KRUGER

Kruger National Park.

photo 1-4Kruger is big.  It’s 365km north to south, and 65km east to west.  That’s about 20,000 square kilometres.  Bigger than quite a few countries.

The very best region of Kruger – for interest, for variety of animal species, and for density of game – is the south-eastern region.

And that’s where we are located; at the bottom right-hand corner.  Just slightly expand the map above and you’ll see Marloth Park, just to the west of Crocodile Bridge gate, right on the river.

You Are Here!

If you draw a big triangle from Crocodile Bridge Gate, north to Lower Sabie Rest Camp, and then diagonally down and across to Malelane Gate, you’ll be enclosing hundreds of kilometres of roads and bush tracks, two major rivers and dozens of smaller ones, and some of the most interesting and varied habitats on offer in all of Kruger.

You could explore that fabulous triangle for a month and never see it all.

 

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What you would see is many herds of elephants (at any one moment there’d be a thousand elephants – or more – within that enchanted triangle), buffaloes in herds of up to several hundreds, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, most of the antelope species to be found in Kruger, crocodiles and hippos in plenty, hyenas, and dozens of bird species.  Also regularly seen within that area are several prides of lions, leopards (especially along the river banks), cheetahs, and packs of wild dogs.  Plus a host of less-visible or less glamorous residents that nevertheless can provide some of the most interesting game encounters.

 

Planning Your Kruger Safari.

IMG_6914There are three ways to tackle Kruger from Birdsong.

• You can self-drive inside Kruger in your own car.
• You can drive to nearby Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp and join a SANParks guided safari vehicle from there.  This includes sunset drives and night drives.
• You can be picked up right from Birdsong or Nextdoor Kruger in an open safari vehicle by a fully-accredited and experienced Kruger guide. Our favourite guide, Kerry from Kruger Pride Safaris, has 100% 5-star reviews from our Guests.  Her full-day safaris are simply brilliant, and great value too!

For the best range of experiences, we suggest a combination of all three of those options.

If you want to use some local advice in planning your Kruger adventures, click here.

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Your Birdsong Base Camp.

Basing your Kruger safari from Birdsong or Nextdoor Kruger makes a lot of sense.

You have easy and quick access to Crocodile Bridge Gate, and from there you can plan half-day trips across to Malelane and Berg-en-Daal and back, or up to Lower Sabie Rest Camp and back, using different routes each way in both cases.

And a full day trip will open your effective exploring radius right up to Skukuza (Kruger’s largest rest camp), or Satara, or west to Pretoriuskop, or east beyond the Sabie River and out across the plains to the Mozambique border. And you’ll still be back at your lodge in time for evening drinks and a braai on the patio.

Kruger Entry Fees.

_MG_0967sbw2The only entry fee is a daily National Parks Conservation Fee, for details click here.

Tip:  If you’re going to be in Kruger on five days or more, the Wild Card (an annual pass available for individuals, couples or families) will save you money.  Details are at that same link, above.  And if you’re travelling on in South Africa, your Wild Card is valid at all SA National Parks.

 

Medical.

We’ll provide you with local contact details for medical assistance (excellent doctors, dentist and pharmacy are available within 15 minutes from Marloth Park). There’s also a medical service including doctor available within Kruger, at Skukuza Rest Camp. So if someone in your party needs the reassurance of knowing there’s access to these services, we’ve got you covered.

 

Beyond Kruger.

If you’d like some professional support in organising travel, accommodation, car hire and booking for southern African destinations beyond the Kruger area, we have a great travel consultant contact who can structure an itinerary and quote to your needs and budget.  And that includes getting you here and home again, from anywhere in the world.