The Far Northern region in the Kruger Park extends south from the River Limpopo (which is the International boundary between Zimbabwe and South Africa), and the Tropic of Capricorn. It is dominated by Mopane trees.
This vast area is mostly arid and flat - however zones with higher localised rainfall give rise to the formation of dense Mopane groves, especially around Punda Maria. To the north of Punda Maria the impressive vista is broken by craggy sandstone hills and the plentiful, giant Baobab trees.
The game viewing is most advantageous along the river systems of this region - especially in the Mphongolo / Shingewedzi complex and the Luvuvhu / Limpopo complex.
Best viewing for rare Nyala, Sable, Roan and Eland buck. Buffalo and Elephant are abundant while predators like Lion, Cheetah and Leopard are fairly regularly seen.
Being abundant in Zebra, Giraffe and Wildebeest, the area is also alive with the usual predators Lion, Cheetah and Leopard competing for their dinner. The extreme south-west of this region provides habitat Rhino, Sable, Buffalo, Eland and Wild Dog packs.
See Game Drive Map of the Olifants Area
Game Drive in Kruger Central Grasslands
The Southern Region of the Kruger Park extends between the Sabi and Crocodile Rivers, taking up a fifth of the Parks total area. This is Lion country. It also has the greatest Rhino population. The region is densely vegetated with Marula, Leadwood and Acacia trees, while river sides are dominated by Sycamore and Jackalberries.
The best game viewing drives are between Satara and Nwanetsi and from Satara to the Olifants River. Although the high density of vegetation makes game viewing difficult, this is the best chances of seeing Black or White Rhino.