An April 2005 trip
to Kruger National Park by johneowens
Quote: KPL is 4-star lodge/gated village primarily geared to (white) South Africans who either own properties outright or timeshares. I guess this is typical of SA lodges, but progressive visitors from North America and Europe may be shocked if they think the Rainbow Nation arrived in 1993. We visited on an RCI exchange and stayed in a spacious, well-appointed chalet on a well-kept metalled road with luxuriant vegation and well groomed lawns. Well-located, nice setting, spacious accommodation but some service and maintenance problems. But the main point is to take trips out and get out and about.
To get around, apart from your own trips to Swaziland, use the progressively-run Place of the Rock touring/guide company have a desk at reception for trips out. POTR have a web site, so we booked in advance. We took guided trips (just the 2 of us + guide) to the mountains (God's Window, Pilgrim's Rest, potholes, etc), to the privately-run Kapama game reserve (which we would miss given the choice again - few animals, too much pretence, and very expensive), early-morning open vehicle morning drive in the near Kruger National Park (which was excellent and good value), Maputo (in Mozambique) and the nearby traditional/cultural Shangani village. These trips really made our week's holiday. The black and white staff are very professional, knowledgeable, courteous, friendly and go out of their way to be helpful; the company is well managed; and all their vehicles are new and comfortable.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 29, 2005
Kruger National Park
Kruger Park, South Africa
Colchester, United Kingdom