Here at Adventure Travel, we’ve already talked about the wonders of South Africa with its majestic safaris and adventure trail. You might not be familiar how South Africa is an integral part of Africa’s impressive wildlife.
One of the most significant travel destinations in South Africa is the Kruger National Park. Animals roam free in this sanctuary in South Africa ¾ it’s like a real-life adaptation of Lion King’s opening number. You will find yourself basking in the glory of these magnificent beasts and the wonderful sights of the safari.
In Kruger National Park, you’ll find many rest camps, private concessions, and private safari lodges. We’ll let you handle your itinerary, but here’s a quick guide from our friends at World Journeys on what you need to prepare and what you need to know about Kruger National Park:
What you need to prepare:
Malaria medication. Kruger is a malaria-prone zone. Before heading to South Africa, make sure that you have all the necessary vaccines for your safety. Aside from malaria, you should try to check out for news on epidemic outbreaks within the locale to make sure you have yourself covered from the other diseases.
Bring your own mosquito repellent. For protection, you should generally apply repellant on your skin, especially at night. The malaria-bearing mosquito usually bites at night, between 9PM to 5AM.
Pack appropriate clothes, especially if you’re camping. It’s best to protect yourself against mosquito bites by wearing long sleeved tops and long pants. You should wear something light-colored, as it helps in repelling mosquitos as well.
Bring sun protection. According to South Africa’s Energy.gov, most areas in South Africa average more than 2,500 hours of sunshine per year. A hat and an organic, environmental-friendly sunscreen will help you protect your skin from sunburn.
Apply for an international driving license. If you plan to drive in South Africa, get an international license from an authority near you. In South Africa, vehicles drive on the left side of the street.
Binoculars are important! In order to protect the animals in their natural habitat, most of the time you will be viewing these animals from afar. A set of binoculars can help you enjoy the trip.
Visit during late September to mid-October. The timing is perfect because of the peaceful, calm climate and the temperature is perfect for animals and for you to roam around.
What to do in Kruger National Park
Be early. Gates open as early as 4:30AM, but sometimes it opens as late as 6:00AM. There’s a better chance to see animals roaming around at these times. Make the most out of your experience by waking up early!
Get a park brochure. If you have a specific animal that you want to see, pick up one of their park brochures so you can plan out your drive.
Bring cash with you. There are no ATMs inside the park, so be prepared with cash on hand should you decide to purchase souvenirs or materials you need.
Respect the park’s rules and regulations. These rules and regulations are there for your safety. If you do not leave the park premises at the designated time, you will be heavily fined. The park has clearly indicated places where you can get off the car, and place where you should observe the animals from afar. Treat everyone with respect — whether human or animals.
We hope that this quick guide to Kruger National Park has helped you decide on any last-minute changes before your trip! If you have any questions, you’re welcome to comment them below!
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