I am not a camper.
But my husband knows this and planned accordingly at Kruger National Park.
Kruger is about 5 times the size of Rhode Island within South Africa. The entire park is encircled with gates, walls, and electric fencing, to keep the wild animals in the park and the rest camps (where you stay if you are an overnight guest) are gated to keep the wild animals out. And the object is very simple: drive around and see how many different animals you can find! But there are 2 rules: Do NOT get out of your car (duh!) and be back inside your rest camp’s gate prior to closing time (double duh!) to lock the animals out while you are dreaming of wildebeest jumping over the moon.
Of course you can simply just drive in for the day, but it’s so big, staying overnight is advisable. Now there are varying accommodations: from a straight up tent and sleeping bag camping, to the ultra-lux treehouses … and everything in between. But we had a fantastic kitchenette style room, with our very own braai, South African BBQ.
The local store had everything you would need to cook and camp, so we loaded up on our supplies to get ourselves set for the next 3 days.
It took us a while to get the hang of it, but John encouraged the braai with supportive encouragement and thoughtful compliments.
And soon we were ready to cook! We had grilled veggies, impala, and a sausage combo meat in a stick (yum!)
With full bellies, we got to bed early to be up an at ’em for the 5am alarm! Apparently the best times to see game was right after sunrise and also right before sunset. We couldn’t wait!
So over the course of the next 2 days, this is what we saw on our own: