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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. Its 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.
At approximately 2,000,000 acres (19,000 square km), the Kruger National Park is about the same size as Belgium, and is home to a wide range of eco-zones and an almost unsurpassable variety of animals - even more than the famous Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Just a few days in the Kruger offers you the chance to witness some truly unique sightings. With nearly 2,000 plant species, 517 bird species, 114 reptiles, and an impressive 147 mammals (including the Big 5), it's almost impossible to leave disappointed.
There’s no bad time to visit the Kruger, and 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.
Your chances of seeing game around watering holes and through the thinning vegetation are better during the winter months, but perhaps one of the most rewarding times to visit, however, is early spring, when newly born animals can be seen amongst fresh new vegetation.
There are dozens of accommodation and safari 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.
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.
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