Hi there- I'm looking into doing a self drive safari in Kruger. I don't have any restrictions on when to go at this point (as long as it's planned far enough in advance, it should be fine). I'll probably travel with my sister and two brothers. We're all aged 25-45. I love to plan trips and am not a huge fan of tours, so I've come to the conclusion that self drive is the best option. Would welcome any thoughts or recommendations! Specific questions are below.
1. It looks like May-September are the best months to travel because it's the low season, winter and best wildlife viewing months. Any opinions on the best time to travel?
2. Any must-visit areas of Kruger? How many days should we plan to visit? Kruger's website is great but I'll admit the park is much larger than I expected so I'm a little overwhelmed at all the possibilities.
3. I'm seeing conflicting advice on the necessity of renting a 4x4. Would welcome any advice.
Thanks in advance for your help!