Know your National Parks – Kruger National Park

Visit the Kruger National Park!

The largest national park in South Africa needs no introduction. Stretching from Malelane in the south to Pafuri in the far north at the Zimbabwe border, it covers almost 2 million hectares. Our flagship park protects a diverse number of species which include 147 different mammals, 336 trees, 114 reptiles and a large diversity of birds.

A number of historic sites of cultural significance have been found throughout the years. Apart from bushman rock paintings, large archeological sites such as Masorini and Thulamela date back to Iron Age inhabitants. Clay furnaces, used to smelt iron ore, were discovered at the Masorini site. Apart from these sites, many sites and museums in the park will provide you with information on times gone by.

Visiting this wilderness is not just about seeking the Big Five on a self drive or guided game drive. A number of other activities are worth pursuing. Some rest camps offer wilderness trails (which can range from overnight to longer) while those looking for something shorter can embark on a guided morning walk.

Kruger is also the only national park with a golf course at Skukuza. Olifants Rest Camp is the only one offering guided mountain bike trails, allowing you to get an up close experience with the bushveld.

Accomodation in Kruger National Park

Accommodation in the park offers something for everybody. The main rest camps all cover a variety of options. Bushveld camps, bush lodges as well as luxury lodges are available. Most of the large camps are well equipped with all the facilities needed for a comfortable stay, including shop and restaurant services. Both the Sable and Shipandani bird hides can be booked for overnight accommodation.

Read more: www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/.

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Petro Kotzé

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