User Reviews – Kruger NP
Email Lilian Sanchez | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
when we went to Kruger it was a rainy day so we cant saw many animals
Email Nuria Lagunas | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
We personally liked sabi sands more. It feels wilder and less crowded with people. No concrete roads and nobody else driving around, only authorized safari drivers
Professional wildlife safari with a good dose of adventure
My wife and I arrived mid-morning at Skakusa Airport unaware that our travel consultant had made an error in not having us fly to Hoedspruit given our destination was Arathusa Safari Lodge, part of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve annexed to Kruger National Park.
This error made little difference to our activities for the day. We were met at Skakusa by our pre-booked driver who alerted us to the apparent error but decided that he'd turn the situation to our advantage and take us for a drive through the southern end of Kruger National Park.
We quickly encountered elephant, giraffe, impala and zebra.
Our departure from the park was through Paul Kruger Gate where we were met by a small band of vervet monkeys who kept an eye on what we were doing but perhaps looking for an opportunity for a 'grab and run' easy feed, not that we were eating anything at the time.
Leaving Paul Kruger Gate, we crossed the fast flowing Sabi River observing a couple of jousting hippopotamus then stumbling upon a cunning 2.5 metre Nile crocodile waiting patiently below the bridge for unwitting (or perhaps already drowned) prey to be swept past.
We traveled west to Hazyview in Mpumalanga province then turned north towards Acornhoek where along the way we saw the impressive rise of the Drakensberg Range. We took in the sights of busy townships and even busier local markets. Leaving Acornhoek, we traveled east along a sealed road that we thought was in worse condition than some of the dirt roads we'd be travelling and then south to Gowrie Gate and onto Arathusa Safari Lodge.
We'd just made lunch and there was a commotion on the other side of the waterhole ... a pack of a dozen or so African wild dogs had pulled down an impala so it was quickly into the 4WDs armed with cameras to witness this hectic episode. The wild dogs didn't waste any time and ripped the impala apart within minutes. It all came and went very quickly with our guides telling us that hunts of this size happen a couple of times a day as there is simply not enough in an impala to sustain a pack of this size.
And so started 3 days of evening and morning safaris. We were allocated the same driver and spotter for our time at Arathusa so it was possible to build a rapport with these guys and have a bit of fun along the way. Be warned, the early morning starts and evening safaris are quite cold this time of year so take plenty of warm clothing. The 4WDs also have woollen blankets available.
This was our first trip to South Africa and it became clear early on that certain wildlife was easier to find than others. Considerable effort was put into locating leopards and after talking with other guests and continuing our travels through Botswana and Zimbabwe, our total of 5 at Arathusa was special. Even better, two of these allowed us to get some very special pictures early one morning - a female and her well-advanced cub. Our driver was also acutely aware of where to stop the vehicle so as to get the best possible photographs.
The accommodation, food and beverages were first class and the staff were polite and made our stay very comfortable. We wanted for nothing other than perhaps better light for taking photos.
On to Hoedspruit (not Skakusa) Airport to continue our journey.
Email Rose Marie Trabosh | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Kruger National Park has beautiful scenery with mountains, plains, and rivers. There is a very wide variety of wildlife to view. The staff at Kruger National Park seems to be vigilant regarding the safety of the animals within the park.
Email Chris Conti | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
I know it would be hard to convince new people to skip Kruger and do the smaller parks with highly skilled guides...but I might have been convinced if you had told me this.
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.