Wildlife Spotting Tips at Kruger National Park

by Jules on February 24, 2014

Kruger National Park is one of the top Safari destinations in Africa. The park has nearly 2 million hectares offering a diverse range of some of the most thrilling and beautiful animals in the world. You can stay at the Tsogo Sun, tsogosun.com hotel and be within a short distance to this incredible place, enjoying life’s luxuries between your wild adventures. If you’re heading out to Kruger National Park for the first time we have a selection of tips for you that will help you to make the most of your incredible holiday.

Don’t Go Without Buying a Map

You can buy the maps at the entrance point and if you’re not having a guided safari you’re going to need to pick one up. Kruger National Park is huge and it’s full of lots of different features including picnic points, rivers, dams and dirt roads. It’s certainly not a good idea to head out if you don’t have a map as it’s very easy to lose your way and end up in trouble.

Take a Rest Stop at Every Opportunity

You won’t be able to jump out of your vehicle to relieve yourself whenever you like. Thankfully there are plenty of restrooms dotted around at the various picnic spots. When you arrive at these spots take the time to go to the bathroom and stretch your legs as you may spend a long time sitting in your vehicle waiting to spot some of the wildlife found in the park.

Follow the Rivers

You’re likely to come across a range of animals if you follow the river. When you travel over a bridge take a moment to stop if possible and take a look for things in the water. Some of the common animals you might see include crocodiles, herons, hippos and water monitors. You’re also likely to see some animals come to the river for a drink, especially during the winter. However, remain in the vehicle at all times to be on the safe side. There are bridges at the Letaba and Olifant rivers that do permit you to get out of the car but always do so with extreme caution.

Go Fully Equipped

You’ll want to take a good pair of binoculars, a camera, video camera, your mobile phone and some food and drink. Remember the big five animals aren’t the only things worth paying attention to. Look at the skies and check out the fauna too. Take time to admire the trees and study those branches hard, you might just spot a leopard in one!

Rest Up!

After a long day on Safari you’re going to need to get a good night’s sleep.  Make sure you eat well when you get to your Tsogo Sun, tsogosun.com hotel so you have enough energy to do it all again the next day. You may also want to treat yourself to a massage at the hotel spa, sitting down in a vehicle all day can leave you stiff.

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