Kruger National Park

Deborah van Coller on 11 June 2019

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My husband and I had been dying to get back to the “Bush” since our Honeymoon to Victoria Falls. This trip certainly wet our taste buds but 3 days at Victoria Falls just did not seem enough! We walked through the bush and had experienced a traditional outdoor “BOMA” meal under the stars and we had enjoyed warm evenings sipping sundowners watching the “Big Five” slowly meander down to their drinking hole.

However, at last we had now found ourselves back in a position to visit the “Bush” again. We booked our self-catering chalet in the Kruger National Park and organised a “self-drive” trip for us which meant that we could do our own Game Drives whenever we wished!

We arrived mid-morning at Crocodile Bridge Gate, we didn’t even make it to the Gate before spotting a group of Buffalo grazing along the banks of the Crocodile River! We walked into an air-conditioned reception at the Gate and we were greeted by very friendly staff. We jumped back into our car and headed into the Park in order to make our way to our Camp. Excitement was building in the car especially when we spotted lazy Hippos lying in the water- it felt like their big eyes were following us. Being the heat of the day at this stage we did not expect to see much Game. The plan had been to get to our Camp as soon as possible, settle in, rest up and head out for a Game Drive early evening when things cooled down and the Game become more active.

However, we still managed to spot the most beautiful Giraffe, a massive herd of elephants crossing the road, a huge number of Impala as well as our favourite White Rhino at the turn in to our camp! What an exciting start to our week!

Our next very exciting moment was early the next morning when we were fortunate enough to spot a Lioness and her cubs, we spent over an hour watching them in the coolness of the morning with not another soul in sight! This was one of our most magical moments in the Park watching the playful cubs just doing their thing in total tranquility. It felt like it was just us and them!

During these magical 5 days we spotted the big 5, braaied (barbequed) every night under the stars, enjoyed daily swims in the many pools offered and left the Park with colour in our cheeks feeling totally rejuvenated! Bliss… If you dream of seeing the “Big 5” why not contact me to plan your very own Safari experience.

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