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Know before you go: South Africa’s Kruger National Park

Whenever I ask someone who has been to Kruger Park about their experience, their response usually contains one of the following phrases: “life-changing” or “indescribable.” Hopefully I’ll be saying the same thing after next week when I take my first steps into this famous park!

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South Africans, tourists, and expats alike LOVE Kruger. Why? It’s simply the closest you can get to African wildlife without being in a zoo, or in danger of being mauled. The wildlife is incredibly diverse; 2 million hectares containing tons of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 species of mammals. And whether your thing is traditional camping or private luxury lodges, they have both and everything in between. Even if your time is limited, you can simply go for a day trip and take a self-drive or tour. You can visit time after time and no one visit will be alike. 

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I’ve been perusing the net non-stop for advice to make my first trip amazing. I thought I’d pass on some interesting finds for all you planners out there!

Top 10 Self Drives in Kruger – We plan to take mostly self-drives on our upcoming visit, so this list prevents us from driving around aimlessly and ensuring we see the big five: leopard, wildebeest, lion, elephant and rhino. AND of course Giraffe. I’ll be taking the H7 between Orpen and Satara and the S28.
Maps of Kruger Park – Huge collection of maps covering every inch of the Kruger.
Game Sightings – This site is updated multiple times a day with game sightings throughout the park. Nice!
Photography Tips – Photography will be a huge focal point of my safari (see what I did there) and I want to make sure I  take advantage of every photo opp to get some great captures.
Top 10 Kruger Park Lookouts – The perfect photo opps.

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