Kruger-2-Kalahari Blog

The Kruger-2-Kalahari Blog is our mini-journal focusing on Nature Photography and five of Africa's most famous game reserves - the Kruger National Park, Kalahari, Etosha, Madikwe and Pilanesberg. It...

• lets you know whenever any new Web pages appear on Kruger-2-Kalahari, telling you about a new safari adventure with uploaded photographs

• keeps you up-to-date with other visitor's postings or news about the five national parks and game reserves

• provides safari updates on some of our latest trip reports to the four wilderness areas that you might otherwise miss

• lets you know when we send out the Lion's Roar e-zine

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Sep 23, 2017

Spotlights for nocturnal game viewing

We have tried many game viewing spotlights, some even claiming to be 3-million candlepower but none of them even come close to the Lightforce spotlights...

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Sep 17, 2017

HDR Nature Photography - use these tools to get some amazing safari photographs

HDR Nature Photography - this photo technique can be used on cars, boats, houses and even landscapes and animals!

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Sep 17, 2017

The De Laporte Leopard - fine-tuned waterhole take-aways!

The De Laporte Leopard has entertained a few very fortunate visitors to chases and kills at the waterhole that is located a few kilometers south of Skukuza

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Sep 16, 2017

Sanbonani Resort Hotel - superb food, service, rooms and views!

Sanbonani Resort Hotel borders the Sabie River and is just 9 kms away from the Kruger Park's Phabeni Gate

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Sep 15, 2017

Tambarina Restaurant and Guesthouse - delicious prawns and a soft pillow!

Tambarina Restaurant and Guesthouse in Komatipoort is the ideal base from which to explore the southern Kruger Park.

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Jul 26, 2017

Nikon D500 Review - the best wildlife camera we have ever used!

Nikon D500 Review - after using the Nikon D500 for over a year in the Kruger Park, Madikwe and Pilanesberg Game Reserves, these are our findings.

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Jul 18, 2017

Self-drive Travel Guidelines - Tips for Visitors to Southern Africa

self-drive travel guidelines - be aware of the potential dangers and arrive safe to your destinations of Etosha, Kruger Park, Kgalagadi, Madikwe or Pilanesberg

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Jul 16, 2017

Safari Car Hire - Avis Safari Rental is the best in our opinion

Safari Car Hire - the best company to use for overland, 4X4 and sedan car hire when on a southern African safari? From the Kruger to Kgalagadi, AVIS provides 5-star service and reliable vehicles!

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Jul 01, 2017

Gecko Lodge is just 16 kms from the Kruger Park's Phabeni Gate

Gecko Lodge is an ideal lodge from which to explore the southern Kruger Park when doing self-drive photo safaris

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Jun 30, 2017

Buffalo Rock Tented Camp where you are assured of privacy and wilderness.

Buffalo Rock Tented Camp is situated in a game rich area of the Kruger National Park, which means that sightings of the Big-5 animals are very likely!

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Jun 30, 2017

Nkambeni Safari Camp is a secret gem in the Kruger Park!

Nkambeni Safari Camp is a large 3-star safari camp inside the Kruger National Park offering very affordable rates on accommodation, meals and activities.

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May 06, 2017

Hamiltons Lodge and Restaurant- luxury and superb food on the Kruger's doorstep!

Hamiltons Lodge and Restaurant is family owned and run and is situated just 500m from the Kruger Park's Malelane Gate.

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Apr 22, 2017

Photographers Guide to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Photographers Guide to the Kgalagadi - Your time and money are valuable and the information in this eBook will help you save both!

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Apr 22, 2017

The Photographers Guide to Etosha National Park

The Photographers Guide to Etosha National Park - "Your time and money are valuable and the information in this book will help you save both."

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Apr 22, 2017

The Photographers Guide to the Pilanesberg National Park

The Photographers Guide to the Pilanesberg National Park - Your time and money are valuable and the information in this book will help you save both.

