Manyeleti (www.golimpopo.com, R20/person, R20/vehicle) means “place of the stars” in Shangaan and is a hidden gem when it comes to big game parks within South Africa. It is one of the unique private game reserves that allows day visitors to drive through the park in their own vehicles in addition to lodge safari vehicles. This is a great opportunity to view the same animals from neighboring Kruger, with fewer vehicles and at a fraction of the price.
Under apartheid, access to Manyeleti was reserved for the black population and was neglected and underfunded while nearby Kruger catered exclusively to whites. There used to be a fence between the parks, but it has since been knocked down, leaving wildlife to wander at will.
The main entrance gate (S 24 32.566 E 031 22.450, R531) is located on the same road as the Orpen Gate entrance into Kruger.
Pungwe is a small rustic bush camp and one of the better valued options when it comes to private camps. The unfenced camp does not have electricity but its four canvas and thatch safari tents and a wood stove for hot water make for a tranquil bush experience. The main lodge has a lounge and dining area where you can enjoy delicious traditional African evening meals prepared over an open fire.
Honeyguide is a modern styled tented camp located in the middle of the bush. The 12 private en suite tents are huge and have king size beds and an equally large sitting deck. The lodge is not located next to a watering hole or river so there isn't as much game viewing directly from the camp, but with two game drives and one bushwalk scheduled each day there are plenty of opportunities for viewing the wildlife. The lodge is also a family friendly place with special games, crafts and wildlife-related activities for kids throughout the day.