Kruger National Park


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Written on: May 12, 2014   |   I visited in 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 five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot and that killed the most hunters in Africa. The term is used in most tourist and wildlife guides that discuss African wildlife safaris. The members of the Big Five were chosen for the difficulty in hunting them and the degree of danger involved, rather than their size. So hippo and giraffe is not part of the big 5.

Black rhino:
Let's start with the BLACK RHINO... this is the actual one of the big 5 but due to its number that is very low the white rhino stand in for it on safari. You can get very close to the animals in Kruger as they over the years have seen many vehicles and are not to bothered with them they have keen hearing and is still aggressive towards any moving object. So be ware they might charge without warning.

African elephant:
Look at the ears you will see the map of Africa hence the name and of course they are found here. Very large animals and dangerous if you are between the mother and the babies or close to a elephant bull in MUST of musth. highly aggressive behavior and accompanied by a large rise in reproductive hormones.
Don't try t play with these animals as they will accept a challenge in this state and a vehicle is almost the right size for them to play with.

Lion:
In Kruger National Park you can consider yourself lucky when you see these animals mating in the road and yes it does happen very often as they don't have a breeding season. Lions hunt when they are hungry night or day, so changes are good you will see some action if you hang around them long enough.

Buffalo:
The CAPE buffalo can be found in large herds in the Kruger Park. When you do get a herd crossing your path it can take from 15 min to an hour from them to cross the road depending on the size of the herd. They leave a unmistakable trail of dung in the road also lion prides are never to far behind the herd. Lions will keep looking for the injured or sick animals, calf buffaloes left alone will be an easy meal for hungry lions.

Leopard:
Most elusive of them all you might find these animals lying on a branch of a Marula tree in the middle of day. They use these trees to have a better view, to hang their last kill, or just to take a nap. Remember they are solitary animals and males very territorial also very aware of what's happening around them.
Spend time with them if you lucky enough to find one as they will move sooner or later. Best time to view them early morning and late afternoon.

Hope this gives you a better idea of these amazing animals, don't forget about the other animals while on safari.

Other amazing animals are the cheetah and the wild dog.

When you see the Big 5 and the above two then you have seen the Magnificent seven and that does not happen every day.

Good luck with your safaris and tours in Africa if you are inexperience and don't have a lot of time in the bush please use a guide or go on a guided safari this will make your experience must better and prepare you for your next self drive trip to Kruger National Park - South Africa.

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: 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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(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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