self drive, Kruger National Park
We entered Kruger through the Paul Kruger gate near Skukuza Camp. From there we drove north for our first night at Satara Camp. The next day we meandered north by way of Olifants and Letaba Camps before reaching the new Mopani Camp where we spent two nights. Following that, we exited Kruger near its centre at Phalaborwa and then, because of time constraints, drove south on highways outside the Park. We then re-entered the Park at the Numbi gate near Pretoriuskop Camp, from which we drove across the very dry southern part of the park before exiting at Crocodile Bridge. By then, it was getting late in the day and we were lucky to find great accommodations in Nelspruit (see my South Africa page for details on that one!).
Obviously I feel the best way to see the Kruger is to go with a professional guide. You can do a self drive but will miss a lot of important stuff and even miss a lot of animals as you are not trained to spot animals effectively in the bush. However, roads are all in very good condition and a normal vehicle is sufficient to get you everywhere you need to be. Excellent maps are available throughout the park and it is very easy to navigate yourself around.
DO NOT GET OUT OF YOUR VEHICLE!!! unless at a designated picnic or viewing spot. i have often come across people out of their vehicles trying to get a better view of animals not realising a leopard or lion is only 40 metres away! Its serious guys, this place is not a zoo and animals will attack if they feel threatened or cornered. There are picnic spots throughout the Kruger where you can get out, stretch legs, go to the toilet or cook yourself breakfast or lunch.
Take some of the more adventurous dirt roads, you will encounter fewer people and have more of the Kruger to yourself.
Our no frills rental car served us well during our 2-week 4000 km (2500 mile) excursion around a small part of South Africa! You will find that the roads in Kruger are a combination of very good paved roads as well as not so bad unpaved ones (this could change during the rainy season!). All of the Camps have petrol (gas) stations where you can fill up without problems. Note that the speed limit in the Park is 50 kph (30 mph) because you never know when game will decide to exercise its right of road-crossing! In our case, we had no Transportation problems at all (for more details on our car, see my 'South Africa' page). This photo shows a friendly Dik-Dik that was wandering around Letara Camp while we recharged our video camera batteries - they had conked out just as we saw a lion about to try to mate with a lioness!
HI GUYS I JUST BOUGHT A PICK UP CHECK IT OUT ON MY HOME PAGE I JUST GOT BACK FROM THE PARK AND BOY IT MADE SUCH A DIFFERENCE BEING SO HIGH UPIN THE TRUCK THE ROADS WERE FINE THE DIRT ROADS WRE EVEN A BIT BOUNCY FOR THE TRUCK BUT I COULD SEE SO MUCH FATHER AND OVER THE GRAS AT THE SIDE OF THE ROAD THE GRASS IS JUST TO HIGH TO SEE CLEARLY FROM THE HEIGHT OF A CAR SO THE TRUCK WAS MUCH BETTER ...........
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Travelling by car vs. tourbus etc. is a great way to see the park. If you're renting, try and get something relatively high, such as a minibus or SUV, it really helps with the tall grass.
You're expected to stay in the car at all times, except for some designated lookout spots and bridges.
Try and keep to the speed limits, as they do sometimes trap in the park.
How higher you are the more you can see. Because you are not looking straight in the high grass but over it. That is why the safaritrucks are high. If you want to have your own transport a 4x4 will do the trick. You can see over the grass and over other cars in front of you.
Not all roads are open to caravans or Motor homes, and when there are heavy rains some roads may be closed.
TO GET IN AND AROUND MPUMALANGA ONE NEEDS A TRUCK OR BAKKIE AS WE CALL THEM, AS A LOT OF THE PLACES CARS ARE TO LOW TO GET THROUGH, AS I DISCOVERED. MANY PLACES I HAD TO TURN BACK.