Guinea Pig wrote:
took me 5years and countless visits to see another rhino! Kori Bustard never again.
You should go north then.... I can guarantee you that you will see more than one Kori Bustard at Thiyongonyeni on the Tropic of Capricorn Loop.
Back on the topic:
It is a place where you go to relax and enjoy the african bush as it was intended to be enjoyed. Before you enter the gates (try to get there as early as possible) there is a great excitement but that turns into the most "Chill" feeling once you drive into the park at 25km/h and see the first Impala grassing peacefully on the shoulder of the road. Remember that 25km/h is not the average speed, it might take you all day to drive 100km to your camp.
With the windows down you take in the sounds of the birds and the smell of the bush. You can smell when an elephant recently crossed the road (smells like a sweaty horse). Don't expect to see the big 5 every time you go out for a drive. Learn to appreciate the smaller things. Don't just drive and search for animals in the bush you might run over a snake or chameleon crossing the rode.
Be prepared to be surprised around every corner. Make sure you plan your daily trips so that you have enough time to turn into the waterhole loops or to sit at a waterhole in the car and have a picnic. Plan your trips to go via the picnic spots or rest camps to be able to use the toilets whenever you get the chance.
Roads that is most likely to provide the most sightings are roads along river beds or via water holes. That is if you visit during the dry season. Dirt roads usually have more game since it is not as busy as the tar roads.
If you keep to the park rules and stay in your car, and not sit on the window frame at sightings (you really don't improve your view you just spoil everyone else's day), you will have an awesome time and you will definitely come back for more.