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What exactly is the Kruger National Park?
A game reserve that covers an area of 19,485 km² and extends 360 km from north to south and 65 km from east to west. It became South Africa's first national park in 1926, and is protected by a special unit called SAN Parks. SAN parks is responsible for protecting the animals against poachers, as the Kruger National Park may be one of the last places in the entire world that contains all of the big five. The African big five are Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard, Lion and, Rhino. It was so sad for us that the Rhino species is so rare that it is not allowed for anyone to tell others if they had spotted a Rhino. Its also frowned upon to post any pictures of any Rhino sightings as poachers may be be able to track them if they find any landmarks in the photo. The Kruger doesn't only protect the Rhino, but also other species that are becoming extinct, these include African Wild Dogs, the Riverine Rabbit, the Cape Vulture, the Cheetah, and the Blue Crane. The Kruger National Park allows tourists and locals alike to view the beauty of the African bush. Two ways to see the Kruger are self-driving safaris, and all inclusive safaris where a guide will drive you through the Park and so all you need to do is relax and be on the lookout!
Lets talk self-driving safari.
This option is only feasible if one has a closed vehicle to drive around in, it may be rented out or loaned. We usually use this option as its probably the cheapest option. Packing a lot of snacks is also the way forward. (At least in my opinion). There are some very important rules when entering the Kruger, the most important being that you are entering the home of wild animals. The animals may be used to cars, but they will defend themselves if you get too close and they can be extremely dangerous, so getting out is never an option unless you are at a picnic site or in one of their campsites. Each of the campsites have a store, and a restaurant, and each campsite also have their own fuel stations, we usually stop at one of these campsites around lunch time to enjoy a cold drink and fill up on fuel if needed.
This option is much preferred by most tourists, the guides that take you on Safari all have radios on them and as soon as a sighting comes in they take you to it immediately. One can specify which animals one would like to see and the guides will do their very best to get you there. The guides are also super helpful when it comes to the knowledge they have acquired throughout their time as a guide. They also know quite a few animals by name, for example each pride of Lions goes by their own 'pride name' and most of the Lions in that pride go by their own name. Guides will also be available for night game drives, what makes this exciting is you could see a Lion kill, as this is the time Lions are at the top of their game.
Walking Safaris are also a form of guided Safaris, here there will be two accompanying guides each equipped with their own rifle for your safety. Though animals are never shot, a shot fired into the air does scare them off and gives you enough time to get away, the guides that do walking safaris have special knowledge and skills in animal behavior. It is so much more amazing to see the African wildlife from the ground, you really get to see how big the animals really are. Learning about game trails and the small details of each animals life and how they survive the harsh African bush, how each animal's skin has a different purpose was just amazing. For example the Zebra's skin is designed to throw big cats off and to confuse them, and a Leopards fur is designed to hide and camouflages itself beautifully.
Lodging and overnight stays.
With twelve locations to choose from they have something for everyone. We stayed only twenty minutes away from the entry gates, allowing us to be there super early. One thing we would recommend is that you get there early, most sightings happen early morning and late afternoon. When the heat rises the animals tend to lay down and cool down. Staying super close to the entry gate allowed us to spend us much time as possible in the Park. It would have been so much better had we stayed in the Kruger itself, that just was not quite an option due to miss Rona (Covid19).
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