flight times from Johannesburg range from about 50 minutes to an hour and a half.

Lionesses at play in the Greater Kruger National Park.

By Road

Traveling overland from Johannesburg to the southern and central Kruger National Park involves a drive of between four and six hours. It is recommended that anyone who visits the park on an overland safari enters the park through Malelane, Crocodile Bridge, Paul Kruger, Phabeni, Orpen or Phalaborwa gates.

Gates

Gate Phone Number
Crocodile Bridge +27 (0)13 735 6012
Kruger Gate +27 (0)13 735 5107
Malelaan +27 (0)13 735 6152
Numbi +27 (0)13 735 5133
Orpen +27 (0)13 735 0237/0238
Pafuri +27 (0)13 735 5574
Phabeni +27 (0)13 735 5890
Phalaborwa +27 (0)13 735 3547
Punda Maria +27 (0)13 735 6870

Gate Times

Entrance Gates open at 05:30 from October to March and at 06:00 from April to September.

Camp Gates Open at 04:30 during December, January and February. In February, March and October the opening time is 05:30. From April to September, camp gates open at 06:00.

All Gates close at 18:30 from November to February, at 18:00 during March, April, August and September. In May, June and July the closing time is 17:30.

Reasons to Visit
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Wildlife

Stretching over nearly 2 million hectare of South African lowveld, the park is one of the largest conservation arenas on the African continent continent. Kruger is a haven for ample numbers of the Big Five, as well as almost 150 other species of mammal, hundreds of bird species and a plenteous variety of amphibian and reptile life. There is an element to overwhelm every sense and settle itself in the most romantic corners of the memory. One will not soon forget the fish eagle’s haunting peal of laughter, a soundtrack to early morning excursions with the African sun bleeding over dusky treetops.

2

Accommodation

The remarkable collection of accommodation options is another appealing hallmark of the park, providing a diverse selection for both the budget traveler and the hedonist. From the bare minimum of a self-struck tent to the opulence of an all-inclusive private lodge, Kruger can entertain every cut of holidaymaker.

3

Activities

Activities abound, from guided bush walks into the often untrodden bushveld to rugged 4x4 trails, rewarding and informative game drives, reclusive game hides for private encounters, forays to historical and archaeological sites and many more.

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Private Reserves

The private game reserves that border the Kruger Park host some of the finest safari lodges in the world. These reserves are able to combine the pristine wilderness and wildlife of the park with accommodations fit for a king or queen. Meals are included on a full board basis, with some lodges offering extravagant extras like private plunge pools, in-suite lounges and personal butler services. For travelers with a taste for the finer things in life, there is no better way to enjoy a Kruger safari.

Weather & Best Time To Visit

Spring and summertime in Kruger can become uncomfortably hot, reaching record temperatures of up to 40°C (and even beyond) but averaging at a maximum of 33°C and a minimum of 16°C in the months between September and March. The chance of contracting malaria is also much higher during this period, as the rainfall draws mosquitoes.

The best time to visit the park is during the autumn/winter period between April and August, when temperatures are at their lowest. The dry season lures animals to key water sources, which provide great game-viewing opportunities. However, the temperature is still relatively high during this period, with average maximums ranging from 26°C to 29°C, depending on the month and location in the park. Minimums fluctuate between 6°C and 15°C. Antimalarials should still be taken as a precaution.

Animal Numbers
Blue Wildebeest 6400 - 13100
Buffalo 37130
Burchell’s  Zebra 23700 - 35 300
Cheetah 120
Crocodile 4420
Eland 460
Elephant 13750
Giraffe 6800 - 10 300
Greater Kudu 11 200 - 17300
Hippopotamus 3100
Impala 132 300 - 176 400
Leopard 1000
Lion 1620 -1750
Mountain Reedbuck 150
Nyala >300
Reedbuck 300
Roan Antelope 90
Sable Antelope 290
Spotted Hyena 5340
Tsessebe 220
Warthog 3100 - 5700
Waterbuck 3100 - 7800
Wild Dog 120
Medical Considerations

It is advisable that all who visit the park consult their physicians about anti-malarial prophylactics. The malaria risk in Kruger is highest in the far south and the far north, but the whole park falls within a malaria risk region.

