D.I.Y. Africa

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Seth Kugel rents a car and guides himself through the roads of South Africa’s Kruger National Park in search of big game.

It was a daunting challenge for a lone traveler in the African bush: Using only a tiny $23-a-day Fiat and my wits, I had to sneak around the six sleeping lions blocking the gravelly road ahead.

Much as I wished I could watch them for an hour and then double back, I was late for curfew at Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp, 15 miles ahead, and at South Africa’sKruger National Park in February, vehicles must be off the roads by 6:30 p.m.

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