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Kruger Park

Kruger Park is to South Africa what Yellowstone is to America. A national treasure, the park is truly vast, about the size of the state of New Jersey – and, like the Garden State, has many points of entry and a bounty of rest camps and stops. More impressive, however, is the diversity of life, both flora and fauna. The park includes riverine, grassland, and woodland habitats, is a paradise for plants, flowers, insects, reptiles, amphibians, and birds, and is home to more species of mammals than any game reserve in Africa. A true jewel in South Africa’s crown, the park is well maintained, and easily accessed by commercial airports and the region’s highway networks – making it one of the most popular safari destinations in the world. Day touring is mostly self-directed; and guided night safaris are readily available. But to enjoy some of the best viewing just before dawn, you must be staying in the park, due to strict gate hours. Kruger Park camps have various levels of lodging from rustic tents and rondavels to more modern lodges, and offerings are largely geared – with the few exceptions in private concession areas of the park – to self-catering, self-driving tours.

Bookings in the park must be done well in advance, and can be quite difficult to get – which is why many choose hotels, lodges and bed and breakfasts located outside the park boundaries, or just go straight to the private lodges. The private lodges have many advantages over the national park, and we highly recommend them, but a Kruger visit is a worthwhile experience for those who have the time to see both.

If you are going to be lodging in the national park facilities, we recommend packing your car with South African wines and delicacies before entering. While alcohol consumption is prohibited in all public areas, visitors are allowed to drink in the privacy of their booked accommodations. The big disadvantage to Kruger is the strict requirement that non-park vehicles stay on road at all times (with the very few excepted private concession lodges in the park), which can limit viewing opportunities and sometimes cause long backups in the midst of big sightings. An alarm clock (dawn is when the animal kingdom’s “night and day shifts” pass, providing unusually excellent spotting opportunities), a good pair of binoculars, and a long lens on your camera will eliminate many of those disadvantages. The park is also home to some historic sites, including the Thulamela Heritage Site, a 16th-century stone-walled village overlooking the Luvuvhu River in the north, the Stone Age village at Masorini, and more than 170 documented prehistoric rock paintings.

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