On game drives you are able to get a lot closer to big game. Because it is a private reserve, rangers have permission to go off road. The animals are generally habituated to the vehicle. This means that they are used to the vehicle approaching them and know that it never causes them harm. This enables to you to get within five to 10 metres of the large animals – and safely! All game drives are conducted in open 4 x 4 Toyota Land Cruisers or Land Rovers.
During the dry season the vegetation is sparse and wildlife congregates around watering holes. During the wet season the vegetation is dense and wildlife is more dispersed. Expect to see the Big 5 over the course of a 2-3 night stay. There is a resident pride of lions called the River Pride that is often spotted close to the banks of the Klaserie River.
Sit on top of the rocky outcrops and spot the Big 5 in the valley below, or simply marvel at the sweeping views of the African bush. Your ranger will take you to the dam, which serves as a local drinking spot for a variety of wildlife. Keen twitchers will delight in the array of birds on display throughout this area.
Typically, safari game drives take place in the early morning and again in the late afternoon, but the schedule at nDzuti can be tailored to guests preferences, and there are special items that can be arranged, such as bush breakfasts and dinners.
First up is a 05h00 wake-up call followed by a quick cup of coffee and a light bite to eat before boarding the game vehicle at about 06h00. Game drives usually last 3-4 hours and by that time guests will have worked up a nice appetite and the temperatures will have warmed a bit.
Brunch is served at the lodge at 11h00 (either on the deck in the sun or indoors if its chilly), after which guests have a few hours to themselves. Relax at the pool, curl up with a book, or grab your binoculars and bird-watch from the sun loungers. At 15h00 tea and a light lunch are served before departing on afternoon game drive. By 19h00 guests will arrive back at the lodge and are offered a drink before dinner is served at about 20h00.
The average mean rainfall for the year is 350mm, with most rainfall occurring during mid-summer (November - February). The rainfall generally occurs in the form of thunderstorms where a downpour is experienced, very seldom lasting longer than a few hours.
The mean average maximum temperatures range from 24.5°C in July to 31.5°C in January with the mean monthly minimum occurring in July at a temperature of 8.5°C.
The Klaserie region is a low risk malaria area. It is best to consult your local Doctor for advice. Mosquitos are more prevalent in the wet, warmer season. Mosquito repellent and creams are also great preventative measures.
During the summer months the weather can be hot and sticky, while early morning game drives and night drives can be chilly, so you may want to bring a few things for every occasion.
Some of the essentials for a trip on safari in South Africa are mentioned below:
Comfortable, closed walking shoes; sun block in the form of SPF lotion and a hat; some neutral-coloured clothing for when you are out on safari; light, airy clothing for midday heat; a bathing costume (nDzuti has a pool); scarves and/or gloves for the chilly night air; warm jackets for the winters (May to October); any camera or recording equipment you would need to take memories home with you; and a pair of binoculars, if you want to get a closer look and spend some time bird-watching.
Guests will immediately take in the diverse and breath-taking scenery surrounding nDzuti. Situated close to the Klaserie River and with a traverse of over 3500 ha, game drives are always incredible.
Expect an intimate, personalised safari experience with charming and warm hosts who are present throughout your stay, involved in everything from the cooking to the guiding. Bruce and Judy are the owners of nDzuti and have got a lifetime of experience in the bush. Enjoy dining out under the stars, around a campfire, and watching the nocturnal visitors that come to drink at the camp waterhole.
Expect a Big 5 game viewing experience and the opportunity to encounter the resident pride of lions, called the River Pride. The local dam attracts all sorts of wildlife and it is not unlikely for a full game drive to be spent in one place like this if guests are enjoying the sighting. There is no rush and it is all up to guests' preferences.