This is my first post here. I'm starting to look for information about South africa and what I have found it's quite a lot, so if someone could give me some directions it would be greatly appreciated.
My husband and I are planning to visit our family in Argentina next april-may and on the way, we would like to stop in Johanesburg, stay a few days there and go to a Kruger NP. By that time, our son will be 1 year old. Could it be dangerous for him going at Kruger NP ? also, will a 1-yr. old routine interfere with schedules plans or drive games ? (I ask this because we can postpone the trip)
Which is the best place to stay in the park ? what we would want to see are the big 5. Some suggestions about accomodation ? (comfortable for the baby, not need to be luxury)
Do we have to book in advance ?
Any suggestion or recommendation would be of great help.
Having a one year old at the Kruger NP is fine. My family and I went when I was about 5 and my sister had just turned 1 (we went in Feb and she turned 1 in Jan). Kirsty (my sister) slept most of the time in the car!
We stayed in a tent called a Safari Tent. Now I can imagine, you think of a tent, and you hold your breath, and think 'How terrible!'. Actually no, this is no flimsy tent at all. It has regular beds and Kirsty had a cot to sleep in. There was even a cupboard! You could walk properly in the tent, my dad was quite tall and he had no problem with having to bend. There was a fridge and a braai (BBQ) area out front. Its all you need really, as the whole day you will be out on gamedrives!
You also sound as if you will be going on guided gamedrive? I don't know if you realise, but you can go on one by yourself, cheaper of course, but then you don't have commentry etc. so you could prefer the guided ones.
I see you want to go to Jo'burg. Jo'bury is an industrial city, so if you are looking for 'pretty' it ain't there! Have you thought of coming to Cape Town?? Cape Town is more of a scenery city. We have mountains, winelands and 2 oceans here. I heard it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world (I think its one out of seven - I stand corrected if I am wrong).
If you want any info on Cape Town I will be more than happy to help you. And any info on anywhere else in SA of course.
PS: yes, you do have to book in advance!!! www.krugerpark.co.za will help you out with accommodation at the Kruger Park.
PPS: there is not just Safari Tents to stay in, so if you are looking for a place to stay built of bricks, no worries!
[ Edit: Edited on Dec 14, 2006, at 8:39 AM by My Horizon ]
I forgot....Welcome to TP!
Your plans sound great. Have taken my kids to Kruger a few times when they were young. 1 year old should be fine - it's the 18 months - 3 years ie busy time, that can be hectic!! They can get very bored & can't sit still & that's exactly what you need to do in the Park. Remember when my eldest was about 2, we were in the Park & saw lots of vehicles stopped around a bridge across a river. There were heaps of animals & some lionesses obviously working up towards a kill coming towards some impala. There was deathly silence everywhere - despite the amount of vehicles. Suddenly, my child shouted out of the window at the top of her lungs " Hello, Gerry Giraffe!!" Eeek. Quietly started the car & reversed out as quickly as we could. Don't think any game action happened at that site all day!!! ... but it is really funny to think about now
Seriously though, May/June is a pretty good time to visit - start of dry season so malaria risk is low. Take lots of mozzie repellent & you should
Re Kruger - the above site is a commercial one - the official one is http://www.sanparks.co.za/parks/kruger/
Glad you're spending a few days in Jo'burg/Jozi as the locals call it. It's an incredibly vibrant & busy city - it's the heartland, music, arts & business hub of the country. There's heaps to do. Take a Soweto tour - biggest African city in Africa & it gives you a greater insight into the recent history of South Africa. Visit Gold Reef City - a theme park to Jozi's early Gold Rush days. Visit Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind - a world heritage site. Visit Montecasino - a bizarre Italian theme park in Africa - but the casino is not 'in your face' and there's lots of shops, restaurants, etc - also the Bird Garden is worth a visit.
It'll be early winter in Jozi - so days are usually beautifully clear, bright & warm - shorts & t-shirts ... but it's brrr cold as soon as the sun goes down. So bring warm gear. Kruger should be way warm enough. Have had 32deg C there mid July. Nights also much cooler though & you have to wrap up warmly if you do game drives at night with the added wind chill factor.
Hope that helps!!
Take care out there & enjoy your trip,