we have been reqular visitors to Kruger and are due to go there at the end of May again. Although next year I was keen on doing KTP just the experience the different habitiats and a new park and also some new previously unseen species.
We would like to do a max 15-16 day trip including travelling back and forth from the UK.
I would like help deciding the best time to visit the park in terms of weather and game vieweing. Anytime from feb untill june is doable for us. when would you guys recommend we visit and what would we expect to see? As most people we are keen on predators and when would be a good time to see them in action? But top of my list is to photograph a caracal in this habitat.
Also please could you recommend the camps we should visit and also the minimum number of days we should spend in each place. Ideally we would prefer to book into selfcatering rooms rather than camping. Please be aware that we are not used to driving 4*4s so this would be the first time for us. Any recommendation on best 4*4 hire companies would be highly appreciated.
Finally, would you also recommend a visit to Augarbies Natioanl Park? and is so then how many days would be ideal?
Any help with planning would be great.
ghostdoggghto good evening, I'm writing from Italy. I'm going to visit the park in December/January for the time nr. six. What I can say, due to the very long travel from Europe, is that always I spend my time in the park, not in other part of south africa. In my small opinion is better to dedicate the holiday just to one place (of course that's my opinion and it can be wrong...). With 15-16 days, including travelling from London, you will have about 13 nights inside the park; that's reasonable time for visit the best place in the world. Regarding best period, that's depend on you: in January is very hot, in july and august quite cold in the night (often temperature below zero). Anyway in every period you will have lot of chanche to see lot of predators.
Regrading the camps: normally I'm spending two nights in Twee rivieren, 5 in Mata Mata, 5 in Nossob, 2 in Urikaruus and Kielenkrankie and about 2 in Kalahari tented camp. What I can suggest is this: better t avoid to spend just one day in one camp and day before change it; in this way you loose lot of time packaging and unpackaging you luggage.
Last the 4x4 hire: normally I'm going with http://www.kalahari4x4hire.co.za/
Hope my bad english could help you.
Enjoy the park.