The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s flagship game reserve, featuring the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and African buffalo). The term “Big Five” was in reference to these large African mammal species being dangerous to hunt. It was considered a feat by trophy hunters to bring them home.
Today, the “Big Five” immediately brings to mind safaris and a whiff of adventure. The smell of the bushveld early morning as the sun rises in the east. Freshly brewed coffee and a rusk (a must-do South African experience), or two, before going out on the first game drive for the day.
Whether you’re traveling on your own or in a group the Kruger National Park will never be forgotten, once you’ve been. On the contrary, you may find yourself coming back again and again, and again… However, from personal experience, I can recommend going in a group. Perhaps family, or special friends. This is because of the evening campfires. It’s an absolute blast being in the African bush, with the campfire crackling and everyone sharing their day’s experiences. The highs and the lows. The emotions from getting up close to a pride of lion, the excitement from a parade of elephants approaching, the disbelief to actually see a leap of leopards in real life…
The Kruger National Park is indeed a story-worthy experience you’ll remember for a lifetime!
At 19 485 km² South Africa’s Kruger National Park is nothing to sneeze at. In fact, there are countries smaller than the Park! Think of Montenegro (13,812 km2), Mauritius (2,040 km2), or Jamaica (10,991 km2). Unless you know the Park like the back of your hand, it’s money wisely spent to pre-book a tour. The tour guides have insider knowledge. Therefore, by joining a tour group the odds of photographing a pack of endangered wild dogs is just so much greater than going without a tour guide.
Additionally, there is that added touch of comfort and safety. Your tour guide is informed and trained and will give you the best up-close experience possible. All you need to do is press the button to take spectacular photos.
In the words of Paulo Coelho: “If you think adventure is dangerous try routine, it’s lethal.” And that is why I’ve hand-picked an awesome selection of incredible Kruger National Park experiences. Say goodbye to routine. It’s time for adventure!