Is Kruger safe for families? Can I bring my kids?
Absolutely! If you’re choosing a self-drive inside the Kruger National Park, then bringing your children along is no problem. If you’re looking for a more luxurious option in one of the private Kruger reserves, there are many family-friendly lodges that cater for families. They will usually not allow children under the age of 6 on game drives, but they do provide other really exciting children’s activities to keep the littlies suitably entertained.
What is the recommended length of a Kruger Safari?
We don’t recommend stays of less than 3 nights. For safaris of more than 4, we would suggest adding a second lodge into your itinerary to get a varied experience.
Will lodges be able to cater to my food allergies?
As long as you provide the lodges with advance notice, they are usually more than accommodating of any allergies or preferences you may have. If you require kosher meals, it’s best to check with the lodges before booking.
What’s the weather like?
Kruger has a lovely year-round climate. Summer is when Kruger receives most if it’s rainfall, usually in the form of dramatic afternoon thundershowers. During winter, the early mornings and evenings can be quite cool, so we recommend taking along some warm gear. The winter days can get quite warm. For more, click here.
When’s the best time to go?
Winter (May to August) is considered the best time for a Kruger safari – the temperatures are cooler and the wildlife more active, not to mention that with winter being the dry season, animals are usually concentrated around waterholes and easier to find. The vegetation in winter is sparse which makes the animals much easier to spot.
What must I pack?
- Camera and binoculars
- Sunglasses, hat and good quality sunscreen
- If you’re visiting in winter, make sure you bring a warm jacket – it gets quite chilly in the early morning and evening
- Swimming costume
- Comfortable clothing, and walking shoes if you plan to take a walking safari
- Mosquito repellent and if you’re taking it, malaria prophylaxis
Can I go on bush walks?
Certain lodges in the private reserves of the Kruger Park offer walking safaris in the company of a trained and knowledgeable guide. If you’re planning a visit to the National Park, unfortunately, walking safaris are not permitted here.
What is an average day on safari like?
When staying at a luxury lodge, your days on safari usually begin early with coffee before heading out on your first game drive. You will either return to camp for breakfast, or enjoy breakfast in the bush on your game drive.
You’ll return to camp around mid-morning to avoid the heat of the day. You’ll enjoy lunch and some leisure time before heading out on a late-afternoon game drive. This game drives will usually continue until it is dark, and at most lodges, you’ll stop somewhere scenic to enjoy drinks and snacks as you take in the sunset.
Dinner will be waiting when you return to camp.