Health & Safety

The question of whether close encounters with wildlife are safe, as well as general safety, is a concern to many foreign visitors. Though wildlife can be intimidating, especially the Big Five, all safaris are led by experienced rangers with in-depth knowledge of animal behavior. Though very rare and highly infrequent, there have been a couple of incidents over the years where animals have caused injury or death. This has, however, never occurred on any safari operated by African Sky over the past almost eighteen years.

Experiences to be savored

A large male lion prepares to roar.

Morning Coffee

Enjoying a cup of coffee shortly after dusk, when the bush comes alive with animal movement and birdsong, is a tranquil experience, enhanced by the endless expanse of African savanna that stretches out as far as the eye can see.

An African River

While in Kruger it is a great idea to find a viewpoint that overlooks one of the rivers that crisscross the park. Just sitting quietly and observing the surroundings is sure to offer some excellent sightings of various mammals coming to the river's edge.

Kruger by Night

It is recommended that you devote at least one evening to a game drive that stretches on into the dark of night, when the many predators in the area are at their most active, embarking on the hunt after a day normally devoted to sleeping.

Transportation

A child mounts a safari vehicle.

When staying in a private game reserve or at a lodge located on a private concession in the Kruger National Park, morning and afternoon game drives are conducted on open 4x4 vehicles by experienced local rangers and trackers. These vehicles are specially equipped to make your game drive comfortable and to offer maximum photographic opportunities.

When staying at a rest camp in the park itself, game drives are conducted in air-conditioned vehicles by African Sky guides. These game drives have the advantage of not being limited to the morning or afternoon, and can often last most of the day - depending on your preference. On these extended game drives that cover a lot of ground, an air-conditioned vehicle offers a much greater degree of comfort.

Foods to try when visiting Kruger

Slices of biltong.

Game Meat

Normally on the menu at private lodges as well as restaurants in national park camps, game meat - including buffalo, kudu and impala - is a delicacy well worth trying. Very low in fat, it is also a very healthy option.

Potjiekos

A type of stew made with various ingredients that is unique to South Africa, this delicacy is almost always available on the menu of various lodges as well as in the restaurants at the rest camps of the Kruger National Park.

Biltong

A staple in South Africa, though not for everyone, the adventurous should definitely give the local take on jerky a try. It is readily available throughout Kruger and can be purchased at any of the shops in the national park.

Braai

South Africans love a BBQ or braai so much, it is the activity all South Africans partake in on Heritage Day - a local public holiday. At the lodges in and around Kruger, you will most definitely have the opportunity to enjoy this local tradition.

Resources

Recommended Reading

  • Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park - Heike Schutze
  • Roberts Bird Guide: Kruger National Park and adjacent Lowveld - Hugh Chittenden
  • Make the most of your visit to Kruger National Park - Peter Klein

FAQ

Am I allowed to get out of the vehicle?
In the Kruger Park, there are demarcated areas where visitors are allowed to disembark vehicles. At all private lodges, rangers stop for morning coffee on the morning drive and for sundowner drinks on the afternoon drive - a great opportunity to stretch your legs in the middle of the wilderness.
Can I be harmed by wild animals?
Wild animals are inherently dangerous. If, however, you adhere to the rules and commands of your ranger, you will be safe.
What about poachers?
Poaching is a problem. It is, however, highly unlikely that you will ever come into contact with poachers, for they avoid areas where tourists travel on a regular basis.
Do I need to take Malaria Medication?
It is advisable to take anti-malarial prophylactics when visiting the Kruger Park.
Can I view animals at night?
If you are staying at a lodge, the late afternoon game drives stretch on into the first hours of darkness. When staying at a national park camp, night drives can be booked accompanied by local rangers.
Are my valuables safe at the lodges & Camps?
Most lodges provide personal safes in each room. If you are staying at a national park camp, it is advisable to always lock your room. If this is done, your belongings should be safe.
Is the water safe to drink?
Yes, but bottled water is also available throughout the park.
Can I use my credit card in Kruger ?
Visa, Master and Amex cards are widely accepted at all lodges as well as at shops and restaurants in the park.
What currencies are accepted in the Kruger National Park?
South African Rand. The private lodges will accept major currencies, but the rate of conversion is normally terrible. It is recommended that you change some foreign currency to rand when arriving in South Africa.
Will I have mobile reception and access to the Internet?
Most parts of the park have basic mobile coverage. The main camps have internet access, but not free WiFi. If you are staying at a private lodge, free WiFi is available.
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Kruger Park

