Kruger National Park

Featuring great diversity, exceptional resource management and some of the finest safari lodges in the world, Kruger National Park is the grand-daddy of many fine game reserves in South Africa.

The Kruger National Park is South Africa's flagship game reserve. Flanked by vast private concessions, the greater Kruger Park area is the size of Wales and covers six distinct ecosystems.

That translates into incredible bio-diversity. Kruger Park has 147 recorded resident mammal species - the highest count of any game reserve in Africa ( Okavango Delta has 131 species, Etosha National Park has 114 and Hwange National Park has 107). Birdlife too is prolific with 527 species recorded, 253 of which are resident.

Within Kruger Park and along its western border are vast private game reserves and wildlife concessions. Sharing fenceless boundaries with Kruger Park, these reserves preserve ancient migration patterns of Africa's wildlife and offer the same array of creatures great and small.

Exclusive access (usually at a rate of several thousand hectares per person), night drives, walking safaris, open vehicles and off-road traversing are just some of the perks to being in one of the many private game reserves and concessions inside and along the border of Kruger Park. So when you see a lion kill, you don't have a traffic officer conducting minibuses through a turnstile of allotted viewing time.

Kruger Park's animals cover the spectrum of big game including elephant, black and white rhino, hippo, crocodile, giraffe, buffalo, lion, cheetah, leopard, African wild dog, hyena, zebra, eland, kudu, wildebeest, waterbuck and many smaller antelope, nocturnal predators and assorted mammals.

Birdwatching in the Kruger Park is the best in South Africa for wildlife enthusiasts and serious birders alike. The park has 13 distinct birding habitats supporting over 500 species including the larger-than-life lappet faced vulture, martial eagle, saddle-billed stork, kori bustard and ground hornbill and Pel's fishing owl along the rivers up north. The serious birder can look forward to a checklist of around 250 birds with up to 10 southern African endemics.

The options for a Kruger Park Safari are mind-boggling. Talk to your Travel Expert first to for the safari of your dreams.

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