How To Safari In South Africa for Beginners

by Ray Kua
Lion spotted during self-drive in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Have you ever been fed South Africa safari stories when you were a kid going to the zoo? Stories of how you would get to see animals prowling in their natural habitat without fences.

Well, a safari in South Africa would turn those stories into reality. A typical safari in South Africa has no man-made boundaries, with animals free to roam wherever they please. A “real-life” zoo, it should definitely be on everyone’s bucket list to go for a safari in South Africa.

My post ” 4 Things to Do When Traveling to South Africa“, mentioned the 3 recommended ways to enjoy a South Africa safari. Firstly one could rent a car and self-drive through the safari parks, searching for animal sightings (which they term as “game”) on their own. You would also need to plan for your own accommodation and guided tours yourself.

This option is my favorite. It not only allows you to control your budget but is a free-for-all experience that is to your own discretion. With a free reign of exploration, how adventurous you want to be is in your own hands!

Self-driving in the Safaris of South Africa gets you up close to elephants
Self-Drive gets you up close to the animals
Impalas crossing the road is a regular sight in the safari parks in South Africa
Impalas crossing the roads

Another option would be booking a stay with a luxury lodge. Luxury lodges like Sabi Sands Game Reserve are areas of a safari park cordoned off for private enjoyment. These lodges plan all of your activities and meals for you. Guided tours with experienced guides will often guarantee you sightings of The Big 5.

You could check out this piece by “On The Luce” for a comprehensive write up on one of the game lodges, Naledi Game Lodge in South Africa. Lucy details about a detailed day one can enjoy if they pay for a luxury lodge, a good piece of information if you are keen.

Another option is to engage a local tour company like Heritage Tours and Safaris. These tour companies can plan for your accommodation depending on your budget while at the same time they would arrange guided drives by local guides.

As a personal preference, I feel that a large part of the fun in a South Africa safari comes from self-driving. To have your own anonymity to explore is akin to a Pokemon exploration! A self-drive would also be the cheapest option if you plan well.

As this post focuses on a beginner’s guide to safari in South Africa, it would be focused on a self-drive in Kruger National Park.

Contents

Pick your safari in South Africa with SANParks

A bungalow in Skuzuka Rest Camp in Kruger National Park
Bungalow in Skuzuka Rest Camp
  • Pick a SANParks (The managing body for all of South Africa safari parks) of your choice: This post picks Kruger National Park
  • Choose rest camps that you want to spend you night in in Kruger National Park: This post picks Skuzuka, Satara, and Crocodile Bridge
  • Choose the type of accommodations in these rest camps: This post picks bungalow and tents with communal facilities.

Different SANPark has different concepts and experiences. For instance, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park leans towards more of a complete wilderness experience. This may be in the form of lesser tourists, more untarred roads, and lesser amenities in their rest camps.

The accommodation in rest camps varies from campsites to safari tents with communal toilets, to the more comfortable bungalows and even cottages. Do take note that a daily conservation fee is to be paid too.

Certain big camps like Satara and Skuzuka camps in Kruger National Park would even have cinemas, multiple restaurants, swimming pools, and spas for your downtime.

Different SANParks and rest camps also may have varying activities. From the more common guided night drives to the rugged overnight bush walks, you should pick your choice base on your interests and experience.

Satara Activities catalog in Kruger National Park
Activities to book in Satara Rest Camp in Kruger National Park

For beginners though, I would strongly recommend the Kruger National Park.

Beginners would find it easy to navigate the tarred roads which are well-maintained. They can then enjoy the option to drive on untarred roads into the wilderness when they are more comfortable. Sightings of animals are common, with amenities throughout the park for your convenience.

Whichever safari you choose in South Africa, you would still be able to spot game. The difference would be the difficulty of driving and spotting sighting. Thus start easy, find The Big 5, before you move on to something more advanced on your next trip!

Kruger National Park- The Beginner’s Choice

Lion resting in the middle of the road during our self drive at Kruger National Park, South Africa
Lion resting right in front of our car!
Exotic bird sightings are common in the northern part of Kruger National Park, South Africa
Rare bird sightings
Eagle sighting at the Crocodile bridge road at Kruger National Park
Eagle
Hippo sightings are common at the waterhole at Kruger National Park
Bird on a Hippo

Through my experience in safari in South Africa, Kruger National Park packs the most bang for buck.