In 1898, through the initiatives of Jakob-Louis van Wyk, R.K. Loveday and President Paul Kruger to establish a ‘government wildlife park’, the area between the Sabie and Crocodile rivers was proclaimed the Sabie Game Reserve. This area now comprises the southern third of the modern park. The first official warden, Scottish-born Major James Stevenson-Hamilton, was appointed by Sir Godfrey Lagden in 1902.

A pair of lions relax under the scanty shade of a small tree.

Harry Wolhuter and Thomas Duke were installed as the Sabie Game Reserve’s first rangers, posted at present-day Pretoriuskop and Lower Sabie, while Stevenson-Hamilton operated headquarters at the Sabie Bridge (present-day Skukuza). In 1903, the Shingwedzi Game Reserve (which now forms part of northern Kruger) was proclaimed and added to Stevenson-Hamilton’s list of responsibilities. He appointed Major AA Fraser as the reserve’s first head ranger in 1904. In 1926, the National Parks Act was passed. The reserves were fused and expanded to forge the Kruger National Park. The first three tourist cars accessed the park in 1927 with numbers swelling to 180 in 1928 and 850 in 1929. In the 1940s, the Greek royal family and King George II were added to the booming accession of local and foreign tourists.

Vestiges of yesteryear survive throughout the park, from the Albasini ruins (the original home of the area’s first European settler) near the Phabeni gate and prospectors’ graves in the south to the site of Wolhuter’s lion attack and the Masorini archaeological site in the north. From the near-extinction of several species to the on-going battle against poaching, Kruger Park and its champions have braved many challenges in its evolution toward the distinguished reserve that exists as today.

Kruger National Park is a wondrous arena of close encounters of the four-legged kind. It is a haven where critically endangered and vulnerable species, such as the African wild dog, black rhinoceros and cheetah, can still be viewed in their natural habitat. The big cats prosper with around 2000 lions and 2000 leopards residing in the park, ensuring that the average game viewer can quickly tick them off their checklist.

A hippopotamus breaches the surface of a river in Kruger.

Elephants occur in abundance, with herds expanding so much in recent years (almost 12 000 elephants currently call Kruger home) that many groups have had to be relocated to protect the ecosystem. White rhinos are present in lesser numbers but are regularly spotted throughout the park. Solid herds of African buffalo frequently blacken the gold sweep of the savanna, emerging from the bush in their thousands.

Large herbivores such as Burchell's zebra, blue wildebeest, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck and impala prevail on every terrain, while eland, nyala and smaller antelope are rarer finds. Lesser mammals include spotted hyenas, black-backed jackals, honey badgers, genets, meerkats, mongoose, warthogs, bush pigs, porcupines, baboons and Vervet monkeys. Most of the fuller dams and river regions teem with hippo and crocodile populations.

With over 500 feathered species, Kruger is a birder’s paradise. From the delightful lilac-breasted roller to the majestic Bateleur eagle, even wildlife enthusiasts after the larger game will be charmed by the kaleidoscope of birdlife. A few of the park’s birds have been assigned to a group called ‘The Big Six’ and include the tremendous Lappet-faced vulture, the snow-bellied Martial eagle, the eccentrically dressed saddle-billed stork, the low-stalking Kori bustard, the comically odd ground hornbill and the rarely spotted Pel's fishing owl.

