Kruger National Park


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3 Ways to do Kruger

Written on: November 25, 2014   |   I visited in November 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 tour operator on a guided safari.
3) You can stay at a private safari lodge.

Option 1 (self-drive) is the cheapest option and preferred by many locals, who come every year on their annual family holiday. For this reason, school holidays are busy and the main camps and roads (especially in the south of the park) can get quite crowded. To avoid the crowds, head for the lesser known dirt roads or go to the north of the park. I've personally visited Kruger like this many times.

Option 2 (a guided open vehicle safari) is also an affordable option and preferred by many first time visitors, because of the benefit of having an experienced guide who can help you not only to spot the animals, but interpret their behaviour and explain many interesting things about the bush. Also, being able to enjoy game drives from an open safari vehicle (rather than a small, closed, regular car) definitely enhances the game viewing experience and offers better visibility. The quality of this option depends on your choice of tour operator and the quality and experience of the guide who leads your safari. This is my favourite way of visiting Kruger.

Option 3 (a private safari lodge) is the most expensive option but these lodges normally include all meals and game drives, and the accommodation is more luxurious than the typical Sanparks bungalows found in Kruger's public camps. Here you also have the benefit of a qualified safari guide and open safari vehicles for game drives, but each lodge will have their own concession area and a limited traversing area for game drives. There are many different safari lodges in different price brackets, many situated in concession areas within Kruger, and many situated in the private game reserves adjacent to Kruger. I've been to both types of lodges and they are both great.

For first time visitors, a good choice is to combine option 2 with option 3 - explore Kruger in the company of an expert guide, and then spend 2 or 3 nights at a private safari lodge as well. For those on a very tight budget, option 1 is perhaps the best option.

For me the best thing about Kruger is that it is much less seasonal than other major game parks in Africa. It is possible to have excellent game viewing all year round, even during the rainy season from December to March.
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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: 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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(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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