Kruger National Park


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Pssst!! Secrets about Kruger...

Written on: April 22, 2014   |   I visited in April 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 animals in the wild the only thing they are concerned about is survival, this means conserving energy during the hot parts of the day and making the best of the weather and day or night light they can.

2: Place do some research when you are going to the Kruger and look on the internet at the latest sightings people have seen, this will give you a 50% change of going to the right part of Kruger.
Let's put it like this if you want to go and see the big five in one day - all the luck to you. It's very possible, but with help from a tour guide, radio's, facebook and many more factors. But if you want to have a holiday in nature just to be in a place were nature continues around you with or without you then Kruger is the Place for you. Try 2 to 5 days remember you came all this way from your home country and spend some time to make it worth it.

3: A bit of luck normally comes to those who wait don't just drive pass a waterhole. STOP, LOOK, INSPECT...
Look in the shade of the bushes as a lioness or cheetah can be waiting for prey to come and drink and remember when you arrive you make noise with your vehicle all living things can hear you from a mile away so let them calm down and show themselves.
Have a look in the trees on the branches if you can spot a leopard in the shade and listen to the birds if they make a lot of noise or suddenly fly up then something has disturbed the, might be a leopard or caracal if you lucky.

4: Look the park is beautiful in the rainy season, its lush, green and full of baby impalas but that about what you will see if you don't know were to go and make use of a guide. In the winter months just before summer rainfalls comes down again your changes is the best to view herds of animals at waterholes and rivers during the hot part of the day.

5: Please get a map and talk to other visitors in the camps and stop people on the road and ask them what they have seen and were did they come from so that you at least have a change of seeing something that they have seen. Remember not all visitors are interested in the same thing but lions are very high on the list so the bush telegraph as we call it will suite you well if you use it both ways.

That's my story for now enjoy your game drives and good luck!

Bernhard W Bekker
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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: 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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(5/5 stars) Written on: Sep 20, 2013   |   Visited: Feb 2013.
Piles of fresh dung and bulldozed trees had got me excited, and within moments of entering Kruger, a large herd of elephants slowly crossed in front of us. Buffalo were seemingly everywhere, strange-looking creatures that I grew to like over my three day safari. In the Kruger it felt like we were always on a game drive, in particular there seemed to be no end to th... read more
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