1. The ground is hard! Next time take sturdy (like super sturdy superman type) spikes and a really big hammer (take extra spikes to replace the ones that bend.)
2. An inflatable mattress or similar and a puncture repair kit are essential, alternatively lots of Amarula to help you sleep on the hard hard ground. (luckily I had the mattress and the Amarula)
3. Go to bed early, catch the animals in the early morning and sleep in the afternoon heat.
4. Tents are great, but a caravan would be extra nice if you wanted to move from place to place.
5. The shops at Kruger have just about anything you need a tad pricey on the groceries but that what you pay for convenience.
6. If you miss the city - pop in at Skukuza for the Deli and Internet Cafe, very suave.
7. A blue plug adaptor is probably worth the expense because it means you can plug your regular extension cord into one of those blue caravan things.
8. Ice by the packet is really cheap R4.20 or so buy about three or four packs a day for the cooler box. (keep one bag sealed for the Amarula
9. The monkeys are seriously cheeky, they tried to steal stuff from my car even while I was in it and even though there was nothing for them to steal.
10. Take the car with the highest windows for the best view, it was a pleasure being able to look over other cars from my slightly bigger one.
11. Amarula with ice is a brilliant way to end the day at Kruger.
12. Binoculars are also brilliant.
13. A digital camera with lots of zoom in order to prove that you really did see a leopard.
14. Drive slowly and keep your eyes wide open, those animals sure can hide themselves, even an elephant can hide under a leaf.
15. A mammal and a bird book are also must haves.
16. Don't forget to put sunscreen on your arms when driving!
17. When we went at the beginning of September there were hardly any mosquitoes and the game viewing was brilliant. (Saw 4 leopards, and the big five twice in two days.)
18. Most importantly take sturdy spikes and I mean it Ã a big hammer (sledge hammer type) someone obviously thought it would be really funny to put cement under all the camping spots.
19. Next time I go I will do less driving around and more sitting in one place even Impala are interesting animals. (the official lunch meat of the Kruger Park) and there are loads of amazing birds and bugs and things to see too.
20. Driving the N4 on a Friday night is like racing formula one but the other cars are towing (BIG) trailers, avoid at all costs.
(I will return again as soon as I possibly can - it was wonderful!)
when tenting in Kruger, take sturdy spikes and a beeeeg hammer.