Wild Encounters at the Kruger National Park by Julia Laubscher Cape Town, South Africa
Arguably the most famous of all the beautiful
game reserves in South Africa, the Kruger National Park is a 20, 000 sq km expanse of untouched
natural terrain, and is home to a variety of African flora and fauna.
Tourists who book Kruger Park safaris can
choose from a variety of accommodation options, from tents to luxury lodges, and from here they can
take in the amazing sights the Kruger Park has to offer.
Some tourists might think a safari in the Kruger Park involves slow, sedate game drives where
nature-lovers gaze through their binoculars at the wildlife peering demurely from behind the trees
in the distance.
But more often than not, the animals of the Kruger Park get up close and personal with the
humans venturing into their domain.
Tourists from all over the world have returned from Kruger National Park tours in South Africa
with a whole list of fascinating encounters to share with their friends. Take for example, these
visitors, who encountered a fully-grown male lion passing within inches of their vehicle:
Close encounters like this are not uncommon in the Kruger Park; guests will often spot inquisitive
monkeys venturing into their lodges in search of food, or graceful leopards quenching their thirst at their
guest-house swimming pool.
Of course, it pays to be cautious when faced with the untamed animals one might encounter at a game reserve like
the Kruger National Park; experienced game rangers and tour guides who facilitate the tours will warn you to stay
in your vehicle and out of harm's way. These Kruger Park tourists found that some animals are just as
curious about us as we are about them!