User Reviews – Kruger NP
12 days photographic trip to Kruger National Park
The wildlife in the park at times was a bit sparse, which could have been because of the drought when i was there but we always found something around the next corner, but mostly plenty of animals around.The first few hours every morning was the most productive.The accommodation was clean and tidy. At Oilfants it worth getting a bungalow with a view of the river. You could get what you needed from the shops (milk, bread, meat, sweats). The restaurants where fine, not a lot of options but the steaks where the most consistent over 4 camps and was cooked perfectly.I would highly recommend a self drive trip to the Kruger Park, and staying 2 to 3 nights in each camp so you can get the most from each area.The weather was around 26 to 36c most days with one night off rain. To get the best from a trip to Kruger you need to put the time in and keep looking and at times just stop and just wait.
Email Laura Carletti | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
The Kruger National Park safari was a very intense adventure full of exciting moments.
I was lucky because I could observe and photograph many animals and birds. I stayed very well at a lodge at Marlot Park, near the Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp. The safari guide was very competent and gave me all the information about the animals encountered. The park is very vast and the camps are very well organized.
The Gem of South Africa
Took me two days to find the big 5 and saw a abundance of other wildlife including beautiful birds at the different hides throughout the park. Some places have amazing scenery like the Most Southern Baobab and the Fever Tree forest up in the north of the park. Weather was sunny with high temperature, had a few days of rain aswell but mostly clear sky’s. Chalets were clean and cleaned while driving for the day. Food is great in Skukuza and Lower Sabie but other camps like Satara was not the standard you would expect but still decent enough. We drove with our own vehicle and it was fruitful. Most leopards were spotted in the south of the park. I would recommend going to Kruger if your native to South Africa or from abroad, I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Really amazing experience
This has been my 2nd safari experience. Everything went in a woderfull way. We (couple) organized all by ourselves, booking via the official website of the park. We spent three whole days driving our car in the southern part of the Kruger. We had the chance to see a lot of animals (4 out of the 5 big, we missed the lion). We spent our nights in the camps (Lower Sabie and Skukuza): both are really nice, well organized and clean, even if we preferred the LS. We had two organized safari, one in the afternoon/night (good experience) and one by walk early in the morning (not really a interesting experience). We also had dinner into the camps (good). We were in South Africa two weeks before Christmas so we didn't find a lot of tourist and we had the opportunity to maximize our Kruger's experience.
Email Derek Zenk | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Kruger was a great experience. The only thing that I was unaware of going in was there are tarred & dirt roads you have to stay on. You cannot venture off of them in your vehicle. This did not ruin the experience for me in any way but just didn't realize that going in.
Email Regina Hart | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
A Day Well-Spent
While staying at Rukiya Safari Camp in October, 2017, we enjoyed a full day's drive in Kruger National Park on the 20th. Our guide wisely had us up and out of camp very early so that we could arrive at the gate before opening hours. If you delay too long, you may find yourself waiting in line at the gate! With no queue at all, we entered Orpen Gate at 6:30am and drove east. Traverse in Kruger is limited to the tarmac roads, so sightings are limited to what can be seen from the pavement.* That said, there is no shortage of animals within view. We enjoyed sightings of cape buffalo, impala, elephant, giraffe (including a tiny calf), kudu, zebra, wildebeest, steenbok, hippo, vervet monkeys, baboons, and all manner of birds including white-backed vultures, a brown-headed parrot, and black bellied bustards. We enjoyed short stops at clean comfort stations (with lovely views) and spent our lunch break at the very scenic N'wanetsi overlook on the Mozambican border. The previous day's visitors were unpleasantly surprised to find the on-site restaurant closed (without explanation), so we planned ahead and brought a packed lunch. We enjoyed the remainder of the day's drive and didn't leave the outer gate until 5:30pm. To view notes and photos from my visit, please see https://sway.com/iceKprWZZflXVlQB
* The on-road restriction is required because Kruger allows tourists to self-drive. Staying on roads ensures that visitors are safe and environmental damage is minimized.
Email Danny Horan | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Our guide kept to the paved roads, no bush vibe per say, wildlife was everywhere that was a treat.
Email Julia Lubner | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
So much wildlife to see and I was impressed that all the campsites were free and open to anybody who had payed entrance to the park. The park was naturally beautiful and felt unimposing on the animals.
Email MadeleineVanWijkPhotography | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Wild and "free" like animals should be
The Kruger National park s facilities was as clean as it could be, staff in shops and restaurants friendly and helpful, accommodation was clean and safe. The drive and animals as safe as they could be. Truly sad about the Rhinos being pouched and killed and that would be my only concern, they obviously need more game rangers to protect the animals
Email Douglas Hibbard | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
I love Kruger, the bush vibe driving through. The wildlife. The people in the camps.