Kruger National Park
10 Dean Street, Kruger National Park, South Africa
www.krugerpark.co.za - +27 21 424 1037
Kruger National Park Reviews
Must visit if you are a wildlife enthusiast !! Nov 04, 2010
Let me state right at the outset, than planning a trip to Kruger National park is rather expensive (comes to approx INR 9000 per day per person) and you should do it only if you are a genuine wildlife enthusiast. If you do not care too much for wildlife, then you are better off skipping a visit to Kruger National Park as you will not get your money’s worth and may even find it a bit boring driving around the park for a full day. However if you are a Nature and Wildlife Lover and you have an hi-tech SLR camera and binoculars at hand, then you will have a gala time.
To experience Kruger National Park, it is better to fly down to Nelspruit Airport in Mpumalanga province and drive down to the Paul Kruger Gate of the Kruger National Park. As soon as you enter the Paul Kruger Gate you have the Skukuza Base camp at about 6 miles distance and it is best you make a booking here for your stay at Kruger National Park. I stayed at the Protea Hotel Kruger Gate which would be a more expensive option, but very convenient as the Protea Hotel Kruger Gate is located barely 100 metres from the Paul Kruger Gate of Kruger National Park. I also did not want to let go of the luxuries of a regular hotel.
As we had a car with us we had an option of driving into Kruger National Park or being a part of the Hotel organized Tour (organized via Echo Safaris). I would recommend an organized Open jeep tour with a driver guide due to the following reasons.
(1) The driver guides know which are the specific spots to find the animals in Kruger National Park. Our driver knew exactly in which part of the park we would see elephants and this is something I would not know if I was driving down
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South Africa's Largest Game Reserve Sep 25, 2001
Kruger national Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa and perhaps one of the most popular in Africa. It is located within Mpumalanga province, with a land area of over 2 million hectares it is larger than many countries world-wide. Accessing the park is limited to people with passes, unlike other parks in Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces, Kruger does not allow open top safari cars within it's boundaries, hunting is prohibited.
If your accommodation is within the park, you did not need an access pass, your guides or hotel would have arranged for it prior. I would caution people who go for safaris not to expect to see the animals immediately they enter the park, it is a huge park and the animals are scattered. If you are with a guide, they will take you exactly where the animals are, for example the elephant or buffalo loops, you will see plenty of antelopes. Kruger is pretty much self drive, you don't need a guide unless you really want one. You are not allowed off road so all the routes go in and out.
The lions and leopards are cooncentrated in the central area which could take upto 20 minutes driving in before you can see them. Lions more than leopards because leopards hide.
Tracking Rhinos is perhaps the most exciting adventure while in Kruger park. It is part of the Bush Walk activity (now this is guided. Along the way you meet the huge elephants and even lions. other activities include
* walking Safaris
* Wilderness Trails
* Guided game drives
* Bird Watching
Part of the South Africa (1999 - 2002) travel blog
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