Kruger National Park Travel Guide

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Kruger National Park Things to Do

  • Big 5

    The Big Five animals refer to the most difficult animals to hunt in Africa, a term that was invented years ago when hunting in Africa by Europeans was in vogue. Today, spotting the Big Five is the quest of anyone on a safari. The five animals are the lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, and elephant. I was fortunate enough on my safari to see all five,...

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  • Game Drives (Self-Driving)

    We stuck to the main tar Road between Berg en Dal to Skukuza and had no trouble at all in spotting plenty of animals. We saw plenty of birds and animals. Twice we just missed a leopard. The car in front of us had spotted it. We stopped over at Afsaal resting camp. We stopped at Afsaal to use the restrooms and to have a short meal. We then drove...

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  • Game Drives (at night)

    This is a good time to spot animals. Make sure you wear warm clothing since the vehicle they take you in has open windows. They do provide you with blankets but the forest can be quite chilly in the nights and you would do well to go well protected.

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Kruger National Park Hotels

Kruger National Park Restaurants

  • These are good places to eat too...but...

    You have limited options, except in Skukuza where there are more options. We did not eat here since we opted for a self catering cottage. But we did eat some snacks and ice cream at Afsaals and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Dinner table

    Another lodge where the dinner was included with the accommodation. A beautiful dinning table and atmosphere in a real African safari. They served us some traditional soup for startes and very nice main dish. For dissert we had some cake.

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  • Dinner

    And after long day, walking, game drive and night drive there was the time for dinner, served with local dishes and local excellent South African wine we couldn’t ask for more.

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Kruger National Park Nightlife

  • Night Drives

    All of the major rest camps offer night and early morning game drives. For R100 per person (about $15 USD), you get a 3 hour tour of the surrounding park area back roads in an open-air bus, often spotting some wildlife that you might not see during the day. Things we saw on game drives that we didn't see on our own are: rhino, hyena and jackals. We...

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  • Night Drives

    Of course the main nightlife here is the night safari. It is very nice experience and you might see some surprised animals that are very rare to see during the day, like the Genet that I saw.

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  • The Tree Pub

    Yes, exactly, what else you can expect? Up there was our local pub, and after long day of driving and animal watching it was brilliant place to take it easy and relax with few drinks.

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Kruger National Park Transportation

  • self drive

    Shell Ultra City N4 highway at Middelburg is on the main route from to Johannesburg and Pretoria to the Kruger National park. Thieves are using car lock jamming devices to block the signal to auto lock your cars . Myself and three other friends of mine have been robbed recently of our personal effects left in our cars on 4 different occasions...

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  • airport

    The easiest way to get to the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve (which is adjacent to Kruger) is to fly from Johannesburg (JNB) to Hoedspruit (HDS). There are two daily direct flights and the HDS airport is about an hour away from the actual camp we stayed at (nThambo Tree Camp). Unfortunately for us, we tried to reserve rather late when only one way...

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  • safari tour

    As part of the price of the safari tour with Viva Safari I had a full day Kruger Park driving safari which included the price of the park entrance and an all day safari drive. The vehicle sits up to 16 passengers in a jeep which allowed for excellent game viewing which is driven by an experienced ranger who knows all the flora and fauna of the...

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Kruger National Park Shopping

  • What to shop and what not!

    Most camps have a shop that sells grocery and other essentials apart from souvenirs and useful items for camping. If going by car, it is better to buy your groceries and essentials before hand. Everything including mineral water is more expensive inside the park. You could buy some Souvenirs since the same may not be available outside. Of course...

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  • From animal skins to fridge magnets

    All of the rest camps that we stayed at had a general store that sold supplies local crafts, skins and souvenirs. I'd stay away from buying local crafts at Kruger. You can get much better deals on the same exact stuff outside the park. In general, you'd pay at least twice the amount for a craft item inside the park as you would at a roadside...

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  • Take a game ranger home!

