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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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    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.

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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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    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.

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    THE GIRAFFE

    by DAO Updated Apr 6, 2008

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    Only when you see a whole group of Giraffes (known as a tower) do you realise just how graceful they actually are. They are the tallest living land animal with males growing up to 5.5 metres (18 feet) tall and weighing up to 1,300 kilograms (3,000 pounds). Now that’s big! They also have the shorest sleep patterns of any mammal – just 10 minutes to 2 hours a night. They drink, very carefully, huge amounts of water so that they can range over large dry areas. Males sometimes use their long necks for ‘necking’ which is a form of combat and can even be fatal. They can be found all across Africa, but you will rarely see more than 1 or 2 at a time. I just got lucky here.

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    TROPIC OF CAPRICORN

    by DAO Updated Mar 9, 2007

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    The term Capricorn comes from the Latin words caper (goat) and cornu (horn) and is the name given to one of the 12 constellations in the zodiac. What this means in earthly term is this. This parallel is the farthest point south at which the sun can be seen directly overhead at noon. Located at latitude 23 degrees south of the equator; it is the southern boundary of the tropics.

    In even more practical terms, this is a great photo opportunity. Watch for animals before you get out. Take the pictures quickly! And then get back in your car before you are eaten or horribly wounded by something large and angry.

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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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    THE HIPPOPOTAMUS

    by DAO Written Apr 6, 2008

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    Hippopotamus is the Greek words for ‘horse’ and ‘water’. Despite being the 3rd largest land animal, they are hard to see because they are almost always in the water. That’s because they do not have sweat glands, so it is the only way to keep cool. They can weigh up to 7000 pounds (3175 kgs). They look gentle, but they kill more people in Africa than any other animal. Never get between them and water, or close at all. All my pictures of the herd and baby hippo were taken at a very safe distance.
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    THE WARTHOG

    by DAO Updated Mar 9, 2007

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    They look fierce, but just about every other animal eats these poor guys including snakes! They love mud and are usually found near water holes. Find them and there should be a predator nearby.

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    CRESTED GUINEA FOWL

    by DAO Updated Apr 5, 2008

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    These birds are normally shy and quiet unless they feel threatened. Then they sound a very loud, cry. They hand out in flocks of 20 or more until breeding season. Then they pair off until their young are old enough to fend for themselves. They are chicken sized and do not hang about. You have to be quick to take their picture. Their most distinctive feature is bare skin on the body and the neck that is cobalt blue. Not exactly the best camouflage out here in the wild.

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    HONGONYI PRIVATE GAME LODGE

    by Braveheart.southafrr Written Nov 1, 2003

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    THEY HAVE AN ABUNDANCE OF WILD LIFE ON THE GAME FARM , WITH THE AID OF A RANGER ONE CAN ACTUALLY HIKE THROUGH THE CAMP THERE ARE LOTS OF FLOWERS AND PLANTS FOR ONETOO SEE AND ALSO LOTS OF BIRDLIFE ON THE GAME FARM ....................

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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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    MALBALINGWE BIG FIVE COUNTRY

    by Braveheart.southafrr Written Sep 15, 2003

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    HERE THE CAMP INST AS FAR AS THE KRUGER PARK IT`S ACTUALLY ABOUT AN HOUR OR SO AWAY FROM PRETORIA THEY HAVE SO MUCH TO DO .GAME DRIVES , BIRD DRIVES ,HIKING TRAILS HORSE BACK SAFARI`S , 4X4 TRACKS AND THEY EVEN HAVE A PAINT BALL AREA WHERE ONE CAN GO AND SHOOT EACH OTHER ......................

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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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