Kruger is the flagship of the South African national parks, one of Africa’s best places to see a diversity of wildlife, including the much sought-after Big Five. It also boasts more than 200 cultural heritage sites, and there’s a treasure house of things to do. Here’s my pick of 15 things to do in northern Kruger National Park.
6. Take a pretty drive through a fever tree forest to Crooks Corner in the north-eastern corner of the park, where South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe meet. A hundred years ago this was a No Man’s Land, a haven for ivory poachers, gun runners and other outlaws who chose a free life where they made their own rules and thumbed their noses at the law.
9. Hire a skottel at one of Kruger’s many excellent picnic spots and cook up a brunch of bacon or wors and eggs. Share your space with lots of birds and perhaps some small bushbuck. There are often monkeys too, so keep an eye on your grub. For a small fee, the camp attendant will even wash up those greasy dishes. Bring your own dishwashing liquid and dish towels.
11. If you’re in the Letaba area, don’t miss a visit to the Matambeni hide for excellent views up and down the river, lots of crocs and hippo and a flurry of interesting birds from fish eagles and herons to sunbirds and bee-eaters, even a red-winged pratincole if you’re lucky. Another good hide is the Sweni hide south of the N’wantesi picnic spot.
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