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Limpopo & Mpumalanga

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park, one of biggest game reserves in Africa, extends across the two provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. Kruger is home to lions, elephant, cape buffalo, leopard, black rhinoceros, giraffes, hippos, wildebeests, cheetahs, zebras – such a wealth of animals, it's just an amazing experience for kids and adults alike.

   

Kruger National Park – The reserve is huge, it encompasses over 7,000 square acres, and there's no shortage of full-service family lodges proximate to the park, but research your home base wisely. Depending on the ages of your children, choose to do guided safari drives (arranged by your lodge) or self-drive excursions. Only children over the age of six are allowed on guided safari drives in the park.

      If you're doing a self-drive excursion, it’s a good idea to purchase the most juvenile map and guidebook of the park in advance, and have kids help plan your tour of the park. The animal sighting tips given on the map (certain watering holes, bridges, etc.) are proven sights. Go early in the morning or late afternoon, for the most animal activity. In addition to keeping an eye out for creatures, have the kids look out for animal dung, animal tracks and other cars stopped with binoculars pointed in a certain direction – likely an animal or herd. Keep in mind, once in the park, there are no restrooms or food between rest camps. And getting out of the car is not usually allowed, so be sure to have food and drink and plan your bathroom breaks.
      While game lodges cannot accommodate small kids on formal drives, many of the lodges will create a mini on-site safari trek near the lodge. Or, you can create one for your kids. Just staying in a safari camp is adventure in itself with plenty to see all around the lodges, from tortoises and beetles to antelope and wild dogs in the distance.
      Tip: Before going to Kruger National Park, be sure to get advice on malaria. In summer malaria is typically a problem, and kids may need to take malaria pills.
kids books
     
 

Go on safari to look for lion, elephant, leopard, zebra, giraffe, kudu, baboons, and white rhino. Assemble the eight different safari animals and set them up in a stunning diorama! (Activity book)

 

     
Water Hole Waiting
Jane Kurtz, Christopher Kurtz, Lee Christiansen

It’s a hot sizzling day, but thirsty monkeys wait to take their turn at the water hole, letting the yawning hippos, grazing zebras, thundering elephants and galumpfing giraffes go first, until the sun sinks, and evening arrives. (Picture book)

 

 
     
Southern African Wildlife  

Not a kid's book per se, this is a super guide to the animals, birds, and reptiles you'll see on the game reserves, plus how to spot tracks and signs. Detailed descriptions of each animal, accompanied by excellent photographs. (Guidebook)

 

 
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