Try To Visit A Less Touristy Area Of The Park
Anyone reading this will have to take our info with a grain of salt. First of all we had just done a safari in the Serengeti, I don’t know if you can fairly compare anything to that. Secondly we went to the southern area of the park. This is the smallest section of the park and sees the heaviest traffic due to the fact that it is so easily accessible. It is said to have some of the best game viewing though. The park is huge, so I’m sure you could go on a multi-day safari to other areas and have a much different experience than we did.
It was the end of December when we were in the famed Kruegar Park. This is South Africa’s largest wildlife reserve, covering the size of Great Britain. We drove around it for about half a day. It was so different from the safari we did in Eastern Africa. We had to stop comparing it or we wouldn’t get any enjoyment. We couldn’t help but feel that we were in an atmosphere similar to what Disneyland would set up for game viewing.
The area of the park we saw had mostly paved roads. It does make it easy to drive around in a regular car, but doesn’t feel very safari like. Upon entering the gate we saw several large tour buses. Also located near the gate was a bank, restaurant and souvenir shop. These are definitely not things you will find in the Serengeti.
Everything aside we did enjoy seeing wildlife in the park. We spotted huge groups of baboons on a few different occasions. We sat next to them in the car only a few feet away and watched them for quite a while. We also saw vervet monkeys, hippos, a few giraffe, warthog, turtles, Impala, as well as a large type of buck called a Kudu.
We were trying to exit the park and ended up stuck in a line up of cars that stretched for several hundred feet. It was backed up going in two directions because of a leopard that had been spotted in a tree. The traffic was definitely a drawback to the park.