Luxury Lodge versus Rest Camp
Dinner in one of Kruger’s upmarket game lodges.
We were obliged to fork out for this luxury camp for a couple of days because we arrived at South Africa’s Mpumalanga airport (near Kruger) during a holiday and all the budget rest camps were booked up. The lodge was a brilliant high-end experience but not so good for animal viewing. We moved to a less spectacular but convenient and way cheaper rest camp as soon as possible.
Breakfast in a typical mid-range rest camp bungalow in Kruger.
Interestingly we saw more wildlife when based at the cheapo rest camp than at the luxury lodge. We believe it’s because the animals in the vicinity of the lodge were unused to hearing vehicles and would disappear pronto whereas the rest camp region was always humming with cars so local beasts were accustomed to seeing/hearing them and unafraid. More on Lodges and Camps
Kruger’s Numbi Gate, half an hour’s drive from Mpumalanga airport and things look decidedly human.
Little by little animals begin to stroll across roads, neither looking left nor right, oblivious of the 4 wheeled observers.