South Africa's Most Famous National Park June 13th, 2016
South Africa's Most Famous National Park
When you think of ultimate safari destinations, the Kruger National Park in South Africa is one of the places that people automatically think of. It lies in the north east corner of South Africa straddling the provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Kruger covers an area the size of Israel and offers a wildlife experience that is considered to be the one of the best in Africa.
The Kruger National Park was established in 1898 to help protect the wildlife living in the Lowveld. The range and diversity of species found here is impressive with over 330 types of tree, 500 bird species and nearly 150 animals.
The nearest airport to Kruger will depend on which area of the National Park you want to visit. Hoedspruit Airport serves the north of the park while Kruger/Mpumalanga International Airport serves the south. Both airports have good internal connections from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.
There are various options for visitors to Kruger. Day trips are available from nearby towns such as Hazyview. Self drive visitors are also welcome but there is a restriction on visitor numbers which means it is advisable to pre-book.
There are 9 entrance gates to Kruger and sufficient travelling time should be allowed as entrance gate and restcamp gates are closed at night. Entrance to the park will not be permitted after dark and there are several other park rules to which visitors must adhere to. Late arrivals at restcamps within Kruger may be liable for a fine.
There are several camps and facilities within Kruger including restcamps, bushveld camps, overnight hides, bush lodges and luxury lodges. There is plenty to see in Kruger including the Big Five (Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Rhino) and the iconic Baobab tree.
For those in search of the perfect safari, Kruger National Park in South Africa should be top of the list.
Rob Atherton http://www.bbmexplorer.com
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