Kruger National Park - South Africa

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Guest Post!
Written by Edmond Denning
Twitter - @edmonddenning
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Hi there everyone!

The thought of waking up at 5:30 in the morning is a terrifying one. It's a not a pleasant thought... unless it was to be driven around for 3 hours in one of the most beautiful places on Earth - the Kruger National Park, South Africa. I've been fortunate enough to visit a few times and this blog is me trying to, let's say, give an insight into why I have returned so many times.

Reasons why I return to Kruger National Park in South Africa

1. The Photographs - I'm a photographer and the Kruger National Park is one of the best places in the world for anyone interested in photography with its epic landscapes, awe-inspiring sunrises/ sunsets and of course - the animals.


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You can't deny that this is a beautiful thing to see!
2. The wildlife - It's a vast wilderness (around the size of Wales) which allows or Africa's most well known animals to roam free. Before I came here, zoo's seemed like the go-to place to see things like lions, leopards, elephants, and giraffes, and countless other animals that you just wouldn't see in your back garden.  They'll tell you on safari that "insert animal here" has a huge territory of tens if not hundreds of square kilometers.

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Impala often hang around in big groups.
3. The Adventure - There is something hypnotising about this place. The idea that you have no idea when you're going to see something really keeps you on your toes; as a photographer perhaps more so. The first time we went, there was something so special and insanely unfamiliar about this land that sparked my interest from the first day. I've been to other places in South Africa, but the Kruger is something different to any of those. I see it as a canvas of possibilities, as a photographer, and as a general wildlife lover. It is so unique and every trip has been starkly different in some way to previous trips. Each time, something new and exciting crops up. It's amazing how this happens but I think it comes down to the vastness of this place and the way the weather sculpts it. With months of rain or drought, each time we visit brings about new places and new routes to drive down.

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Don't mind us, it's ok. We don't want to drive on the road it's fine! 
4. The People - It is often said that it is the people that make a place special. This is definitely the case when it comes to where we stay in South Africa. The company that runs the camp, like many others, originally had to ask the local townsfolk if it was alright to build on their land. As a part of this agreement, as it is in many places, the camp took on many local men and women as staff. Some are kitchen staff, other trackers and rangers. In the vicinity there is a Wildlife College that students go to, to learn about tracking and being rangers, etc. and they often end up working for the camps as well. It is an increasing problem in South Africa that the youth are unaware of local opportunities. There are however volunteer-led camps that teach children about the plethora of opportunities available for them, even within just one safari lodge/camp, let alone the hundreds, if not thousands, of tented safari camps across the Kruger. The best thing about having locals working around you is there extensive knowledge about the environment. They may tell you that a certain tree can be used as a tooth brush (this is actually true!) if you snap off a twig and use the inside. 

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This is Conright, a tracker!
5. The Food - It's not just the wildlife that's exceptional. Being in a place like the Kruger National Park opens your eye to how versatile the plants and trees can be. The locals often point out which tree's can be edible or have edible fruits. A rather famous one is the Marula plant which produces golf-ball sized green fruit. These are harvested to create "Amarula" a sweet alcoholic drink. There is an "old wives tale" that tells of Elephants getting drunk off the fruits alone. Another is the "Sour Plum" which can make you wince even after eating the tiniest piece.

There we go then. Those are 5 of the main reasons to show why I return to Kruger National Park almost every year! I have so much more I can say about South Africa so I can guarantee this won't be my last post! I enjoy writing for Kira's blog so I shall be back with more soon enough.

Until then, see you later!
- Edmond :D

Is there any where you find yourself constantly returning to? Where's the best place you've visited?

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33 comments

  1. Wow what an absolutely amazing place to visit - your photos are amazing. x

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    1. Ed takes some amazing photographs! Always comes back with stunning ones!

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    2. They are just stunning - really capture the view he must have had at the time. x

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    3. I shall pass it on to him! I'm sure he'll be very pleased to hear it! Trying to get him to set up a proper website!

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  2. What beautiful photographs, it looks like an amazing place to visit.

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  3. Wow this looks absolutely amazing! It sounds magical, i'd love to visit one day. You've got some beautiful photographs too...

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  4. I have wanted to go on safari for absolute ages and Krugen national park is one which keeps coming up. One day I might get to visit here! x

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    1. it's supposed to be one of the best!

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  5. Your pictures are totally amazing. I've only been to Longleat in the UK which is great but would love to go to other parks and see wildlife in their natural setting even though lions scare me :)

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    1. hahah same! and I didn't even get to go on the safari part there either!

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  6. I would love to visit South Africa one day. Looks like a beautiful place and many good reasons to visit and return. I went to Thailand last year and I loved it! I can't wait to return

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    1. I'd love to go to thailand!! hopefully I'll have plans to go in the next couple of years!!

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  7. This place sounds amazing. I'd love to go on safari one day and this national park loves amazing. I'm in lancashire too so nice to meet you. Angela from Daysinbed x

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    1. Wooo whereabouts in Lancashire! Would be great to meet up! :)

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  8. i've been to South Africa but never to Kruger, I'm waiting until my son is a bit older and then it'll be straight on our places to go list! I love South Africa in general.

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  9. Wow, I totally see why you love it so much. I wish I could plan a trip there right now!

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    1. Can be very expensive but it's a fantastic experience!

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  10. What an absolutely fantastic experience wow and those photos are just stunning x

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  11. I would LOVE to visit here and go on a safari! H x

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  12. Amazing photography, I would love to visit this beautiful place.

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  13. These photos are amazing, I would love to visit one day!

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  14. Your photography is stunning and really helps convey how beautiful the place is. I'd love to visit South Africa myself one day! x

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  15. Gorgeous photos, I've always wanted to visit South Africa.

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  16. Wow, that sounds like an awesome place to visit. I go to Las Vegas every summer, I am not a gambler but all my friends are there during the summer and it's a great place to be when you are young. I also love Cannes and I have been there many times.

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