We came back from our SA trip last week. We had been to Kruger once before, a long time ago. This trip was with 2 sets of parents.
Thanks a lot to all you guys for your help, advise and patience while answering my long list of questions. All the logistics of the trip worked perfectly fine. We had forgotten how well stocked SA supermarkets are. Found everything we needed in Nelspruit mall and then shops along the way in Kruger, as and when needed.
We stayed at Berg-en Dal (1 night), Satara (2 nights) and Bateleur (2 nights). Entered the park from Malelane gate and left via Punda Maria.
Some highlights included -
- 10 different rhino. Out of that a group of 4, less than a few feet away, next to the road
- a large herd of buffalo, must be over a 1000! It wool them over half an hour to cross the road
- a hyena clan of 9 individuals on the road, with no other car around
- a black mamba, in the striking pose, next to the driver's window!!
- a huge ellie walking in the middle of a gravel road for over 2km
There was hardly any game around Bateleur and north. We loved Bateleur camp but were very disappointed with the lack of game, possibly due to very think bush around there. The devastation around Shingwedzi was shocking.
We spent 1 night in Mapungubwe, in Limpopo Forest Tented camp. The flood devastation was visible there as well. The accommodation was fantastic. It was very inconvenient to have to drive to the main reception for check-in, then turn around and then enter the entrance for the tented camp.
We ended up getting a VW combi from the car rental and it worked out fine, even with 6 people and the luggage.
We really enjoyed the trip overall. Parents enjoyed it even more, their first time in Africa. After being on comparatively expensive, lodge-based safaris for the last 7-8 years, it was refreshing to see that it is possible to have a nice, relaxing holiday in Africa without breaking the bank every time. Kruger can't be beaten for the variety of game. We immensely enjoyed the freedom of self-drive, and enjoyed braais and skottels everyday
We have now booked a week in KTP for December and I am sure I will be back with more questions for KTP soon. I know there are a lot of experts here!
Thanks a lot guys for all your help.