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Kruger National Park

The Kruger Park, situated in the northeast region of South Africa, is one of the largest game parks in Africa. It covers approximately 19000 square kilometers (7,332 sq mi) and extends 360 kilometers (220 mi) from north to south and 65 kilometers (40 mi) from east to west. The park is a massive environmental and tourism marvel, and a success story beyond comparison, when it comes to ensuring preservation of natural habitat, and offering tourists one of the most unique African bush experiences imaginable.

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The United Nations Educations and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO) has designated this region as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve. The park is also currently part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a “super park” ranging across 3 different countries and to encompass over 100 000 square kilometers in the near future.

No trip to South or Southern Africa is complete without a visit to this marvelous region. A place, were man has to be protected behind electric fences within rest camps, a place that has been as it is, for thousands of years. The Kruger Park will leave you in awe, with its sheer size and immaculate, unspoilt natural beauty.

With 147 different species of mammals, the Kruger Pak has more animals than any other Game Reserve in Africa. Here, you will find the big 5, lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo, as well as the super two, the African wild hunting dog and the cheetah.

Ground Hornbill, Bird, Animals, AfricaThe park is so vast, it is divided into 6 different ecozones, based on the variety of different weather patterns, vegetations and specific indeginenous animals for that particular area.The management of the Kruger Park is also rated as one of the best environmental management systems for any park in Africa. A delicate and successful balance has been achieved between man and nature, were the preservation of this natural marvels brings significant benefit to both.

There are an abundance of game lodges, camps and various forms of other types of accommodation available within and around the Kruger Park. The safari and game lodges range from comfortable and rustic catering facilities to artistically elegant rooms to super 5 star luxury with en-suite bathroom facilities or even your own private Jacuzzi and bar with game viewing deck. Every preference and budget is catered for.

On the western side of the Kruger Park, there is a vast stretch of wilderness which is privately owned reserve land; it does however form part of the greater Kruger Park, as there are no fences separating these areas. Therefore, wildlife is able to roam freely and follow ancient migratory paths. This off course ads to the splendor of the Kruger, as it increases its area size significantly. In this part of the region, you are able to indulge in some of the most luxurious and amazing lodges within Africa. The private reserves such as Sabi Sabi, Londolozi, Kapama and Thornybush and associated lodges,are  amongst many other are world renowned.

Highly experienced rangers will take you on an open land rover game drive through the bush, endeavoring to show you Africa’s great predators and landscapes. Accommodation is set up in remote bush locations, within 5 star game lodges, were your every need is catered for.

World class chefs will prepare cuisine that rivals any international standard, and while the sun sets on the Africa plain around you, you can relax in your private pool, and reflect on the events of the day.

Kruger National Park also boasts 9 conventional camps spread throughout the park that is run by South African National Parks. These camps have always formed the base accommodation across the park, with accommodation ranging from basic self catering units, bungalows and a small number of exclusive guesthouses.

Lilac Breasted Roller, BirdEach camp has its own unique feel about it, and they are all found in the different eco-zones across the park, offering the visitor a unique opportunity to experience different landscapes and wildlife. Each camp also has a restaurant and shop, were you will be able to stock up on supplies as you travel through the park.

There are also a number of picnic and rest places along the routes within the park. These areas are protected by armed rangers, to ensure you can disembark from your car safely, after all, this is the African bush, and wild animals are always present.

The Kruger Park offers a unique experience for all visitors, as you have read; there is a range of different type of accommodations, ranging from exclusive 4 and 5 star lodges to camping and self catering.

The  expanse of the park is growing, due to it being part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, and open ecological zone and super park, the Kruger Park is a must see destination for any visitor.

When you visit the Kruger Park, follow the rules and guidelines, they are there to ensure your safety and wellbeing. This is big 5 country were wild lions, leopards elephants rhino’s and many more animals roam freely. If you are driving in your own vehicle, do not disembark from your car, other than in the protected areas or rest camps, because here we as man are the visitors, and nature has right of way.