I am travelling to South Africa in January 2013 (bit of a last minute decision) with 2 (possibly 3) other friends. We are looking to arrange a tour into Botswana from the 12th Jan but would like to do a bit of a self drive from JoBurg to Kruger National Park and then onto Blyde Canyon.
I have been reading some of the forums and feel that the driving to Kruger and then through Blyde Canyon is achievable for us but was wondering how things are situated within Kruger National Park?
We would like to do some of the self drive tours but are a little concerned about getting lost or not getting the most out of the park. We have heard that you can only do a night game drive if you stay in the park so we were also after some suggestions for budget/tented sites with basic facilities. We’re not really sure of the distances within the park and was thinking about heading in at the southern end maybe Malelelane Gate or even Crocodile Bridge Gate to head into the park staying 1 or 2 nights and leaving via Phabeni Gate. Is this a good area within the park this time of year or based on our limited timeframe would we be best to head in to the Central part of Kruger. We have no real idea about the accommodation in the park and believe that it is a very busy time so we’re a little concerned.
We are looking to then come out of Kruger and stay in Hazyview for an early start through the canyon to then stay o’night somewhere (suggestions?) near the northern end of the canyon and then head back to JoBurg the following morning.
Any suggestions would be most welcome.