In the coolest hotel in South Africa, on a bridge high above the Kruger

Kruger Shalati is unique and has one thing in common with other safari lodges: game drives. Every morning, early and late in the afternoon, guests are invited to drive with guides to the southern part of the park. It’s an area revered for excellent predator sightings, but there are also every chance you can spot elephants, buffalo, hyenas, warthogs, and a whole range of antelopes and birds. There is also the tempting range of early morning coffee and sundowner drinks served in the bush. Should one decide to take a bath at sunrise or to swim in the pool at sunset, there is of course a very good chance that these animals will drive down to the river and that coffee or cocktail will be drunk in the gentle rhythm of splish-splashhhhh …

Double rooms from £ 380 per person including meals, drinks, two game drives per day and transfers to Skukuza Airport. Book through Lankester White (07876 682 291; or directly at Overseas holidays are currently subject to restrictions.

Other unique safari experiences in South Africa

Game drives are the main part of most safaris and offer the opportunity to get up close and personal with the wildlife from the comfort of a vehicle. Here are some other ways to experience some of the wildest places in South Africa.

Walk in the wild

The legendary multi-day Imfolozi Wilderness Trail takes you deep into the most pristine region in one of the oldest protected areas in South Africa, in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.

Sleep in a tree under the stars

Guests at Garonga Safari Camp near the Kruger National Park have the opportunity to spend one night in a very simple but comfortable tree house. A picnic dinner will be delivered to the tree house, and you will have a radio that you can use to contact a ranger if necessary.

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