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Kruger National Park - A Guide    by Stephanie Bayliss

Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park, which measures a whopping two million hectares, is approximately the size of the whole of Wales. Although there are still fences between parts of the Kruger National Park and Mozambique and Zimbabwe, so the planned Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park is not quite yet a reality. When it is, it will be spectacular. Actually, Kruger already is. Most of the park is situated in the Lowveld. Restricted to broad valleys below 1 000m above sea level, the Lowveld is what many people consider to be the 'real' Africa. In this low-lying subtropical climate, broad-leaved trees and thorn trees co-exist happily in relatively open woodland, interspersed with long grass - and, of course, game. Wildlife abounds.

In the far north, it gets hotter and the vegetation changes to mopane woodland and, right in the northern part of the country, huge baobab trees dominate the landscape. 

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The rivers here tend to be broad and slow-moving and may consist of no more than a few unconnected pools at the end of the dry season but that's when the game congregates around the few known water sources - so it all evens out.

You may have heard the cynical remark that Kruger is 'too developed' with loads of town-like camps and other infrastructure. Well, yes. The park does have a number of good accommodation options - more than 20 SANParks camps and a few private luxury lodges as well. That may sound like a lot - but remember that Kruger is the size of Wales - and in all that space there is one town - the main camp, Skukuza, is virtually a small town - about a dozen tiny hamlets with less than a hundred families and a few out of they way camps that would probably relate to a small farmstead. That leaves an awful lot of real wilderness.
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You can do Kruger as a self-drive or as a guided tour. Other exciting options include walking safaris, mountain bike trails and a self-drive 4x4 trail. The nearest airport to the park is the Kruger-Mpumalanga International Airport, just outside Nelspruit. The southern, more popular, part of Kruger is about four hour's drive from Johannesburg, and a little less from Pretoria. The drive to the more remote, far less utilised, northern part, takes a few hours longer, but it's not on the same route. You could do a great circular tour if you had ten days or so to spare. Fly in to KMIA and enter the park in the south, drive very slowly to the north, spending a day or two at different camps en route, and then drive back to Johannesburg. (Or the other way round, of course.)

Strangely - and contrary to expectations - the northern part, which is truly wild, has less animals than the south so don't feel you're missing out if you've only got a few days in the more busy part of the park. As well as the Kruger National Park, the lowveld is well endowed with private nature reserves, most of which have luxury lodges, where guests are subjected to an outrageous level of pampering and taken on fantastic game drives and optional walks by very knowledgeable and attentive guides. Many lodges even have attached wellness centres where you can fill in the time between morning and evening game drives with a massage, facial or some other indulgent treatment.


Tree's Too Guesthouse/Bed and Breakfast, Komatipoort, SOUTH KRUGER PARK
A lovely guest lodge ( no self catering facilities available) just 8 Kms from the game abundant Crocodile Bridge Gate into the Kruger Park, 6 Km from the Mozambique border and 65 Kms from the Swaziland border. We have 8 en-suite rooms (for 1-6 people) set beneath cool thatch with air-con, mini bar and tea/coffee making facilities. We have TVs in most rooms, but some are TV free for the many guests who prefer this. We also have a lovely communal lounge with a big TV for those special sporting moments, games and books in many languages too.  We have a small licensed bar and restaurant serving high quality fresh food, so there is no need to bring your own food or're on holiday! 
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Buhala Country House, Hotel, Mpumalanga, SOUTH KRUGER PARK

Buhala is an enchanting Game Lodge right on the banks of the Crocodile River, the border of the Kruger National Park. Elephant, buffalo, hippos and many antelope are just a few of the frequent visitors there. Guests sitting on the verandah sipping sundowners or lazing around the pool have wonderful sightings of these fascinating animals. Fine food and wines are served on the deck under candlelight and the whole atmosphere is one of casual elegance and great comfort and tranquility. Golf at Leopard Creek is one of the privileges of guests at Buhala Game Lodge and the day safaris into the Kruger nearly always see at least 4 of the Big Five.
White River Lodge, Hotel , SOUTH KRUGER PARK
Situated only 30 minutes drive from Kruger National Park main gates in the lowveld, our Select Country Hotel offers en-suite accommodation, satelite TV, telephone service + aircon in each room. A packed breakfast is prepared for you if you wish to take on the Park before sunrise and do not wish to enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Best 4 x 4 guided safari tours into the Park arranged on a daily basis to your requirements. On arrival as the guests step off the bus, you are welcomed by the sounds of drums and African chanting by the White River Lodge dancers.
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Buckler's Africa, Self-Catering, Komatipoort, SOUTH KRUGER PARK

Buckler’s Africa is an informal private lodge in a stunning setting on the banks of the Crocodile River, overlooking the Kruger Park.The thatched property with high ceilings and cool terracotta covers over 5 hectares of gardens and bush. Relax at the pool and “ game watch” over the river or drive into the Kruger Park 7km away. The Mozambique coast or the mountains of Swaziland are both a little more than an hour’s drive. Airport Transfers. Secure Parking. Children. Credit Cards.TGCSA 4-Star.
Khandizwe River Lodge. Game Lodge/Self-Catering, Malelane Gate, SOUTH  KRUGER PARK
Captivatingly set on the banks of the Crocodile River with breathtaking views of the adjoining Kruger National Park, Khandizwe's uncompromised standards of excellence and fine devotion to detail have earned this exceptional destination a prestigious 5-Star grading. With the emphasis on exclusivity, accommodation is limited to only 4 en-suite bedrooms, each one exuding refinement and supreme comforts such as fully stocked mini-bars, beverage trays, air-conditioning, overhead fans, hairdryers, bathrobes, fine linen and beds that sleep oh so well.
Komati River Chalets, Self-Catering, Komatipoort, SOUTH KRUGER PARK

Situated on the southern border of the Kruger National Park, in a peaceful and tranquil setting of riverine bushveld is Komati River Chalets. Only 2 kms from Mozambique, 60 kms from Swaziland and 11 kms from The Kruger National Parks Crocodile Bridge Gate. Our chalets are ideally placed for the discerning traveler. Our AA Highly Recommended, 4 star, Accommodation comprises of stylish and comfortable, fully equipped air conditioned chalets with bathroom and kitchenette en-suite.
Nyati Bushcamp, Self-Catering, SOUTH KRUGER PARK
Nyati Bushcamp is an exclusive four chalet safari lodge accommodation, 80 meters from the Crocodile river bordering the Kruger National Park. Marloth park situated in the eastern lowveld area of the Mpumalanga province RSA. This 4 chalets accommodate 8 people exclusively. This holiday town shares 17km common border with the famous Kruger National Park next to the Crocodile river. It is situated between Malelane and Crocodile Bridge entrance gates to the Kruger National Park. Imagine having a sundowner in the panoramic atmosphere of the most beautiful sunset in the world.
Orchards Farm Cottages, Self-Catering, Komatipoort, SOUTH KRUGER PARK

Beautiful thatched cottages on the banks of the Komati River — abundant bird life, hippos and crocs! Tiger-fishing and many other activities in and around Komatipoort. 12km from Kruger Park, 60km from Swaziland border, 4 km from Mozambique border and 3 km from town. Cottages, all with air conditioning, en suite bathrooms, DSTV, hotplate, microwave, bar fridge, barbecue. Breakfast nook, lounge area, covered patio. Generator backup available for all those load shedding blues!! Swimming pool on property. Licensed guest pub available. Board games, guest library at the guest lounge. Self-catering or Bed & Breakfast available. 
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