User Reviews – Kruger NP

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Experience the uniqueness of the true African Bush when you visit Kruger National Park
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5/5

I have been going to the Kruger National Park most of my life as i used to live in SA. Now that i am no longer living in SA, i long for the true African bush of the Kruger park even more. I probably took too many of those unique and thrilling wildlife sightings for granted all those years ago. There is no place on earth like the Kruger National park. A huge amount of land proclaimed for hundreds of years to the sole purpose of preserving the African wildlife. The park offers self drives options for "huts" and "camping" facilities. You can drive yourself around, or one can stay in the more private lodges with game lodges. My favorite is the self drive option, as your time is your own.
From the excitement of entering the park main gates, when you know you have finally arrived! Deep breath of fresh air, no pollution, the smell of the bush. Its hard to describe, grass, dust, wildlife- its unique! Then the slow drives to camps. The excitement of tuning out all the modern day distractions of cell phones and digital connection, and just driving slowly listening for animal sounds, and bird calls. Keeping your eyes peeled for any signs of movement. From spotting the impalas, to buffalo, then the excitement of seeing the cats! Everyday and every might is a unique experience. Plan your route to leave camp early, catch the sunrise of absolute beauty, stop at the picnic spots, cook an African bush breakfast, head back to camp stopping for elephant road blocks and cats starting the evening prowl for prey. Catch the glorious colours of an African sunset, before sitting under the vast sky of stars. It's a very special place on earth

Overall rating
5/5

Kruger seems to be bush (where I was at least), which is more enclosed by vegetations, trees and hilly terrain. If you want the expansive type of visits where you see herds of giraffe galloping across the wide open plain, or the "great migration", my sense is that that is more in Kenya. But Kruger is exactly what it should be, and I was thrilled with my overall experience, and the plethora/variety of animals I saw. NEXT trip (Hopefully), I will go to Kenya, and then also see the gorillas in Rwanda. (I stand to be corrected if other areas of Kruger are more wide open. It's huge). I did NOT go to the public part of Kruger close to Johannesburg, for example, because I wanted to stay away from those crowds, so I can't comment on that area but the Youtube videos are not enticing (crowding, paved roads; undisciplined, "self drivers", etc).

Rewarding
Overall rating
5/5

We had a wonderful trip to Kruger and got to see most of the wildlife we were hoping to see and got as close to most as we would have liked. The amenities were good and didn't interfere with the 'vibe' of feeling like you were in the bush. The park was clean and well kempt.

Overall rating
5/5

Kruger is massive and has everything. Staying inside the park really gives visitors a remarkable experience.

An incredible amount of wildlife in a very short amount of time!
Overall rating
5/5

We were only in the park for a very short amount of time but ended up seeing so many amazing things! We went on one evening/night safari drive and one all day safari within the park. We entered the park from the Numbi gate and on our all day safari we ended up seeing all of the big 5 along with several other key species of mammals and birds. It was an incredible experience, I just wish we had more time within the park!

The best Self Drive safari !
Overall rating
5/5

It was not my first self-drive Kruger National Park visit and it will certainly not be my last! November is usuallly the month of the first rains, new fresh grass and a lof of new-born impalas, that is why we love to go in November. Well not this time however, it had not rained at all , but luckily for the animals and the plants they came later ! However the young impalas were born and we saw many lions, some cheetah, leopards etc etc. Yes we were lucky again as far as the predators are concerned,
But driving around in Kruger NP always makes us happy even when we don't see the big 5 . Because of the different landscapes and the sounds of the bush .
Leave the main roads and sometime you feel that this part of Africa is yours!
Anyway you never have to leave the park to get your necessary supplies. Whatever way you accommodate yourself , camping or self-catering houses or huts you can enjoy the restaurants and have a cold drink while waiting for the sun to set.

Safari possible for all budgets
Overall rating
5/5

Me and my girlfriend did a 3 day tours in Kruger & Blyde River Canyon. We could have use our rental car to go, but we wanted to be with a guide. This ended being a big plus for us since we went during a public holiday, so that park was full. The "open" vehicule for safaris have the privilege to enter first before the opening, so we could enter faster in the park, and you are guaranteed to enter (since they limit the amount of people in the park).

We had a total of 2 guides (Dave and Marc) which were both highly knowledgeable. We got lucky to see all of the animals we were hoping to see! Also had a night safari organized by the camp: this is totally different since you see different animals.

We have great food during our stay, mostly all provided by the agency, knowing we are vegetarian not everyone knows how to provide good food for us, but they did!

What was the nicest thing to me was that locals can go in the park and there are many ways to go and lodge in the park, you don't necessary need a whole lot of money to enter the park!

A unique, rewarding and magnific experience!
Overall rating
5/5

We had the chance to go on a safari under a beautiful sun! Unfortunately, we did not see any lions and leopards! The rangers have done everything so that we can see them but without success! Despite everything, we could see an extraordinary wildlife and flora. Isaac, our ranger, transmitted us throughout the day, his good mood and his love for nature and his country. Regarding the accommodation, nothing to complain about. The lodges are equipped with outdoor showers that provide an original experience. For an aperitif, I advise to take a bottle of South African rosé at the bar and then go eat in the big covered room next. In our cicuit was scheduled 2 days at Kruger Park but one or two more days would have been fine.

Overall rating
5/5

plenty of birds, just not what we came to see. The wildlife was spectacular, very primitive and wild scenery, loved staying in the tent cabins in the park.

Best local holiday in ages
Overall rating
5/5

All I can say is 10 out of 10. We stayed in Mopani. Everything was working and clean. The stuff was wonderful and friendly. Roads in a good condition, and animal sightings at least twice a day. The staff also assisted with a little personal emergency we had, and everything worked out just fine.

Average User Rating

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