An African Safari is the vacation of a lifetime. Make sure your tour company wisely for there is much difference between the operators. Are you looking for a good price? Ask a travel agent to keep an eye out for African Safari specials to find exclusive tours at unbeatable prices. Or if you have some extra time, surfing the internet for a few weeks before booking so you get a good idea of the tours offered. Safari, with the exception of airfare is not more expensive than other guided tours unless you take the luxury option, and it’s bound to be an unforgettable vacation.
Safaris to the Kruger Park, which is roughly the size of a small country, is always popular. This area of Africa has seen human habitation for almost 40,000 years. Indigenous peoples lived in balance with the local game, but after the Europeans arrived and began searching for trophies, game populations declined drastically because of uncontrolled slaughter despite hunting laws were introduced into South Africa in 1858.
The area was first protected in 1989, just before the Boer War, after a campaign of Paul Kruger to determine the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve between and Crocodile rivers. The Boer War ended in 1902, was James Stevenson-Hamilton was appointed warden of the Sabi Game Reserve, and formal protection and rehabilitation of wildlife populations are reduced. Stevenson-Hamilton was determined to protect the area permanently by making it a national park. After much lobbying, he succeeded. The national parks act was adopted in 1926 and Sabi and Singwitsi reserves (by then Transvaal Game Reserve), the Kruger National Park.
It took a few years before visitors discovered in the park. In 1927 ventured all three tourist vehicles in the park, bringing in an income of three pounds. In 1930 there were 900 vehicles roaming on 500 km of new roads in the park, and staying in huts and tents which can be up to 700 people. Stevenson-Hamilton was an outdoorsman who disliked the luxurious facilities, and he tried to maintain a rustic atmosphere. But when he left, residents were upgraded and the park became a famous destination for tourists from around the world.
In 1955, visitors flocked to the park in numbers more than 10,000 per year, prompted an extensive development of roads and tourist facilities along the fence of the park boundaries. During peak holiday periods such as Christmas, Easter and July can be pretty crowded park. There are now a daily limit on the number of visitors, so if you’re traveling during peak season, book well in advance.
Adjacent to Kruger on its western border are a number of private game reserves, including the Sabi Sand, Timbavati and Manyeleti. Kruger Park Safaris offers a large variety and abundance of wildlife and a wide range of safari experiences. You’ll never be able to see the whole park in just one tour. Tented safari includes everything from walking safaris and self drive safaris to ultra-luxury fly-in safaris. Kruger Park has hundreds of lodges for different tastes and budgets.
The Kruger Park is a year-round destination, but it is a seasonal difference in climate. The dry season (winter) is usually between May and August, although decreasing rainfall begins in April and is still fairly low in September and October. This is the best season to watch the game, as a permanent waterholes attract animals, the vegetation thinned out, and trees have fewer leaves to obstruct the view. Winter warm days and cool nights. The average maximum temperature is around 24 degrees in winter, and the average minimum is about 8 or 9 degrees, although it could drop as much as five degrees. It is important to bring a warm jacket for early morning and evening game rides.
The wet season (summer), is from November to March. This is when the Kruger Park gets most of its precipitation, usually in dramatic afternoon thunderstorms. The weather is warm and mild weather, with an average maximum temperature of about 30 degrees Celsius, with an average minimum temperature of 20 degrees. Summer grass and leaves are lush and green, and while it makes for beautiful scenery, it can also make game viewing difficult. The animals no longer concentrate around the waterhole because it is now common water sources.
For bird watchers wet season is the perfect time to visit Kruger Park, because that is when migratory birds arrive, and when all the local birds are most active. Makuleke The region of the park is known for its many species of birds, and visitors can exotic specimens to see, Scarlet-chested sunbirds, Broadbilled Rollers, redhead Weavers, Wattle-eyed flycatchers and owls such as the Pels Fishing Owl, the Scope , Whitefaced, Pearl-spotted and Giant Eagle Owls.
The wet season is also the best time to see baby animals, like most animals calve at the beginning of the rainy season, to take advantage of the lush pastures.
Luxury resorts in and around the Kruger Park is not cheap, but offers services such as massage, reflexology, and room service for guests who like to keep within the limits of civilization and have a chance to take day trips and see the game.
Overland Safaris in a tour group is the most economical way to see the Kruger Park. These group tours are a great way to meet like-minded eco-tourists and enjoy a real outdoor experience. Both camping and hotel availability.
The bush people of the Kruger Park can be experienced at hiking. These tours take place in parts of the region is not accessible to vehicles, including the spectacular Lanner Gorge.