The gigantic 20,000 sq km Kruger National Park stretches from the Crocodile River in Mpumalanga Province in the east of South Africa, all the way to the Limpopo River in the northerly Limpopo Province.
In 1926 the Kruger National Park was the first national park to be proclaimed in South Africa. The size of a small country, the Kruger National Park is about 20,000 sq km with a length of about 380km. It was named after President Paul Kruger of the Transvaal Republic who was a great campaigner for the creation of such a reserve. During 2001, the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area was formed. This ‘peace park’ now incorporates the Kruger with Gaza (Mozambique) and Gonarezhou (Zimbabwe) making it the largest conservation area in Africa and, when complete, will be roughly the size of Portugal.
The Kruger National Park is often regarded as the emblem of South African tourism, and offers much of what overseas tourists want to see when coming to the country. Visitors to the Park are able to buy curios, mementos and local crafts from the many curio shops available at all camps.
The Kruger National Park is a nature lover’s dream holiday resort, as it has an unsurpassed variety of wildlife and birds that find sanctuary here. The climate is subtropical with hot summers and warm, dry winters, and visitors are advised to take malarial precautions prior to a visit – consult your doctor, pharmacist or travel clinic. The northern part of the Park incorporates nine of Africa’s major ecosystems, and more than 23,000 plant species have been identified.
This is Big Five territory, and as the Park has more recorded species of wildlife than any other African game reserve, tourists are in for a game-viewing spectacle!
Game Lodges in and around the <h2>Kruger National Park</h2> include
Let nature entertain you. There are many activities for tourists to get involved in and these range from short nature walks, game drives, 4×4 overland drives to overnight wilderness trails. There are interpretative activities which guide visitors through the wilderness, as well as night game drives which afford the visitor the opportunity to experience the activities of the Kruger Park at night.
Visitors can also enjoy bush braais (barbeques) and breakfasts in the bush with the birds and wildlife ambling by. There are 4×4 trails and picnic sites, and there is nothing better than cooling off in one of the swimming pools after a hot day’s game-viewing. Facilities for tourists include 14 public rest camps, five small and select private camps, a large bush camp, a caravan park and campsites. The Kruger National Park’s outdoor activities offer the visitor the ultimate experience of the African bush. Jackalberry Restaurant, at Skukuza camp in the heart of the Kruger National Park, offers diners a contemporary, yet genuine African dining experience. The elegant setting of the restaurant, centred around three newly built decks, should help guests make the most of their time at Kruger, and offers delicious meals and intriguing cocktails.
The Big Five, a variety of birds and other countless animals are the spectators at the wonderful 9-hole Skukuza Golf Course, which provides a unique natural golfing experience.