Boasting an excellent assortment of wildlife amidst beautiful scenery, Makuleke Contractual Park is well worth considering for your next safari vacation!
Among the mammal species you can expect to see in the park today are all the Big Five – lion, rhino, leopard, elephant, and buffalo! Smaller predators include cheetah, spotted hyena, side-striped jackal, serval, caracal, African wild cat, and wild dog. The herbivore count features giraffe, blue wildebeest, plains zebra, and over ten types of antelope. There are primates too – chacma baboon, vervet monkey, and bushbabies – and plentiful hippo in the rivers. And hundreds of birds are in residence, altogether a thrilling variety of raptors, waterbirds, songbirds, and more.
The sheer diversity of species within Makuleke is due in no small part to the varied nature of the park’s geography, which encompasses savanna, acacia thickets, mopane woodlands, fever tree forests, and of course the rivers where so many species quench their thirst. This mixture of features results in some gorgeous scenery, not least as the park also contains some big baobab trees, providing ample cool shade for a picnic!
Why visit Makuleke Contractual Park
One major attraction of a stay in Makuleke is the opportunity to take trips into Mozambique’s Gaza National Park and Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou without the need for an additional visa for each country! This is because Gaza, Gonarezhou, and the entire Kruger area form part of the Peace Park, or the Great Limpopo Park, which covers an impressive 35,000 square kilometres. Exploring the Peace Park is an exciting prospect for safarists hoping to cover a lot of ground.
Other things to do here include visiting the local village and taking a guided tour of Crook’s Corner and the ruins of Thulamela, an ancient city.
We sell The Outpost and its satellite camp Pel’s Post, both providing a luxurious base from which to enjoy both wildlife and cultural activities. Both The Outpost and Pel’s Post offer expertly guided game drives and walks, providing wonderful opportunities to feast your eyes on all this wildlife!
For more information on these activities and anything else to do with staying in Makuleke, don't hesitate to get in touch with a South Africa expert here.