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Kruger National Park

Birding the Kruger: the Raptors.

Posted by Leon on Wed April 6, 2022 in Birds and Birding.

Raptors of Kruger.

What raptors can you see on a Kruger National Park Birding Safari?

For many a birder, the raptors are a firm favorite, embodying power, grace and beauty, and seeing a new species of raptor is sure to get the pulse rate up for a few minutes. They make great photographic subjects and, when on an African birding safari, new species of raptor are bound to be seen pretty regularly, adding up to an exciting experience indeed...

With an abundance of food, there are few places that offer such a number and variety of birds of prey as the savannas of Africa. And there are few large, savanna-dominated parks that are as affordable and easily accessible as the Kruger National Park of South Africa, which offers some superb raptor viewing indeed...

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Greater Kruger Discoverer Trip Report

Posted by Leon on Mon October 4, 2021 in Trip Reports.

August's Greater Kruger Discoverer Safari Trip Report.

After close to a year and a half of inactivity due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was time to roll out the safari vehicle as our six clients from the USA arrived in South Africa. We had started chatting with them in April, discussing exactly what they wanted from their experience, and eventually settling on a Greater Kruger Discoverer safari for 6 people, three of whom were keen photographers. Four months later we met them at AfricaSky Guest House in Johannesburg at the start of what was to prove to be an incredible 12 day experience...

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Safari Highlights: The Grim Reapers of Letaba.

Posted by Leon on Thu July 15, 2021 in Interesting sightings.

On the average Kruger safari, Spotted Hyenas are seen more often than any other large predator. Yet they are often ignored, or given passing interest at most. A Lion's foot sticking out of the long grass will draw massive attention from visitors (in case it lifts its head), yet down the road a clan of Spotted Hyenas lying ON the road will maybe have a vehicle or two in attendance. Yet Hyenas are actually very cool animals, exhibiting some very interesting behavior! And they can be rather grim as well...

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Featured Safari Camp: Satara, the heart of Lion country.

Posted by Leon on Fri June 11, 2021 in Featured Destination.

The Kruger National Park is South Africa's prime safari tour destination. At over 20 000 square kilometers it offers one of Africa's classic safari experiences. From the hilly country in the south-west to the vast Mopani scrub plains of the north, there's a remarkable array of landscapes and habitat types, making it essential to book a trip that covers multiple camps. But, with 12 main camps to choose from, which one is our favorite?

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Mammals of the Kruger National Park

Posted by Leon on Wed May 12, 2021 in Wildlife.

An African safari is mostly about seeing incredible mammals. And, if you’re thinking about a safari, your first decision is which park to visit. The Masai Mara, the Serengeti, South Luangwa, Etosha, Moremi, Hwange, or Kruger National Park? All have an exceptional array of large mammals.

Well, there are lots of factors that play a role in deciding which one suits you – cost, ease of access, time of year, length of stay, etc. And all of Africa’s parks have relative strengths and weaknesses. Some are fantastically wild but very hard to get to - and hard to get to usually means expensive as well – while some are easier to get to and much more affordable.

The Kruger National Park in South Africa falls into the latter group, as it’s easily accessible and also one of the more affordable of Africa’s great parks. But there’s another ace in Kruger’s hand, and that is its diversity.

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