An intimate safari experience at Klaserie Drift Safari Camp

Those who have visited the bush will tell you – there’s nothing quite like it! Whether it’s your first or your fiftieth bush break, it’s never enough. After our exciting game-filled stay at Thornybush Game Lodge we still hadn’t had enough and so we headed to the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve in the Greater Kruger where we spent two luxurious days at Klaserie Drift Misava Safari Camp.

We arrived after a two hour drive and were immediately shown to the covered deck for lunch where we were blown away by the unique location of the lodge. Perched on an incredible vantage point overlooking the Klaserie River, Misava Safari Camp offers beautiful panoramic views across the African plains and while lunching or swimming you can look out across the vast savanna and spot giraffe enjoying their own lunch or buffalo enjoying their own swim!

The lodge has four elegant garden rooms and two opulent villas overlooking the river. Each room is in the form of an African thatched rondavel and comes complete with its own private deck area. The rooms are tastefully decorated to complement the beauty of the African bush. We stayed in their brand new adjoining family suite that was perfect for our family of four – two rooms, one with a super king sized bed and the other with two singles plus two separate bathrooms.

All the rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, ceiling fans, coffee station and minibar and each suite has large glass doors opening on to its own private deck overlooking the wild gardens. River View Chalets offer amazing views over the Klaserie River and the luxury bathroom amenities consist of a bathtub with an amazing river view and indoor and outdoor showers.

We loved spending time at this beautiful contemporary lodge. The communal spaces are beautifully designed with relaxation in mind and we never felt like we were on top of other guests. We were always able to find a spot to enjoy time alone or together – at the infinity pool or enjoying a book or a drink on the deck overlooking the river. Often it felt like we were in fact the only guests staying in our own private safari villa when that wasn’t the case!

The camp is securely fenced and comprises a main thatched building with an open-plan kitchen and a TV-and dining area with cosy library. A favourite space was the gorgeous boma area where a central fire pit illuminated our evening dining and where we were able to marvel at the Milky Way overhead and enjoy an African song and dance performance from the talented staff!

The lodge is intimate and luxurious, perfect for those seeking a more exclusive safari experience, those looking for privacy or a group keen to enjoy exclusive use of the lodge.

Aside from glorious lodge surrounding, safari is mostly about the game, and when it comes to game viewing at Klaserie Drift Safari Camp, we did not leave disappointed!

Our first evening game drive saw us heading out with guide Emily to explore the incredibly diverse landscapes of the camp.

Located on a horseshoe bend on the Klaserie River we especially loved the beautiful river sightings and abundant bird life this “vein of life” brought to the area.

Bordering the Kruger National Park, Timbavati and Umbabat Reserve, the reserve has no boundary fences which allows Big Five Game and other wildlife to move freely. This allows for a more authentic game drive experience which will delight game viewers, both young and old!

Obviously every safari goer is always on the “hunt” for the elusive big five and we were spoilt with a glorious lion sighting on our very first game drive when we almost drove over a few lazy females lounging in the long grass. This photo shows the edge of the vehicle and was taken with no zoom at all. We were so close you could almost feel her breath!

This was our first introduction to the River Pride made up of two dominant males, Socha and Hosi, along with a pride of females and cubs.

These rugged, regal males each have their own character and, although not brothers by blood, these unrelated males have formed coalition with each other and respect from the lionesses – allowing them to claim this prime territory and reproduce abundantly!

Yes, almost 22 lions make up this incredible pride and, over the course of our stay, we were privileged to spend slow time with them, watching their daily lives unfold.

On our first evening we enjoyed our sundowner drinks from the back of the safari vehicle as we spent time watching the two males (one overfed, one starved due to currently mating with as many females as possible!) lazing on the road and the females enjoying some quality bonding time.

A more intimate group on a safari vehicle, and fewer vehicles out on game drive, ensures a far more relaxed game viewing experience. Yes, you may forfeit the number of sightings, or not tick off all the Big 5, but what you will gain is a more gentle and closer-to-nature game viewing experience. The slower pace and tranquillity fostered by the limited number of guests ensures that the wildlife is at peace, allowing you to do the same and just soak in each viewing at leisure… really cementing them into your memory!

At each sighting, our guide, Emily, was able to share her valuable insights and information about the animals and we loved the slower pace that allowed us to relish in each wild animal encounter.

Klaserie Drift Safari Camp is home to a wide variety of other predators, including leopard, wild dogs, spotted hyenas and jackals. During our stay we had encounters with the latter two species and “spotted” evidence of a leopard kill in a tree… but alas no cat… just a hungry hyena keeping watch!

Buffalo, hippo, giraffe, elephant, a variety of buck, an array of birdlife, baboons, monkeys and mongooses can also be spotted daily

After our lion encounter we were fortunate to come across a beautiful rhino which was the perfect way to end our first game drive at Klaserie Drift Safari Camp.

This February enjoy an exclusive retreat into nature…


50% off PLUS your 3rd night FREE!

In February, when you pay for 2 nights at the incredible SA rate of 50% off, you also get a third night absolutely FREE – an incredible saving!

Discover the magic of a 5* Luxury Safari in the unspoilt wilderness of the Greater Kruger.

  • Min 2 night stay – 3rd night is complementary
  • Offer is valid for 2 adults sharing a Suite
  • Includes 5* accommodation, meals, snacks, tea and coffee and 2 game drives per day
  • Excludes transport to and from the lodge, reserve fees, all drinks not included in offer, spa treatments, gift shop purchases, laundry and gratuities

Garden View Suite: R7,400 per person for 3 nights

River View Suite: R9,400 per person for 3 nights


Valid from: 1 February 2021

Expires: 28 February 2021


Book here for this incredible special offer!

COVID-19 protocols to ensure your safety

  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Contactless check-in
  • Contactless check-out
  • Doctors available 24/7
  • Individually wrapped toiletries
  • Klaserie Drift Safari Camp are prepared In line with World Health Organisation recommendations. The lodge has put these additional measures in place to assist in the safeguarding of our environment and give our guests and team peace of mind.

    Game Drives: Where possible, we will reduce game drive guests to 4 per vehicle

    Private Plated Dining: We have several open air dining areas available, including your own private room deck.

    Klaserie Drift Safari Camp is located only an hour’s drive from Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport making it easily accessible with daily flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town.

    The distance from Johannesburg to Klaserie Drift Safari Camps by road is approximately 550 km’s which will take 5.5 to 6 hours. Travel to Hoedspruit, utilising the Belfast / Lydenburg Road.

    Kathryn Rossiter

    Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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