Kruger National Park Posted August 21, 2013

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There is no greater experience than to hear the sound of the bush at night. From the roar of the Lion to the giggle of the Hyena, or the bark of the Zebra!  If this is your type of holiday and you’d love to sit around the camp fire at night with your family and friends, the Kruger National Park is the place to go.  Hear the call of the wild, it’s amazing!

Welcome to The Kruger National Park

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If you have never visited South Africa’s National Park, then this should  be on your “to do list”. Here you will see it all and experience what it means to be in the bush.  It is the second largest game reserve in Africa and the largest in South Africa, spanning an area of 360 km. To the north of the Park you get the border into Zimbabwe and to the east the border with Mozambique. It is a very pleasant drive from Johannesburg on tarred roads which will take you about 4, 5 to 5 hours to get there. Do not be put off by these distances as there is so much to see and do along the way.

There are 9 entrance gates into the park, which makes it convenient from any direction that you may be coming from. In the north of the park is Pafuri gate along with Punda Maria and Phalaborwa gate. Numbi Gate and Kruger Gate are in the south, to name just some of them.

Rest Camps in Kruger

There is no shortage of rest camps to choose from. From the rustic to the more sophisticated. Whatever camp you choose you will not be disappointed with the facilities on offer. Some of the well-known camps in the north are Punda Maria, Shingwedzi and Letaba.  In the middle you will find Olifants camp, there’s an awesome look out point at Oliphants, one of our favourites!  In the southern region you will find Satara, Orpen, Skukuza, Lower Sabie and Berg-en-Dal.

What you could expect to see

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Of course your main aim is to see THE BIG 5. These are Elephant, Lion, Rhino, the Buffalo and the Leopard, but don’t forget the LITTLE 5, which are the Ant Lion, Eastern Rock Elephant Shrew, Leopard Tortoise, Red Billed Buffalo Weaver and the Rhino Beetle. This is besides the huge variety of antelope, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, and the list just goes on, for detailed info you can visit Kruger Park information.

The wild animals are the highlight of the visit but don’t forget the amazing bird life of which there are many. During March and October there are over 200 migrant species from the south.  There are trees in abundance, many of the 360 species are unique to South Africa and are also on the endangered list which makes it vital that these magnificent specimens are preserved for generations to come.  Some of the more well known are the Baobab, Bush Willow Knobthorn,  Mopane, the Sausage tree and many more. A well-known tree in the Park is the Marula tree. The Elephants eat the fruit produced by the tree, which causes them to get drunk. Don’t pick a fight with an Elephant that has been eating this fruit! You are guaranteed to come off second best!

The best time to start your game viewing is early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Start out early and you will get to see the animals on the move for something to eat. You may even get lucky and see animals that normally are only out at night.  In the dry seasons it is a good idea to find the watering holes and just sit and wait for the animals to come down and drink. Watch for the Giraffe who has to spread his legs very wide in order to get down to the water level. Or maybe the Elephants who in a single “sip” with their trunk will get 8,5 litres or 2,2 gallons of water. When the king of the jungle comes down to drink, the other animals will give them a wide berth as they have no desire to end up as the lions daily meal.

Don’t forget to take your camera and binoculars with you to capture and enjoy the animals up closer. And remember no game drive is complete without a snack of Biltong to eat, a local South African favorite. Safety is a very important element when visiting the park, not only for your own safety but also for other visitors. You must maintain the speed limit in the park as the animals can be unpredictable and run into the road. Dust is a problem on the roads that are gravel. The opening and closing times of the camp gates also need to be observed.  And never get out of your car unless is it a designated area!  As visitors to the Kruger National Park it is our duty to preserve this wonderful heritage for others to enjoy in generations to come.

Tours are available for visitors to get the most out of their bush experience.  To find out more email us at info@travelsatleisure.com whether you do a self drive or a guided tour may your experience in South Africa’s Kruger National Park be an unforgettable one!

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