Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
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The Kruger National Park is situated on South Africa 's border with Mozambique , in the country's Lowveld. The Kruger National Park in South Africa is one of the oldest and biggest reserves in Africa . The park boasts a fabulous variety of game and birdlife in its various habitats; it is a must on a trip to South Africa , for an African safari . The area the park occupies is between the Sabie River in the north and the Crocodile River in the south. The Kruger National Park is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.
Hence, the Kruger National Park is one of South Africa 's premier tourist attractions and should not be missed. Safari tours are offered daily, but in the high season it is advisable to book well in advance, walking safaris are also available from select camps. The most common way to tour the Kruger National Park is in your car, the roads are generally tarmac, with the option of using gravel roads too, although you can tour the whole park on tarmac roads. Any visitors to the Kruger National Park in South Africa, of course, want to see as many animals as possible during their Africa safari , although you always see something, you must be sharp eyed to spot South Africa's infamous Big Five , Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Buffalo and Leopard. You should also see Zebras, Wildebeest, Bush pig, Impala, Giraffes and baboons which are all quite easily spotted.
The best time to see game in the Kruger National Park is during the winter months of April to September, as water is restricted to rivers and waterholes, the animals congregate there. Visibility is also good as the vegetation is less dense. The summer months of October to March are lovely due to the rains - everything is lush and green, but as there is so much more water around, the animals are much more spread out, so watering holes by the roads are used much less. Bird watching safaris at this time of year are excellent. November and December are the calving months, this is a fantastic time for a safari, a you will see lots of young animals, but remember, at this time the animals are very protective of there young, so keep a safe distance between yourself and the larger animals which have calves.
There are many camps throughout the Kruger National Park which can be used whether you are a day visitor or staying overnight. These offer very good value for money and are suitably equipped for your needs. The Kruger National Park is the best place for a braai under the African night sky, with the noises of the park around you. It is a fantastic place to view the stars, which are more visible here than anywhere else, the view of the Milky Way is amazing due to the fact that there are few lights to obscure the stars. For those staying in the park, sunset safaris and night safaris are available, which are often very good as the animals are more active during the hours of darkness. Why not look at a few details on different Kruger Park rest camps:
Olifants Rest Camp, Kruger National Park
Balule Rustic Camp, Kruger National Park
Crocodile Bridge Camp, Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is open all year round and is open during day light hours usually the gates open between 05h30 and 06h00, the rules are simple, stay in your car - unless in a designated viewing area or rest camp, stay on the roads, take all of your rubbish home, don't feed any animals and observe the speed limit, on the tarmac roads it is 50km per hour and on gravel roads it is 40km per hour.
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