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Hazyview Things to Do

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    A sign at the Phabeni Gate entrance to Kruger 4 more images

    by mikelisaanna Updated Sep 27, 2009

    Kruger is one of South Africa's largest National Parks, and one of the best for viewing large animals in the wild. It is a massive tract of land (about 50 miles wide by 200 miles long) in which wild animals roam freely. Nearly all of South Africa's large animal species live in Kruger, including lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, cape buffalo, hyenas, impalas, nyalas, and other antelope species.

    Kruger has a network of paved and unpaved roads running through it that you can drive along as you explore the park. Due to the presence of wild animals, you MUST stay in your vehicle in most areas of the park. There are, however, some concession areas scattered around the park, where they have gas stations, restaurants, shops, lodging, and picnic areas.

    Kruger is large and you have to drive slowly (so that you don't hit any animals), so you should plan on spending at least two days driving around the park. If you don't want to drive yourself, you can take a guided safari, in which they drive you around in a truck with open-air seating, which is higher up than seats in a car, and therefore gives you better views.

    There is a limit on how many people can visit Kruger per day. You can reserve a spot through the website of SANParks, SOuth Africa's National Parks organization. However, if you are there during slower periods of the year, there is no need to make a reservation.

    Game viewing is best at the beginning and end of the day, so arrive at Kruger as early as possible in the morning to see the most species. During the middle of the day, a lot of animals are sleeping or resting, so they are tougher to see.

    Winter is the best season for visiting Kruger, because there is less vegetation to get in the way of seeing the animals. During the summer, it gets very hot, and the tall grass and other vegetation makes it tougher to see the animals.

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    • National/State Park
    • Safari
    • Family Travel

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    Mike, Lisa, and Anna meeting an elephant 3 more images

    by mikelisaanna Updated Sep 27, 2009

    The Hazyview Elephant Sanctuary is a small private zoo dedicated to elephants. They do daily programs, in which they teach you about elephants and let you stand next to them, feed them, and touch them (including their feet, ears, trunks, tusks, and tongues). For an extra fee, you can also take a 15-minute ride on an elephant with the help of a guide, who rides with you and does the steering. Our daughter really enjoyed the Elephant Sanctuary, especially the part where you got to touch the elephants.

    When we were there, they had two elephants that they used for the programs. One was an adult male, and the other was a juvenile that was about 10 years old. They guides had significant experience with elephants and were very informative. One had been an anti-poaching ranger prior to working there, while another had previously worked at a national park.

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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Family Travel
    • Zoo

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    Entrance to Shangana Village 4 more images

    by mvtouring Written Mar 3, 2008

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    It was with my usual sceptisism that I decided to visit the village, but I was pleasantly surprised. The folks very extremly friendly and showed us around the place.

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Hazyview Warnings and Dangers

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    by RachelW19 Written Oct 10, 2012

    Just a word of warning. We were broken into at Hazyview Cabanas lodge on 25th April 2012

    Luckily we were all in our bedrooms and left enough "loot" lying around that we didn't get disturbed. the 8 berth lodge we were in had rubbish security on the doors and windows. The place had an electric fence and metal fence. How they got under that i dont know!! I think more likely a staff member got tipped off.

    Since returning i have read so much about hazyview being dangerous. please re think before staying in this town.

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    • Road Trip
    • Safari

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