I would suggest a 4 days 3-night stay in Kruger for starters. As one is only allowed to drive between 5 am to 6 pm, you would need to take note of your check-in time. Entering Kruger National Park (except Crocodile Bridge gate) would still require about an hour or so drive to the nearest rest camp, so do take note of this!

The southern part of Kruger National Park has also more Big 5 sightings, while the northern part is more for bird sightings. As such I would recommend for beginners to start with the southern part to accomplish The Big 5 checklist. A route between the rest camps of Satara, Lower Sabie, Skuzuka, and Crocodile Bridge would also be good, particularly for beginners looking for the full South Africa safari experience.

What Car to Rent?

Rented car on my first trip

A basic small sedan costs about 40 USD per day after taking into account one-way drop and all administrative charges. Depending on your comfort level, I would also highly recommend a small car if sightings in safaris are your main goal.

A small sedan would get you through tight spaces in the safari parks. Many times when there is a good sighting, it would also be easier to navigate to get better a better view as many cars would be cramping around the sighting.

Discover Cars was my go-to car rental company when venturing on a South Africa safari. They provide excess coverage at very competitive rates which I would suggest is a must-get due to the untarred roads in safaris.

These untarred roads have stones and rocks that can hit your car when you drive through them. Discover Car was also prompt in returning my deposit after the trip, without any random deductions. Some companies have a habit of deducting petrol costs even if you just pumped maximum petrol! So you can rest assured with Discover Cars as it did not happen during my trips there.

A small sedan helps you navigate tricky spots in search for sightings

Routes and Rest Camps in Kruger National Park

Southern map of Kruger National Park from safari.com
Safari.com: Kruger National Park
Middle and Southern map of Kruger National Park from safari.com
Safari.com: Kruger National Park

Satara, Skuzuka, and Lower Sabie are considered big rest camps with plenty of amenities to enjoy such as cinema and swimming pools. You also would not have to worry about your meals due to the presence of restaurants in these camps. Big 5 sightings are also aplenty in the areas surrounding as river holes like the Sabie river run through the route.

Rhinoceros sighting along the Sabie River Road at Kruger National Park, South Afria
Rhinoceros sighting
Rhinoceros sighting during sunset at the Kruger National Park, South Africa
Rhinoceros sighting

One could start their South Africa safari by flying in at Eastgate Airport or Mika Airport before renting a car there to enter Kruger Park. Or if you are coming from Johannesburg or other cities, you could choose to drive in through Orpen Gate (Satara camp as a start), Paul Kruger Gate (Skuzuka camp as a start), or Crocodile Bridge Gate (Crocodile Bridge camp as a start).

For instance, an option can be a night each in order, from Satara Camp-Skuzuka/Lower Sabie- Crocodile Bridge or vice versa. Suzuka-Lower Sabie-Crocodile bridge can also be another option for a shorter route. What I had done on my most recent trip was Skuzuka-Satara-Crocodile Bridge which I found to be quite thorough as I managed to cover most of the important areas of Kruger National Park.

That said, you could also station in one camp while traveling around it as sightings are never guaranteed even if you move around. Just make sure that you do not mind the repetitive routes and food within the same restaurants!.

Basic Itinerary for beginners to Safari in South Africa

  • Day 0: Drove from Johannesburg (set off at 2pm) to Hazyview (reached at 9pm) and stayed for a night
  • Day 1: 5am, Drove through the Phabeni Gate to reach Skuzuka Camp. 430pm Guided Sunset Drive
  • Day 2: 5am , Morning Walk at Skuzuka Camp till 9am. Checked out at 2pm and drove to Satara Camp
  • Day 3: 5am, drove to Lower Sabie along the Sabie River . Lunch at 1pm at Lower Sabie, before driving to Crocodile Bridge at 5pm and Guided Night drive at 8pm
  • Day 4: 5am, Check out

Day 0: Hazyview and driving tips

Entrance of Sanbonani Hotel at Hazyview, South Africa
After a long hour drive in the dark, we have reached Hazyview
Lobby of Sanbonani Hotel at Hazyview, South Africa
Sanbonani Hotel

During my latest trip, I had set off from Johannesburg Airport towards Kruger National Park. I took off around 3pm in the afternoon for an estimated 4 hours drive to Hazyview. From Hazyview to Skuzuka camp would take around 1.5 hours, thus the plan was to spend a night in Hazyview as Kruger National Park forbids driving after 530pm.

