WHY IS KRUGER NATIONAL PARK UNIQUE AND SPECIAL ?
The sheer size and diversity of flora and fauna makes Kruger National Park unique. The park of about 20,000 sq’kms with planned network of roads which are GPS friendly is unfathomable. One has to definetely experience a self drive or a day tour or a few days of safari in the Kruger. In short, being in Kruger Park is once in a life time opportunity and experience.
FOR THE CLIENTS STAYING IN DIFFERENT LODGES, HOW DO YOU PICK THEM UP BEFORE YOU ENTER THE KRUGER PARK?
Hazyview is the centre of our operations and we pick you up from many lodges and resorts around it. The timings start from 5am onwards with half our variation depending on the season. Though afternoon safaris are an option, we recommend morning safaris or full day safaris as animals are very alert and active in the morning and later afternoon. Just let us know where you need us to pick you up. Majority of our clients stay in the lodges/trips we organise hence the pick ups and droff offs are known well before you arrive into Kruger area.
IS KRUGER NATIONAL PARK MALARIA FREE? WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD I TAKE?
No – Kruger National Park is not malaria free. Having said that, practically no visitor encounters serious mosquito menace. Planet Kruger advises you to consult your physician before your trip and take preventive medicine. Also a carry a mosquito repellant spray that’s commonly available as OTC product in many shops in the Kruger area
ONCE WE ARE INSIDE THE KRUGER PARK, IS THERE ANY PLACE TO BUY BEVERAGES, SOUVENIRS, EATABLES ?
There are quite a few well fenced SANPARKS camps that have convenience stores, restaurants, souvenier shop where you can buy these during one of our pit stops during the tour/safari.
ARE THERE ANY LUNCH AND COFFEE PLACES INSIDE THE KRUGER PARK? ALSO IS THERE TOILET FACILITY FOR DAY VISITORS INSIDE THE PARK?
Most of the main camps have restaurants where you can have a proper lunch. Take away food is also available.
Yes, all camps have toilets.
WHAT TYPE OF CLOTHES ONE HAS TO WEAR?
This depends mainly on the season you visit. Mornings and late afternoons can be cold. A pullover or a Jacket as per the weather is advisable. Soft colours and cotton clothes are advisable. Comfortable footwear – casual shoes or walking shoes with socks is suggested.
COULD YOU SUGGEST THE CAMERA AND LENSES THAT I SHOULD USE?
Its entirely your choice. You can use any camera – be it your mobile phone or any of SLR cameras. Serious ameutur photographers could use medium range SLRs with zoom lenses 70-200mm or 70-300mm and a wide angle lens 28 to 70mm. Planet Kruger specialises in full day photographic trips exclusively for serious ameteurs and professionals. For professionals and serious photographer, we provide vehicles with fixed arms, beanbags and photography related accessories.
WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIALS I HAVE TO PACK WHILE ON A SAFARI?
A hat with a brim (to avoid sunburn), Sunscreen (spf 15 & above), Sunglasses to reduce the glare & UV, Camera with sufficient batteries & SD cards, Binoculars, Adequate Water though the lodge or vehicle operator will provide, ID card to show at the entry points and a jacket to keep you warm in the morning as winters tend to get very cold in the mornings and late afternoons.
WHAT IS THE CONSERVATION FEE? AND WHERE DO YOU NEED TO PAY?
Conservation fee is charged by Kruger National Park for every day of your stay inside the park. As the name indicates, the fee is for conserving the eco-system of the park and also preserve its natural heritage. South African Citizens/legal residents pay much less while foriegners pay almost three times more.
WHEN IS THE GOOD TIME OF THE YEAR TO VISIT KRUGER NATIONAL PARK?
Like everywhere in Southern Africa and East africa, Kruger Park can be visited anytime of the year. Summers are warm with frequent rains making the foilage green and lush. Sightings could be a little difficult but not impossible. Summer is the season for animals to give birth to their younger ones. Summer is a great month for bird sighting. Winter months are cold in morning and late afternoons, foilage gets dry, waterholes have less water thus making animals active and visible. Winter can be described as a dry season and is best time to visit Kruger Park, though summer months has its own positives. The season in between summer and winter are also very good for sightings, especially autumn and spring aswell.
DO YOU RECOMMEND SAFARI EXPERIENCE IN KRUGER NATIONAL PARK OR IN A PRIVATE RESERVE?
There is definitely an upside in staying and doing a safari in a private reserve. One could see more animals, go upclose to the animals, safari in open top vehicles, less tourists/crowds and ofcourse the lodges are luxurious. Having said that, doing a safari in Kruger National Park atleast on one day during your stay in Kruger area is a must and rewarding. To put the matters in right perspective, Sabi Sands Reserve is 66,000 hectares while Kruger National Park is about 2 million hectares. Travelling in Kruger National Park is a great experience by itself – watching wildlife, breathtaking landscapes keep changing as we travel from one area to another. Its impossible to cover the entire park in a day but Planet Kruger suggests visitors to atleast do a trip in two to three areas that can be done in day or two
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES IN BOOKING WITH PLANET KRUGER?
Our experts render real advise as they have personally experienced the trips and lodges in the kruger area. Due to our strong relations with the lodges, our prices tend to be 5% to 10% less than of the price you get from lodges if you go directly. The price we quote is not only competitive but comes with professional advise and with a perfect itinerary
HOW DO I MAKE PAYMENT FOR MY BOOKING?
Our ‘terms and conditions’ page in this website will give you the booking procedure. You can either do a bank transfer to our Bank account OR you can use your credit card via the link we will send you in favour of our parent company Vibgyor Africa (PTY) Limited, Cape Town, South Africa. Our travel expert will guide you through the payment procedure.
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