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A Guide to Kruger Park in South Africa
Kruger National Park is one of Africa's largest and oldest established wildlife parks. Located to the north of Johannesburg, Kruger National Park can be reached by car in about five hours.

Kruger National Park has dense green landscape interspersed with large boulders. The proliferation of wildlife in the southern section of the park ensures that the most popular rest camps are in the area. The central area has grassy plains stretching alongside thick riverine vegetation along the Lataba and Olifants rivers. The northern region is very isolated and therefore is not frequented by many travellers. Some of the most interesting bird watching opportunities in Southern Africa are to be found north of the Levuvhu River.

The south west of the Kruger Park is home to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve which has some wonderful lodges. On the western boundary of the Kruger lies the Timbavati Private Game Reserve. It forms part of the low veld ecosystem where it is possible for travellers to see a lot of wildlife. Kruger National Park is also surrounded by game reserves in the savannah regions to the west such as Thornybush, Makalali and the Royal Malewane Game Reserves.
There are many variations in the ecosystems in the Kruger National Park. The park has 300 species of trees and 1980 species of plants within 16 vegetation zones.

Kruger offers a multitude of opportunities for lovers of wildlife. Here, travellers have the option to see a wide variety of wildlife including lion, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, elephant, spotted hyena and warthogs. Visitors to Kruger can also sight animals like the baboon, buffalo, impala, waterbuck, hippopotamus, vervet monkey, bush baby, steenbok, mongoose and kudu. There may also be a chance of seeing sable antelope, wild dogs, leopards, cheetahs, bat eared foxes, rhinoceros, porcupines, aardvarks, roan antelopes, civet, honey badgers and rheboks and more.
Enthusiastic bird watchers can look forward to sighting rollers, owls, vultures, bustards, bee eaters, eagles, hornbills and starlings.

April to September is the best time of year to visit Kruger. This is when the wildlife tends to migrate to the limited water supply available in the rivers and water holes. Since vegetation becomes a bit sparse at the time, visibility improves and facilitates clearer sightings.
Bungalows, cottages, chalets, tents, caravan and camp sites offer a wide variety of accommodation to suit all budgets. Some of the most popular accommodation options with travellers remain the Hamiltonís Tented Camp, Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge, Djuma Game Reserve and Bush Lodge, Imbali Safari Lodge and Kambaku.
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Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing Darling Harbour accommodation & Self Catering holiday apartments.
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