Considered one of the biggest game parks in South Africa the Kruger National Park which was formally established in 1926 covers over 19,000 square kilometres. We bought a South Africa National Parks pass which gave us unlimited access to the park and we drove our rented Toyota Corolla (Quest – a car with no pick-up btw) into the park four times!
The conditions of entrance are that you drive on the paved or graded dirt roads and that you only exit the car in designated areas. Funny enough, the best views of the animals are when they cross the roads. Sadly we did not see any lions or leopards (although we saw a group of people looking at a leopard about a kilometre a way). We had one fright when our car was charged by an elephant but other than that it was an amazing time to see the animals at our own pace.
We went into Kruger Park a couple of times as a self-drive tour in our rented Toyota Corolla. At the end of the last day we were headed to the gate to exit just in time for closing at 5:30 p.m.
We arrived yesterday at the Protea Hotel Kruger Gate which is beside the famed Kruger National Park along the Sabi River. We spent the day enjoying the hotel and then went on a three hour guided night safari.