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3 Ways to do Kruger

Visited: Nov 2014 Reviewed: Nov 25, 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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Classic big 5 safari in the heart of South Africa

Visited: Jun 2015 Reviewed: Mar 09, 2016

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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Visited: Oct 2015 Reviewed: Dec 16, 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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Visited: Sep 2014 Reviewed: Feb 09, 2015

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.
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Kruger's Wild Animals.

Visited: May 2014 Reviewed: May 12, 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:
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Pssst!! Secrets about Kruger...

Visited: Apr 2014 Reviewed: Apr 22, 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.
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1 thing you didn’t know about Kruger

Andrea
Visited: Jul 2010 Reviewed: Jan 18, 2014

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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Excitement in the African Bush!

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Visited: Oct 2013 Reviewed: Nov 22, 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.

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Kruger: The Perils of Box-Ticking

Des R T Sandys
Visited: Aug 2005 Reviewed: Nov 05, 2013

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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Photographic Safari Destination Sabi Sand, Kruger Park

Visited: Mar 2013 Reviewed: Sep 23, 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
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Stunning...easily lives up to the hype

Stephen Bailey
Visited: Feb 2013 Reviewed: Sep 20, 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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Wild about Kruger - a magical place for the 'DIYer'

Porcupine
Visited: Jan 2012 Reviewed: Sep 17, 2013

Kruger National Park is, without a doubt, one of those places that all safari-lovers should visit at least once in their lives.

It's huge. It's untamed. And it's up to you to find the fun.

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THE African Safari National Park

Churchmanb
Visited: Jan 2009 Reviewed: May 22, 2013

Although there are places all over Africa that will blow the mind and your expectations out of the water, Kruger truly delivers. The main roads through the park are unobtrusive enough, and the numbers of game high enough, that you are virtually guaranteed to have a Jurassic Park-level experience.
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Africa's wildlife at its best (with excellent tourist luxuries!)

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Visited: Sep 2011 Reviewed: May 02, 2013

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 ... read more

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Wonderful Leopard Sightings in Kruger Park

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Visited: Jun 2012 Reviewed: Apr 23, 2013

The Kruger National Park has to be on everyone's bucket-list! If you have not yet been here, start planning your adventure. There are dozens of options for accommodation - Berg en Dal camp is my personal favourite as it is more modern then the older camps and has a swimming pool - very important in Summer! Of course, there are also many luxury accommodation option... read more

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Want to see the Big Five?

ABTX
Visited: Nov 2012 Reviewed: Apr 22, 2013

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 al... read more

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