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I'm planning a trip through Kruger National Park with a group of friends sometime around the end of July or early August time.

Firstly, how many days are needed to get a great safari experience in the park? We're looking at exploring the park for around 2 - 3 days. And secondly, does anyone have suggestions on some great lodges in the park?

Lastly, what are some great hiking trails or tours to do in the park? Are there any places we should keep our eyes peeled for?

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    Welcome to outdoors.SE. I'm not sure why you got 3 downvotes in such a short time, which seems extreme. However, some of your question (including material that you edited out of the original version) reads like shopping advice, which is not well suited to the stackexchange format. Also, some stuff like what airline to fly would be more on-topic for travel.SE. I'll edit a little further to make this more on topic for this site. I think the combination of your username and the outgoing link to a travel blog may have come off as spammish. Your username is similar to the name of the blog.
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    I think your question is fine. See the following highly rated question which had no problems, and see if you can model your question on it. (Yosemite in March, A Good Idea)[outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/11194/…. Also read the answer, which could give you ideas on how to ask your question.
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    Welcome - please be aware of our policy against self promotion / spam, as Ben mentioned. Your question is now fine after his edits, but I'd advise sticking within the rules given on How to Ask and tour
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Firstly, August is a good time to go to the Kruger park as it is winter and the day time temperature a bit more bearable than in mid summer (December). Also, winter is the dry season, so the vegetation is a bit reduced, making it easier to see into the bush; in summer the grass at the side of the road grows quite tall and can restrict visibility.

As for the amount of time you need to get around the park. It is big and the speed limit is very low - 40km/h (25mph) (see https://www.kruger-national-park.de/pages/english/travel-guide/wildlife/tips/regulations.php), so it takes a long time to get from place to place, so you'd need almost an entire day to cross the park. There are other restrictions, example driving past 5pm is not allowed etc.

Thinking about the time you need in the park. The best time to view game is early in the morning and towards the evening. In my experience you can have days where you see very little after driving for 8 hours and other times you see a lot in a short 1 hour drive, so spending a week or more would be better.

Regarding hiking trails. Hiking is prohibited. You are also not allowed to exit your car unless in a marked area and it isn't recommended putting your windows down either (see the link above). However one of my best experiences has been on a guided game walk - this can be arranged wherever you stay.

Finally accommodation, this is very subjective, but a lot of it is self-catering (fully kitted out kitchen, but you provide/bring your own food) and needs some good organisation. Each camp site also restaurants and small shops.

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    Good answer, I upvoted. But may I make a suggestion to people who read and like this answer? If the question is good enough to receive a good answer, consider upvoting the question, which has, in my view, unfairly received three downvotes on a technicality which has since been corrected.
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mogoman's answer is excellent, but I'll add some thoughts of my own after a visit to the park a few years ago.

Personally, I'd recommend a week in the park. Given that your chances of having good encounters every morning/evening isn't guaranteed unless you take one of the buses driven by guides (in which case, you're on a bus with lots of other people and lose that sense of solitude and discovery).

There's various camps around the park, some are more larger and have more amenities than others, but all (at least the ones I visited) are clean, comfortable, and well maintained.

Our party generally woke before dawn and left the camp as soon as the gates opened in the morning.

When driving in the park, you'll quickly realise that getting from one place to another isn't a quick trip. Many of the roads and tracks suffer from Washboarding so any driving above 15-20mph quickly becomes a very unpleasant experience.

We stayed primarily in "Rest Camps", which offer a variety of accommodation, depending on budget and numbers.

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