On at least one morning during your safari in Kruger National Park, you will most certainly want to rise early and set off for a picnic site, where you can hire one of the gas ‘skottels’ provided by the Park to prepare a hearty breakfast with food you have brought along with you.
The 2 most popular picnic sites in the Lower Sabie Camp area are Nkhulu, on the Sabie River between Skukuza and Lower Sabie Camp, in excellent Leopard territory, and Tshokwane to the north, in the shade of a massive Sausage Tree, so named because of the shape of its large seed pods, which can weigh anything up to 10 kilograms (22 pounds). The Mlondozi picnic site in the Lebombo Mountains also offers an ideal place for a midday break.
The road to Skukuza, which winds its way along the Sabi River bank in a north-westerly direction, has a reputation for being a good place for spotting Lion, Leopard and Bushbuck. At night the diversity of game seen in the Lower Sabie area is hard to equal anywhere on safaris in Kruger National Park. The area is rich in Lion, Cheetah, Elephant, Hippopotamus, Rhino, herds of Buffalo of up to 800 strong and a has very high density of Warthog.
Look out for Mozambique and Fierynecked Nightjars during your safaris in Kruger National Park. The nearby Sunset Dam is one of the finest venues in the Kruger National Park to observe aquatic species at close quarters with cormorants, herons, kingfishers and storks occurring in abundance. Marabou, saddlebilled, woolynecked, yellowbilled, openbilled and black stork can sometimes be seen simultaneously.
A new bird hide, Nhlambanyathi, 11km (6.8 miles) from Lower Sabie Camp, with a platform overlooking a tranquil pool, is an ideal spot for the avid birder to view our feathered friends. In the Lower Sabie area Mlondozi dam is a good spot to view waterfowl including some of most rare species that can be found. The small pan on the N'watimhiri road is a regular haunt of lesser moorhen. Your birding experience can be enhanced by taking a sunset drive, you'll see the nocturnal species as they begin their hunting.
5 Things to Seek:
- White Rhino
- Goliath Heron
- Giant Kingfisher
Film shows on conservation and wildlife will entertain you in the evenings, while a swimming pool will help keep you cool during the hot and sweaty summer days. On at least one morning during your stay at Lower Sabi Camp, you will most certainly want to rise early and set off for a picnic site, where you can hire one of the gas cookers or 'skottels' provided by the Park to prepare a hearty breakfast with ingredients you have brought along with you
Please Note: If you must walk around at night please do not do so without a torch.