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Kruger Park Safari 


Planning a Kruger Park safari can be inundating and overwhelming but the self-drive Kruger safari experience is easier than you think. Basic online research into the topic can be even more confusing since many of the all-inclusive private camps in the Greater Kruger area dominate the search engines. Visit the travel forums (TripAdvisor, for example) and it remains hard to get a full picture of what Kruger itself offers. Read long enough and it is easy to start believing that a self-drive safari leaves you alone among the wild animals, forcing you to fend for yourself. You start to imagine yourself driving aimlessly, not knowing where to look and not knowing what you are looking at. Don't be fooled into thinking that a private, all-inclusive safari is the only way to go if you really want to experience a true safari. 

Life is short: contact us now. 

Contact us for recommendations and advice on your Kruger Park safari. In addition to our decades of experience, we also offer our lovely, modern and very spacious 6-sleeper unit minutes from Kruger Park for rental. Heeten is a qualified field guide and a back-up trails guide and will gladly provide handy tips to make your safari a memorable experience. Email us today and get your safari started. Life is short!

We would like to offer a different perspective here and recommend you seriously consider a self-drive safari. Kruger offers almost everything the private camps do besides the high end luxury. The lion or elephant you're looking at does not know, nor does it care, how much you paid for your safari. Kruger Park itself offer a variety of activities, many with experienced guides. In Kruger, you choose your own schedule and activities allowing you to customize your safari experience. This flexibility and the satisfaction of spotting animals on your own are priceless. You hardly hear about this perspective because the South African National Parks is not as self-promotional. So, we have to do that on their behalf. 

Kruger Park accommodations offer comfortable guest houses and family cottages that easily sleep 4-10 people at almost all the main camps. Smaller, more rustic camps exist for those that want to truly get away. If Kruger accommodations are fully booked, the private reserves are not your only other choice. Explore your options by looking at places like Swagat at Kruger Park Lodge in Hazyview with easy access to 3 gates in and out of Kruger Park. Be careful, you may very well end up, like us, becoming addicted to self-drive safaris. Read on for some of Kruger's amazing activities and check out our self-driving safari tips

The Kruger National Park in South Africa is 315 kilometers/196 miles from north to south and approximately 60 kilometers/38 miles wide, covering almost 2 million hectares (larger than Ireland or the state of Connecticut). The Kruger Park has a well-developed road system (main tarmac roads and secondary dirt roads) with rest camps and picnic spots dispersed throughout. This infrastructure coupled with an amazing diversity of game, birds, flora and sub-ecosystems, makes the park ideal for both self-drive and guided safaris. 

Established in 1898, Kruger is called home by 147 types of mammals, 114 reptiles, 507 birds, 34 amphibians, 49 fish and 336 trees. In addition to the fauna and flora, Kruger offers visitors the chance to view rock paintings and visit the ancient archaeological sites of Masorini and Thulamela. 

Kruger has an extensive network of tarred and dirt roads and each gate and camp sells a detailed map with dams, picnic spots, hides, distances, and an animal and bird indentification guide. Within fifteen minutes of entering the park, this map will be your new best friend. 

For the adventurous ones, Kruger offers seven different 3-night walking trails and three back packing trails conducted by experienced, armed rangers who take you off the beaten track. Overnight camps, situated away from other tourist activities, allow you to experience the bush sounds and sights like never before. You can also sign up for the popular 4x4 eco-trails or spend a thrilling overnight stay at one of the hides. Cyclists can enjoy mountain biking on wilderness trails from Olifants Camp or you can simply enjoy a bush braai in the bushveld surrounded by lanterns and taking in the smell of food cooked on open fires. 

All you need is a rental car, binoculars, a good camera, and a Kruger map. Give us your budget and we will do the rest for you. You're one simple email away from starting your safari adventure. 

Take a minute to enjoy our virtual safari slide show below 
and let yourself be transported to the amazing Kruger National Park. 

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Our lodge is 10 minutes from Phabeni Gate, 25 minutes from Numbi Gate and 45 minutes from Paul Kruger Gate. All three gates provide excellent game viewing routes towards the central camp, Skukuza.

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This page shows the proximity of our chalet from the south-western gates of the Kruger National Park. The wildlife pictures above are all taken by us on our self-drive safaris. 

If you find the amount of online Kruger safari information overwhelming and need some advice making the best decisions for your customized trip, we can help you through our travel service: mykrugersafari.com. Our aim is to help you sort through your questions so you are best armed to make decisions for a memorable safari that suits your needs and budget.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. 


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