Brendan Seery
Deputy Editor
3 minute read
7 Jun 2020
8:26 am

How to get the most out of a self-drive game park experience

Brendan Seery

I cynically believe the best way to spot lions in the Kruger National Park is to look for brake lights.

Picture: iStock

As we climbed off the Land Rover, looking forward to some hot coffee to ward off the late autumn morning chill in the Madikwe Game Reserve, our guide said: “Not so fast!” Even though he had parked in an open area and he and his tracker both had rifles, we were wary of lions and elephants and started glancing around nervously. “Bol drol spoeg kompetisie! (Buck turd spitting competition) And if you don’t do it, no coffee!” He assured us that putting kudu pellets in our mouths wouldn’t harm us – but don’t touch any droppings from a carnivore, because...