Unique Places in Kruger National Park

  • Drakensberg Escarpment (Dec 2013)
    Drakensberg Escarpment (Dec 2013)
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    Drakensberg Escarpment

    by MM212 Updated Jan 10, 2014

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    About an hour's drive west of Klaserie/Kruger is a wall of mountains known as the Drakensberg Escarpment. Those driving to Johannesburg will have to traverse it, enjoying the astonishing beauty of the landscape along the way (see attached photos). Within these mountains is the Blyde River Canyon, one of the world's largest and most beautiful, and its nature reserve where many outdoor activities are possible. Unfortunately, we were time constrained when we drove both ways so could not afford the detour (though it was recommended to us), but the scenery of Blyde Canyon (based on photos I've seen) seems similar to some of the photos I took, albeit much more dramatic. If you have the time to spare, you may consider making the detour to Blyde Canyon, or spending a whole day there.

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    TAKE IT SLOW & ENJOY IT MORE

    by lynnehamman Written Dec 13, 2008

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    Plan your trip – do not try and cover too great a distance. The Kruger National Park is a massive tract of land and frequently visitors try to cover too much ground. Slow travel and regular stopping produces much more action than covering a lot of ground.
    Early mornings and evening time are usually the most productive game viewing periods.

    There are enclosed designated areas within the park that can be used as picnic & barbeque areas. Wood for barbeque & food can be bought from stores, which are situated at each entry gate.

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    Find some strange animals.

    by Gili_S Written Sep 6, 2008

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    This image is not so good due to the late time of the day I took it, but we could spot on the tree a kind of lizard, not sure exactly what is it. With its camouflage it hard to tell where the lizard end’s and where the tree starts.

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    Nelspruit

    by Jenniflower Written May 27, 2007

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    Nelspruit is the biggest town close to Kruger. It has grown phenomanally in the last decade and I think of it as a little city now actually.

    It was first visited in the late 1980's with my family for short holidays. I recall the thick humidity and the relentless sun. The insects seemed far bigger than they actually were and the hot sunny days were deliciously endless.

    I made a good friend whilst studying at art school, whose family live here, and so my times here increased, as did my interest, and I grew to love this part of South Africa even more.

    It is the throughfare into (in my personal opinion) this greatest of game parks in Southern Africa, the Kruger National Park.

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    Sweni Hide

    by diver-x Updated Jun 23, 2006

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    One thing we were going to pass by but decided, "what the heck, let's stretch our legs & go see it," is the Sweni Hide. Located on the Sweni River on the S37 road (east and south of Satara rest camp), the Sweni Hide is a blind that allows you to view hippos in the river very close up. We caught our very best views of hippos at the Sweni Hide. Any other time we saw hippos, they were quite far away.

    The Sweni Hide is definitely worth a look!

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    Hide

    by kzngirl Written Nov 18, 2005

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    A hide is a man-made structure, usually constructed with natural materials, designed to blend into the natural environment. Sometimes they overlook a water hole, other times a vantage point high up on a cliff. They are great places to while away an hour or two in silence, watching and waiting for animals, birds and insects to make their appearance.

    The hides are usually clearly marked on your Kruger Park map, so do make sure you include one or two visits to a hide during your stay. Little kids may get bored, especially if there is nothing "exciting" for them to watch, and if they don't find sitting in silence easy (!) then perhaps give the hides a miss!

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    Waterholes

    by kzngirl Written Nov 18, 2005

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    Most animals head down to the waterholes to drink at dusk and dawn. Try to plan your driving route so you head towards a waterhole near to these times…These are great places to park your car, and sit with your engine turned off and just watch and listen to all the wildlife around you.

    Watering holes are great places to catch animals coming down to drink and a marvellous site you won’t forget in a hurry is watching the elegant giraffes manoeuvre themselves over the water, stretching out their legs – wide, wide apart – to get their long necks low enough to the water to drink.

    I really enjoy sitting by the waterholes. If you have a pair of binoculars, make sure you scan the surrounding bush and veld as well as just what is on, around, and in the water...you could well catch sight of animals making their way - slowly - to and from the waterhole.

    Take note of the little things too: the frogs, the birds, the turtles and terrapins - and the myriad of footprints in the mud around the waterhole...who was the last visitor?

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    Stakeout the waterholes 6.

    by K.Knight Written Dec 26, 2004

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    A tentative Kudu waits patiently for nighfall at the edge of the scrub near the waterhole. He wanders out and has a look before nervously retreating to the sanctuary of the trees. I am not sure if it was the vehicle we were in that made him nervous or the large crocodile that was sunning itself 30 metres away.

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    Stakeout the waterholes 5.

    by K.Knight Written Dec 26, 2004

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    It is incredible to see the amount of damage these huge elephants do to the environment. Love them or hate them they deserve their place in Africa but it is sad to see the barren wasteland left after the elephants have pushed over trees and destroyed waterholes through their rolling in the mud. Other animals can only stand by and watch knowing that they will not get a drink.

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    Stakeout the waterholes 4.

    by K.Knight Written Dec 26, 2004

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    An amazing array of animals take their chances every evening when they aproach the waterholes for a refreshing drink. I can not understand why they then stand motionless as if they are waiting to be eaten!

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    Stakeout the waterholes 3.

    by K.Knight Written Dec 26, 2004

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    Even after the sun has set, a steady stream of animals still make their way to the waterhole to put an end to their thirst. There are still several species of animals lurking near the water watching for the ever present crocodile that is waiting to put an end to them!

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    Stakeout the waterholes 2.

    by K.Knight Written Dec 26, 2004

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    It seems that zebra love to stand in the waterholes and fowl them up. This giraffe does not mind though and bows down to suck up as much water as possible in a short amount of time. I thought his neck looked like a straw.

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    Stakeout the waterholes.

    by K.Knight Written Dec 26, 2004

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    Some of the best game viewing can be found around the waterholes at sunset. Most animals head toward these waterholes, that are scattered around Kruger National Park, for an evening drink after a long day in the scorching heat.

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    Check out the birdlife.

    by K.Knight Written Dec 16, 2004

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    The Kruger National Park is, without doubt, the finest birding locality in southern Africa. It provides a unique combination of wilderness areas, varied habitats, easy road access, and comfortable amenities, together with a wide variety and concentration of bird species and big game animals.
    Finding birds in the Kruger Park is a relatively simple matter. On arrival, one is immediately impressed by the sheer number of birds and variety of species. With a potential bird list of over 500 species, and depending on the season, a competent birder could expect to find between 150 and 250 species on a one to two week visit. In general, the denser vegetation and variety of habitats in the south and far north are the most productive birding areas.

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    Water crossings.

    by K.Knight Written Dec 16, 2004

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    There are numerous water crossings withing the Kruger National Park. I found these crossings to be an excellent area to see water birds, crocs, hippos and warthogs.
    The Kruger National Park is, without doubt, the finest birding locality in southern Africa. It also provides a unique combination of wilderness areas, varied habitats, easy road access, and comfortable amenities, together with a wide variety and concentration of bird species and big game animals.

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