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Posted on: Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Raw. Untamed. Magnificent. The Kruger National Park

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Kruger Park

Kruger Park

Possibly one of the most famous attractions in South Africa, for locals and tourists alike, the Kruger National Park offers world class facilities as well as endless opportunities to view and interact with African wildlife, particularly the famous Big Five.

The Kruger park itself was established in 1898, following a twelve year crusade to conserve the Lowveld wildlife by Paul Kruger, from whom the park takes its name.

The Kruger National park spans an impressive 2 million hectares of unspoiled bushveld, archeological and historical sites where early settlers as well as Khoi San peoples camped, their faint traces still evident today.

Activities within this National  Park centre around providing the visitor with as up close and personal an experience of the African bushveld as possible with biking, hiking, walking or 4×4 safaris available, all accompanied by armed and trained guides to ensure your safety while you marvel at the diversity of species.

Kruger Park

Kruger Park

One of the better known trails within the Kruger National Park is the Lebombo Overland Eco Trail, which is a 5 day, 4 night guided vehicle journey spanning the length of the park. Or perhaps take advantage of one of the three night Wilderness Trails on offer. For the more energetic, a four day three night walking trail, the Olifants River Backpack Trail is also on offer, and offers a truly interactive experience, guided by experts, and teaching good conservation principles at the same time.

Accommodation in the Kruger park ranges from well-appointed and state run SANparks rest camps to pure, unadulterated luxury at one of the many five star game lodges. While SANparks, the government organization responsible for this and most other parks in South Africa offers all these and more superb options to the visitor, there are a multitude of privately owned and operated resorts and lodges within the park.

Kruger Park

Kruger Park

With facilities ranging from luxury tented camps, to timber cabins on stilts overlooking the lowveld, and unique experiences such as outdoor showers, where from the privacy of your secluded shower, you can experience the African wild; these Kruger Park game lodges truly offer world class accommodation and luxury.And what could be better, after a long, hot day viewing the majesty of the kruger park, than relaxing on the deck of your cabin with a cocktail, and watching the African sun sink below the horizon?

SANparks also offers a bush braai experience, where visitors have the option of combining their African safari experience, sampling the local cuisine under the stars in an open area lit by lanterns, much as early explorers of the area would have experienced it. Or visit one of the day camp areas to enjoy a leisurely picnic instead.

Kruger Park

Kruger Park

Even in this remote location, golfers are catered for, with the 9 hole Skukuza golf course, located just outside the Skukuza Rest Camp offering a chance to tee off in some of the one of the most unique golfing environments in the world.

With all of this and more, the Kruger National Park, without a doubt, offers an incomparable opportunity to view and interact with Africa at it’s finest.

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2 comments about Raw. Untamed. Magnificent. The Kruger National Park
  1. June 23rd, 2009 at 11:25
    Tessa Matthews says:

    Havn’t being there yet but it looks great. Is there guides that can take people on tours. I wouldnt even drive on my own there. The elephant and lions are too scarey.

  2. June 23rd, 2009 at 12:34
    South Africa Editor says:

    Hi Tessa

    There are a number of tour operators who take travellers to the Kruger Park, but if you were to stay at a privately owned lodge, rather than one of the state run rest camps, your accommodation would include 2 guided game drives daily. These game drives take place in safari vehicles and you would be accompanied by an armed (just in case) and very informative guide. The guides in the Kruger Park are incredible … part tracker, part academic, part Indiana Jones. A highly recommended experience!