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Kruger National Park, South Africa’s largest wildlife reserve, is said to contain more mammal species than any other in Africa, and sports a wide variety of birds, fish, reptiles, and vegetation as well. Spread over parts of two provinces, it numbers more than 7,500 square miles and is a must-see on any trip to South Africa. Stride makes it easy to find the safari that will show you all the bounties that Kruger has to offer.

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Kruger National Park, South Africa Trip Reviews


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Kruger National Park, South Africa Tour Reviews - Summary
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4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
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An amazing journey October 2018

5.0

Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This is an amazing journey through different climates as you head due north
into the sun. A stunning landscape which is continuously changing plus
amazing encounters with animals and birds in the parks. Even in our tents at
night we were entertained by the sounds of elephants, hippos and night jars
and in Victoria Falls the distant thundering of the falls. Towards the end of
the trip you can also engage with locals.
There were so many inspirational moments. Standing on top of the Big Daddy
Dune, rhinos illuminated by a waterhole at night, elephants playing in water,
the best apple crumble in the middle of the desert. A loo with an amazing
view over the Fish River Canyon, Hippos in the night, Vic Falls in the first
light of the morning, Quad biking in the dunes at Swakopmund, birds, birds
and more birds, Helicopter over the Falls,.


Our guides, led by Justin, worked incredibly hard to ensure we could enjoy
the journey.


We were never hungry (Justin was a great cook), we slept well (stretcher beds
with mattresses) and there were frequent comfort breaks even if there were no
facilities only a “bushi bushi “ and the desert does not always have
those! We were with a great bunch of people who were all prepared for the
conditions and developed a good camaraderie.

We took South African Rand with us which was also accepted throughout
Namibia, one for one. In Zimbabwe any currency is accepted as they don’t
have their own. US dollars is easiest . You need USD cash for the border visa
and for anything the guide takes you to as a group, although credit cards are
widely accepted. But we could not obtain cash anywhere, even directly from
the banks.

Optional extras at Victoria Falls not to be missed – afternoon tea at the
Victoria Falls Hotel, really good value with stunning views of the distant
“smoke” from the falls and the sinking sun changing colours, the Outlook
café for snacks and meals with stunning views and the screams of zip liners!
At Vic Falls in late August the Devil’s pool and boiling pot hike were not
available as the water was still too high at 35% of full capacity. There is
so much to do and see here, and you won’t want this trip to end – we
stayed on a couple days at the Vic Falls rest camp.


Our only disappointment was that one of the highlights, as per the trip
notes, had not been booked – the 3 nights inside the national park to see
animals at the waterhole at night time. However, our guide told us about this
en route and a contact direct to Exodus did ensure we had one night at a
waterhole. Something worth confirming in advance as this highlight is not to
be missed. Not only does it mean you can see animals at night but also you
are already well inside the park in the morning to catch early sightings.


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A wonderful/difficult, stunning/arduous, inspirational/uncomfortable Adventure! October 2018

4.0

Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
This was my seventh Exodus tour. It was a trip with stunning sights--the Cape
of Good Hope and Table Mountain, the dunes of the Namib desert, the
incredible animals of Etosha and Chobe Parks, hippos and crocs along the
Chubango River, the magnificent Victoria Falls. But this trip is not for
those looking for an easy tour. The drives are long and sometimes exhausting.
Tent camping is not for everyone, and there is a lot of it, and the bus for
this particular trip was not appropriate--too small for a group of 16 plus 3
guides and associated equipment with no heat and no ac. Our guides (Andrew,
Skoo, and Innocent) were wonderful--hard working, knowledgeable, and deeply
devoted to our well-being. We also had an amenable group, and that's
important, because we were in fairly close quarters to each other on this
trip.
Seeing four lions come out of the bush toward a waterhole in Etosha Park
teeming with other animals, only to see those animals part like the Red Sea
to make room for their feared predators. Blasting through a stage five rapid
on the lower Zambezi River. Catching magnificent African sunsets.


Andrew was always working very, very hard. He was friendly, tolerant,
incredibly knowledgeable, and devoted to making sure we had the best trip
possible.


A good headlamp is essential as are wet wipes (packed in a ziplock bag to
make sure they don't dry out). In early September, South Africa isn't just
cool, it's COLD, so if you travel at that time, bring a good coat, stocking
hat, and gloves (which are also important for handling the small tent hooks).
Beyond Swakopmund, it gets very hot, so you have to pack for both extremes.
Bring a swim suit--you'll want to use it. Also, be sure to pay extra to take
the open-air 4-wheel-drive game drive in Etosha. It was worth every penny.
Make sure whatever you use for a camera has a LOT of memory--you will take
more photos on this trip than any other. Your sleeping bag must be
comfortable, as you'll spend a lot of time in it. I also brought along an
inflatable pad which helped a great deal, and don't forget a pillow! The
dust/dirt roads in Namibia are often very rough, and you will get bumped
around a lot, but if you want to see some of that country's great sites, and
you will, then you have to put up with its roads!


If the bus has a license plate reading DF-00-CY-GP, and you have more than
ten people in your group, insist on another one, or get ready for a rough
trip.


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Elephantastic October 2018

4.0

Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
This was an amazing trip covering thousands of kilometres, a plethora of
wildlife and geological features and some insight into some of the cultures
of the countries visited.
I thought it would be the elephants crossing the river at Chobe, or canoeing
on the Zambesi, or Victoria Falls, or seeing giraffes or or or - the list
goes on.
However, the sudden gorgeous orange red glow of the African sunsets will stay
with me forever as will sitting by the waterhole in Etosha and watching the
animals arrive, especially the 40 elephants.


