Expert Reviews – Manyeleti GR
Harriet is a zoologist with more than 20 years’ experience. She has the privilege of working with the world’s top wildlife photographers and photo-guides.
Undiscovered Kruger gem
This little known private game reserve is sandwiched between Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands and Timbavati private reserves. The wildlife viewing is as good as its more famous neighbours – although as there are fewer visitors, the game is perhaps a little less habituated. With a little luck, visitors have a chance of seeing lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo as well as wild dog and cheetah. The reserve is unfenced and so game is free to come and go from the surrounding reserves.
There are a choice of lodges ranging from the sublime Tintswalo to the charming, off-grid, rustic Pungwe. I loved Pungwe for its simple, back to nature feel with elephants munching outside my tent at night.
During apartheid, Manyeleti was the only reserve accessible to non-whites – and since then it has somehow stayed in the tourism shadow. It is an undiscovered gem, poised for great things.