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The Kruger Region


Kruger Golf

Situated in the north east of South Africa this area is hugely popular with overseas tourists. The area is synonymous with the Big Five game experience. Access to the region is easy with regular direct flights from Europe to Johannesburg which are timed to meet the frequent connections to the new Kruger/Mpumalanga International Airport. Many visitors choose to self-drive this route. It’s an easy journey from Johannesburg and driving times range from between 4 - 5 hours depending on which area you are visiting. We recommend that you take in the famous Panorama Route through the rugged mountain range of the northern Drakensberg. The most spectacular stretch of the route is the dramatic Blyde River Canyon.

The Kruger National Park, South Africa’s largest and most diverse reserve is also one of its oldest. The Kruger is justifiably famous for regular viewing of the Big Five as well as rarer highlights such as cheetah and African wild dogs. Visitors can expect to see some 30 mammal species in a typical three day visit. There are a number of private reserves adjacent to the park that offer an exclusive safari experience.

Kruger National Park The Sabi Sands Game Reserve, situated in the southern area of Kruger is by far the most popular, there are several up market lodges here where you can enjoy an unsurpassed safari experience. The Timbivati and Thornybush Game Reserves are situated in the northern regions and although less popular in comparison to the Sabi Sands area, there are some really special lodges to choose from. Cost is comparably more expensive when staying at a private lodge, but no one ever regrets paying a bit more for the unique experience of a private reserve.

You can easily combine a visit to the Kruger region with time in the Cape region via the network of domestic flights.

Climate in the Kruger Park

The subtropical climate has hot rainy summers starting in October and ending around March. The summer rains transform the arid park into a lush flowering paradise, but the increased foliage does make animals harder to see.

The winter months from April to September are extremely pleasant with warm dry days and cold nights. Traditionally, the best game viewing is in the winter as the vegetation becomes sparse and water is restricted to rivers and water holes.

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park

The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares. SANParks – Kruger National Park is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies. The Park stretches 400km from north to south and 70km from east to west.

The Kruger National Park attracts more international tourists than any other destination in South Africa. As one of the longest established conservation areas in Africa, the animals are often extremely accepting of vehicles giving exceptional opportunities for close-up wildlife viewing.

Almost the size of Wales, the area encompass a variety of landscapes and ecosystems; predominantly flat bushveld and savannah interspersed with pockets of marula and wild fig woodlands, and large areas of well spaced mopane forest. The permanent waters of the Crocodile, Oliphants, Sabie, Timbavati and Letabi rivers, sustain some, 507 bird species, 114 reptile species and 147 mammals including the Big 5, as well as rarer highlights such as cheetahs and wild dogs.

The Park is run by the South African National Parks Board who operate a number of rest camps throughout the park. These rest camps offer a great standard of accommodation from bungalows to tented accommodation and camp sites at really affordable prices. All the big camps have restaurants and shops as well as self catering facilities. The bush camps, however, are only self catering and don’t offer shops so any supplies would have to be purchased prior to arrival. The park’s established network of sealed roads and comfortable camps make it ideal for self-drive visitors.

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For first time visits to South Africa I would highly recommend spending a few nights in Cape Town. Top class golf courses like, Arabella, Steenberg & Clovelly are easily accessible from Cape Town and at night time you can enjoy everything this vibrant city has to offer!".

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