I was born in a small seaside Italian town and migrated to Australia with my family in 1986. After a trivial yet cataclysmic ‘a-ha’ moment in 2004, I left behind all that was familiar, safe and warm and embarked on a 6 year stint as an overland tour guide. My travels...
Written on: May 17, 2013
I visited in May 2011
This park is described as a great work in progress, and if all the expected benefits materialize it will certainly be the best game park in the whole continent. Having been to both Kruger and Limpopo I felt compelled to review this whole area in one swift move and perhaps explain why I think it will be just amazing once it is all finally completed.
Now, this bigger-than-Ben-Hur park will, eventually, comprise several different game parks including the two above mentioned which I visited. I must say that you could not get two more diverse parks than Limpopo and Kruger. One is astronomically modern, well organized (a little too well) and well stocked with game (a little too much) while the other is depleted of wildlife by and large and is by far one of the wildest game parks you could visit. I actually loved both, yet found each a little too excessive in their respective characteristics.
When the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park is finally completed I envisage a Limpopo with better roads and more animals, and a Kruger with fewer tourists and harder-to-spot game. Seriously, it’s like the animals line up outside your camp in Kruger just waiting for you to photograph them! Great, don’t get me wrong, but I certainly get why Limpopo next door is so empty...
Nowadays one still has to get out passports and cross borders (like we did) to get from one park to the other, but I sincerely hope that in years to come some sort of arrangement can be made so one does not encounter a fully-functioning border posting half way through a seemingly wild game drive. It’s just not very ‘Out of Africa’ if you know what I mean.
Exceptional potential in the most exciting part of Africa, my money’s on the Great Limpopo Transfrontier to set the bar higher than ever.
PS. Kruger was packed whilst Limpopo was empty, hence the middle-road star rating!!
Written on: Sep 24, 2013
| Visited: Mar 2013.
The GLTP certainly holds potential to be a massive park that you can disappear into for weeks. But, this vision is still a few years off... At the moment, full traversing between the 3 encompassed parks is still bound by national boundaries and you are very much exploring 3 vastly different parks.
The SA section - Kruger - is well, Kruger. Packed full of animals...