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Encounters Travel is an adventure tour operator offering lively, good value South Africa Tours. e.g. The Garden Route & Lesotho including Addo Elephant Park, Lesotho pony trekking, Drakensberg hiking; Big 5 Encounters including Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon and more.
Half an hour's drive from Mpumalanga airport and things still look decidedly human outside the Numbi Gate...
South Africa's most famous game reserve is Kruger National Park, a vast area and one of the few animal-packed national parks in the world where tourists are permitted to drive around in their own vehicles, albeit NOT offroad. This cuts down on animal sightings but is a very comfortable, cheap and relaxing way to get around, particularly with kids on board, and all the more fun for bumping into an African elephant in a Ford Focus!
Game lodges and rest camps run off-road wildlife safaris too in 4XD vehicles with trackers, included if the traveler is staying in a private lodge and pay-to-view if a rest camp is home. Kruger National Park Lodges and Camps Pictures and Information.
...and for a while nothing stirs inside the park, until, little by little...
...animals begin to stroll across roads, neither looking left nor right, oblivious of the 4 wheeled observers...
...and constantly failing to use zebra crossings.
DO CHECK your rental car air con thoroughly before heading out on a Kruger safari! In the summertime, November-March, temperatures can reach 38C+ (100F+). Also buy a cooler box, ice packs, and groceries before arriving in the park, from a nearby town such as Nelspruit.
Crocodiles, of course, rarely do anything at all.
Kruger National Park Map | Map of South Africa
Kruger Park, bordered to the east by Mozambique and to the north by Zimbabwe, has nine gates, 21 rest camps (good value, self catering possible, government-owned, frequently shoddy service), a handful of satellite camps and bush camps, and 15 private safari lodges (very costly but always comfortable and often extremely luxurious).
Most wildlife tourists stop in Kruger's southern sector where rest camps range from poor (Pretoriuskop) to arguably the best (Lower Sabie), due to the large airport at Mpumalanga and the long driving distances involved. Southwest gates are also nearest to Johannesburg so many locals arrive from that direction and naturally prefer not to drive a whole lot further.