Kruger National Park
The legendary Kruger National Park is steeped in safari history as one of the best safari experiences in Africa. Situated in the north of the country it stretches 360 km along the borders with Mozambique and Zimbabwe it is one of Africa’s largest conservation areas and its size means that it has a wide variety of habitats which is home to more different species of animal than any other park in Africa. So while on a game drive, visitors will not encounter the herds of East Africa, they are likely to see a wide variety of wildlife.
The southern region is known for its mixed savannah plains and here visitors will enjoy good predator sightings such as prides of lions. The northern sector is less visited by tourists and has much thicker vegetation which is home to more elephants and large herds of buffalos.
While on a safari vacation in the Kruger National Park visitors may not see herds in their millions like in East Africa but will see a much greater variety of wildlife. Kruger National Park is home to the Big Five (Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhino) the animals that the hunters back in the day most feared and prized as trophies. The park is also home to one of the largest remaining populations of rhinos in the world.
There is a network of tar and dirt roads throughout the park making it one of the most accessible reserves and is an easy self-drive destination. However, to get the most out of a safari in Kruger National Park, its best to enjoy a game drive with an experienced local guide. No off-road game viewing is allowed within the Kruger.
Accommodation in the Kruger National Park is offered at several rest camps with chalets and camping facilities. There are only a couple of lodges within the park but there are many options outside the park or in the Greater Kruger Private Reserves.
To reach the southern regions of Kruger takes around 4 hours 30 min and many clients choose instead to fly from Johannesburg to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. From here many lodges are situated within an hour’s drive. International flights connect to Victoria Falls and the East African hub of Nairobi.
Greater Kruger National Park
Many visitors want to stay at lodges in iconic places such as the Sabi Sands, the Timbavati and Thornybush during their safari to South Africa. These are just some of the many private safari reserves which form the Greater Kruger National Park, a network of privately managed reserves which share unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park. This allows wildlife to move freely through the region.
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