Only recently South Africa’s largest private Big 5 Reserve opened its doors to travellers. This makes it a real insider tip among safari lovers. Eco safari guests can exclusively experience the untouched Kalahari-landscapes far off the beaten tracks.
Inspired by the all-round positive feedback from guests at the Eco Camp on the Garden Route, Elela Africa is now offering visitors to the malaria-free North Cape the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of a private reserve. The Program will start in march 2020.
The endless savannah landscape, sometimes barren, sometimes with bright red sand and acacia trees, transforms the Kalahari into a real work of art of nature. The wideness of the semi-desert gives its visitors a feeling of wild genuineness. Additionally the countless animal species make a safari an unforgettable experience.
On the new ranger safari guests get to know the wild and untouched Kalahari in a very special way. They not only have the opportunity to enjoy the infinite open spaces exclusively as guests of the only camp on the 240,000 hectare site, but also make a valuable contribution to the nature and animal conservation of the reserve.
Early in the morning the ranger for time go on the tracks of the animals with the open safari vehicle. While the car drives through the wide savannah landscape, the eco safari guests learn exciting secrets from the animal empire from their ranger and get prepared for their task today: The management of the reserve needs current numbers and positions of the animal populations. To ensure that the ecosystem remains stable, the relationship between hunting and prey animals needs to be healthy. In addition, important data on the movement and eating and social behaviour of the animals can be obtained in this way.
Arriving at the Kalahari-typical salt pans, it gets very quiet in the car.A unique natural spectacle takes place in front of the temporary rangers. The crusts of the pans have a magnetic effect on the wild animals. Elephants, giraffes, antelopes, wildebeests and zebras happily fall over the wet grasslands that have formed at the edge. The many herbivores attract predators such as lions and endangered wild dogs.
As the reserve is particularly committed to the conservation of endangered species, guests may be lucky enough to see a number of other rare animals such as black rhinos, cheetahs, pangolin and vultures.
The temporary rangers are in the open countryside from morning till night and have the chance to dive into life in the wilderness. They support the reserve’s team in their key activities, such as patrolling against poaching or tracking down and exploring predators. Depending on the current situation in the reserve, they are also involved in resettlement activities for wild animals or veterinary treatments.
The unique sunset in the Kalahari is best enjoyed as a holiday ranger with a cool drink, too. The sun plunges the land into deep red for a last time before she sinks behind the hills. Back at the camp, guests are treated with traditional South African cuisine. In the middle of the wilderness, it’s more “glamping” than camping. The tents are extremely comfortable, stylishly furnished and equipped with a private bathroom. The wooden deck with a view over the wide savannah invites you to relax and dream.
And in the evening the exciting experiences of the day come to life again at the crackling campfire with a good glass of wine under the wide starry sky of the Kalahari.
The Kalahari is still the main settlement area of the San Bushmen and extends over large parts of southern Africa. Situated at the North Cape, the Eco Safari can be easily combined with a trip through South Africa, Namibia or Botswana. Be one of the first to visit the new Eco Ranger Safari in the only Big 5 Reserve in the Kalahari. We will be happy to advise you on your individual Africa trip.ENQUIRE NOW