More than 15 years of safari planning and booking
Marianne Birrell was born in Namibia and grew up in South Africa. “My exploration of the Kruger region began some thirty years ago. During university holidays spent in Zimbabwe, I had been bowled over by the raw and infinitely subtle beauty of its wilderness and the warmth of its people; it was there that my love of Africa’s wild places really took hold. After teaching and travelling, an opportunity arose to work in a top Sabi Sand game lodge, and I took it.
"Kruger has many faces, and it is vast. The size of Holland, in fact. It has shown itself to be full of surprises and discoveries as I have explored it over the years. It reveals to its visitors a stunning array of wildlife: the Big 5, all the animal icons you can think of, and so much more. It has busy areas and quiet spots; private reserves within the Park itself, as well as National Park camps. (We avoid the busy parts, though!) Airport connections are very good.
"Best of all, it offers wildlife viewing very, very close up. Ideally, you need to stay in the Park to get this benefit. It is so worth it. South Africans love their Kruger, and during school holidays it is filled with families on their regular Kruger visit. Foreign visitors generally book the more exclusive private camps. They have less time available, but they have the currencies required for the advantages of private guides with open-sided game drive vehicles.
"And finally, meet a handsome golden-maned lion called Simba. He has a forever home at Drakenstein lion sanctuary in the Cape winelands near my home. MBS has adopted 2 of its lions: Joy, and Little Leo, all have been rescued from cages, circuses, or atrocious zoos in Europe or the Middle East. We also applaud wildlife non-profits Kevin Richardson and anti-canned hunting warrior, CACH. Their passion lights a sombre world of vanishing wildlife."