Kruger Park is one of the most famous game parks of Africa like other parks such as Serengeti. Before my very first journeys in Africa, I dreamt of exploring this park after having seen one of these documentaries that the BBC produces. I spent 5 days there.
Was I impressed? Well, no. Did I like the park? Not really. Disappointed? A bit. What is the problem?
It is not because I am fed up of seeing animals; not more than two weeks ago, I was again greatly impressed by two parks (Mkhuze and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi). It is not because I did not manage to take good shots. I have a tendency to judge a place by the quality of the photos I take. So, what is it?
It is a combination of factors... Even though roads are paved and it is very nice to do a safari without any dust, one loses the feeling of being in the wild but rather in a zoo (yet, Kruger is wild). I visited at a bad time. I thought that before the school holiday, the park would be mostly empty; wrong, all was booked out everywhere. I did not manage to go to the campsites I wanted and thus, I was not able to do some activities (a hike). In the campsites, there are people with 5-star campers with a TV satellite dish (yes, really!). Finally, it is a huge park and the animal density is relatively small.
With that said, I must admit that it is easy to see many species of animal. There were also some nice viewpoints of some rivers. Well, shall you go? Of course. If you don't have the luxury of time that I have and you must select only a few African parks, Kruger is an excellent choice.