Kruger National Park


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Written on: April 22, 2013   |   I visited in November 2012 Whether you stay in the 5 star luxury accommodations or the bare bone basic accommodations at the Kruger National Park, you will not leave empty handed. The southern parts of Kruger National Park are home to Lions, Elephant, Impala, Hyena, Giraffe and many more, while the middle and northern parts are home to Cheetah, Leopard and Nyala. Kruger National Park is almost 2 million hectares of wide open bush with over 500 species of birds, almost 150 mammal species, and archaeological paintings and sites to explore.

In the southern lush parts of the park, rest camps Berg-en-Dal, Lower Sabie and Skukuza are well known for their sightings of Wild Dog, Hyena and Leopard. In the northern dry area of the park, rest camps Punda Maria, and Shingwedzi are well known for Cheetah and Nyala. Be sure to take a night drive with one of the well-known operators as many animals come out at night, and a whole new animal world beckons.

For the last 6 years, we have tracked a hyena family on the road between Berg-en-Dal and Skukuza, through the flooding and the fires. We have also watched a pride of lionesses and cubs take down a Wildebeest, coming back the following morning to find the males had arrived to eat their share. We’ve seen an old lion being kicked out of his pride by a younger lion, and tracked the elusive wild dogs – a great treat to see.

Flights in to Kruger National Park are available on a daily basis, and many of the private lodges in the area have private airstrips. It also has great access by road.

Don't hesitate to visit this park, if you want to see the Big Five and the Little Five, but do try to visit before December when the South African holidays start in earnest.
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Mar 09, 2016   |   Visited: Jun 2015.
Arguably one of the most famous national parks in the world, the Kruger National Park offers one of the best wildlife experiences in Africa. On an average 4-day stay between the months of May to September you can expect to see most of the big five as well as many other African mammals, birds and fauna. The photos attached are taken from the Timbavati Game Reserve, ... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Dec 16, 2015   |   Visited: Oct 2015.
My first safari was this past October at the Skukuza Rest Camp operated by Outlook Safaris. My daughter and I simply loved it beginning with the transfer from/to Johannesburg from our hotel to our accommodation and actual daily tours led by truly professional and knowledgeable guides. read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Feb 09, 2015   |   Visited: Sep 2014.
I visit this park often and really enjoy nature at its best with the park and camps that blend in with nature. The park management look after this park quite well and you can read about it in various media magazines, Facebook pages and other media.
Although the old traditional restaurants have fallen away, they have been finally replaced with Mug & Bean, Cattle B... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Nov 25, 2014   |   Visited: Nov 2014.
South Africa's Kruger National Park is arguably the most affordable and most accessible major African game park. Because of this and because of the consistently good all-year game viewing, it is also one of the most popular game reserves in Africa.
There are basically three ways to "do" Kruger:

1) You can go on your own and self-drive.
2) You can go with a tou... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: May 12, 2014   |   Visited: May 2014.
Kruger National Park is home to an amazing variety of wildlife and nature scenes.

The "BIG 5" is what everybody comes to see yes sure they are amazing and quite common if you know where to look.

"Big 5"
Animals: Lion, Leopard, Cape Buffalo, African Elephant and Black Rhino.

TERM:
The term big five game was used by big-game hunters and refers to the fi... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Apr 22, 2014   |   Visited: Apr 2014.
Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, South Africa is an amazing place...

That is if you know the secrets:

1: Time
2: Place
3: A bit of luck
4: Rainfall
5: Were to go

1: Timing
Your timing to see some of Africa's top wildlife animals is best early morning when the gates open and about an hour before the gates closes.
WHY? It's not that hot and being ... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jan 18, 2014   |   Visited: Jul 2010.
I have been coming to the Kruger National Park since I was a little girl. Our family holidays took place in the camps on the banks of the mighty Olifants River. I remember early mornings with coffee and rusks to get ready for game drives. Sunsets without television or telephones (this was before mobile phones and the Internet!), just whiskey for the mom, beer for t... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Nov 22, 2013   |   Visited: Oct 2013.
On a recent trip to South Africa, I was lucky enough to visit the spectacular Kruger National Park. What a thrill!

We stayed at Savanna Private Game Lodge in Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which is located in the Greater Kruger Park area.

During our safari adventures we saw the Big 5 in two days, as well as other exciting wildlife, including crocodile, wild dogs (w... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Nov 05, 2013   |   Visited: Aug 2005.
We stayed at Mopani Camp on our first ever safari vacation. Bar/restaurant had excellent balcony overlooking a lake full of hippos, crocs and birds. Shop, cafeteria. Camp was full of savannah scrub and a big baobab, a micro-safari in itself. Chalet was spacious and well-appointed. Only complaint (also encountered elsewhere in SA) was lack of European norms of servi... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Sep 23, 2013   |   Visited: Mar 2013.
This is the prime safari area of South Africa with the best circumstances for wildlife photography courses, wildlife sightings and all levels of hobby photography.

Best leopard sightings, probably in the world
Excellent Big 5 sightings
Excellent lodges with excellent rangers and trackers
Great safaris “old” style with nowadays comfort
Easy access by air and... read more

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Leopard
Lion
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