Stretching 380km north to south and averaging 60km east to west, the wild expanse of the Kruger National Park may almost be considered a province in its own right. Two rivers serve as natural borders to the park; the Limpopo River in the north and the Crocodile River in the south. Kruger’s western boundary runs across the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces while Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park lies to the east.

A lodge overlooks the Crocodile River on the southern border of the Kruger National Park.

A few major rivers run west to east through the park, starting with the Sabie River in the south, the Olifants and Letaba rivers in the heart of the park and the Luvuvhu in the far north. These rivers serve to replenish the numerous smaller streams and dams throughout the park. Depending on the region, rainfall varies from a maximum of 720mm to a minimum of 400mm per annum.

Vegetation digresses throughout Kruger, creating a stirring medley of settings for game sightings. Rock figs and bushwillows star the southwest, with kiaat and silver-cluster leaf lacing the Pretoriuskop area. The general south is full of sickle bush and thorn trees, ranging from knob thorn to scented and sticky thorn. Shady tamboti trees and the juicy-fruited marula trees cloak the area as well. From the heart of the park to the far north, a mopane mantle covers the earth. Rare tree species occur in the Pafuri and Punda Maria regions of the north, an area also weighted in ancient baobab trees.

Around seven geological substructures pad the bushy carpet of the park. The west is generally bedded in granite, with rolling plains sprouting from the sandy earth. Coarse, dark gabbroic intrusions pepper this region as well, occurring sporadically in the planed savanna. Karoo sedimentary rock stretches north to south in an axial girdle, yielding fine sand and salty clay soils. The east of the park is stained with ruddy basalt, climbing into the rhyolite base coat of the Lebombo Mountains’ stony bulges toward Mozambique.

The wilderness typical of the Olifants area.
The sun sets over the Olifants River in the Balule Private Game Reserve.
Balule >>

Balule Private Game Reserve hugs the western boundary of the Kruger Park and stretches over 40 000 hectares of privately owned land. The prolific Olifants River continues its course through Balule for 20km, sustaining a proliferation of wildlife.

Elephants are common in the Klaserie Private Game Reserve.
Klaserie >>

Though Klaserie shares the shortest border with the park, it is the largest private game reserve that forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Lodges such as Gomo Gomo Game Lodge provide more affordable yet still reverently stylish accommodation options.

A safari vehicle stops alongside a family of lions in Manyeleti.
Manyeleti >>

Manyeleti lies in the supreme game area between Sabi Sand and Timbavati, with wildlife trekking in unabated flows between the private reserves and the main Kruger Park. The reserve is quieter than its neighbors, providing a truly ‘private’ viewing experience.

A leopard photographed at sunset.
Sabi Sand >>

Sabi Sand stretches along 50km of fenceless park fringe. The reserve’s name is derived from the two rivers that run through the park; the Sabie and the Sand. The oldest (and most eminent) of Kruger’s private reserves, Sabi Sand has established itself as a world-class safari destination with a medley of comfortable lodges cradled in its cusps.

Timbavati is home to wild white lions.
Timbavati >>

Next to Sabi Sand, Timbavati is the other major reserve bordering the park. It boasts thirteen lodges and self-catering camps, including the celebrated Kings Camp with its impeccable attention to detail and the rustic Umlani Bush Camp for a more organic (yet nonetheless comfortable) experience.

Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp in the southern Kruger National Park.
Berg en Dal

Berg-en-Dal is located in southwest Kruger in an area known for the prevalence of rhinos. The camp is the most easily accessible by road from Johannesburg and should be considered by those planning a short overland trip to Kruger.

Hippos bask in the waters of the Sabi River in front of Lower Sabie Rest Camp.
Lower Sabie

Lower Sabie's location on the Sabie River makes it one of the most sought-after rest camps in the Kruger Park. Game drives to the more open central grassland of the park as well as to the southern region with its high density of rhino are very convenient from Lower Sabie.

