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Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

I moved to Phalaborwa in February. One day a friend and I had a spontaneous drive through the Kruger during the Marula season. Not only does one witness the beautiful sunset but stands a good chance of witnessing elephants hunting for the marula fruit. What a good evening it turned out to be. After 3 months of adventure I am leaving Phalaborwa with good memories, some of them involve wild animals when we were going for a spa treatment in one of the bush lodges.

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Reviewed April 13, 2014

We had a half day game drive through the park. We would have loved to have done an entire day, but the vehicles do not have springs, just hard bench seats, so a half day was all we could tolerate. I did make myself a pillow out of my raincoat and fleece. We were offered blankets to use over ourselves in the early morning chill. They were quite helpful. While we traveled mostly on paved roads, we went off the pavement to check out areas to find animals. Off roads are bumpy.

Even on just our half day trip, we saw elephant, zebra, white rhino, water buffalo, spotted hyena, baboon, vervet monkey, wart hog, leopard, eland, kudu, impala, and klipspringer. What a wonderful opportunity to see animals in their natural habitat!

Thank L H
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

We (family group of 5 adults from Australia) decided to take a guided tour of Kruger on our first day prior to self-driving for the following 2 days. This proved a wise decision particularly when our guide turned out to be Frank Watts - the guide responsible for the famous "Battle of Kruger" You-Tube video. Whilst the unassuming Frank, was at pains to stress he was 'lucky' you soon got to understand why. He had an incredible knowledge of the park and it's contents and an infectious enthusiasm drawn from an obvious love of the job. He gave us such a good insight into Kruger's mystery that the next two days of self-driving were almost as rewarding.
If you are considering a few days in Kruger we would definitely recommend a guided tour first as it sets you up perfectly for self-driving afterwards and we would particularly recommend Frank ('That "Other" Safari Tour') as your guide.

Thank Tony F
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

As all game drive is either hit or miss. We didn't get to see much while the light is out, but after the dark, we had two lions frolicking around and putted up a real good show for us. The lions are so used to the search light and the game truck, they didn't mind us hang around at all.

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Reviewed January 13, 2014 via mobile

It is truly spectacular to see nature at its best, with minimal human intervention. My family and I were fortunate enough to be on a game drive and witnessed a pack of Cape hunting dogs in action taking down a blesbok. It's easy to see the great wildlife on display with only the big cats being elusive. San sparks have partnered with local communities to allow locals to provide game drives into the park from the Phabeni entrance. It's was quite refreshing to see that the guides were very skillful and knowledgeable and knew exactly how to deal with any angry bull elephant.

It was great to see local community projects work so successfully.

Nothing beats the up close viewing of Africa's best which Kruger offers.

1  Thank Anban P
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