AMAZING & SCARY African Safari Self-Drive Experience at Kruger National Park | Honeymoon VLOG 4

Once we finished doing our loop around the Panorama Route, we entered the world-famous Kruger National Park from the Paul Kruger Gate and that started our 4 day 3 night epic adventure of self-drive.

Kruger was AMAZING because of all of the special moments we were able to witness whether it was in our SUV, driving around randomly or with one of the game drives run by the park itself. Top 3 sightings have to be: 1) Baby elephant, 2) Hippo with all the turtles on back, and 3) Herd of water buffaloes crossing the road.

Kruger was also SCARY because of the lone huge cockroach that we saw in our first bungalow we stayed at in Skukuza. In the video you'll see me recount the story of the night we checked in. We unfortunately weren't able to catch it but resorted to using one of the towels to stuff the bottom of the bathroom door as that was the last place we saw it.

I think one thing we kept asking ourselves while we were there was which experience we liked better. The conclusion we came to was that doing self-drive is a VERY DIFFERENT experience. While we loved how we were pampered at Elephant Plains and that they could go off-road to see the animals really up close, there was a bit more sense of adventure with Kruger because you were in control of what route you wanted to take everytime you went out. Kruger being a massive park, there are definitely a lot more wildlife to spot and the type of terrain and landscapes very much over Sabi Sands which was more or less the same throughout. Doing self-drive is also going to save you a lot more money over a private reserve even though Elephant Plains was quite affordable when comparing to others. The issue with Kruger though is that you're not going to have the benefit of having a tracker to spot animals so a lot of times I felt like we would drive for hours and unless the animal was near the side of the road or if we saw a cluster of cars, it was very hard to spot anything far away.

Lastly I think it'd be valuable to talk about the game drives offered by Kruger. While it was nice to be on a guided trip while we were there, the experience was definitely subpar compared to the private reserve. Instead of a truck of 9, we were on these massive trucks of 20+. What was annoying about these trips is how frenzied it was when it came time to boarding the truck. It's pretty much first come first serve so everyone swarms the trucks when its time to board the trucks because it sucks to be stuck in the back row sandwiched by other people. Yes the vantage point is better but the rush for seats and the poorer quality guides/tracker was very apparently especially coming from a private game reserve.

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