You’ve spent your evenings watching reruns of the binge-worthy series Lost, thinking how simply remarkable it would be to be lost in such an island, figuring out how to survive. You have even gotten as far as to envision yourself as one of the characters, traipsing through the woods at night. This is all very exhilarating until it happens to you, but this time it’s not an island but a wild life ground. When reality sinks in you may find that it actually may be more enjoyable than a television show, provided you know how to make it so. Take a look at a Map of South Africa and I’ll show you where all the magic happens. Yes, you spotted right! The Kruger National Park is the perfect place to live out your Lost fantasy, and I have taken the liberty of writing out 31 ways to do so.
It’s that time of the year, you need to decide where you’re going to spend your holidays and you’ve always heard so much about the Africa tours, African safaris, the Game Reserves. You search for various holiday websites that may serve your very need and you finally find one that does, UpSouth Adventures (#hinthint). In here you come across some of the greatest holiday ideas and before you know it you’re trekking through the airport in a floppy hat, khaki and hiking shoes. Just like most tourists, you’re drawn by the allure of wild life of the Etosha National Park or Kruger National Park (KNP).
2. Ask a question. Yes!!! It is possible to have questions and still enjoy yourself. How? With the best tour guides offered by the Kruger Park and Private Game Reserves.
3. Explore. The KNP covers over 15,000 square kilometres of land, you cannot go wrong.
4. SearchIn the midst of the sanctuary of wildlife with all its vastness, there’s always a Kruger National Park map to help you get around.
Yes, the economy may be at its all-time lowest but the accommodation in and around the Kruger National Park, with all its beauty, is effortlessly austere in its simplicity, offering the most splendid accommodation from the various Kruger Park lodges to Private Game Reserves adjacent to the park, to the Protea hotel Kruger Gate.
6. Camping sites
Stay in one of the many Hotels in Cape Town or Johannesburg.
8. Enjoy the weather
There is no bad time to go on safari in the Kruger National Park. In fact it is fascinating to see the African bush in its various seasonal guises. Nature is a capricious mistress and the honest truth is that you never know what you are going to see. The experience does, however, change from month to month. In the summer months for instance, it gets very hot - ideal if you're looking to escape the Northern hemisphere winter and unwind by the pool. The verdant vistas are all the more spectacular because of the rains, but this means that the foliage is denser, water is more abundant and game is therefore trickier to see. While the daytime temperature in the winter months is ideal, it does get a little parky at night and in the early morning. Game viewing is easier and at night you can indulge in a wonderful bottle of wine around a roaring log fire. Hmm, sounds to me like you need to experience both!
South African Airlines offers the best quality flights allowing you to travel in comfort to the KNP, having three separate airports located in the Northern, Central and Southern Kruger Park respectively.
10. And Cape Town?
Flights to Cape Town are also offered, either straight to Cape Town or a connecting flight via Johannesburg, either way, each flight is less than 3 hours away from KNP.
11. Have your moments
Picture this: an elephant stealing your wallet as you go about your business: It’s hard not to enjoy the unpredictability of the South African animals, from the Lion to the tiny bird.
12. Eat, Pray, Love
There’s nothing like a little spa day to unwind.
13. Capture unforgettable moments
Capture all with the animals in the Kruger National Park
14. Make a new friend
This is one of those “don’t try this at home” moments, but it could be worth a try.
15. Game Drive
17. Take a hike
You may not be a foot soldier, but what better way to enjoy the safari.
Set up camp and recreate your favourite Lost moment.
19. Jaw Dropping
You’re in the midst of the wild life sanctuary, you never know what might happen.
20. 4×4 adventure trailing
Eight More things….
Eco-trailing, Guided walks, Guided tours, Mountain Biking, Golfing, Birding, Sundowners, Bush braais.
29. Meals on Wheels
Don't ride a BMW Motorcycle in the Kruger. You might end up as part of an attraction to other tourists.. in a bad way.
30. Leave the music to the animals
Yes, you do get idiots pumping " The lion sleep's tonight" through their car stereos.
31. It's not a Chinese Photo tour
Get your picture and drop the phone/camera. Absorb the experience there and then, not when you get back home, showing off your pics.