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Kruger Park Region Guide


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One of the Greatest Wildlife Attractions in the World!

Johannesburg is the centre of many wildlife and nature tourism activities. Of all these, however, the Kruger Park is widely recognised as one of the greatest wildlife attractions in the world, and, regardless of the length of your stay, you will leave with a new love for Africa and its remarkable wildlife. The Kruger Parks' relatively close proximity to Johannesburg makes the city an ideal starting point, and with the newly established Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, getting there has never been easier. This makes Joburg the gateway city to Kruger, and this is why we cover it on My Destination Johannesburg.

There are dozens of accommodation options available in the reserve - you can find everything from rustic campsites to 5 star luxury lodges dotted throughout, each of which offers a unique experience. There are a number of activities available from each of the rest camps within the reserve, including guided walking trails, day drives, and the always-popular night drives. And - there are also plenty of One of the main draw-cards of the Kruger Park is that it’s still highly cost-effective. Whereas the exclusive private parks found in and around the area offer high-end safari experiences at a significant premium, the Kruger Park allows you to do things your own way. It’s largely self-catering, with a small selection of strategically placed restaurants when you don’t feel like cooking.

And perhaps most importantly, you’re free to experience the park at your own pace, rather than at that of a pre-organised safari.

To our knowledge, we are the only website in the world to provide Virtual Tours of every single camp and picnic site in the Kruger National Park. Our approach is to give you the opportunity to Look Before book; i.e. look at the multimedia and information on our site, and then move across to the Kruger Park website (see below) to finalize your trip.

Location
The Kruger Park stretches along the eastern border of South Africa, across Mpumalanga and Limpopo Provinces. The area encompassed by the Kruger Park is largely low altitude subtropical Lowveld, which is mostly a hot, savanna habitat. The magnificent Kruger Park is almost 2 million hectares in size, making it the largest Game Park in Africa - and about the same size as Wales and Israel, so there is plenty for everyone to see and do. In fact, the main claim to fame of the Kruger Park can be summarized as being "diversity".

Animals

Kruger not only has a high density of lions and leopards, especially in the South, but it has an incredible diversity of animals present in a wide range of vegetation zones. This makes every days' drive a pleasure - you'll always find something fascinating to stop and look at.
 
One of the great features of the Kruger National Park, is that there is accommodation available for people with a wide range of "holiday money" to spend. You can spend only R110 (approximately $15) per person per night if you want to camp in the Park, yet, on the other hand, luxury accommodation will cost you around R700 ($100) per person per night. In between these two options, there is a wide range of affordable accommodation available. Not all accommodation types are available in each and every camp  - there are different types of camps in the park which cater for different preferences. The large well known camps with shopping and other facilities are more orientated to the first time visitor, whereas those which are more isolated and rustic with private access sand roads, are most probably ideal for the experienced visitors. It is for this reason that we have prepared Virtual Tours of every camp in the Kruger Park - we want to give you a feeling for what each camp offers you.
 
Picnic spots are an essential part of your Kruger Park holiday. Whilst in the Park you should plan your route for the next day. Our recommendation is that you should plan to stop for breakfast after about 2 to 3 hours in the car - approximately 50km away.  From the Camp information, you can choose a picnic spot the appropriate distance away, and then take a look at it by going to the Virtual Tour of the spot - if there are more than one available, then you can select the one that appeals to you the most.
 
We have not attempted to take Virtual Tours of all scenic attractions in the Park - there are an enormous number of these to photograph. We have put a couple of them up for you to obtain an idea of the range of scenery that can be found. Select the Attractions by following the link below to see selection we have prepared for you.

Kruger Park links

South African National Parks have an excellent website full of all the information that you need in order to plan your trip. We don't believe in repeating that information here, so we simply give you all the links you should need.

Visit All Year Round

There’s no bad time to visit the Kruger, because each season offers you a unique take on the reserve. The summer months (December – February) can be particularly hot and are often crowded due to school holidays. However, the intense green landscapes, the wonderful sunsets, and the myriad of fascinating insect noises just have to be experienced as part of the whole Kruger Park vibe - it's about relaxation in a pristine environment, forgetting about the trials and tribulations of suburban life, and (of course) having an unrivalled game viewing experience.
 

 
Information on Malaria
Malaria is a very serious illness and it is present in the Kruger Park. However, it is easily avoided if you follow recommended preventive measures. Please read our article on Malaria prevention before leaving for the Park
  
The entrance gates to the Kruger Park (click icon for the name). Note that the whole of the eastern boundary of the Kruger Park borders on Mozambique.
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