Game Drives#3 in Best Things To Do in Kruger National Park
An easy way to search for animals in Kruger National Park is to sign up for a game drive. Departing from all bushveld and main rest camps throughout the day and night, the park's game drives offer visitors a chance to see wildlife from the comfort of an open-air vehicle while enjoying commentary from an experienced guide. Animals commonly spotted on game drives include elephants, giraffes, lions and impala.
Game drives are available at sunrise, sunset and night. Each time of day and camp provides travelers with different game-viewing opportunities, so consider booking multiple drives while in the park. Additionally, drives last two to three-and-a-half hours, so dress and pack accordingly. Long-sleeved clothes and a jacket, sunscreen and water are highly recommended. Travelers can also bring snacks, but remember to keep items secure at all times and to dispose of garbage in designated trash bins.
Sunrise drives leave 30 minutes before camp gates open, while sunset drives start shortly before dusk. And in the evening, visitors can participate in night drives, which depart at 7:30 or 8 p.m. All game drives are available daily and can be arranged at camps' reservations offices. Fees vary depending on the camp and type of drive, but expect to pay between 230 and 390 South African rand ($17 to $29) per person. Restrooms and water are not available during game drives, so use the facilities found at all departure points before the drive begins. Learn more about Kruger National Park's game drives by visiting the park's website.
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#1 River and Bush Walks
If you don't have multiple days to spend at in-park trails like Wolhuter and Nyalaland but want to explore the area on foot, consider signing up for a river walk or a morning or afternoon bush walk. These two- to four-hour walks depart daily from main rest camps like Letaba, Lower Sabie, Olifants, Satara and Skukuza. However, river walks by the Olifants River are only offered at the Olifants rest camp. Each walk is led by two experienced guides.
Large game, birds and insects are regularly spotted during bush walks, so bring your camera with you. Do not be startled to see your guides carrying loaded rifles; rangers are armed solely to protect you from animals. And as an added precaution, you will be asked to wear neutral colors, which help you blend in with your surroundings. Recent travelers recommend the bush walks offered at Lower Sabie and Satara.
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