Continuing our journey, we depart from Umkumbe Safari Lodge and travel northwest to nThambo Tree Camp, our next destination in the wild expanse of Kruger National Park. The transfer took just a little over three hours by van. We made it in time for lunch and the afternoon game drive.
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The decision to try two different camps on opposite sides of Kruger National Park was wise, as it significantly increased our chances of encountering the famous “Big 5” game animals, consisting of the lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhinoceros. These magnificent creatures are some of the most sought-after sightings in any safari, and by exploring different regions of the park, we maximize the diversity of the wildlife we encounter.
Upon reaching nThambo Tree Camp, we immediately noticed the distinct difference in size compared to Umkumbe. nThambo is a much smaller and more intimate camp, boasting only five tree houses. This exclusivity lends itself to a more tranquil and secluded experience, allowing us to immerse ourselves fully in the serenity of the bush.
The camp’s unique feature, the tree houses, offers a remarkable perspective to appreciate the surrounding nature. Perched high up among the branches, we feel at one with the wilderness, hearing the sounds of the wild throughout the day and night. The views from these elevated vantage points are unparalleled, granting us the opportunity to witness wildlife up close and personal, undisturbed in their natural habitats.
As we venture out on game drives from nThambo, we are greeted by the abundance of wildlife that call this part of the park their home. We are delighted to spot graceful giraffes elegantly moving through the savannah, mighty elephants bathing and drinking at watering holes, and elegant zebras grazing peacefully with their striking black-and-white stripes. The air is filled with the melodies of various bird species, enhancing the magical atmosphere of the safari.
The nThambo experience is not only about the wildlife but also about unwinding and rejuvenating in the heart of nature. The camp’s peaceful ambiance and personalized service allow us to relax fully and escape the hustle and bustle of the modern world.
As the days go by, we are captivated by the sights and sounds of Kruger National Park, cherishing every moment we spend in this unique corner of the world. The memories we make, the encounters with wildlife, and the sense of awe at the grandeur of nature will stay with us forever, making this safari an unforgettable adventure.
Our final sunset at the reserve, we head to Durban for the famous Sardine Run tomorrow.