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Kruger National Park, South Africa
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National Park in August

by spanishguy

Hello to everybody!

I'm planning to go to Kruger National Park from Johannesburg with my girlfriend in August. I'm going to this city in a business trip and later on we're going to spend a small holidays. We're searching for something comfortable and nice, but real and afordable.

I would like to ask you some question and I will be more than happy if you can give me your opinion:

- What is better to arrive from Joburg? Renting a car from there or going by plane? If the best is the second option, renting a car or asking to the hotel to pick us up?

- What is a good option for lodging in the park? We're searching for something typical African, but clean, safe and comfortable. We also would like something not so expensive.

- How many days to stay in?

- Do we need to pay to enter in the park, or just for the lodging and rides if we take them?

Thank you so much for your help!!


Re: National Park in August

by lynnehamman

Hi Antonio
You will love th Kruger Park.
I suggest that upon arrival in J'burg, you rent a car, and drive to Kruger. Its about a 4 hour drive, but scenic and roads are good (DO NOT drive at night)
There are many types of lodging- you could Google ACCOMMMODATION KRUGER NATIONAL PARK for different ideas.
We stayed at Ngwenya Lodge, which is lovely- overlooks the Crocadile River with great sunsets. The Lodge is fully equippped and self catering, but there is also a restuarant, pool and tennis court.You can watch animals drinking at river from the balconies.
You do not have to pay to enter the park if you are staying within. Having your own car will give you flexibility, as you can do the game drives at your leisure.
If you would like more info on park, lodgings, things to see & do etc, go to my HOMEPAGE (click on my name) and there is a Kruger Park link there with most of the answers.
Have a great time.

Re: National Park in August

by spanishguy

Thank you very much for your useful tip!

In this case I think we're going to rent a car from Johannesburg and take advantage of it to visit the park and also some cities and places in our way. Maybe we'll try also to go to Swaziland, if there is something interesting to visit in.

I'm going to check your Website!

Thank you so much again

Travel Tips for Kruger National Park

Animal spotting

by MacandQ

To help you spot more animals try looking for what should NOT be there. For example, is that solitary dark tuft of grass in the distance really a tuft of grass or a lion lying low? Is that grey object in the distance a boulder or a rhino?

So scan the area and try to see what stands out as odd or unusual, look through your binoculars and you may be surprised.

PAUL KRUGER.1825 - 1904.



The Kruger National Game Park is named after this man,Paul Kruger 1825 - 1904.
He has a significent place in South African history as well, thus the Kruger Park was named after him.

At one entrance at the Kruger gate there is a monument erected in this man's name. Paul Kruger was born in 1825 in Cradock in the Colesberg district. At the age of ten his family set out as part of the Great Trek and he was brought up within the strict tenets of Dutch Calvinism.

Kruger fought his first battle at Vegkop in 1836, where Mzilikazi’s impis suffered the first of their defeats. Shortly after this he and his family accompanied Piet Retief on his trek to Natal. Here Paul was exposed to the slaughter among the Boer encampments along the Bloukrans and Bushmans rivers. Next the family moved north with Hendrik Potgieter. Paul’s father and uncle were two of the founders of the town Potchefstroom, the first capital of what would later become the South African Republic.

Kruger served as a veldkornet during his teens and was present at the Sand River Convention in 1852. Here the Transvaal was granted its independence. Three years later he helped draw up the constitution of this new republic. He also served as commandant-general and played a prominent role in the pacifying and uniting of the Boer communities in the early 1860’s.

In 1877, when the British annexed the Transvaal, Kruger became the champion of the Boer nation in their struggle to regain and keep their independence. His first two visits to England, and his negotiations with the government of Benjamin Disraeli were fruitless, as with his campaign of passive resistance back home. These attempts established him as a patriotic leader and a skilled politician.

In 1880 the Transvalers, under the leadership of Kruger, M.W. Pretorius and Piet Joubert, rebelled against the British authorities. The invading forces were defeated by Joubert’s burghers at Laing’s Nek, Ingogo, and Majuba Hill in 1881.

Paul Kruger was known as the ‘father of the Afrikaner nation’ and his firm belief in the destiny of the Afrikaner, his strong faith and his obedience to his God characterized his life. In 1883 he was elected president of the South African Republic.

Finding the animals

by tompt

Try to recognise the signs and you will find the animals easier. Are there many trees broken, or pulled out of the ground? There must be elephant in the neighbourhood.
Sometimes you will find a lot of menure along the road. Rhinos do their thing on the same spot every day. So lots of menure can mean you are in rhino territory.

Kruger Park map

by Jenniflower

This is a map of Kruger Park, in South Africa. It lies on the border of Mozambique.

The South end is the more popular end... where there seem to be more animals... in the north there are more elephants... (in the south there are plenty of elephants too!). I have stayed at most of the rest camps. I havent stayed at any of the private lodges as they are very expensive plus I prefer the rest camps, and dont need the luxury of the lodges. The park camps accommodation is very comfortable and clean, with a variety of accommodation available.

Sleeping before 9:30pm

by tompt

As all the travellers are going out to do some gameviewing at 06:00am people are going to bed very early. If you are awake at 9:30pm you will see all the lights are out and everybody is in their tent or caravan. Be at the gate before 06:00 to be one of the first cars and see the wildlife before it seeks hiding.


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