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Kruger National Park

22nd November 2018 - 10:07am

The Kruger National Park is the icon of South Africa’s National parks. The reserve is over 100 years old, 2 million hectares (approximately 20,000 square kilometres) in size and stretches 360KM from north to south.

Kruger’s climate is sub-tropical, with the summer months humid and hot, reaching temperatures of 38 degrees Celsius. From September to May, when the bush is lush, it is a treat to see the babies of the bush, as the animals usually give birth during this time of plenty. During the winter months (May – August), game viewing is easier as the bush is less dense – however, the park is considered to be a year-round destination with strong sightings throughout the year.


A typical day on safari in Southern Africa follows the rhythm of the African bush. This means an early start – shortly before day break (5:00 am in summer and 6:00 in winter), you will meet up with your ranger for a morning cup of tea or coffee, before setting off in open vehicles. Early mornings are a good time to catch most animals either heading back to their dens after nocturnal activities or starting the morning’s grazing. You will usually stop on your game drive for some coffee and rusks (South African biscuits) before returning to camp at around 9:30 am for a full brunch. You will then have some time at leisure, to either relax by the pool or catch up on some sleep after your early start. Some lodges, depending on the reserve in which they are located, may be able to offer a guided bush walk with a ranger. You will then meet up again at around 3:00 pm for tea, before setting off on your late afternoon game drive. This takes on quite a different element from your morning game drive as the sun sets, and you seek out game with powerful spotlights. This is a good chance to see very elusive nocturnal game. You will normally find a good spot as the sun sinks to enjoy sundowners whilst on your evening game drive. Dinner awaits you as you return to camp at around 7:00 pm.

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