Advantages great weather, lots to do
Disadvantages none that I can think of
The Kruger National Park is one of the best places I’ve ever been to on a holiday. The weather was awesome (maybe a little on the hot side), the animals were out in force and the beds were super comfy.
We drove, as always. My family prefers to take the scenic route to everything – even if it takes much longer to get there. For those with larger budgets, you can always catch a quick flight – from Cape Town, Durban or Johannesburg. If you’re visiting South Africa, I would recommend renting a larger car for the trip to the park – the higher up you’re sitting, the better!(so you can see the animals)
I must be honest, as I wasn’t in charge of the bill, I have no clue about the prices! I’ve looked on their website, and found the following:2 bedroom bungalow, around R1380 per day (around £126,94) and this unit can sleep up to 4 people. This is the type of unit we stayed in, and I would say it was worth every cent! We only stayed for 2 days, so this isn’t too unreasonable.
If your budget is smaller (and you’re not scared of sleeping in tents) you would only pay R370 per day (around £34). This kind of tent can sleep up to 2 people. Keep in mind you would need to bring camping equipment!The prices vary according to the type of accommodation, the length of your stay and possibly the time of year you decide to visit. There’s something to suit everyone’s budget.
More info can be found at: http://www.krugerpark.co.za/Kruger_National_Park_Lodging_&_Camping_Guide-travel/pricing_skukuza-camp.html
We visited the Kruger right in the middle of summer... BIG MISTAKE! It was unbearably hot, and very humid in the evenings – perfect conditions for mosquitoes. They say the best time to visit is in the middle of winter, so there are less mosquitoes and the weather isn’t as severe. (This also lessens your chances of being infected with malaria) I think I would have enjoyed the visit considerably more, if I hadn’t been drowning in buckets of sweat! Thankfully we only stayed for 2 nights, and there was a swimming pool to cool down in.The main reason we chose to visit the park was to see the “Big Five” – elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard. While you can see these in a zoo, there’s nothing like seeing them in the wild. They’re named the “Big Five” based on how difficult they are to track and hunt, as well as how dangerous they are, as opposed to their size.
My family ALWAYS chooses self-catering accommodation, I guess it makes sense as it’s cheaper but I always wondered why they would go on holiday to cook! There are different types of accommodation at Kruger, from rest camps, to private lodges and even luxury lodges – I have every intention of staying in a luxury lodge on my next trip (my hubby hasn’t been and would be a great romantic getaway).
We stayed at the Skukuza Restcamp, in a bungalow that had 2 double bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom with a shower. Sadly we didn’t have air-conditioning, but we did have 2 fans. My dad specifically requested a bungalow with a proper kitchen, as we would be cooking our own food.
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