5 Reasons to Take a Self-Driving Kruger National Park Safari

After completing my Middle Eastern segment, I was sick of being part of tours. Listening to a tour guide speak, taking a few pictures before heading to the next stop is not something I want to do again. I can’t stand it any longer!

That’s why when Karen and myself planned on going on a Kruger National Park safari, we knew we needed to take matters into our own hands and do a self-driven safari tour as oppose to having someone guide us.

This turned out to be one of the best decisions we have ever made, and has made my time in Kruger National Park my number one favourite during my entire time in South Africa.

Here are the reasons why doing your own self-driven safari in Kruger is the only way to go:

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Travel in Africa – My Great Southern Africa Itinerary

Since I was traveling to South Africa, I figured I might as well visit the neighbouring African countries to be efficient with my sight seeing, and to see more within a shorter period of time. I can honestly say, I don’t regret any of the travel destinations I have been to, and everything worked out in the end.

Before coming to South Africa, a friend of mine who has been to this country with his wife on their honeymoon, told me it is the single best country he has ever visited in his life. He raved about how safe it really is, and how the media blew the dangers out of proportion. He also told me the best way to get around, while being able to see the entire country is by doing a road trip.

With that information in mind, I planned meticulously how I was going to do a road trip in South Africa. Because we were only staying in the African continent for a month, I also wanted to visit countries such as Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. Is that possible? Can we do it?

After looking through my frequent flyer miles, and consulting with the hostel owner at Johannesburg’s Shoestring Backpacker, this is the itinerary I followed:

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Travel to Egypt – How to Get Around as a Backpacker

Ever since the Egyptian civil war, the number of backpackers have significantly dropped. Most of the tourists who visited Egypt during my time there, came in big Chinese tour buses (with some Russians as well).

However, if you plan on backpacking through Egypt like me, it is definitely doable. Getting around is actually not that difficult, once you know what options are available.

Whether you want to see the Pyramids of Giza, or the Valley of the Kings, here are the best ways to get around Egypt, based on the perspective of a backpacker:

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Traveling to Egypt from an Asian Backpacker’s Perspective

Since starting my backpacking journey in the Middle East, I have noticed that Asian backpackers are quite rare compared to Europeans. (Americans and Canadians seem rare as well!) While Japanese backpackers are present in Israel, any signs of Asian backpackers were completely non-existent in Egypt.

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