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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 ... Read more » Jan-Otto / Getty Images

#2 Kruger Tablets (Nkayeni Region) Though Kruger boasts several locations where lions are known to linger, one of the best places to spot the park's big cats is atop the Kruger Tablets. Nestled along ... Read more » Arno Meintjes Wildlife / Getty Images

#3 Game Drives 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 ... Read more » FrankvandenBergh / Getty Images

#4 Hippo Pool (Marula Region) As its name implies, Hippo Pool – which sits near Kruger's southern border – acts as one of the park's premier locales for viewing hippos. In fact, hundreds of these ... Read more » Utopia_88 / Getty Images

#5 Red Rocks (Nxanatseni Region) Situated near the Shingwedzi River in the park's Nxanatseni Region, the Red Rocks are beautiful to admire. Exposed after years of wear by the adjacent river, the Red Rocks offer ... Read more » Bernard DUPONT / Flickr

#6 Wolhuter Trail (Marula Region) Located in Kruger's Marula Region, Wolhuter Trail features one of the park's more unique landscapes and some of the best opportunities to spot wildlife. The area's granite ... Read more » Pal Teravagimov Photography / Getty Images

#7 Albasini Ruins (Marula Region) One of two sites with ruins found inside Kruger's gates, the Albasini Ruins offer a look into the park's rich history. This locale houses the remains of a ... Read more » Jeppestown / Flickr

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