11 Feb REASON #2 TO TRAVEL TO SOUTH AFRICA KRUGER AND GREATER KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
WE LOVE KRUGER
And talking about safaris. In the previous post we explained the experience of the “gamedrives”. In this new post we want to bring you closer to the savanna territory par excellence, the Kruger National Park (NKP) and the Great Kruger. It is almost impossible not to visit the famous park (with some exceptions) if you travel to South Africa.
Kruger has almost two million hectares of biodiversity, wild fauna and flora, unique in the world. A spectacle of nature that is worth exploring, where you will see very closely the big five (elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards and buffalo) among others. But two million hectares go a long way, where to start? what to do?.
The Kruger can be visited by private car (rental cars are allowed). There are several accesses and routes to choose from within it, very easy to follow if you decide this option. In addition, you can stop at the sites enabled to have a snack; restaurants, picnic areas and barbecues, and small supermarkets and souvenirs. You can also hire excursions from your hotel, where you will not have to drive and you only have to worry about having the camera ready..
Also, there is a wide selection of accommodations and campsites within the park that allow you to explore more fully during the days that you decide to stay in the park. There is a enough offer to covers all tastes, needs and pockets.
WHAT IS GREATER KRUGER?
A distinction should be made between the national park and what they call the Greater Kruger. This is the name given to the area of land that encompasses the NKP and the neighbouring private nature reserves.
In other words, there are several protected ecological zones neighbouring the Kruger with its own regulation but practically the same scenario. They are self-managed and have an important role to play helping conserve wild fauna and flora, including our previously mentioned friends, the Big Five. In these areas, unlike the Kruger (where private property does not exist) private houses coexist with different services and accommodation offers, generally called “lodges”.
Overnight in one of these lodges within these nature reserves is the most common experience of adventure in the savanna. You can choose from the most luxurious stay you can imagine to cheaper options (not for that reason less attractive, they really put a whole display of service and detail in all of them). You sleep in the middle of the savannah and also includes the famous “gamedrives” safaris by car) within the entire pack.
But even staying several days in a Great Kruger lodge, and however you travel, I always recommend 100% to visit the Kruger National Park for at least one day, It gives you another perspective and scenario. Write us to tell us what you will like to do.
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SOME TIPS FOR YOUR TIME AT KRUGER
My Tip: We know all the secrets and reasons to visit Kruger and help you choose what suits you best. If you want to do any of the extra activities mentioned at the end, we recommend you to look at it in advance. Some are only seasonal (April-October) and require advance booking, several months in advance. Or you will run out of space. Due to their characteristics they require a different organization.
My Tip: The entrance to the park is limited, that is, they only let in a certain number of cars/visits per day. In high season, holidays, long weekends etc. the quota is more easily reached, and you may find the doors closed. Plan to go as early as possible. From October to March the gates open at 5:30 and from April to September at 6:00.
My Tip: There are several entrances: south of the park you will find Crocodile Bridge, Malelane, Numbi, Phabeni and Paul Kruger. Towards the centre are the entrances to Orpen and Phalaborwa, and to the north there are three more gates, Punda Maria Pafuri and Pafuri Border. I recommend you to enter by the entrance that is closer to your hotel and exit by a different one according to the route you want to do. Keep in mind that the maximum speed inside the park is 30km/h. Therefore it takes longer to do any of them.
My Tip: Finally, I would like to tell you that for much more information about the Kruger there is a very complete guide; “Kruger National Park: questions and answers” by P.F. Fourie and Chris van der Linde. But if language is not a barrier for you, this is the ultimate guide
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