Kruger National Park


And then Zoo's where just boring
Posted on Nov 21, 2016 In South Africa

The Kruger park is one of the biggest national parks in the world. It measures 19.485 km2 and was established back in 1926. It has a very big diversity of animals and nature. We experienced everything from dense bush to flat savanna and big mountains. The fauna and flora is really unique in this area.

Accommodation and how to get around 

There is many different ways to experience the Kruger park. They way we did it, was to drive around by ourself in a rental car. But you can also go on group tours in a safaricar. We just love to do it on our own and in a pace we can decide. To get into the park, you have to pay a conservation fee, to keep the park maintained so everyone has the possibility to explore the park in the future too.

- The fee is 280 rand pr. person pr. day.

There’s also many different ways to stay overnight in the park. They have everything from campsites where you can bring your own tent, caravan or rent a hut, to the big 5 star luxury lodges. We decided to stay at the campsites, and made our reservations at the reception inside the park. We were recommended a few campsites, and luckily they had space for us.

- The price for the campsites we visited was 265 rand per night.

The campsites have kitchen and bath facilities, a shop where you can by everything you’ll need and sometimes also a restaurant or cafeteria. The first night we stayed at Satara Camp and the second night at Berg-en-dal. The entrance gates and the campsite gates are closing at 18.30. After this time it's not allowed to drive around the park!

- Prices and times shown here is for the campsites we visited in November. Prices and times shown can vary from campsite and what time of year you’re visiting Kruger. For more information check out their website at safari.com/kruger-national-park .

The animals of Kruger

We experienced most animals in the southern part of the park. The southern part has in general a higher humidity. This area is much greener and therefore you will see more animals migrate here to feed.

On our last day in the park, where we really lucky to see all the animals we hoped to see. The day started with two scorpions underneath our tent, quite a scary surprise! We already saw ’the big 5’ within 5 hours that day. The big 5 is the Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard. We think the term ’The big 5’ should not be a term to use. This term meant in old days that these 5 animals is the most difficult animals to hunt and kill. Many people talks about these 5 and we don’t see the meaning of wanting to see these 5 animals only. Africa has so many different beautiful animals to check off on your must see list such as the hippo, giraffe, a crocodille or even a cheeta! The reason we saw so many animals in one day was properly a combination of the amount of hours we were driving, mostly in the southern park and we where more used to what we should look for and where we should look at. Or maybe it was just because it was Mikkels birthday that day ;)

On our 3-days trip in the park, we registrered all the animals we saw and counted them together. We think it was a great way to spent the time and experience the animals. We learned a lot about all the species.

Here’s how many animals you can be lucky to see on a 3-day trip:

 

Animal Day 1 (6 hr. drive) Day 2 (8 hr. drive) Day 3 (10 hr. drive)
Elephant 28 21 58
Rhino 0 3 21
Buffalo 1 0 2
Leopard 0 0 2
Giraffe 10 33 9
Zebra 2 51 16
Hippo 0 1 3
Warthog 1+ 7 9
Blue wildebeest 5 20 25
Hyena 15 1 3
Impala 200+ 200+ 500+
Nyala 2+ ? ?
Kudu 2+ ? 13
Steenbok ? 2 7
Baboon ? ? 20
Vervet monkey 0 0 22+
jackal 6 0 0
Ostridge 4 5 3
Crocodile 0 1 0
Tortoise 2 0 1
Scorpion 0 2 0

? : We saw the animal but we are not sure how many.


Tips
 

If you want to see as many animals as possible here’s a few tips. First of all remember to have patience. You can easily drive for many hours without seeing anything, and suddenly you can be overwelmed by a huge group of elephants crossing the road. It can be a good idea to watch the other cars in the park, if they had stopped to look for something. But you cannot be sure that it’s always because they had spottet something, sometimes they are just looking at some impalas or at their map :P It can also be a good idea to give other drivers on your way a tip if you just spottet something big, maybe they have a great tip for you as well. That’s the way we spottet our first lion and a leopard! - So it’s always a good thing to try to cooperate with the other visitors. Drive slowly and you’ll see more. Take as many of the small roads and loops as possible, as they often give you a view over the rivers, where there’s a good chance of spotting a hippo, rhino or a crocodile.

Another tip is, that in some of the campsites and picnic stops they have a map over the park, where people can put a magnet on if they’ve seen some of the big animals, so other people know which area to look in. We can also recommend to drive in a 4x4 car with a high clearance. In this type of car you will be able to drive on all the dirtroads. Speedlimit is 40 km/h on dirt road and 50 km/h on tar roads.

Be aware of the tusist season in december, where the park can be crowded and you have to book accomodation in advance. You’ll even risk to be denied access at the frontgate if you haven’t booked in advance, because the park only allows a limited number of visitors per day to spare the wildlife and nature.

 

We really loved our stay in the park and can highly recommend a visit in the Kruger nationalpark if you also love the wildlife!

 

We've made a gallery about Kruger where you can see the different animals we saw too. Go check it out here!

Written by Mikkel & Cecilie