The experienced rangers of Skukuza Rest Camp in the Kruger Park.
Skukuza

Skukuza is the main rest camp in the Kruger National Park and enjoys a perch overlooking the Sabie River. It has a larger shop than any of the other camps and also boasts two restaurants for your convenience.

The tranquil grounds of Satara Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park.
Satara

Satara is situated in the heart of Kruger and is surrounded by sweeping open plains which draw large herds of grazers. Of course these are followed closely by lion prides and other predators. If the quality of game viewing is your primary concern, Satara is a good choice.

Olifants Rest Camp is named for the river which it overlooks.
Olifants

Set on a hill overlooking the valley of the Olifants River, this camp offers one of the park's most spectacular views. The central area has been modernized recently and offers a good restaurant and a small shop where essentials can be purchased.

Letaba Rest Camp's main entrance gate.
Letaba

Letaba is one of the most beautiful rest camps in Kruger and enjoys spectacular views of the winding Letaba River. It also has the distinction of being home to the Elephant Museum, where some of the largest tuskers that ever lived can be seen.

Game Drives

Morning Game Drives

Around half an hour before the camp’s gates officially open, your open-air 4x4 vehicle will slip out into the pre-dawn darkness. This almost preternatural period is characterized by nipping temperatures and a dun gloom that stirs with the peripherally rising sun. The coolness coaxes out the early risers, typically cunning predators keen on taking advantage of both the fine temperatures and prey still locked in the blind comfort of slumber. The drive is around three hours in duration and comprises a satisfying blend of tranquility and exhilaration. A resident park ranger will acquaint you with the sights, smells and sounds of Kruger at sunrise.

n open-air game drive through thick mopani in the Kruger National Park.

Sunset Game Drives

The sunset game drives depart camp just before dusk, in that late afternoon stretch when the sky seems to shift its colors by the second. The waning light allows a few sun-touched sightings before the inescapable veil of nighttime. Predators like lions and leopards shrug off the languor of the day and quicken into the hunt, ready to overwhelm any quarry settling down in the dark. Spotlights will assist in your nighttime viewing, and a resident park ranger will provide their own valuable illumination in terms of the animals’ unique habits.

Night Drives

Night drives in open-air 4x4 vehicles offer the unique opportunity to encounter Kruger’s more seldomly spotted nocturnal wildlife. The drives generally depart camp between 19:30 and 20:00, depending on the time of the year, and are characterized by encounters with spotted genets, porcupines, civets, bushbabies and larger nighttime ramblers like hyenas, hippos, leopards and lions. This is also the ideal time to learn more about the star-spangled Milky Way, effervescent in its glory so far removed from the interference of city lights.

Open 4X4 Game Drives (At Private Lodges)

When staying at a lodge in a private concession or private game reserve, you will enjoy two scheduled open-air 4x4 game drives on a daily basis – one in the early morning and one in the late afternoon. These are periods of increased animal activity, largely due to the more moderate temperatures. The vehicles in question are often modified Land Rovers or Land Cruisers, which are hardy enough to traverse a wide variety of terrains. On that note, rangers will occasionally venture off road for more significant sightings like lion, leopard, cheetah of wild dog.

Mid-way through your game drive – depending on how much time you spend enjoying sightings, of course – you will typically stop somewhere scenic in the bush to enjoy a cup of coffee with a biscuit, or a sundowner gin and tonic. This provides guests not only with a chance to stretch their legs, but to take a moment to breathe and truly relish their awe-inspiring surroundings.

There are many benefits to enjoying an open 4x4 game drive in a private concession or private game reserve rather than those that serve as add-on activities in the Kruger Park, chief amongst them being the intimacy. Unlike the excessive seating of the national park vehicles, these vehicles are limited to a maximum of between 6 and 8 passengers (depending on the lodge), ensuring not only your uncrowded comfort but a far superior field of vision. Your game drives will also take place in areas of little or no traffic, removed as you will be from the main arteries of the park. There is something immensely satisfying about being the only vehicle at an extraordinary sighting, almost as if nature has chosen to share a secret with you alone.