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Apr 07, 2017

Safari Safety - getting injured on self-drive and guided safaris

Safari Safety - the chance of getting injured while on safari are very slim but it could happen to you, as it did to us.

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Apr 04, 2017

Pilanesberg Tented Safari Camp provides an authentic safari experience

Pilanesberg Tented Safari Camp is the ideal option for people who want to experience camping but who don't want the hassle of setting up camp or cooking their own food.

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Mar 27, 2017

Tented Adventures Pretoriuskop - luxury camping in the Kruger Park

Tented Adventures Pretoriuskop - the ultimate glamping experience in the world's most famous big-five national park.

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Mar 08, 2017

Safari Dining

Food can make or break your African safari! Our safari dining experiences have been like a see-saw - some very good and some very bad!

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Mar 06, 2017

A Travellers Palm makes an ideal base from which to visit the Kruger Park

A Travellers Palm is located in Phalaborwa, just 4 kms away from Kruger National Park.

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Mar 05, 2017

The Mhlati Guest Cottages area is home to the Big-5 & is sugar cane country

Mhlati Guest Cottages - the Malelane Gate of the world-famous Kruger National Park is 2 km from their front door

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Feb 19, 2017

Photography in Cape Town - some hints and tips for landscape & bird photography

Photography in Cape Town - an opportunity to practice before you get to the big-five reserves

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Feb 17, 2017

Kalahari Anib Lodge - the perfect stopover to or from the Kgalagadi

Kalahari Anib Lodge - a lush oasis in the heart of the Gondwana Kalahari Park. Superb food, service and nice rooms!

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Feb 17, 2017

Damara Mopane Lodge - the ideal base when exploring Damaraland

Damara Mopane Lodge - a most unusual lodge where each chalet has it's own vegetable garden and scarecrow!

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Feb 17, 2017

The Olive Exclusive - sheer luxury in the heart of Windhoek!

The Olive Exclusive makes the ideal stopover when visiting Etosha, Deadvlei or the Fishriver Canyon

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Feb 17, 2017

Cresta Jwaneng - a clean hotel with good food and service

Cresta Jwaneng is the ideal stopover when travelling to Etosha or Moremi and the Okavango Delta

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Feb 14, 2017

Best Safari Tours and Activities for southern and east Africa

Best Safari Tours and Activities - Kruger park, Desert & Delta, Pilanesberg, Etosha, Kgalagadi, overland - activities, adventures and safaris

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Feb 14, 2017

Madikwe Game Reserve - Luxury Game Lodges & authentic Big-5 Safaris

Madikwe Game Reserve is South Africa's fifth largest reserve and offers luxury big-5 safaris where you are virtually guaranteed sightings of African wild dogs

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Feb 14, 2017

Why the Kalahari...

The Kalahari / Kgalagadi is a wildlife photographer's dream destination. We provide hints and tips for visitors to this wonderful national park...

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Feb 14, 2017

Etosha National Park

Etosha – the various waterholes in this world-famous park provide photographers with unique opportunities to get superb wildlife photographs.

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Feb 14, 2017

Why the Kruger Park... there is no other big-five game reserve quite like it!

The Kruger Park is, in our humble opinion, the best of all big-five African game reserves for many reasons...

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Feb 14, 2017

The Pilanesberg Game Reserve

The Pilanesberg is a challenging game reserve for nature photographers so it helps to know when to go and where to look for game…

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Feb 11, 2017

Umkumbe Lodge Trip Report - Umkumbe Lodge offers great game viewing and more!

Umkumbe Lodge Trip Report - Umkumbe Lodge must be the most affordable lodge in the Sabi Sand

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Feb 11, 2017

Trip Reports from our Southern African safaris

Keep updated with the latest animal sightings from the Kruger Park, Kalahari, Etosha and Pilanesberg with our Safari Trip Reports

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Feb 11, 2017

Photographing Namibia - the Gondwana southern circuit

Photographing Namibia - the Gondwana Collection of lodges provides the ideal base to see and photograph Namibia

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Feb 10, 2017

Buffelshoek Camp is a tented camp located in the Manyeleti Game Reserve

Buffelshoek Camp - five rustic A-framed Safari tents that borders Sabi Sand and Kruger National Park

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Feb 10, 2017

Kruger Park Lodge is a luxury lodge is situated on the banks of the Sabie River

Kruger Park Lodge is set in the lovely 4 star golfing resort and is just 12 kms from the Kruger Park's Phabeni Gate.

