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    Game Reserves

    by Gypsystravels Updated Nov 7, 2014

    Many of the game reserves around Kruger Park are considered part of the Greater Kruger Park. Basically a reserve is a co-operative of privately owned lands by individuals that have come together and have agreed to take down their fences and allow the animals to roam freely between Kruger Park and the reserves. Balule is the second largest reserve (after Klaeseri), and it was here at Tremisana where I stayed.

    I knew very little about the reserves prior to my arrival so I was surprised to see a "fence" around parts of the reserve. I asked the ranger why and his response was that this particular land owner did not wish to be part of the co-operative as he didn't want the "animals" on his reserve to wander to any other parts of the reserve (supposedly he has many buffaloe and wildebeest which are some of the lions main prey).

    There are many homes and private lands in Balule where the animals are free to roam but you'll see signs that the property is private.

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    Giraffe Zebra with calf Hippo in the Olifants Lone male elephant Pride of lions with cubs
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    Other Creatures...

    by MM212 Updated Jan 8, 2014

    The unattractive side of a safari, beyond the mosquitoes, is the abundance of other insects and ugly creatures, which some of us may find equally fascinating as the animals. These include spiders, beetles, snails, scorpions, mantis, and other indescribable ones... I managed to take pictures of a few of those I encountered; take a look at the travelogue: "Creatures".

    Supersized snail! (Dec 2013)
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    Animals beyond the Big Five

    by MM212 Updated Jan 8, 2014

    There are countless other animals that are as exciting to spot and watch as the Big Five (except perhaps for the leopard!). These include giraffes, impala, hippos, kudus, zebras, steenbok, wildebeest, and many more. For a fuller list and photos, check out the travelogues: "Animals I", "Animals II", and "Animals III".

    Rhino (Big Five) and Impala on the run Zebra, Dec 2013 Wildebeest and Impala, Dec 2013
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    Meet the 'Magnificent 7' at the Elephant Museum

    by Merebin Updated Apr 9, 2013

    The Letaba Elephant Hall is located in Letaba Rest Camp, Kruger National Park. The museum focuses on the evolution and biology of the region's famous elephant residents and provides an interesting break from wildlife spotting when in the park.

    There is also a moving display honoring the 'Magnificent 7' - huge tuskers that used to roam the area, including their life story. Some died of natural causes, others at the hands of poachers , and is an important reminder of why conservation is so important in this area.

    The Letaba Elephant Hall is open every day, and entry is free, although there are items to purchase and a place to make donations if you feel so inclined.

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    NEW!! Krugar park rustic basic campsite!!

    by nora_south_africa Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    KNP has a new Back to basics campsite, no electricty, but has water and rustic showers... The price is same as other camp sites( about R110 per night for 2 ppl) but this is quieter, and for the person who prefer to go rustic and basic!!! like me.... its the Tsendze campsite, more info on the web site I give you, or you can check san parks web site as well.

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    (FEMALE) IMPALA

    by DAO Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Impalas jump. High and quite a lot. When they become frightened or startled the whole herd starts leaping around in order to confuse their predators. They are able to jump distances more than 9 meters (30 feet) high and 2.5 meters (8 feet) high. Unfortunately for them the following animals like to eat them: leopards, cheetahs, nile crocodiles, lions, and wild dogs. Females give birth after 7 months, but can hold off birth for a month if they feel conditions are not good for a newborn.

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    Buy an International Wild Card

    by Waxbag Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Buy a “Wild” Card and Save Money
    The Wild Card program has been recently introduced in the South African National Park system to make the parks more affordable for those making multiple entries. The card has a small computer chip in it that stores and process information. South African residence may buy a card specific to one region or “clusters”. For instance the Bushveld Cluster would include Golden Gate, Kruger, Mapungubwe, and Marakele National Parks. International tourist pay the same no matter what. The price is good for one year no matter how many parks or how many times you visit.

    For all parks South African Residence pay R195 for individual, R335 for a couple, and R440 for a Family.

    For International tourist the card is R795 for individual, R1395 for a couple, and R1795 for a family.

    Other benefits like 5% cash back on accommodation, car rental, refreshments, etc. may also be available with the card.

    Kruger and Kgalagadi Parks costs R120 a day per person. Other parks are less expensive, but if you are planning to spend a lot of time in the South African national Parks, absolutely get the card.

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    Things to do after sunset

    by nora_south_africa Written Aug 17, 2010

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    we usually Braai, you meet so many new people and each share their experiences of the day.... and then we go through the photos of the day, and there are many, if more than one of us has a camera we share our shots.
    Usually if you are a wild life lover you are so filled by thoughts of the day , you want to re live each moment and hope you never forget it.

