Jane Engle's whirlwind African trip ["Whirlwind Ramble 'Round South Africa," May 17] recalls a different kind of South African adventure that most Americans don't know about. My sister and I went on a week-long self-drive safari in Kruger National Park, flying to Johannesburg and renting an SUV. We stayed at three camps run by the South African government (Olifants, Satara and Lower Sabie). They have individual huts, many with mini-kitchens, in scenic locations. The cost is modest, and it is safe.
We signed up for one game drive and one bike ride through the bush with armed guides, to a river where we saw grunting hippos. But mostly we drove ourselves, making our own amazing discoveries, including lions on the road, a leopard sleeping in a tree, close encounters with elephants, herds of buffalo and a rare sighting of two cheetahs. You must stay in your vehicle between rest stops. It is best to make reservations a year in advance, as these camps are very popular (www.krugerpark.co.za).