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REVIEW: Kruger Park - Turaco Lodge (& the tooth fairy)

For the past 4 years, the kind owners of Turaco Lodge have been inviting Nicole and I to experience their 4 star boutique accommodation at the Kruger National Park. Always having a toddler has made it difficult, but as our youngest, Alyssa, is now old enough to appreciate seeing the animals, we took them up on their offer this past weekend, packed the Kia Sorento and drove the 5 hours from Johannesburg to Marloth Park, which is on the border of the Kruger National Park:

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Marloth Park is a mixed residential/lodge estate, and Turaco Lodge is situated in the heart of it. It's less of a hotel or guesthouse and more like visiting close family, as the owners Tony and Danielle were extremely hospitable.

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Tony's knowledge of the Kruger landscape and Danielle's cooking made it feel like a home away from home. The estate has a lot of non-predatory animals that wander to your doorstep, including zebra and all types of buck. This is the view from the patio:

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It's a small lodge with only 3 guest rooms, which are extremely comfortable. It's ideal for a family to come and all stay together (and the prices are reasonable too at about R1000 per person sharing including breakfast and a 3 course dinner).

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It even came with it's own secluded splash pool:

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The main entrance into the Kruger National Park is a 10 minute drive away. You have the option of booking a game drive in an open vehicle, or simply taking your own car into the Kruger. So, bright and early the next morning we were up and ready to ride:

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It costs R60 per adult to get into the main park. Normally, there is a tiny queue (if any) to get into the Kruger, but we forgot that we were trying to get in at the beginning of a long weekend. It took us 2 hours to get to the gate. Nicole decided to do some people watching:

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Tayla-Jean amused herself by pretending to be a giraffe peering out the car roof:

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Alyssa opted for pretending to drive the SUV:

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Not knowing the Kruger roads, our hosts came with us as they know the layout well and within minutes we had some great sightings:

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But the biggest sighting of the day had to be Tayla-Jean's first tooth that popped out of her mouth during the ride:

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Thanks to Tony and Danielle for the wonderful bush experience. If you're taking an excursion to the Kruger National Park, it's well worth looking at www.turacolodge.com.

At the end of the day, the sign of a good bush drive... is when your 4x4 has some genuine bush dirt on it!

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