Kruger National Park


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Africa's wildlife at its best (with excellent tourist luxuries!)

Written on: May 02, 2013   |   I visited in September 2011 Kruger National Park is part of South African tradition and a much loved safari, game trekking and holiday spot. It has so much to offer, from accessibility to the largest game of all African parks, waiting to be spotted around every bush, accommodation options to suit every taste and budget and even Internet availability and a golf course these days. No wonder it gets a bit crowded at times! But the park’s almost 20,000 square kilometers are big enough for the Big Five, Small Five and all eager tourists and many more creatures in-between!

Skukuza Camp on the banks of the Sabie River in the southern portion of the park is one of most popular rest camps among Kruger’s 21 rest camps. This rest camp offers excellent game viewing and the nighttime wildlife sounds are exquisite – especially if you booked a site close to the border of the camp away from the main guest activities and accommodation. Skukuza is very close to the Lake Picnic bird hide where spotting active Kingfishers, weavers and many more water birds with hippos and crocodiles waddling through the waters keep you entertained.

Skukuza’s accommodation options include safari tents (my personal favorite), bungalows, chalets and traditional camping sites as well as a guest lodge. The nice thing about Kruger National Park is that you do not need to worry too much about taking along supplies and planning provision – the park’s shops and restaurants cater for all basic, and even beyond basic needs. But do not be distracted by the modern amenities on offer - Kruger National Park remains a wilderness place and opportunities to experience this include adventure routes, wildlife trekking and guided hikes.

Kruger National Park is a safe haven for Africa’s precious wildlife: lion, elephant, zebra, black and white rhino, giraffe, leopards, hyenas, wild dogs… feel the adrenaline rush as a male lion roars close to your bungalow at night. Take time to spot the smaller wildlife such as the nocturnal bush baby with their thick tails and the ever active dung beetles.

To fully experience and appreciate the Kruger National Park, try to stay for at least a few days in different camp sites. Regardless of where you stay, know that you will just have to return to Kruger in the near future!
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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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