Our latest Kruger Trip Report plus the latest issue of Kruger Park Times Online

16 April 2010, Issue #001

In this issue:

• Our latest Kruger Trip Report

• The latest issue of the Kruger Park Times Online

• The latest news on the bridge construction at Crocodile Bridge camp

Kruger Trip Report: Dec 2009 - Jan 2010

We spent an amazing 17 days in the Kruger Park over December 2009 and January 2010. We started in the far north and travelled down to Crocodile Bridge camp in the far south.

Our apologies for taking so long to compile the trip report but we saw so much game and therefore took over 10 000 photographs that we had to sift through in order to choose and edit the best ones!

Here is the link to the Kruger Trip Report that has four pages, one for each camp we stayed at.

There is a link at the bottom of each page taking you to the next page of the trip report.

Latest issue of Kruger Park Times

The latest issue of Kruger Park Times was published this week.

It has stories on lion research, SANParks vets' overview for 2009; a rhino rescue; buffalo encounters with Kruger rangers; firestorms; Kruger's emerging tuskers and an article written by us on the 'Southern Circle' - the Kruger's best game viewing area in terms of regular sightings of the big-5 plus cheetah and wild dogs.

You can access the Kruger Park Times Online or download the latest issue.

Crocodile Bridge - latest update

Many visitors to the Kruger get frustrtaed, especially from December to May each year, as they drive from Johannesburg, Pretoria or wherever to Croc Bridge gate only to find it's closed due to flooding of the low-level bridge.

Not only do they have to drive all the way back to Malelane gate but they don't get to drive along the main road from Croc Bridge to Lower Sabie or on the S28, which are two of the best roads in the park for consistant sightings of big game.

I asked a few SANParks staff for answers and one came back to us. William Mabasa is the head of Public Relations and Communication based at Skukuza. Here is William's answer:

"The new contractor was appointed in February 2010 and his undertaking was to complete the bridge in three months, however he could not start with the work due to all the rains that we received since then. Currently the plan for the contractor is to move in on Monday 19 April if rain do not continue and he should complete the project by the begining of August, then the problem would solved completely." Thank you William for shedding some light on this issue.

You can see some of our visitor photos of the bridge being flooded.

Please remember that you have an opportunity to share your photographs and stories as well. Just go to the Kruger Park Page and click on the relevant camp where you will be able to tell us your story.

Alternatively you can visit any of the four Gallery pages and scroll down to the bottom where you will be able to upload your photos for others to admire or comment on.

Keep your ears tuned for the next Lion's Roar!

Mario & Jenny

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