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    VERVET MONKEY

    by DAO Updated May 12, 2010

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    These monkeys can only have one baby at a time. They live for about 7-9 years and are very fast. Vervets are amazing animals to watch as they are swift, curious and will come very very close to you. Unfortunately their numbers are dwindling massively. As late as 1940 they were observed in families of up to 120 members. Today they are only in groups of 20-30 and their overall numbers have decreased dramatically. This is due to lose of habitats, being killed by farmers and moving into urban areas in search of food. They are wrongfully perceived as destroying crops which they actually do not. They also are attracted to urban areas by litter. They will happily eat just about anything, which is why they should never be feed by humans.


    Please read my warnings and dangers tips on these rascals.

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    ZEBRAS

    by DAO Updated Nov 26, 2009

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    These poor animals stand out against any background and must taste good as well. Carnivores eat them all the time. They are fast, but Lions get them anyway. They never stand still so it is harder to get a good picture of them than you think.

    On a somewhat serious note:
    There are 3 species of Zebra, but they are all wearing black and white fur. Ever Zebra has its own distinctive patters of stripes and it is believed they are able to recognise each other from the differences. They live in herds headed up by a single Stallion (adult male). Mr. Luck lives with a group of females and his kids.

    Their main predators are lions and hyenas. When one is attacked they do the exact opposite of what you would expect. They gather round and try and run the killer(s) off. The hyenas who hunt in groups must love this.

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    Shooting animals

    by Assenczo Written Aug 30, 2009

    Well, there is not much else to do in Kruger than shoot animals with your camera. This is very rewarding endeavour considering that the place is teeming with animals and birds of any size. Naturally the biggest are the most interesting to the outsider including elephants, rhinos, wildebeests, hippos, all sorts if antelopes, giraffes and so on. Despite claims that the best time to spot animals are the mornings and late afternoons, one can see creatures all day long and the temperature during the day increases considerably making viewing way more pleasant experience.

    Rhino on the way to the toilet Hippo on the way to the bathtub Lion on the way to never-never land Elephants on the way to greener pastures
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    Find the Big Five

    by lynnehamman Updated Jul 28, 2009

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    It took us about 3 days to spot all of the famous "Big Five" The leopard proved to be the most elusive. Arrive in the park very early, about sunrise, and you will spot animals at drinking holes. Early morning birdcalls fill the air. There is a very special feeling in the park, early in the day.As the day wears on,and the heat rises, the animals find shelter under bushes, trees and scrub. Their camouflage makes it quite difficult to spot them., which is why it is a good idea to stop the vehicle that you are in, and just look and wait. There is always something to see. We had this one amazing moment, while waiting to see some giraffes, a HUGE male elephant wandered straight in front of the car.Very calmly he made his way across the road, and gave us a look of total disdain. I wonder what they are thinking, the animals. Them, watching us, watching them.
    The Big Five are : Elephant - Leopard - Lion - Rhino - Buffalo. We saw the most other animals too.

    Lioness Rhino Buffalo Elephant Mother & baby Elusive Leopard
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    Bush Walks

    by lynnehamman Updated Nov 1, 2008

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    Bush walks can be done daily ( 4 hours approx) No Children under 12. There is an armed guide, who will explain the fine art of tracking, while pointing out things that are easily missed whilest in a vehicle. Guests are collected at the Crocodile Bridge entrance gate, also at Ngwenya Main Gate. This walk can be booked in advance. The walks are done early morning and late afternoon, which are coolest times. Carry extra water on the walk to avoid dehydration. (The walking groups are usually about 8-10 people.)
    This Bush walk is a good opportunity to see smaller animals, birds and flora.You may be lucky and spot those other majestic animals, Giraffes. They stand WAY above everything else!

    IMPORTANT: Wear a hat -wear sunscreen, and wear comfortable walking boots.Carry extra water. And don't forget the camera and Binoculars. Dark colored clothing is prefarable.

    Giraffes saying Hello Dik-Dik Zebra Bush Babies at designated picnic spot
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    Bird-watching

    by lynnehamman Updated Nov 1, 2008

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    There are over 500 species of birds in the park. Just grab your binoculars and camera- opportunities are everywhere. Mornings and late afternoons are the best time to see and photograph birds. The flora is also worth photographing.

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    THE SPOTTED HYENA

    by DAO Updated Apr 6, 2008

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    There are 4 species of Hyena: spotted, brown, striped, & aardwolf. They are usually nocturnal, but these ones came out to eat a zebra. Spotted hyenas are both hunters and scavengers and they can travel in packs of up to 80. This makes them powerful. They will often move a lion off from its food after a kill. Their well-known cry or "laughter," is used to alert other clan members of food. In the clan the female are dominant over the males.

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