Review | Kruger National Park, South Africa

Today’s flashback is dedicated to the Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s largest game reserve. With an incredible landscape of bush plains, mountains and tropical forest, various animals make their lives here including the Big 5 (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffaloes).  The park 20,00 square kilometers, which is the SIZE OF ISRAEL!!

Accommodations:

It has 21 rest camps of various accommodations and one can also camp in the safari park for a lowered cost.  The best part is that it is an anti-poaching camp and a part of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere designated by UNESCO as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve. We stayed in three different camp sites, starting with a bungalow, a hut and ultimately a tent. The luxury factor lessened as we got deeper into the park but that’s okay because I’m a #coolgirl.. you know, #oneoftheboys. -_-

Bungalow #1 Bungalow #1 Interior of bungalow #1. Interior of bungalow #1. Bungalow #2 -- Beware of baboons! We left the patio door open and they came in and threw feces everywhere on the balcony. Bastards.  Bungalow #2 — Beware of baboons! We left the patio door open and they came in and threw feces everywhere on the balcony. Bastards. The campsite where my innocence was taken from me... listening to lions going at it... LOUDLY! The campsite where my innocence was taken from me… listening to lions going at it… LOUDLY!

Safari: 

It was an incredible 4-night stay spotting the Big 5 and admiring the beautiful scenery that is South Africa. We decided to forgo the safari tours and did a solo tour which was incredibly successful (lowkey but highkey scary!).  The park has Rehabilitation Centers where you can learn more about the camp’s ongoing anti-poaching regulations and activities.

There’s so much more I can say about this incredible adventure and experience but I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Scroll down for the stars of the show!

Some tips to keep in mind for a successful safari day at Kruger:

1. Bring sweaters for the cold mornings and nights; the animals are more active early in the mornings and at night and though you’re in South Africa, it does get cold! Don’t let the stereotypes fool you!

2. Binoculars — We didn’t have one and we still got to see a lot of animals, but it wouldn’t hurt.

3. Be PATIENT — you might not see everything immediately but waiting a few minutes can make all the difference.

Have you been to Kruger or any other safari park? Let me know your favourite story!

18 COMMENTS

  1. Annika | 3rd Apr 17

    Wow! You were able to get really close to the animals. So cool. I hope to visit Kruger one day. Thanks for the great tips!

    • Taiwo Odusanya | 6th Apr 17

      I hope so too. It was such an amazing trip!

  2. Victoria | 6th Apr 17

    This is such an amazing post!!!! Krueger is indeed beautiful and i hope to go when i visit SA. How much did the 4 night safari cost and was there wifi on camp or in the bungalow?

    • Taiwo Odusanya | 6th Apr 17

      I don’t quite remember how much it was — my boyfriend paid for the whole thing. In terms of wifi, it depends on the camp that you stayed in. Different areas of the park has better cell service than others.

      Hope that helped!

  3. Loretta | 6th Apr 17

    This seems fun ?

  4. How Not To Travel Like A Basic Bitch | 6th Apr 17

    LMFAO I just laughed out loud when you said your innocence was taken! CRYING!!

    Also those baboons are savage.

  5. Folakemi | 11th Apr 17

    Wow this is amazing!!! After reading your post and seeing how beautiful the safari is I’ve now added safari to my travel list, yay.

    • Taiwo O | 5th May 17

      Absolutely!! Do it.. it’s such an experience.

  6. from a wildflower, | 15th Apr 17

    Your travels are inspiring! Thank you for taking us along for the ride!

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  7. Punita | 6th May 17

    Its such a task deciding on one wildlife park from them all. Kruger, does seem like the ultimate, though I’m equally keen on Masai Mara. You’re right about patience. if you’ve been to a wildlife safari in India, sometimes you need to wait for 2-3 hours before you spot a tiger 🙂

  8. Travelling Dany | 6th May 17

    Wow I had no idea it was that big!!! Yet I love that they have built the accomodations minding the surrounding environment. It also looks pretty cozy! Wonderful pics too!

  9. Jade Mortimer | 7th May 17

    Wow, those photos are incredible! The accommodation looks great too, although unlucky for you that you had to hear those lions haha!!

  10. Brianna | 7th May 17

    I am DYING to go on safari!! Between the baboons and the lions it sounds like you have some really interesting stories from your trip! 😛

  11. Corinne | 8th May 17

    I love a safari! I have not been to Kruger yet, but I’m sure I’ll make it there one day. I love all the animals that you got to see.

  12. Juliette | Snorkels to Snow | 8th May 17

    What an incredible trip! It would be so amazing to visit Kruger and see all these animals in the wild in their glory. Just magnificent. Those elephants just casually crossing the road…it’s hard to imagine what this would be like in person but I know it would be spectacular!

  13. Paul | 9th May 17

    Wow this must have been an incredible experience! We would love to go on Safari one day. Your pictures are amazing and you are so fortunate to see these amazing animals!

  14. Carol Colborn | 9th May 17

    Wow, Kruger National Park looks like a great place for a safari. You saw so many of the animals!!!

  15. Christine | 11th May 17

    I really, really want to visit Kruger National Park, it looks amazing. Great photographs. I’ve never been on a safari 🙂

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