Located in Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces of South Africa, the Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves on the African continent. I have been here several times with my family and each time seems more memorable than the previous time. 

There is an abundance of game, which includes, but is not limited to the notorious "Big 5", that being the lion, elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopard. There is a surplus of wildlife, which includes insects, reptiles, fish and birds.

I have had the privilege of staying in several rest camps such as Skukuza (the administrative headquarters), Orpen, Mopani and more. Whether you prefer the chalets or tents (available from Amazon), there is something for everyone. There are even private resorts and lodges nearby for those with deep pockets.

So many adventure stories (even in the campsites)

I am not really a camping person, but do have a lot of wonderful and funny camping adventures there; such as four people sleeping in a two-man tent and on a sleeper couch. Most of the times, we prefer to sleep in chalets. There was an adventure in past stays, such as when monkeys opened the fridge.

On another occasion, there was a highly venomous snake outside our chalet. We waited for the ranger who could handle it to relocate it safely. By the time he arrived, the snake was gone. Needless to say, we spent most of the vacation indoors and on-edge. No kidding, there are a lot of snakes.

Worm paradise!

There was also another time we stayed at Mopani Rest Camp. It was way over 40 degrees Celsius and there were mopani worms on trees, crawling on the floor, squashed from being trampled on and constantly trying to get inside the chalet.

If you are not a fan of worms all around you, then perhaps stay clear of this rest camp. Oh, just in case you didn't know, these mopani worms are edible and taste much nicer than they look. Bring comfy hiking shoes, something to read (available from Amazon)sunscreen (available from Amazon) and insect repellant (available from Amazon)You also can't spend the night without braaing (barbequing) at such a fantastic place. 

It's a love or hate kind of place...

The nature element is absolutely beautiful! It is the type of place you go to, to connect with God and to find yourself. I must say that non-nature lovers may find this place unappealing and even... If I may dare to say so... somewhat "boring". So make sure that it is your cup of tea before booking it. It is a place you will either love or hate. I personally love it and I know nature lovers across the world are raving about it too!

All in all, Kruger National Park is one of Africa's pride that's nestled in South Africa. If you want to experience a true African Safari and see the abundance of Africa's wildlife, then you need to stop by this place. You can spend the night or simply go for a day visit.

 Phindiwe Nkosi at the Kruger National Park.Phindiwe Nkosi at the Kruger National Park.

"Kruger Hek" (Kruger Gate) at Kruger National Park."Kruger Hek" (Kruger Gate) at Kruger National Park.

 

A zebra at Kruger National Park.A zebra at Kruger National Park.

Interesting sights at Kruger National Park.Interesting sights at Kruger National Park.

 

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0 # Kruger loveNkosinathi Dhlomo 2016-11-07 22:33
Enjoyed reading this article. My family and I should consider making our way to Kruger.
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0 # Beautiful natureNontuthu Sithole 2016-11-19 07:06
There are so many beautiful places in South Africa. Kruger is one of them for sure! ;-)
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