The Kruger National Park is one of the most highly acclaimed national parks in the world. Its expanse is breath-taking: covering very nearly 20,000km of undisturbed savannah, woodland, riverine forest and craggy mountain ranges, in an area the size of which is comparable to Israel.
The Kruger National Park has an exceptionally rich mix of fauna and flora, which includes approximately 148 species of mammals, 507 species of birds, 118 different reptile species, 35 types of amphibians and 53 types of fish and a magnificent array of at least 336 different kinds of trees.
In this sun-drenched remnant of primitive Africa, you can still enjoy the thrill of seeing huge herds of buffalo, elephant, zebra and other wildlife freely roaming across grass-covered plains. At night, in the flickering light of a camp fire, your conversation could be interrupted by the roar of lion or the haunting laughs of hyena. The bushveld atmosphere is all-pervasive. It soaks into you as you unwind and become part of this untarnished splendour. Memories are created each day, scenes of which you will carry with you for a lifetime.
Restaurants and cafeterias can be found in all the main camps (Berg-en-Dal, Letaba, Lower Sabie, Mopani, Olifants, Pretoriuskop, Punda Maria, Satara, Shingwedzi and Skukuza). The restaurants are fully licenced, with a good range of spirits, wine, beer, cold drinks and fruit juices. Some restaurants have set menus, such as at Skukuza, but most serve buffet meals with a good selection to choose from. Barbecue facilities are available at all accommodation units in all camps and camp sites.
Places of Interest
There are 26 SANParks-operated camps and lodges in the Kruger National Park. These include 12 main camps, five bush camps, five satellite camps, two bush lodges and two sleepover hides. Seven luxury private concession areas also provide guest accommodation within the Park.
There are many places of interest adjoining the Kruger National Park. Don’t miss God’s Window, Pilgrim’s Rest, Blyde River Canyon, Mac-Mac Falls and other private game lodges.
Globetrotter Travel Pack Kruger National Park has a handy wildlife checklist so that you can tick off the wildlife you have seen. There are lists of all the mammals, birds, reptiles and trees to be seen in the park.
The Kruger National Park has very hot, humid summers and cool, dry winters. Game viewing is better in the winter months (June-September): animals congregate in the vicinity of rivers or permanent waterholes and since the vegetation cover is reduced, viewing is easier. The malaria risk is also minimal in winter. On the other hand, wet summers have other advantages. Trees and shrubs are plentiful and the atmosphere has a certain vibrance which the dry months of winter lack. Summer is also the time when most animals bear their young. Many migrant birds also flock to the Park during summer.
Best time to visit
Hottest days are experienced from November through to February, when temperatures above 40 degrees celsius often occur. During winters the daytime temperatures from May to July average a mild 26 degrees, but it gets cold at night, dropping to about 5 degrees.
For more information purchase your copy of Globetrotter Travel Pack: Kruger National Park (including a detailed map) from www.mapstudio.co.za.