    This book covers the geology, flora and fauna of the Lowveld, but it is much more than simply another field guide to the Kruger National Park and its surrounds. The author, Megan Emmett, is both a guide and, from the point of the book, more importantly, an instructor of other guides. Illustrated with photographs by Sean Pattrick, this is a textbook...

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Kruger National Park Local Customs

  • Kruger National Park- a Brief History

    The Kruger National Park has an extraordinary colourful history. François de Cuiper was the first explorer and led a Dutch East India Company expedition to the area . The expedition party was attacked and driven back by local tribes near Gomondwane.Later, around 1838, Voortrekkers (who were former Dutch settlers) trekked to the same region - led...

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  • CLIMATE OF THE PARK

    Kruger National Park enjoys a subtropical climate and is coolest during the winter months of June, July and August. This is also when it is the driest. The days are warm then and the evenings vary from very cool to freezing (0° C, 32° F). You need a range of clothing including warmer clothes for the evenings. I recommend combat-style trousers with...

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  • Other members of the cat family: The...

    The CheetahAcinonyx jubatus (H: 80 cm; 40 -60 kg).Cheetah need open areas to hunt, and can reach a speed of about 112 km/h. Although solitary, some males form small coalitions, and females are often seen with their young.in: The Kruger Map - Kruger National Parkwww.jacana.ca.za

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Kruger National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Malaria

    100% DEET is pointless and dangerous. If you don't wash it off you hands before touching some plastics, they start to go sticky, like my camera.... This is because it is also a solvent and can also break down some synthetic fabrics. Think what that must be like for your skin. The concentration of DEET governs how long it is effective for, not how...

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  • other animals

    There can be lots of animals on the road, and actually you will see lots of them, even if some are not really endangering you, they might damage your car if you crash into any. Here is an example of Impala just jumping in front of our car, luckily we drove slow not to hurt anyone.

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  • elephants

    Do not let children tease elephants, these animals are wild animals, and plz keep distance with car. Do not follow elephants, always allow elephants right of way, drive off slowly if they get too near, do not cut off their path especially when there are more than one car, do not stop between a herd.... especially when their are babies.Do not rev...

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Kruger National Park Tourist Traps

  • Follow the leader

    when one see`s someone else go off the road into the bush don`t be just as bad as them and follow them into the bush just to get a better view of the wild life as you endanger yourself as the other wild life ..... stick to the roads thats why they are there as not to harm the vegetation leave that for the nature to to its thing.....

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  • Daily conservation levies

    Not really a trap but something you need to be aware of. My only advice from experience with other travellers is that people are not fully aware of the new rates applicable to international travellers in the Kruger. You will pay R 120.00 per day that you are in the park. Make sure you book accommodation well in advance, otherwise there is a good...

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  • DONT OPEN YOUR WINDOW

    WE HAVE JUST READ AGAIN THAT TOURIST DONT REALISE HOW DANGEROUS IT IS TO OPEN YOUR WINDOW WHEN YOU HAVE A FULL GROWEN LION NEXT TO YOU , THE GUY OPEN HIS WINDOW SWITCHED HIS CAR THEN THE LION GOT CLOSER HE TRIED TO CLOSE HIS WINDOW BUT HE HAD ELECTRIC WINDOWS SO HE COULD CLOSE THE WINDOW , HE WAS VERY LUCKY THAT HE DIDNT GET HURT DONT OPEN YOUR...

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Kruger National Park What to Pack

  • Insect Repellent!

    Our lodge comes equipped with insect repellent, but you may need to bring extra because you will need to use it frequently. This is especially the case in the rainy season (when I visited) and it was particularly pronounced after rainfall. Malaria pills are advisable too.

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  • Make sure you pack these!

    A backpack would be handy. Get camouflage clothing if you intend going on a guided walking safari, carry sensible shoes. The nights and early mornings can be quite chilly depending on the time of the year you are going. So do carry adequate warm clothing. Caps are a must. Of course carry the medicines that you would require. The cottages that we...