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Feb 10, 2017

Rio Vista Lodge is situated right on the Crocodile River!

Rio Vista Lodge is the perfect base from which to explore the southern Kruger Park. The lodge overlooks the Kruger Park, so for wildlife photographers Rio Vista is superb!

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Feb 10, 2017

Umkumbe Safari Lodge - an affordable lodge in the Sabi Sand Reserve!

Umkumbe Safari Lodge - one of the less expensive lodges in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve - but with no less leopards!

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Feb 10, 2017

Idube Safari Lodge - still one of the top lodges in the Sabi Sand Reserve

Idube Safari Lodge - one of the best safari lodges for photographing leopards, lions and wild dogs

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Feb 10, 2017

Sabi Sand Reserve - southern Africa's premier wildlife destination

Sabi Sand Reserve offers luxury, excitement, and amazing wildlife encounters on photo safaris.

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Feb 10, 2017

Greenway Woods Resort is perfect for a cosy family getaway

Greenway Woods Resort is a good base from which to explore the south-western Kruger Park

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Feb 10, 2017

Bongani Mountain Lodge has magnificent views over the plains below

Bongani Mountain Lodge - luxury high up on a hill in the bushveld!

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Feb 10, 2017

Stoep Cafe Guesthouse - old world charm in Komatipoort!

Stoep Cafe Guesthouse offers self-catering accommodation for families and business travellers in Komatipoort and is just 10 kms from the Kruger Park

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Feb 10, 2017

Casa do Sol Hotel and Resort - a perfect setting in the heart of Mpumalanga

Casa do Sol Hotel and Resort is the ideal base from which to explore the south-western Kruger Park

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Feb 10, 2017

Hotel Numbi & Garden Suites offers spacious rooms and suites

Hotel Numbi is Situated 10 minutes drive from the Kruger Park's Phabeni Gate

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Feb 10, 2017

Protea Hotel Kruger Gate - just 100 meters from Kruger Gate on the Sabie River

Protea Hotel Kruger Gate - runs like a Hotel but has the warmth and look of a Safari Lodge with 5-star service and food!

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Feb 10, 2017

Bushveld Terrace Hotel - the jewel of Phalaborwa

Bushveld Terrace Hotel & Guesthouse - luxury accommodation just a stone's throw from the Kruger Park's Phalaborwa gate

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Feb 10, 2017

Cu Guesthouse is situated right on the doorstep of the beautiful Kruger Park

Cu Guesthouse has the intimate and cosy Earth Restaurant & Bar. The meals are delicious and reasonably priced.

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"Having a passion for the region myself and having had to learn about all the dynamics, waterholes and ideal routes to drive over a period of 6 years - I wish I had this guide on my first trip already!" - Morkel Erasmus, Secunda, South Africa

"Mario and Jenny take you to spots that are not always visited, and their descriptions of the more remote camps will allow you to make an informed decision without wasting time and money" - Bob & Sherry Shepardson, DeBary, Florida, USA

"Your time and money are valuable and the information in this book will help you save both." - Don Stilton, Florida, USA

"I highly recommend the book to anyone visiting Etosha National Park to photograph the animals - or anyone considering an African photography safari in the future." - Anne Darling, Cognac, France

"As a photographer and someone who has visited and taken photographs in the Pilanesberg National Park, I can safely say that with the knowledge gained from this eBook, your experiences and photographs will be much more memorable." - Alastair Stewart, B C, Canada

"This work is so much more than an eBook, because it is also a guide, a tutorial, an inspiration and a must-have for anyone interested in wildlife photography" - Findtripinfo.com, USA

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