As a veteran safari-goer and safari travel writer, I’m often asked, ‘What’s the best time to visit the Kruger National Park?’ It’s difficult to give a definitive answer, because the Kruger is great at any time of year.
The Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) are an important part of South Africa’s wildlife scene. Ironically, their name derives from the days when these dangerous species were regarded as the five most desirable animals to hunt. Now, visitors prefer to ‘hunt’ them with their camera lenses.
I’m sitting on the deck of Shayamanzi 2, one of only two houseboats that cruise on Jozini Dam in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Swaziland is just around the corner beyond the dam wall, and if you go 100km or so south you’ll hit the Indian Ocean. I’m surrounded by mountains, bushveld and, of course, water.
If you plan to drive yourself in the Kruger National Park (one of the most exciting trips you’ll ever do), here are some of my own personal best roads and routes for really fantastic game spotting – learned over the course of 40 years of driving in the park.
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