The Greater Kruger Region is an area as huge and vast as it is beautiful. It comprises approximately 4 million hectares of combined protected areas. This is double the size of the Maasai Mara and Serengeti Reserves together; and more than one and a half times that of the Okavango Delta. Therefore, the variety and diversity of wildlife, fauna, flora and topography is quite extraordinary throughout the Kruger region. The landscape and environmental changes between areas can be dramatic.
The Differences: It is with the extraordinary biodiversity and big experiential differences, in mind that an incredible combination between Tanda Tula and Return Africa was created. The two areas are extremely different, each offering unique, immersive and inspiring experiences. By visiting them both you get a real understanding of the greatness of this part of South Africa and all the magic that it holds.
Experience a Tanda Tula Big 5 Safari: Tanda Tula is a safari company that was established 44 years ago. Their skilled and dedicated team work in the heart of Big 5 country, South Africa, and here is the perfect place to start your combined safari experience. Timbavati is well known for its high density of big cats, both large prides of lions and relaxed leopards, Tanda Tula is also fortunate enough to boast regular sightings of endangered Wild Dogs and Cheetah. Tanda Tula is located in the Mixed Broadleaf Woodland Biome of the Greater Kruger, a landscape which is almost guaranteed to showcase the celebrated “Big 5”, as well as a wonderful array of other smaller species, a huge variety of birds and insects on the backdrop of spectacular savanna landscapes interlaced with large dry river systems.
Explore Scenically Beautiful Pafuri: Pafuri has the rich ancestral heritage of the Makuleke Contractual National Park, this is an area of deep history and vast biodiversity. The region has remarkable geological and natural heritage, which can be found in rock formations that have been there for more than 250 million years. Pafuri has evidence of human history dating back to the Stone Age, and landmark archaeological sites from early civilisations. In addition to this, Pafuri has natural wonders of huge flood plains, wildlife rich pans, astounding trees and forests, along with the apex predators of hyena and crocodiles, large herds of elephants and buffalo. The Sandveld Biome is also known throughout the world as a bird watching paradise.
The Similarities: Both Tanda Tula and Return Africa are dedicated to community empowerment. The two safaris have a lot in common as they both celebrate Africa, offering journeys of discovery and transformation. Despite the fact that they are so different, there are many similarities and at both Tanda Tula and Return Africa you will find yourself acknowledging the beauty and importance of these wild spaces in this massive Greater Kruger region. The opportunity to experience and explore these two incredible safari destinations is truly a dream, as avid lovers of Africa and all her magical places we cannot recommend the combination of a Tanda Tula and Pafuri safari highly enough.