Africa & the Middle East Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Kruger in April/May

Jump to last reply

A sub-Saharan newbie here.

We're in the early phases of planning a South Africa trip for May of 2015. We're tentatively thinking about 6-7 days in a self-drive of Kruger, staying at the bungalows in one or more rest camps. We're not considering any private camps, due to budget. We're thinking only self-drive in that we're a family of three with a child along. We understand that probably won't afford the opportunities for the very best wildlife viewing but we are fine with the compromise vs not going at all.

We've read a couple of excellent trip reports here, which served as inspiration that maybe we *could* see Africa in our lifetimes. Having knowledge only of those wonderful private camps and their rates previously, we had thought it impossible.

That leaves a couple of questions still (at least).

None of the reports I've seen so far were based around the April-May timeframe. We're wondering if that puts a wrinkle in how we should plan out the trip, to maximize chances of spotting wildlife, particularly lion, giraffe and elephants? Of course, I know one can never predict, but if there's any advice to be had as to where to be, and when...

Would you recommend several camps or just one? We were thinking of starting in a central part area and working south in two or three camps. Is that advisable?

And finally, wondering if anyone could recommend good written resources for planning a self drive like this?

I guess pretty much all advice would be appreciated. We've had the chance to travel around a bit in the past, but this sort of trip will be very new to us.

After Kruger, we'll continue on southwest through more of SA as well as Lesotho.

(ps, we already drive on the left where we live, so that's not an additional worry)

Thanks,
Cliff

35 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winners Announced
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Sep 17, 14 at 01:05 PM
View all Africa & the Middle East activity »
  1. 1 New exit tax when departing Tunisia
  2. 2 Nairobi Airport Layover
  3. 3 Trip Report Kenya - July 2014 - Acacia House in Masai Mara area
  4. 4 2015 Family Safari Tanzania Questions
  5. 5 Durban / Hluhluwe / Ponta Mamoli (Mozambique) / Mkuze Falls Itinerary
  6. 6 Eight days in Israel--What did I miss?
  7. 7 DAY TRIP FROM AGADIR
  8. 8 Private driver for one day from Agadir?
  9. 9 Cairo Hotels and Safety
  10. 10 What a wonderful holiday in Kenya!!
  11. 11 Trip Report Uganda/Rwanda - trip report and lots of information for independent travel
  12. 12 Eilat to Petra
  13. 13 Long layover at Hamad Airport, Doha
  14. 14 Trip Report Cape Town Trip
  15. 15 Safaga activités
  16. 16 Has anyone used "toursbylocals.com"?
  17. 17 12 hours layover in Cairo
  18. 18 Jordan vacation
  19. 19 Has anyone used this safari company in Uganda?
  20. 20 Tipping for a hot air balloon safari?
  21. 21 Morocco Imperial Cities & Sahara Desert - Any recommended itinerary ?
  22. 22 tanzania serengeti northern circuit self drive
  23. 23 Serengeti self-drive camping trip
  24. 24 Trip Report MAGICAL, MEZMERIZING MOROCCO (Revised)
  25. 25 Egypt with Zahi Hawass
View next 25 » Back to the top