the call of kruger

kruger south africaIt might be hard to put into words what it’s like to spot your first wild animal, but Intrepid’s Danielle Jeffreson still can’t stop talking about her South Africa experience…

“It’s 5.30am and the temperature is hovering around a fairly chilly 10 degrees Celsius (50F). We are about to set off on our first game drive in search of the Big 5 in Kruger National Park. The open backed safari vehicle definitely gets the cool wind rushing through your hair and everyone is excited with the prospect of sighting their first animal.

We travel along with our expert Kruger guide keeping a well trained and keen eye out, while the rest of us sit patiently waiting with our cameras at the ready. It’s not too long before we spot two elephant very close to the road, which gives us a great opportunity to get the close-up shots and marvel at these amazing creatures.

We continue our game drive and get to see many of the wonderful animals of the park, including lions, water buffalo, giraffe, zebra, impala, hippopotamus – the list goes on. It is incredible to see them so close and in their natural habitat going about their daily business.

A message comes over the radio and our guide advises that we need to quickly make our way to another location within Kruger. After 10 minutes of driving we are all excited and wondering what we are about to see. We are not disappointed – there on the side of the road are three beautiful cheetahs. The mother is out in front stalking an impala through the bushes and her two cubs are hanging back, patiently waiting for their feed. After a rare missed attempt at the impala just in front of our vehicle, the three cheetahs decide to take a rest in the sun, right in the middle of the road. They lounge back as we watch on in amazement. It’s such a fantastic sight to see and that along with all of our other sightings make our experience in Kruger National Park truly memorable!”

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Kruger to Vic Falls – 7 days
Experience Southern Africa – 15 days

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* photo by Neil Mowbray – Intrepid Photography Competition

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Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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Yes i know how Neil felt. I to experienced the wonderfull sights of Kruger, and lots more, i did a Safari with your company in early September, and i also still can’t stop talking about it, to be amongst all that wildlife,and up so close at times, We started of in Johannes berg,for a 14 day camping Safari, travelled up ,Rhino park, along Chobe River, Okavango Delta, that was awsome,Livingstone seeing that magnifisant Victoria Falls, and being able to have a free day and being able to do alternative activities,then down to Kruger National Park. We had many stops at different villages, tasting local food and being amongst the locals.
My favourate of course were the elephants,they are so magestic,but also being able to see others, like White Rhino’s, Hippos,Giraffe’s, Buffolo’s,Lions,and much,much more,
I took so many pictures, and video,
Thank you Intrepid for making my dream come true, Our guide (Johan) and driver(Goodman) were tops.
Regards to the team at Intrepid for being so informative, re trips to take,
In the near future would love to do another trip to Africa ,
Regards Elke.


My daughter Elizabeth has her heart set on going to Africa to see the animals but it’s hard to see us taking her there unless we win a competition. We have a camera with telephoto lens, though, and she can borrow her aunty’s solar topi, so she thinks she’s all set.

Shukrani kwa kutarajia*

– Paul

* Apparently this is Swahili for Thanks in Anticipation

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