|This year we made sure to book a proper vacation at the park. A full 21 days of bliss and enjoyment while we "lost" ourselves and forgot about civilization and all the other pressing issues of normal life. We wanted to make sure we got enough (if ever that is really possible).|
The Kruger National Park is one of the world's great game reserves.
One cannot compare any other park in Southern Africa with the Kruger. The diversity is unbeatable, such as:
- The Big 5, i.e. Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino.
- Half the mammals found in Southern Africa; some 147 mammal species, including Africa's biggest cats.
- The biggest bird in the world; the flightless Ostrich, and over 500 bird species, including summer migrants.
- The fastest land mammal; the Cheetah, capable of speeds up to 114km/h.
- Some of the oldest trees in the world; a few Baobabs in northern Kruger are believed to be over 3,000 years old.
- Over 2,000 plant species; including 456 trees and shrubs.
- Africa's biggest snake; the African Rock Python, as well as the Nile Crocodile and 112 other reptile species.
- One of the world's rarest fish, the beautiful Bluefin Nothobranch ( Nothobranchius rachovii), which survives in mud when water holes dry up.
Making the most of your visit:
The best way to enjoy the Kruger National Park is to simply relax. The true enjoyment of Kruger lies in experiencing the cycles of nature and the rhythm of the African bush. The natural world is a myriad of interconnecting relationships between seasons, plants, animals, the weather and time of day. Kruger is also a place of reconnection with our earliest ancestors. There is evidence of early humans living almost 2 million years ago in the north of the Park.
The best way to experience Kruger is to:
- Drive when the animals are most active; early morning and late afternoon, and rest when they do, during the middle of the day.
- Drive slowly; there's more chance of seeing animals (I keep it at 15-20km/h).
- Plan your drives to include regular stops at get out points and picnic sites.
- Look at sightings boards at camps; there can be activity at the scene of a kill 24 hours after it has happened.
- Stop at water holes and switch off the engine and see what comes along.
- Approach animals slowly and don't try and crowd them.
- Have the right tools for the journey; hat, water, binoculars, snacks, map, field guides, and of course your camera.
- Respect the rights of animals and other tourists.
I hope this could be of some assistance for whenever you perhaps plan to undertake a trip to South Africa's jewel, the Kruger National Park.