Originally purchased by Edwin Crookes as a hunting farm called Northumberland in 1936,Angela’s Safari Camp is one of the original camps in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. Angela’s Safari Camp was bought fromEdwin’s granddaughter, Angela Clark (formerly Crookes), in 1997.
The intimate Camp provides a welcome mixture of African rondavel suites that can accommodate 10 guests, and a modern, clean farm style main building and entertainment area. The landscaped garden gives way to raw, wild flora. A flagstone pathway leads guests to the awe-inspiring lookout deck, built above the Klaserie River, incorporating a second entertainment area with breath-taking views.
Angela’s Safari Camp is located on 3 000 hectares within the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. The Camp is easily accessible, and is a one-hour drive from Hoedspruit. When driving from Johannesburg, travel time is approximately five and a half hours. Air travel is an option, as SA Express offers daily flights to Hoedspruit from Johannesburg and Cape Town.
The Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, incorporated in 1972, was initially established as the private initiative of a group of founding members. In 1994 the fences came down between the Klaserie, the Kruger National Park and associated Reserves. The Reserve comprises 60 000 hectares of diverse topography, forms part of the great Kruger National Park conservation area, and attracts a vast variety of wildlife, birdlife and predators.
Angela’s Safari Camp offers five chalets, each providing accommodation for two guests and featuring en-suite bathrooms with large showers. Every chalet is named after a local artist from the area, with a framed copy of the artist’s biography. Adding a touch of local flair, each chalet is beautifully decorated with the artist’s authentic artwork.
The main entertainment area provides a TV room with DSTV, a dining area and a modern, spacious open plan kitchen, scullery and laundry. The kitchen is well appointed and features a modern, large gas stove. The building is tastefully decorated with Mariette Huysamer’s artwork and exudes comfort and relaxation. The patio is fitted with a handcrafted wooden bar and a few steps across the lawn, a boma and outside braai provide warmth and atmosphere.
Angela’s Safari Camp’s thatched lookout deck is fully equipped with a drinks fridge, braai area, rim flow pool and loungers. The covered area contains comfortable Morris chairs, while the wooden dining table and chairs (covered by a large umbrella) offer space for dining pleasure.
Each room is fitted with a ceiling fan and an air-conditioner. The Camp is serviced daily, which includes cleaning, washing of dishes and making up the rooms. There is full cellphone reception, ensuring that guests remain connected if required.
Two guided game drives are offered daily, scheduled at the guests’ leisure. Guides provide insight into the workings of the bushveld, the traits of the animals seen on the drive and the diverse terrain and plant life, from flat planes to rocky outcrops and hilly landscapes. The Klaserie Drift Safari Camps are home to a wide variety of predators, including lion, leopard, smaller cats, spotted hyenas, jackals and wild dogs. As such, the thrill of witnessing a kill looms around every corner. Buffalo, rhino, hippo, giraffe, elephant, a variety of buck, an array of birdlife, baboons, monkeys and mongooses can be spotted daily – to name but a few.
By prior arrangement, game drives can include a visit to the high-traffic dam, or Koppie Lookout, which offers a spectacular vantage point for witnessing the stunning hues of an African sunset – an experience never to be forgotten.
Elephant (Loxodonta Africana)
The African elephant is the largest mammal in the world. Elephants are quite peaceful if left alone. There’s nothing quite like being charged at by 5500kgs of animal, flapping its ears and trumpeting loudly. Elephants can be over 4 m tall.
Boomslang (Dispholidus typus)
Distinguishing factors of the Boomslang is the exceptionally large eyes and the head has a characteristic egg-like shape. Males are brightly coloured and females are brown or grey in colour. The Boomslang is back-fanged and packs one of the deadliest bites in Africa with haemotoxic venom, which disrupts blood clotting, and can cause organ degeneration and generalized tissue damage.
Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus)
The hooded vulture is native to sub-Saharan Africa. It typically scavenges on carcasses. Although this is a common species, numbers of these birds are decreasing rapidly. Threats include poisoning, hunting and loss of habitat, and the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) has rated its conservation status as “critically endangered”.