Keep in mind that Park gates close at 17h30, and the speed limit in the park is 50km/hour, so be sure that you have ample time to reach your camp once inside the Park. If not, you could just choose to take a rest right outside the park akin to what I did at Hazyview.

Do take a look at this map for the recommended scenic route I drove from Johannesburg.

Traveling to Kruger National Park from Johannesburg
Scenic views en-route to Kruger National Park
Scenic views en-route Kruger National Park from Johannesburg
En-route to Kruger National Park

The Sanbonani Hotel was a pleasant stay after a long drive. The rooms were decently sized for a double room at 50 USD. Combined with the presence of a swimming pool and a restaurant opened till 10 pm, the hotel allowed us to fully wind down after the long drive.

Mhangela Restaurant at Sanbonani Hotel, Hazyview, South Africa
Sanbonani Hotel Restaturant
Mhangela Restaurant is open until 10 pm at Sanbonani Hotel, Hazyview, South Africa
Restaurant opens till late to cater for drivers who drove from Johannesburg

I would also recommend setting off earlier than what I did. The roads in South Africa are not very well maintained. It gets dark early at around 5 pm during their winter (June to August), and the presence of potholes and unlit roads make for a challenging drive if you are a beginner.

Drives get challenging in the dark in South Africa

Unlike road trips in other countries, South Africa also has a high presence of road crime. Stories of roadblocks being set up for robberies and armed thefts at petrol stations are common.

A tank full of petrol is highly advisable before the sky turns dark. This would reduce the need for you to make stops at petrol stations. Being an Asian, it makes me even more conspicuous there and I was pretty nervous whenever I had to take a pit stop at night for a refuel.

Thus do try to drive straight to the hotel when the sky turns dark, and drive slowly to avoid any potential unseen potholes. Do not stop unnecessarily and keep your windows locked. You would not be able to enter Kruger National Park anyway even if you cut back around half an hour of traveling time by speeding, so the risk is really not worth it.

Safari Tips

Too near for comfort
Do not drive too near to large animals like elephant as they can turn aggressive and dangerous
Too near, too dangerous!
Animals such as Elephants can turn aggressive if you drive too near them.
Elephants can trample your car if feel threatened!

Before you enter your first South Africa Safari Park, do take note of the following tips.

  • Sightings are the most common in the early morning. Animals are mostly prowling the parks when it gets cooler in the morning and at night, but retreat to rest when the sun is out in the late morning/afternoon. Try to get up early and adjust your body clock to suit a South Africa safari experience.
  • Game drives are the common term used to describe a safari drive to see animals in their own environment.
  • Take your time and drive slowly. Remember that your goal is not to cover areas, but to spot sightings while driving.
  • Driving near water holes and rivers are a good way to spot game.
  • Leopards and Cheetahs are by far the hardest to sight among the Big 5. They hide in trees and camouflage themselves, so do keep a lookout in those trees!
  • Do not be afraid to venture to untarred roads as they have lesser tourists and more of a private feel for your drive. You would also be able to enjoy quiet privacy if you do spot a sighting there.
  • Make use of the sightings maps in your rest camps before starting your self-drive.
  • Try to book only one activity a day (guided walks, guided drives), and allocate enough rest time and time for your own drives. The beauty of a South Africa safari is best experienced in a self-drive!
  • Take note of the speed allowed on the roads! There are hidden cameras in place that would result in a fine.
  • Stock up on snacks such as salads, veggies, and water to keep you alert and hydrated for your drives. Restaurants inside rest camps are mostly western cuisine which may get too dry for your throat if you are not used to having it for every meal.
  • Do not clog around game sightings for too long! Let everyone have a chance. I cannot emphasize how many times inconsiderate drivers have spent hogging sightings to themselves and denying everyone a chance to enjoy the sightings.
  • Do not venture out of your vehicle for any photo opportunity you might be thinking of. It is illegal and it is disrespectful to the animals to venture into their natural habitat. No feeding too!
  • Always leave a good distance between big game and your vehicle. Big game like elephants, rhinoceros, and hippopotamus are dangerous and can charge at your car to cause serious damage if they feel threatened.
Animals may turn aggressive if you are too near
Cars hogging a lion sighting at Kruger National Park.
Cars hogging a lion sighting. Please do not do so!
Sighting boards at Tshokwana in Kruger National Park
Sightings board
Sightings board at Skuzuka at Kruger National Park
Sightings Board

Day 1: Skuzuka Rest Camp and Guided Sunset Drive

Hazyview to Skuzuka

A long que is expected for entry into the gates of Kruger National Park in the early morning
Long que early in the morning!
Queing for entry at Phabeni Gate at Kruger National Park
Queuing for entry
Rules and regulations at Kruger National Park
Rules of Safari park

The drive from Hazyview to Phabeni Gate is relatively fuss-free with the morning lights. Reach the gates early as there would most definitely be a long queue when the gate opens as everyone wants to get in on the morning sightings. We reached at about 530am (gate opens at 6 am) and there was already a long queue ahead of us!

