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The Kruger National Park - almost 2 million hectares of African bush and wildlife in its natural state- is one of the most spectacular places to visit in Africa. There is nothing in the world that can come close to an evening sitting around a camp fire, and hearing the roar of a lion as he stakes out his territory, or to watch a breeding herd of elephant lumbering past as they are ordered about by the matriarch. Viewing this primitive and beautiful world is good for the soul.
The Park was established in the late 1890s to protect the wildlife of the South Africa Lowveld and is now home to an incredible number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Apart from the spectacular wildlife there are many historical and archaeological sights of importance including bushman rock paintings.
Visiting Kruger National Park is easy - there are many tour companies that offer tours that include safaris in open game-viewing vehicles. Or, if you would rather "go it alone" - rent a car when you arrive in the area (Nelspruit is the closest big town), and drive yourself around. It is perfectly safe, as long as you follow the rules and don't ever get out of the car.
Staying in the Kruger Park is a wonderful experience. There are 12 rest camps, and a good choice of accommodation in each - from basic safari tents or 2 sleeper bungalows to luxury guesthouses that can sleep 10 or 12 people. Booking in advance is essential - especially in the peak season months of May - August. The camps are all spotless, with good facilities and friendly staff. Most camps have a restaurant, shop and petrol station. Skukuza - the largest camp has a post office, a bank and an internet café.
For more information , the official website for Kruger National Park is www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger
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