Kruger National Park is the most popular place to do a safari in South Africa. It is the #3 tourist destination, after Cape Town's Waterfront complex and Table Mountain. This also means that it's remarkably over-hyped and incredibly expensive.
In our discusions with locals, we've learned that there are numerous game parks throughout the country where you can view all of the same animals for a fraction of the price. Two such parks happen to be en route from Jeffrey's Bay to our next stop, Port Elizabeth. The owner of Cristal Cove was kind enough to take us on an impromptu safari tour, and we were blessed with a beautiful day for wildlife viewing.
There is not much we care to see in Port Elizabeth, so we head out at the crack of dawn tomorrow for the rural Wild Coast. If all goes as planned, we will be in an electricity-free eco lodge for a few days. We'll miss you facebook.