Most visitors to Southern Africa want to enjoy a safari, yet time and budget restraints often limit the options available, and private game reserves can be expensive and remotely located. I hosted family from the UK in February, and we were faced this very dilemma. There was only one night available (which is not enough for a real safari) and limited cash ;0. But problem was solved when I booked at Kragga Kamma Game Park in the Eastern Cape.
A common cormorant on a branch overhang – viewed from the Forest Walk.
Admittedly a little tame and not for the adventure seeker, Kragga Kamma met our needs beautifully. Offering affordable self catering accommodation in a near 300 ha reserve, only half an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth, the park teems with African wildlife including Giraffe, Zebra, Buffalo, Impala, Eland, Nyala, Bontebok and Rhino. You can either drive yourself in the park or book a game drive in an open Landrover with a professional guide who will provide you with interesting information on the animals and the area.
We made the most of our limited time there. On arrival we visited the two tame cheetah next to the restaurant, before taking the Forest Walk on the 400 meter boardwalk into the forest to view monkeys and the wonderful bird life. Our guide gave us a wonderful game drive which brought us very close to buffalo, rhino, the wild cheetah – as well as many more animals. We then returned to our chalet for a ‘braai’. The view of the park is amazing from the chalet and we were lucky to have the giraffe, buffalo and rhino come right past us.
A great spot for a safari fix!www.kraggakama.com
My son Eden sitting outside our chalet – with a giraffe coming for a look see ….
Two beautiful fluffy Waterbuck – one showing off the white “target” for which they are so well known ….
A white rhino female enjoying the sun and a muddy bath!