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.
The most common type of antelope in the park with an estimated population of over 120,000. The animals are fun to watch as they snort and bray while chasing each other.
The Birds of Kruger
The Burchell Zebra
The Kruger Water Babies
Watch out for the Smaller Guys of Kruger
The Ververt Monkey
Sunset or Sunrise?
Arriving first thing in the morning or towards the end of the day really doesn’t matter at Kruger Park as you are bound to see some animals. In fact we toured at dawn, mid-day, and sunset and saw all different types of animals. We were fortunate to see many although we missed out on the big cats. Although we did see some vultures feast on a likely lion kill. We stayed at the Protea Kruger Gate (by Marriott) which was a kilometre down the road from the park. It was awesome and the staff were extremely friendly.