Kruger national park Travel Guide

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Located in the north-east corner of South Africa on the border with Mozambique, Kruger park is one of the best national parks in the world. The park is home to great numbers and varieties of amphibians, reptiles, birds and 147 mammal species, including the "Big Five" (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant). Mopane trees dominate the northern part of the park, which is famous for its elephants and large herds of buffalo.

Predators and antelope, including many rare species abound, and the bird life is prolific. In the far north, the Pafuri area is one of the most scenic in the park. Most people choose to explore in the comfort of their own cars, to stop and stare, to take the perfect photograph and to follow at whim when the unexpected beckons.

The Kruger National Park offers a range of accommodation to suit all preferences. The main camps have an excellent range of facilities, including shops, swimming pools, conference venues and licensed restaurants. Inside the park, the roads are tarred or have good gravel surfaces.  One of the best camps inside the park is Oliphant, ask for one of the rondevels next to the river for an overwhelming view of hippos lazing in the pools and the animals coming down to drink.  This camp even has"gillies" to clean your room and do your laundry for a small fee. Your travel agent can advise you about fly-drive packages, luxury coach tours and minibus safaris. The nearest airport is at Phalaborwa.

For the very adventurous, try the guided 3-7 day bush walks. An experience like no other, it will give you the chance to encounter big and small game on foot. Check the Kruger web site for details.

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