Kruger Tablets (Nkayeni Region)#2 in Best Things To Do in Kruger National Park
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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 the southern edge of Nkayeni Region, the Kruger Tablets are dedicated to Paul Kruger, the founder of the Sabie Game Reserve, which later became Kruger National Park. A plaque on one of the site's rocks can still be seen from the adjacent road.
Lions enjoy lounging on rock formations, so it's hardly surprising that Kruger's rock pilings – including the Kruger Tablets – are a popular lion haven. Odds are you'll snap tons of photos of these animals while in the area. But remember: Lions are dangerous animals, so stay in your car or safari vehicle at all times.
Select game drives pause at the Kruger Tablets, but consult park officials for exact itineraries. Or, you are more than welcome to pull over next to the attraction to observe the lions from your own car. This free locale can be accessed during normal park hours. Facilities and amenities like restrooms, restaurants and picnic tables are not available here.
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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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