Our guides were Ende - the outgoing, but sensitive, leader anxious to please
us whilst keeping us in check to make sure that we fitted in a very full
itinerary, Andrew who was quietly extraordinarily efficient and always on the
lookout to make sure we were all right, and Innocent whose knowledge of birds
and stars was phenomenal. Their cooking was amazing - don't believe the trip
notes' description of 'basic'. It wasn't long before we felt we were
travelling with knowledgeable friends. Thank you Ende, Andrew and Innocent.


Take a hat, binoculars, anti mosquito spray and keep clothes to a minimum.
Warm sleeping bag, (possibly + liner). Some long journeys, so you might want
a kindle.


Great, though if you are just into wildlife, there may be a better trip for
you.


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Amazing Southern Africa October 2018

4.0

Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Full on tour of Namibia, Chobe, Vic Falls and Cape Town which was enjoyed by
my family of 4 , age range 16-53.
Should have taken season 3/4 sleeping bags for the camping as southern
Namibia is cold at night in August!
The hosts Ande Andrew and Innoccent were efficient at running a tight ship.
Chobe National Park at sunset with the birds in their flocks going to roost.
Watering holes in Etosha National Park were phenomenal.At one point there
were at least 40 elephants by the water together with impalas, zebras, eland
and a couple of giraffes,not forgetting various bird species.
Sossusvlei dunes ever phenomenal in Namibia and Deadvlei’s skeleton acacias
very photogenic.
Sunrise and sunsets have left a golden impression of the entire holiday.


Excellent time keeper who has leadership qualities of an army general which
he relaxed once he had sussed out the group.


For the camping trip ensure you take a suitably warm sleeping bag and
clothing . Travel light as there’s a lot of loading and unloading into the
truck.
Soft back packs are ideal.


Thank you for a memorable trip.


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An Amazing and Incredibly diverse Adventure October 2018

5.0

Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This trip was the ultimate collection of culture, animals and sightseeing.
From metropolitan Cape Town to the beauty and remoteness of Namibia's
deserts and sand dunes, the thrill of game drives and the beauty of Victoria
falls, this trip has it all.
Climbing Dune 45 in a sandstorm or feeling the rain of Victoria Falls
covering you under a lunar rainbow were incredible highlights.


I've been on many group tours and Andrew and Ende have to be some of the best
guides I've ever had. Inspiring, hard working and patient as well as able to
overcome anything Africa and her bumpy roads had to throw at us. These two
were excellent.


TIA. This is Africa. Be open to the fact that this country is incredibly
different from where you might be from and enjoy every part of that
experience. It's a completely different culture and world and embracing that
gives you a one of a kind experience and memories that will last lifetime.


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Kruger National Park, South Africa Tours and Travel Guide


Kruger National Park, South Africa Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Kruger, the flagship of South Africa’s extensive national park system, is one of the oldest game parks in Africa, first established in 1898, and rivals the best wildlife viewing experiences on the continent. It covers more than 7,300 square miles in parts of two provinces (Limpopo and Mpumalanga), and shouldn’t be rushed to be fully appreciated.

Along with 142 other mammal species, constituting the widest selection of mammals anywhere in Africa, you can spot the Big Five here -- lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and Cape buffalo. You’ll also find hippos, giraffes, zebras, warthogs, and cheetahs. Guides lead both morning and evening game drives, when viewing is best, as well as bush walks. During the winter months (May-September), especially, it’s a good idea to bring warm clothing for evening drives, and during he South African summer (October-April), it’s best to prepare for rain.

Park vs. Poachers

The park is located toward the far northeastern reaches of the country, in an area known as the Lowveld, which is blessed with a wide diversity of life (vegetation as well as animals) and ecosystems. Kruger is recognized for its environmental management policies, and wildlife poaching is vigorously prosecuted, though rhino poaching remains a serious problem.

Conservation efforts also extend to the longtime human history evident in the area. Within the park, you can find ancient bushman rock paintings at nearly 130 different sites, and archaeological sites such as the Masorini and Albasini (old Portuguese trading posts) and Thulamela. The latter, the ruins of a stone citadel dating from a centuries-old civilization, is reminiscent of the Zimbabwe Ruins. Prehistoric man is believed to have occupied the area for as long as 500,000 years, and Stone Age cultural artifacts have been found dating back 100,000 years. You may want to stop in at the Stevenson-Hamilton Knowledge Resource Center, which houses a museum where some of the park’s historical artifacts are kept.

Wide Range of Lodgings

Accommodations are plentiful within the park, ranging from some luxurious private lodges to tent camping. A step above the latter is the “safari tent,” permanent canvas tent bedrooms situated on platforms, often containing kitchens and washrooms. Small huts and bungalows – single bedroom units with bathrooms and kitchens – and cottages, single or multiple bedroom units withliving rooms as well as bathrooms and kitchens, are also available, as are guest houses with lounge areas and views.The park is also lined in places by private reserves along its borders. 

The far northern part of the park is the wildest and is difficult to access, but adventurous travelers should inquire with their safari operators about visiting there. Bordering countries such as Zimbabwe and Mozambique have agreed to remove their border fences along some far northern stretches of the park to create the mammoth Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a true transnational wilderness.

With Kruger National Park as a not-to-be-missed destination in South Africa, using Stride to help you choose among the many safari operators serving the area to get the right option with a minimum of hassle. You’ll find a wide selection catering to every level of comfort and budget.

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