I so often give the same advice to first timers to Kruger. Maybe this thread will be a repository for the best advice.
1. The most important. Unless you have at least two weeks in the park, don't try to see it all. Book 3 or 4 camps. If you have 6 or less nights, book 2 camps.
2. Try to avoid just 1 night in a camp. Spend at least 2 nights in each camp. This is linked to no 3.
3. Try to spend the very early morning and last thing in the evening out in the park. These are the best viewing times and often give great sightings. You don't want to spend this time packing and unpacking because you have only 1 night in a camp.
4. Decide on your level of accommodation. There are 4 levels. Firstly, the luxury, for those who are prepared to spend the most. The sponsored houses etc are more swish than most people's homes, with most mod cons, like microwave etc. Next, the comfortable, like cottages, with most things you need. Thirdly, budget, like huts, safari tents etc, with no utensils and NO ABLUTIONS OR KITCHENS. You have to use the communal ones, which I have always found clean and acceptable, but you pay a lot less. Lastly camping, where you take everything you need and use the communal faciliies. There are also trails etc.
5. Time of year. Avoid school holidays if you do not HAVE to go then. The park will be full. Each month has its attractive features, so research this.
6. Security. All the camps are fenced, most with electric fencing, to keep the big and hairy out. Very occasionally something potentially dangerous gets in, but not often. You are likely to see some antelope that have sought refuge, inside some camps, and at night, nocturnal species can be seen in some camps.
7. Decide on priorities of what you would like to see. There are no guarantees, but certain areas are hot spots for species. Browsing the forum is one way of getting a broad picture.
8. Broaden your view. It is NOT just about the big 5. You might see a great rarity and not know it. Get to know the birds, trees and other things. There is nothing in Kruger so sad as the mugus who just drive around looking for lions.
9. Bring reference books and preferably familiarize yourself with what you are looking for/at beforehand.
10. Expect the unexpected (Thanks Jannie!). You might have a great sighting within half an hour of arriving - or 100 metres from the exit gate. Enjoy what Kruger serves up, she will not disappoint. Do not try to dictate to her, just be alert to possibilities.
Hope this helps you as you prepare for your first visit to a very special place.
Some people think they are worth a lot of money just because they have it.
- Fannie Hurst, writer (1889-1968)
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