After the gate attendants check your booking documents, your safari adventure will begin! Just be prepared with your camera as a sighting like an elephant and giraffe would pop out anytime!

Elephant sighting during our self-drive to Skuzuka from Phabeni Gate
Elephant sighting right outside our car
Tailing a giraffe upon entering Kruger National Park through Phabeni Gate
Spotted a giraffe upon entering the park!
A pair of giraffe spotted near Skuzuka at Kruger National Park
Giraffe sightings

I remember my first ever sighting during my first trip was a giraffe crossing the road. It was spectacular to see it completely in the wild with no fences like in the zoos. Until today, the sight remains as one of the most vivid memories throughout my travels.

We took our time to slowly explore the roads on R536 and S1 along the Nyamundwa Dam before checking in to Skuzuka at 12pm. This was to ensure we made full use of the early morning drive to spot as much game as possible. Sightings drop when the scorching sun is at full swing in the afternoon, so do take a break then.

Skuzuka Rest Camp

Entrance of Skuzuka rest camp
Entrance of Skuzuka camp
Skuzuka has the biggest and most comprehensive grocery store in Kruger National Park
Skuzuka gift and grocery store-biggest in Kruger National Park
Hot breads are on sale in the grocery store at Skuzuka rest camp
Get your fix of hot breads at the store too

Skuzuka rest camp is one of the most popular and big rest camps in Kruger National Park. It has the largest gift and grocery shop in the whole of Kruger National Park. It also has a swimming pool, nail salon, and spa center for your downtime. All these make for good relaxation during the afternoon when sightings are less common.

We booked a bungalow for our stay here. It consists of a basic room with your own parking slot, a private toilet, and a small kitchen for cooking. Air conditioning and hot water is also provided. Very sufficient for a relaxed stay and costs around 70 USD per night. This was considered a little splurge before our tented stay the next day which comes without a private bath.

A bungalow in Skuzuka Rest Camp has its own private parking lot
Our Bungalow with a private parking slot
A bungalow in Skuzuka Rest Camp comes with private toilet and double bed
Our room
The bungalow in Kruger National Park comes with a double bed, private toilet, and private kitchen.
Inside the Bungalow
A bungalow in Skuzuka Rest Camp has its own kitchen
Private Kitchen

After our second drive from 1 pm to 4 pm on the H3 and H1-1 roads, we proceeded to head back for dinner to prepare for our Guided Sunset drive at 430pm. It is restricted to drive in South Africa safari parks by ourselves after 5 pm. Thus the only option to experience game sightings in the evening would be with a Guided Sunset Drive or a Guided Night Drive.

These are 2-hour tours where you would be taken on a South Africa safari drive by an experienced ranger who doubles up as a tour guide. These drives would be conducted in a typical safari jeep as seen below.

Guided Sunset Drive

Guided sunset drive at Skuzuka Rest Camp
Preparing for our Guided Sunset Drive
Front row seats in our safari jeep for our Guided Sunset Drive
On the jeep!
Hyena sighting during out guided sunset drive at Skuzuka rest camp
A hyena spotted when the sun goes out
Hyena tailing our safari jeep during our guided sunset drive in Kruger National Park
Hyena tailing our safari jeep
Herd of Hyenas appear during our guided sunset drive in a South Africa safari.
Herd of Hyenas appear
Rhinoceros crossing the road during the our Guided Sunset Drive in Kruger National Park, South Africa
Rhinoceros sighting during the early part of our sunset drive
Buffalos interacting with zebras in Kruger National Park, South Africa
Buffalo with Zebras
Herd of Zebras interacting with the buffalo spotted during our Sunset Drive in Skuzuka
Herd of Zebras interacting with the buffalo
A zebra is spotted right next to our jeep during our Guided Sunset Drive in a South Africa safari
Zebra up close
A giraffe is spotted right next to our jeep during our Guided Sunset Drive in a South Africa safari
Giraffe sighting
Baboons is a common sighting in a South Africa safari park
Baboons is a common sighting

These tours cost around 30 USD but I would say it is a must-spend. It provides you with an experience you cant otherwise enjoy on your own. A Sunset Drive allows you an extra 1 hour of driving outside of the stipulated 530pm no-drive time.

