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In early October, Go2Africa staffers Emma and Nadia left a wintery Cape Town and headed to the Kruger National Park where they spent a good few days exploring the region’s best private concessions and most luxurious lodges.

October usually marks the end of the peak safari season in Kruger. It is a transitional period (also known as the shoulder season) between dry winter months and the onset of spring rains. Sadly, there has been a prolonged drought this year and Kruger’s characteristic afternoon thundershowers are yet to arrive. This means that the excellent game viewing of peak season has extended right into October: wildlife is easily located close to permanent water sources, and less vegetation makes animals more visible and easier to track down.

Nadia and Emma witnessed incredible concentrations of wildlife, and even had an extremely rare sighting of three of the Big 5 – elephant, rhino and leopard – arriving to drink, all in one spot! Below are some of the highlights of their trip.

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