#1 Kruger National Park

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Kruger is considered as one of the largest game parks in the southern region of Africa. Kruger Park covers close to nineteen thousand sq Kilometers and carries on 350 km from north to southern tip & sixty Kilometers from east to western tip, approximately the identical land size as Wales. To the western and southern areas of the Kruger National Park are two South African provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Closest to the north of the park is Zimbabwe and to the east you will find Mozambique.

Kruger Park forms part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park. The "Transfrontier" is a peace park which connects Kruger Park together with Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe and with the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. The Kruger offers more species than anywhere else in Africa. The Big Five abound (Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo and Hippo). Vital populations such as the endangered Wild Dog (African Painted Wolf) exist in significant numbers.

The Park's century of heritage has seen the area developed to welcome you, precariously balancing ecology with strong belief in the right of access to National Parks. There is an extensive road network: more than 13,000km in which to lose yourself, from the southern mountains and mighty rivers to the gorges of the north. The tearing down of early-twentieth century perimeter fences (keeping the animals "in") opened a whole new chapter in the Park's evolution.

There are substantial Private Game Reserves to the west, serving small groups of visitors. Historically they operated in luxurious, fenced-off isolation. However, much of this land has been reincorporated into the Kruger ecosystem to form the "Greater Kruger" through fence removal.

Kruger accommodates day and overnight visitors. You can arrive in your own car and drive yourself through the Park. Alternatively, you may book private Guided tours through local operators, departing from wherever you wish, or join an organized group trip.


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