Photo Essay – Kruger National Park safari

Observing animals in the wild, in their natural habitat, is a great experience. A safari is an adventure where you never know what is behind the next bend, you don´t even know what his hiding in the large bush you just passed!

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Kruger National Park one of the most famous national parks in South Africa, and it was also the first national park, established in 1926.  It is  one of the largest game reserves in Africa, covering an area of 19,485 square kilometres. You can spot a range of wild animals here, included the big five.

We arrived Kruger in the afternoon, and after enjoying a fresh lunch, we went for the evening game drive. With two experienced rangers escorting us, we were in safe hands to get the best experience. They know the bush in and out, and they know how to spot and track the animals.

The first animals we spotted were the elephants, and a few moments later we spotted rhinos too.

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As the sun was setting, the landscape and the animals were bathing in a golden light. Two zebras passed by, and the antelopes were carefully watching us not to get too close.

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It was a good evening safari drive. After a good night sleep in a very comfortable lodge, we set out early in the morning for another game drive. The aim was to spot the lions – and indeed, we did!

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It made my day! Close to the lions, once again. Watching them playing, stretching, yawning and falling asleep. The last time I was as close to a lion as this was in Masaai Mara in Kenya!

I had a great stay in Kruger. We stayed in Lukimbi Safari Lodge, which is known to be one of the best in Kruger. Staying in a luxury five-star resort is normally way over my standard, as I´m quite modest with the accommodation I choose when traveling.

Lukimbi has 16 comfortable private suites decorated with African art. Each suite has a private veranda overlooking the bush – and a bathtub with the most amazing panorama view! The food was also good, and in the evening, we had a delicious dinner in their outdoor barbecue restaurant.

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Kruger - Lukimbi - the suitsCosts of a safari may seem high, and the total cost depends on the type of accommodation you choose. If you consider a safari, remember that you support nature conservation and wildlife rehabilitation. The safari cost will include conservation fees for the game parks, and it will help protect the wildlife in its natural habitat.

Have you ever been to a safari? How did you like it?

 

I visited Kruger National Park when I joined the campaign #MeetSouthAfrica brought to you by the South African Tourism board, supported and managed by iambassador. As usual, Taste of Slow maintains the full editorial control of the content published on this site, and all opinions are my own.

About the Author Elin

I´m an Oslo based web publisher with passion for communication, travel and a green lifestyle. When I travel, I prefer to go slow, sustainable, and “live like a local”. Why slow? It is about challenging the cult of speed, and to enjoy the small things in life and to live in the present.

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