Wilderness Trails

Bushman

The Bushman wilderness trail departs from Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp in the southwestern corner of the Kruger National Park. It is named for the numerous Bushman rock art sites in the surrounding area, which feature regularly on the trail routine. The terrain is largely broken, with deep, open valleys and rocky outcrops that allow for great sightings and closer encounters with big game. Elephants and rhino frequent the area, resulting in a convenient network of natural game paths. Antelope like kudu, klipspringer and mountain reedbuck enjoy the rock-ribbed environment, while the high altitude invites the presence of red-throated wryneck and jackal buzzard.

Guests enjoy a walking safari in the Kruger National Park.

Mathikithi

Mathikithi is a wilderness trail that departs from Satara Rest Camp in the south-central stretch of the Kruger National Park. It is named for a lonely 313m (more than a thousand feet) high sandstone hill some 6km southwest of the camp, alongside the N'wanetsi waterway. The area comprises many high-lying rocky outcrops, which provide ideal vantage points for observing game and enjoying refreshments at sunset or sunrise with your trail team. Elephants and large herds of buffalo ramble through the area, ensuring well-trodden game paths for comfortable hiking.

Napi

The Napi wilderness trail tears across the undulating granitic landscape between the Skukuza and Pretoriuskop rest camps in the southern Kruger, departing from the latter. The prevalence of the Mbyamithi and Napi rivers means picturesque meanderings and immense riverine trees. Seasonal pans lure both black and white rhino to the area, ensuring fantastic big game sightings, while thick-billed cuckoo and red-billed helmet shrikes roost in the woodland and tamboti thickets. Evenings in camp are often enhanced by the portentous calls of giant eagle owls and barred owls.

Nyalaland

The most remote and out of the way Wilderness Trail’s Camp is situated between Punda Maria Rest Camp and Pafuri. The spectacular Lanner and Levhuvhu gorges along the Levhuvhu River are popular attractions. The camp is hidden in a secluded spot on the Madzaringwe River, with the towering cliffs of the Soutpansberg Mountains forming the backdrop. Punda Maria Rest Camp is the departure point for this trail. The area is one of the best in the country for bird watching, and various localized species such as Verreaux's eagle, Pel’s fishing owl, grey-headed parrot, mottled spinetail and more can be seen. The spine tails roost inside the giant baobab tree near camp, and may be observed at leisure.

Olifants

The Olifants wilderness trail follows the courses of both the perennial Olifants and Letaba rivers in the heart of the Kruger National Park. The trail departs from Letaba Rest Camp and explores a diverse wilderness area replete with remote valleys, dramatic gorges, the rolling ebb of the Lebombo Mountains and even flat open plains ideal for unobstructed game viewing. As the rivers tend to form the focal point of the trail experience, sightings of crocodiles and hippos are frequent. The pealing laughter of the African fish eagle provides an occasional hypnotic interlude.

Sweni

The Sweni River forms the main feature of the Sweni wilderness trail, which departs from Satara Rest Camp. The river trundles through thorny acacia savanna that draws large herds of plains game, in turn also drawing the predators that prey upon them. Most guests on the Sweni trail will relish the reverberation of lion roars herd around the tiny camp at night. The calls of Mozambique night jars and scops owls add to this captivating wilderness soundtrack. Should you thus awaken in the dark, the remote, flat surroundings are ideal for stargazing.

Wolhuter

The first of all the wilderness trails is situated roughly between Berg-en-Dal, Ship mountain and the Afsaal picnic site. It was named after one of the first rangers that were appointed in the Sabie Game Reserve, Harry Wolhuter. Wolhuter single-handedly killed a lion with his hunting knife while out on patrol on horseback. It is a spectacularly scenic wilderness area characterized by high granite outcrops with deep valleys, as well as a flatter undulating landscape. White and black rhino are frequently encountered in the Wolhuter wilderness area, particularly the former. Elephant and buffalo are also regularly seen, as are rare antelope like sable, mountain- and common reedbuck.