Kruger National Park Journals

South African Safari

A February 2000 trip to Kruger National Park by albrigi

Waterbuck Photo, Kruger National Park, South Africa More Photos
Quote: I grew up in South Africa and visited the Kruger Park regularly. This wa my first trip back i many years.

South African Safari

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Overview

Waterbuck Photo, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Saw a lot of game, very close up. Lions, Elephant, Baboons, Giraffe. Got caught in the infamous Mocambique floods and had to be evacuated.

Quick Tips:

If you go in the rainy season as we did, late January, to March, be prepared for plenty of precipitation and mosquitoes. You must take anti-malarial precautions.

Best Way To Get Around:

Fly there from Johannesburg. Then rent a car unless you are going into a private reserve, in which case you will be met at the plane.

Olifants Camp

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Hotel

Olifants Camp Photo, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Basic camp-style accomodation in "rondawel" circular thatched hut with shower/ toilet. Double bed. Reasonably comfortable. Important to keep the shutters closed to keep out the mosquitoes. Try to choose one that looks out over the Olifants river. It''s beautiful.

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Olifants Camp
Olifants Camp
Kruger Park, South Africa

Cruising the Reserve

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Story/Tip

Giraffe Photo, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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We set out from Skukuza, which is where the plane landed in our rental car, heading north. The speed limit was 25 MPH so we drove along leisurely, looking left and right. Very soon, we spotted Impala - a ubiquitous form of "buck" similar to American deer. One sees so much of them, after a while you don't even stop. Pretty soon, we began spotting other animals usually lying by the ide of the road, grazing on the grass or running. among the many species were wildebees, giraffe, warthogs, zebra, baboons and hyenas. After several hours we spotted two male lions off on the side strutting and female. They were very close to the car, so close in fact that we rolled up our windows. ...Read More