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Kruger National Park, South Africa



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Coordinates : -23.605023,31.554083 (Open in Google Maps)

Subjects : not only dozens of species of mammals (including the so-called big five lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, elephant), but also hundreds of species of birds.

Recommended equipment : the ideal is a telephoto zoom lens also not too broad. something like a canon sigma 100-300 or 100-400. especially in the most popular areas (south) animals are quite relaxed if they are not disturbed. A fixed lens, though of great quality is quite inconvenient because often get close subjects. In addition, if the target is large (as a 500 f4 for example), as well as reducing the chances of recovery, it becomes awkward to use inside the vehicle, sharing the space with other photographers. The landscapes are beautiful, but they are difficult to shoot because of the constraint of having to stay in the vehicle (except in some places). In any case, a wide-angle zoom must accompany telephoto. In case you use fixed targets obviously theres more than one and you have to resign yourself to lose a few occasions.

Best months : from the point of view of the sightings during the winter from June to October is ideal for the lack of vegetation. on the other hand the summer (the rainy season is from October to March) provides a less bleak background of dry land. Please note that the summer holidays in South Africa falls at the end of the year, and from mid-January to February is probably the best time in the summer.

How to get there : Obviously you need to arrive by plane in South Africa, for example, in Johannesburg, where you can easily rent a vehicle with which to shoot yourself the park without a guide. If the group is small up to 4 people ideal is a common diesel car (a jeep costs as much as 50% more), but if it is large up to 8 people you can hire a "van" as the wolkswagen kombi. In the latter case note, however, that because of a law, the third row of seats can not have opening windows: the glass is fixed and the location makes it unusable by photographers.

Visits : fields during the summer they usually open at 4:30 am and close at 18:30 pm. times are rigorous and at 18.31 already found the gates closed. left the camp in the car, only have to turn on the roads (paved or unpaved)

Notes : it is a park that is unique in Africa in size and variety. We speak of a park as big as Ireland and beyond. The park offers a variety of environments incredible vegetation changes every few kilometers to the times, offering now the open spaces of the savannah, now the scrub bush, now a mixture of the two environments. To the north of the park is at its most wild and fascinating: here more than mammals abounding birds due to the greater presence of the forest. In south-central increase both visitors and mammals. In particular, it is usually much easier to spot nell'aerea of ??the Sabie River, where herds of elephants crossing the road or the lion is resting at 2 meters from the roadside. It should stay or private lodge outside the park (uncomfortable because forces you to spend time in the transfer), or in private fields, or (the common solution) in the rest camp state that offer different types of budget accommodation quite content. A common de bungalow offers single beds with bath / shower and fridge included. Other solutions offer the most luxurious tented camps or bungalow. Entry into the park is subject to regulation: Please check before traveling to make sure you have the necessary documents. The position of the fields is crucial for the type of sightings / landscapes that are observed. For mammals seem optimal location of Skukuza and Lower Sabie rest camp. The beautiful landscape that offers the Olifants rest camp. But every field in its vicinity offers some cause for appreciation. You can only turn in the car without ever leaving the vehicle except in a few spots (parking or observation points) where you will find written "you can alight from your vehicle at your own risk." "At your own risk" is a key word in the Park: if you happen to take a guided tour with the ranger, first you will be asked to form a module that looks a lot like a will. But in reality, just a little common sense not to take too many risks: if you are looking closely at a buffalo or an elephant on the side of the road you should always have the engine running (in this case resign vibration), and keep an eye on behavior of the animal to see if she gets nervous. For example, if you want to show the elephant cross the road, leaving him free passage positioned at a distance without giving him the feeling of having the road blocked. Rest camp in the state found a shop more or less, and a restaurant. Usually also a café. I have always lodge a brazier outside to cook (available in the field), the grilled meat. And 'essential to use well the best times for animals. In the period January 16 to 25 where we made our visit, the alarm was at 4:30 to go in the car about 4:50. At about 5:10 the beginning dawned, and up to 9.11 depending on the heat you place the best time. At this point, there are three options: return to camp around noon to go out to the 15-16 (17 is the return to easily see the animals with the setting of the sun and heat), spend the afternoon relaxing in total ( some fields have a small swimming pool), or "pull" long and spend all day out: it is true that during the middle is hard to see anything, but often there are surprises and is also the only way to make long journeys: the speed limit is 50kmh and 40kmh on a paved road on a dirt road. Do not theoretical: the park is used frequently velox, and we also got a ticket for speeding. In addition, I also saw the end of a speed camera pointed downhill, where already falling in neutral was difficult to keep the 50. It is usually not a problem because spotting the ideal speed is between 20 and 40 kmh depending on the vegetation. However, when there is moving and you are less focused on the observation, it can happen to let go.


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