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Kruger is one of the greatest wildlife reserves in the world. Covering over 7,000 square miles in the far Northeast corner of South Africa the National Park is home to thousands of species of wildlife including the Big Five: the African elephant , lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino.

Kruger Park Accommodations

Because there are hundreds of miles of well-maintained paved and gravel roads, and a network of petrol stations and restaurants and food shops within the camps visitors to Kruger can have a great safari experience in their own standard road vehicle. The camps themselves offer a range of accommodation options ranging from the simplest camping plots for pitching a tent to small en-suite bungalows to full chalet style luxury cabins.

Many visitors love to indulge in the South African Braai-or cookout - tradition and all of the camps and bungalows have outdoor grills for this purpose, and this is one of the few places in the world where one can feast, like the lions, on wildebeest meat.

At the camps one can also sign up for many ranger-led game drives which generally depart from the camps before dawn, or in the evening as the light fades. These are the best times for viewing wildlife as they correspond to when the animals are out searching for food.

Also, because the park is closed to private vehicles at night-the ranger-led night drives are a unique opportunity to see the many animals that prefer to hunt at night - for example, the leopard.

Animals in Kruger Park

This vast park comprises several distinct eco-systems - which are favored, naturally by different kinds of animals. For elephants - the area around the Oliphants river is a prime spot, populated by mopane trees - the elephant's preferred grazing vegetation.

Further south, near the Satara camp are the plains and savannah favored by wildebeest. antelope and other grazers-and, thus, is where you will have the best chance of seeing lions, leopards, cheetahs and other predators that stalk them.The Southern portion of the camp is the most visited, and it's concentration of dense woods, waterholes and vegetation make it a good destination for spotting hippos, giraffes, crocodiles, and rhinos.

A great camp in this section is the Lower Sabie camp, which has a wonderful restaurant and verandah overlooking the Lower Sabie river. You enter the camp through one of 9 gates on the South Africa side. You will be given an exit pass at your camp if you stay overnight. It is extremely important to obey the curfew times for entry into the camps at the evening as you can be fined for arriving late. For more details on park and camp closing times, as well as general information or to make a camp booking, go to the SANparks website.

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