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!!
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 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. The campsite where my innocence was taken from me… listening to lions going at it… LOUDLY!
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!