It is also different from a Night Drive, as it is not as dark and easier to spot games. Game starts to increase their activity in the early evening weather, thus do join them for a day or two.

Day 2: Skuzuka Guided Bush Walk and Satara Rest camp

Skuzuka Guided Bush Walk

Our rangers in the safari parks are fully armed to protect us during our Guided Bush Walk in South Africa
Our ranger is fully armed to protect us on the bush walk

We started Day 2 with a Guided Bush Walk in the safari park. Guided walks are a way for one to experience walking in the environment where the game resides. A guided walk costs around 50 USD and is about 4 hours long.

During the trip, the ranger would walk you through an educational experience. Other than just soaking in walking in the natural habitat of the game, I managed to learn many facts about the lives of the different animals and their interaction with the environment.

As animals could sense us walking from afar, they would mostly wander off being we can be near them. As such, do taper your expectations as a guided walk is more of an educational experience than being able to see animals up close.

A safari guide holding his rifle, keeping us safe during our Guided Bush Walk in Kruger National Park
My friendly guide with his rifle
Our guide explains to us the origins of this elephant skull during our Guided Bush Walk in South Africa
Skull of an elephant
Our South Africa safari guide explains to us an elephant was just here judging by its fresh dung
Fresh dung of an elephant-they were here recently
Guided Bush Walk at Szukua Rest Camp, South Africa
Bush walk
Our guide manage to trace fresh footsteps from a lion during our guided bush walk in Skuzuka Rest Camp
Fresh footsteps from a lion
Animals keep a distance away from us during our guided bush walk in Kruger National Park
This was the nearest we could get to the animals during the bush walk
Picnic snacks are provided midway through our guided bush walk in Skuzuka
Our mid-walk picnic snacks provided by our guides

Accompanied by two experienced rangers who are armed, it is a safe experience which I recommend doing if you have the fitness.

Satara Rest Camp

After our morning walk and a short lunch, we proceeded to drive up one of the most popular roads on H1-2 and then H1-3 to Satara camp.

A lion sighting on H1-3 road of Kruger National Park
Lion sighting on H1-3

Satara camp is also one of the major rest camps in Kruger National Park with swimming pools, and a grocery stall and gift shop for your leisure.

We picked the more budget Safari Tents for our stay here. This option came with a communal toilet and a communal kitchen without air-conditioning. These tents cost 30 USD for two and would be one the most budget option other than booking a site and setting up your own campsite.

Entrance to Satara Rest Camp lobby
Entrance to Satara Rest Camp lobby
Swimming pool at Satara rest camp
Swimming pool at Satara rest camp
Swimming in Satara rest camp during our break in the afternoon
Relaxing in the afternoon when sightings are much fewer
Safari Tents accommodation in Satara Rest Camp
Safari Tents accommodation in Satara Rest Camp
Inside the safari tents in Satara Rest Camp
Inside the Safari Tents
Pitching your own tent by only booking a campsite is the most budget option in a South Africa safari
Pitching your own tent is the cheapest option available too

Even though they come without air-conditioning, the cold air in the African night is sufficient enough for a good night’s sleep. The communal toilets and communal kitchen are also aplenty and more than sufficient for everyone in the tents. If you are looking for a good budget option, you would not go wrong here.

Day 3: Sabie River Drive to Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp. Guided Night Drive

Sabie River Drive

We set off early at 5am for our morning drive to Lower Sabie for our lunch break. This was done through taking the S100 to S37 to H1-3 to Tshokwana to H1-2 to H12 to H4-1 to Lower Sabie route.

Tshokwana would be a good pit stop for breakfast as their restaurant serves excellent coffee and their famous African Bush breakfast.

Tshokwana's restuarant
Tshokwana’s restaruant
Tshokwana's Bush Breakfast
Tshokwana’s Bush Breakfast
Tshokwana's restaurant is a good pit during the H1-3 drive in Kruger National Park
Ordering at Tshokwana’s restaurant

The H4-1, in particular, is one of the most popular roads in the whole of Kruger National Park. This is due to it being right next to the Sabie River where animals congregate for their water fix. This drive never fails to amaze me time and again on every trip I pass through here, with big game sightings common.

