One of South Africa’s true treasures is the massive Kruger National Park, home to wildlife ranging from rhinos to kudu. A safari experience is at the top of most people’s bucket lists and with good reason. There is nothing like standing in the middle of a deserted savannah listening to the sounds of elephant as the sun sets.
My most heart-racing moment was at the beginning of a morning game drive. The sun had just begun its slow ascent and I was bundled under a layer of blankets, trying to stay warm in the chilly temperatures. As soon as the Jeep rounded a bend in the bush a huge white rhino stomped its feet and started rushing the truck. My brain barely had time to react before the guide slapped the car, scaring off the massive beast. We continued on that morning, but I couldn’t forget the amazing experience of being that close to such a beautiful animal.
There are many options to visit Kruger, from day visits to staying at overnight safari camps. However you choose to visit, though, you are guaranteed to have an experience of a lifetime.
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Walk on the Wild Side....
Upped my safari experience during my last visit by taking a walk in addition to the standard game drives where you get quite close to animals. Walking is not for the faint of heart and I was told before hand that listening to my rangers instruction is paramount. When he says "don,t move" thats what he means, regardless that your fluttering heart tells you to run just as in my case. I could not tell right away the reason for our "dont move" motion with his hand so my instinct would have been to run, but heeding his advice I froze, looked and listened with intent. Only seconds later, but seemingly taking forever, I following his pointed finger to make out a herd of herd of zebras partly hidden by bushes and scrub. My worry of encountering lions did not come through thankfully but just the idea that you never know what you will come across heightened my senses by a factor of at least a thousand times! Sure got the adrenalin pumping made me feel super alive...Adventure To Africa highly recommended taking a walk and I can only agree, it made my trip!