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    The view from our car in Kruger
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    car versu a high vantage point like a jeep

    by bongski Written Nov 22, 2008

    A higher vantage point while driving maybe an advantage in Kruger but it is not a must. I was at an eye to eye level encounter with a pride of lions when they decided to use the tarmac instead of the bush. That was because i was using a car instead of a jeep.

    No need for a guide, just follow the other game drive vehicles on the road inside kruger. There are lots of them.

    A side trip to the blyde river canyon area from graskop is a recommended trip before or after kruger.

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    car versu a high vantage point like a jeep

    by bongski Written Nov 22, 2008

    A higher vantage point while driving maybe an advantage in Kruger but it is not a must. I was at an eye to eye level encounter with a pride of lions when they decided to use the tarmac instead of the bush. That was because i was using a car instead of a jeep.

    No need for a guide, just follow the other game drive vehicles on the road inside kruger. There are lots of them.

    A side trip to the blyde river canyon area from graskop is a recommended trip before or after kruger.

    bong

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    car v.s. a high vantage point like a jeep

    by bongski Updated Nov 22, 2008

    A higher vantage point while driving maybe an advantage in Kruger but it is not a must. I was at an eye to eye level encounter with a pride of lions when they decided to use the tarmac instead of the bush. That was because i was using a car instead of a jeep.

    No need for a guide, just follow the other game drive vehicles on the road inside kruger. There are lots of them roaming around during the day and they have contacts with each other on where the wildlife is. If you are bored whith what they are watching, then go on your own and follow the tarmac or the dirt road which are open to the public.

    A side trip to the blyde river canyon area from graskop is a recommended trip before or after kruger.

    bong

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  • 4x4 or not.

    by jfjgrunt Written Jan 16, 2010

    We had a 4x4, Land Rover, that we hired for our trip to Kruger, Satara Camp. In hindsite we should have stayed with the Toyota Quantum we had hired for the rest of South Africa. If you have children or adults they can move around more easily in something like a Quantum, so everyone gets to see everything. Its actually higher than a 4x4 and the roads were no problem even the gravel roads.

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    The Taller the Better!

    by DamatDave Updated Nov 26, 2006
    The previously mentioned lions.

    Self drive is the way to go. Don't listen to anyone who says it's too dangerous or any other rubbish excuse of the sort. You can see the things you want, when you want, at your own pace. If you can afford it, rent as tall of a vehicle as you can. Even though you might be in the middle of the dry season, if you're in a compact car, your eye level may well be lower than the tip of the grass. I was in a little Fiat. The little bugger got me everywhere I wanted to go, including some "4x4 only" roads in other parks, but seeing animals was a problem at times. When shooting some lions in their "courtship" I had to stand on the window sill to get proper clearance. Not the safest thing to do, but I really wanted that picture, and there were others around to watch my back.

    I've noticed some posters saying you shouldn't open the windows. Professional guides I know, both of the photo and hunting safari sort, say the dangerous thing is to break the silhouette of the vehicle with a human shape; open windows are usually fine. The silhouette of a human is what triggers a response from the animals most of the time, since they fear the occupants more than the vehicle itself.

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    Do a Self Drive in Kruger

    by Waxbag Written Nov 22, 2004
    Our compact in Kruger

    I really recommend hiring a car and seeing Kruger independently. I have seen many questions posted on the forums about what tour take and to book it where etc. Just do it yourself. If you have a drivers license from home you can drive in SA. There are plenty of places to hire a car in Jo-berg and Nelspruit. You don't need a 4x4, because the main roads are tarred and the sides roads are in good condition (although a 4x4 is nice because it sits high).

    Good maps are available at the gate entrances and the roads are well marked. Petrol stations are located in every restcamp and there are mechanics available if you have any difficulties.

    I like having the independence to anywhere I want when I want. Tour operators tend to quickly drive you around spending little time in one spot so they can find the "Big Five", which is annoying if you are also interested in all of the other animals.

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  • Travelling by car

    by Grootpiet Updated Apr 13, 2003

    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.

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    IN AND AROUND THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

    by Braveheart.southafrr Updated May 24, 2003

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    4X4 BY FAR

    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.

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    Not all roads open to caravans

    by nora_south_africa Written Nov 25, 2011

    Not all roads are open to caravans or Motor homes, and when there are heavy rains some roads may be closed.

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