Crocodile sightings are common along the Sabie River in Kruger National Park
Crocodile sighting along the Sabie River
Elephants drinking from the Sabie River in South Africa
Elephants drinking from the Sabie River
Buffalo sighting along the Sabie River taking a mid-day bath
Buffalo along the Sabie River

Lower Sabie Rest Camp was the pit stop for lunch. Again another major rest camp in Kruger National Park, dining at its Mugg and Bean restaurant would provide you with a splendid view of Sabie River. When you are lucky you might even spot some game drinking from the river.

Mugg & Bean at the Lower Sabie Rest Camp
Lower Sabie Rest Camp’s Mugg & Bean
Dining at Mugg & Bean gives you a splendid view of the Sabie River
Sabie river dining view
Mugg & Bean dining with a view of the Sabie River
Splendid views
Mugg and Bean's at Lower Sabie Rest Camp, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Mugg and Bean’s at Lower Sabie rest camp

After lunch was a straight drive along H4-2 (sometimes venturing to untarred roads) to Crocodile Bridge rest camp for a quick rest before our Guided Night Drive.

Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp

Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp entrance
Reached Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp
Impala seen right outside my Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp safari tents
Impala right outside our accommodation

Crocodile Bridge is a small camp without a restaurant. It has only a simple grocery stall that closes early and is more often used as an entry/exit point for travelers from Kruger National Park. As we managed to get a tent near the fence, we even managed to spot a wild Impala which had wandered right behind our tent!

Guided Night Drive

The Guided Night Drive in Crocodile Bridge holds fond memories for me. It was where I managed to witness a Lion resting right smack in the middle of the road for a good 20 minutes.

Lion sightings on our Guided Night Drive at Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp
Up close to the lion!
Lion spotted in the middle of the road on our Guided Night Drive at Kruger National Park
Sleeping right in the middle of the road
Lion sleeping in the middle of the road on our Guided Night Drive at South Africa safari
Lion sleeping on our night drive
Torches are provided during guided night drives in South Africa safaris to enable us to see in the dark
We were given torches for extra lighting on our night drive

Animal sightings are common in the nightfall. Though a Night Drive would pitch-black as compared to Sunset Drives. The experienced guides would pin-point the game to you with torches in the pitch-black surroundings. As a South Africa safari drive can get very cold in the evening, do make sure you are well covered up.

A night drive is not only a chance for you to spot sightings, but it is also a way to experience the natural South Africa safari serenity in complete darkness. With only the stars as your source of light, and the animals being the source of sound (no other cars would be around your tour), you would be able to soak in African nature at its purest.

The elusive leopard is spotted during our guided night drive in Satara Rest Camp, Kruger National Park, South Africa
The elusive leopard
The elusive leopard
Herd of giraffes spotted with our torch lights during our night drive in Kruger National Park
Spotting a herd giraffes on our night drive
Elephant sighting during our night drive in Kruger National Park
Elephant
A couple of Hyenas spotted with our torch lights during our night drive in Kruger National Park
Hyenas
Hippo sighting on our night drive

Day 4: Checkout

As the Crocodile bridge Gate is the exit point of Kruger National Park, you could choose to wake up later as no game would be seen from your route hereon. Exiting from Crocodile Bridge Gate gives you a direct route to Swaziland if that is your next port of call.

Conclusion

There are many ways to enjoy a safari in South Africa. Yet, a Kruger National Park 4 days 3 night with the mixture of activities I have listed would most definitely give beginners a good introduction to the safari experience in South Africa.

“When you look a wild animal in the eye, it’s like catching a glimpse into the soul of nature itself”

― Paul Oxton

Staring into the Impala at Kruger National Park
Staring into the impala’s eye

The experience of a safari in South Africa is unlike any other wildlife experience due to its vast areas and game being able to roam freely. Being able to view these animals in their most natural environment allows one to delve deeper into nature. It is an addictive process that makes you want to come back for more of this serenity.

Sabrina Lovino has some absolutely amazing pictures in her write-up of her South Africa safari adventure. Do check them out if you are still not convinced about the magic of a South Africa safari.

Of course, I am only scratching the surface as most of my drives in Kruger has been focused on the Southern part from Satara camp and below. As such, I would appreciate any comments and suggestions on routes and must-see experiences in other parts of Kruger from your experience.

Do comment if you feel any information is lacking, and I would most definitely appreciate any tips to make my next trip even better.

Sunset view from the Kruger National Park
Sunset view from the Kruger National Park

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