Safaris - Game Reserve - Kruger NP
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KRUGER
...a palette of Eden



A mas of gold gently stirs. It raises its head and contemplates the vast wilderness... A slow growl emerges from the depth of its being. The king throws back his magnificent mane and lets out a mighty roar. He is free . He is home Spanning across the Mapumalanga region into the Limpopo Province lies the Kruger National Park. Here, visitors will encounter indigenous bush , sub-tropical lowveld vegetation, fertile valleys, and terraced hills. The Northern area offers many archaeological and historical sites, sutch as Masorini and Thulamela.
The park, rich in biodiversity, was established in 1898 and stretches for 350 km from south to north along the Mozambiquan border to where South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe meet at the infamous Crooks' Corner on the confluence of the Luvuvhu and Limpopo rivers.
Well know for its diversityof habitat and wildlife, kruger offers visitors an excellent opportunity to experience close encounters with elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard in a natural unfenced environment. Wild dog, Cheethah, zebra, giraffe and a variety of other species are also indigenous to the park . A paradise for the wildlife enthusiast with close to 150 mammals, over 380 species of indigenous trees, as well as over 500 birds species, the park is a birdswatcher's haven. Become an adventurer and discover the heart of Southern Africa.

Facilities

The 12 main restcamps offer a variety of accommodation possibilieties such as camping sites, affordable huts, safari tents, bungalows, family cottagesand even luxuriously appointed geusthouses. A restruant or cafeteria, public telephones and a fiiling station can be found at all the major restcamps. Berg-en-dal, Lower Sabie, Mopani, Pretoriuskop,Shingwedzi and Skukuza have swimming pools. Five bushveld camps provide luxurious accommadation in smaller, more remote settings. Access to all bushveld camps is restricted to overnight visitors with reserved accommodation. The bush lodges Roodeval and Boulders are exclusive , private lodges with a unique style and atmosphere offering complete privacy. All accommodation units within the park are serviced daily and provided with bedding, towels and soap. Several of the camps within Kruger have been adapted for the mobilty impaired. Conference Facilities are available at Berg-en-dal, Skukuza, Bateluer,Shingwedzi, Letaba, Mopani and Olifants. Conference reservations in the latter 3 restcamps must be made with the respective restcamps.

Activities

The four-night / five-day Lebombo 4x4 overland trail is a must for the true adventurer. It stretches from the Crocodile River in the south hugging te Lebombo Moutains, along the eastern boundary with Mozambique to the mighty Limpopo. Places of interest along the route include the Sabie River gorge, Pumbe and Nyandu sandveld and Crooks'Corner. Overnight stops are unfenced and have toilet facilities. Four short 4x4 Adventure Trails have been introduced to accomodate additional Overland excursions in the park. These trails may be reserved at Pretoriuskop, Satara, Phalaborwa Gate and Shingwedzi.
Kruger also offers visitors a choice of 7 Wilderness Trails, which provide guests with the ultimate African, close-to-nature experience. Groups of up to eight traverse the wilderness under the guidance of experienced and armed rangers, who unwrap the wonders of the Kruger Park for the uninitiated. Groups are accommodated in rustic 2-bed huts for the three nights on trail. For the more active inclined, Mountain Bike Trails are offered from Olifants restcamp. Day walks are conducted from all main camps and bushveld camps, giving you a chance to see some of the Big 5 and other interesting aspects of the diverse natural phenomena under the guidance of highly trained field guides. Night drives and bush barbecues become the highlight of the bush experience offering glimpses off nocturnal annimals often not seen during the day - the elusive leopard and the secert ways of the genet and civet . Early morrning drives offer their own attraction as life in the bush and around the waterholes starts stirring . Bird hides overlooking dams, rivers and pans offer wildlife and bird photographers the chance to capture the perfect shot . Kruger also offers golfing enthusiasts a walk on the wild side on the unfenced nine-hole course at Skukuza.

Concessions

Externally managed 5-star luxury accommadation within Kruger can be reserved at:

Tinga                                   (013) 735 5722
Jock Safari Lodge                  (013) 735 5200
Singita Lebombo                   (013) 735 5456
Lukimbi Safari Lodge             (013) 735 8000
Imbali Safari Lodge               (084) 505 4900
Mpanamana                         (013) 735 5722
Mutlumuvi                            (011) 467 1886

Useful Information

Visitors are advised to use malaria prophylatics and mosquito repellent as Kruger is an endemic malaria area. Some accommodation units have no cooking facilities and visitors have to provide their own cooking utenils, crockery and cutlery. A flashlight is essential.

How to get there
Daily flights operate from Johannesburg International Airport to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and other airports on the periphery of the Park . Visitors can accses the Park by road through any of the following gates : In the south - Paul Kruger, Numbi, Phabeni, Malelane and Crocodile Bridge gates. Orpen gate accesses the central part of the Park and Phalaborwa, Punda Maria and Pufuri gates the northern part.

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