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  • Forociously cold mornings

    Do not forget a winter hat of some sort because being driven at an elevated position without a windshield in the morning can be freezing. Plus, the with your eyes filled with protective film of tears it is not possible to focus on animals.

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Kruger National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • camps

    THIS CAMP IS SMALL COMPARED TO THE OTHERS BUT STILL A NICE CAMP, THEY HAVE A GAME VIEWING HIDAWAY THAT ONE CAN SEE THE GAME FROM , ALL THE CHALETS ARE FULLY SERVICED DAILY, AND THEY HAVE GAME DRIVES DAY AND NIGHT ...........................

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  • landmarks

    About 25 kms south of Satara on the H1-3 is the southern most baobab in the park. It is quite large and worth seeing especially if you do not plan on heading to the northern part of the park where baobabs are more prevalent. The side road to the baobab is interesting as it crosses the N’waswitsontso river bed. This is not accessible during the wet...

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  • walking safari

    This is probably the best way to get in touch with Africa... with the earth and animals. You will have to go on an organised tour with a guide. He will have a gun, and hopefully not have to use it! Rememebr, you are in the wild here, and you are NOT the top of the food chain in this territory! Remember to bring the following: Light coloured...

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Kruger National Park Sports & Outdoors

  • Kruger Park Marathon

    Yes you have read right - the Kruger National Park Marathon - here you have the opportunity to run through the park - it is held every first Sunday of August and attracts over 1000 runners. The marathon starts in Skukuza one of the main camps.

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  • GAME DRIVES

    GAME DRIVES CAN BE ARRANGED FOR DAY AND NIGHT TRIPS THROUGH THE DIFFERENT PARKS AROUND MPUMALANGA.............................................. A GOOD PAIR OF BINOCULARS OR A GOOD CAMERA WITH A ZOOM LENS WORKS THE BEST .........................................

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  • GAME HIKES IN AND AROUND THE PARK

    THERE ARE SO MANY CAMPS THAT EACH CAMP HAS ITS OWN SCHEDULE OF WHEN THE TOURS OR HIKES START THEY ALSO HAVE DAY OR NIGHT HIKES THROUGH OUT THE PARK .................... A GOOD SET OF BINOCULARS OR A GOOD CAMERA WITH A GGOD ZOOM LENS WOULD BE GREAT .........................

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Kruger National Park Favorites

  • wildlife

    Unfortunately, too many people are only interested in seeing the "Big 5" that they miss the opportunity to see some of the other great animals that call Africa home. I say this because many of the passengers on my safari where interested in the Elephants, Rhinos and Lion and Leopards that many missed some of the great animals that I was so happy to...

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  • facts

    People who travel over borders via KNP will require to overnight in the park, not just drive through, proof of overnight stay will be required at borders.Please check with KNP or on their website for more details.

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  • landscape

    An advantage of game viewing in October, at the end of the dry winter season, is that the waterholes and rivers are all parched. This has the effect of bunching the game up for much easier viewing. Here, the view from the restaurant area at Oliphants Camp shows the yellowish normal width of the river, as compared to the few pools that actually have...

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hippo
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lions
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Kruger is considered within the malaria zone
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Stay inside your vehicle
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More than the Big 5
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Extinction is forever
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Game Reserves
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Guided game drives for excellent game spotting
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Long drive from Johannesburg
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Driving safari inside the park
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The landscape
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Drakensberg Escarpment
Off The Beaten Path
Other Creatures...
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Animals beyond the Big Five
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Safari Drive
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Bird-watching
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The Big Five
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Getting to Klaserie
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Ground Hornbill
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Tips for game drives
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Picnics are always fun!
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Our feathered friends!
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Other animals besides the Big 5
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Spotting the Big Five -- not difficult @ K.N.P.!
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Our route
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Most exciting to spot animals by oneself!!
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A must do
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The night game drive
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Elephants have right of way
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Meet the 'Magnificent 7' at the Elephant Museum
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Organised safari or self drive Kruger Park
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No off road driving allowed in game reserves
Warnings and Dangers
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