Today, I have my annoyingly well-travelled boyfriend to start these guest posts off!
Hello I'm Edmond, a drama student and wildlife photographer. I have been travelling to South Africa around once a year since 2008 and in that time I have grown to love and admire the country for it's people and it's nature. It is a country unique in many regards. The best form of accommodation whilst staying in South Africa has got to be the safari camps, in particular, Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps.
The Kruger National Park is home to hundreds, if not thousands, of safari camps. Some are very basic - a few big 'tents' and a general dining area. Some, like the two I have visited, are slightly bigger. They have "house tents" that have sufficient beds for the amount of people they accommodate and a shower and toilet around the back. They have mosquito nets over the beds too. However these camps are totally open and anything can wander through at any time, whether that be the resident troupe of monkeys or a herd of elephants or even lions, leopards and honey badgers.
|Warthog taking a stroll into camp.|
The smaller antelope like Impala, Bushbuck and Reedbuck prefer to stay close to human habitation as it provides some sort of shelter from the predators so you're most likely to see these if you're just sat or wandering around between drives and meals. However, Baboons also do this so watch out! They prefer the bigger human habitations though and most of the time don't come too close to the smaller camps. Monkeys though often hang around in small groups and provide some comic entertainment during meal times (both their own and ours). There should be three meals a day provided, usually after morning drive (breakfast), around 1/2pm (lunch) and then after evening drive (probably around 7pm/ 7:30pm.
|Monkey's like this seem cute, but they will steal your food at a moments notice.|
Then, in some areas of the Kruger there are the high-end safari camps where you live in luxury camps (which I personally think would give an unauthentic experience). Whichever type of camp you end up staying in, they will have with them a team of highly trained, very knowledgeable rangers and trackers who will be able to give you an amazing insight into life in the bush. The average stay for first time visitors is probably around 3 days as many people do a tour of South Africa, stopping off to go on safari at some point on their journey.
|Best "front garden" you could ask for!|
Another thing to know is that they only have two seasons. They have the "wet season" and the "dry season". Due to it being located in the Southern Hemisphere, their Summer/wet season usually starts around late October/early November and lasts until around March/April time. During this time it is very hot and humid and although there can be long periods of time of 'wall-to-wall sunshine', when it does eventually rain, IT RAINS VERY HARD. This tends to last for anywhere between a few hours to a few days. The grass and plants are very green at this point in the year which can make spotting animals a little tricky. The dry season/Winter takes place from around April to October. This is a time when it is a little bit cooler and less humid, and the grass and leaves die down. This makes the landscape change from green to yellowish-brown. Visibility is a little better as you can see further into the bush but animals such as insects and snakes and spiders (if you like those sorts of things) will be near impossible to find.
We return to this camp year on year because of the amazing service provided by the staff and the close relationship we have come to share with them over the years! I'd definitely recommend it to everyone as it is a fantastic experience!
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- Edmond Denning
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