Kruger Park area

Kruger National Park Area

Kruger AreaSince the park was first opened in 1898, it has grown into one of the best for game viewing in the world. 1863Km of road winds through the park, 697km of which are tarred. Driving is allowed between sunrise and sunset. There are many fenced rest camps for overnight stays and the park offers night drives. The best time for game viewing is during the dry winters when the foliage is low and the trees are bare. While the 'Big 5' – lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo, are the biggest attractions, there are 114 species of reptiles, 507 species of bird and at least 140 other mammals to be seen.

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Highlands Meander

A vast and remote wilderness area in the triangle of Lydenburg, Burgersfort and Dullstroom. With rugged mountains, clear streams, pristine fauna and abundant wildlife. In the past it was a haven for poachers and cattle thieves because of its remoteness. Today, it is home to exclusive game reserves, and has gained worldwide recognition after a National Geographic documentary about rare black leopards spotted here. It is a region for both adrenaline seekers and nature lovers.

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Hectorspruit

Hectorspruit is conveniently close to the Malelane Gate of the Kruger Park, the Jeppes Reef border post to Swaziland and the Komatipoort border post to Mozambique. It is on the western border of the Kruger Park near the Orpen Gate and close to the Timbavati private nature reserve which is famous for its white lions. Visit the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Foundation to see the work they are doing on their cheetah breeding project.

 

Nelspruit

Nelspruit

Nelspruit has come a long way, from being a small farming town, to being the Provincial capital of the Mpumalanga province. One of the many pleasures of this town is the easy accessibility to other parts of South Africa, such as The Kruger National Park, Swaziland and Mozambique. Recently named Mbombela, it has streets that are lined with jacaranda and Purple bougainvillea. It has fertile rich soil with perfect weather conditions for tropical fruits such as mangoes, bananas, avocadoes, paw-paw and citrus.

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Graskop

Graskop Bourkes Luck

Graskop means a ‘Grassy Hill’ and it is an apt description of this little forestry town on the Panorama Route. It’s a 10 minute drive to God’s Window, 30 minutes to Pilgrim’s Rest and an hour to the Kruger Park. Adventurers can do the Graskop Gorge Swing, abseil, go white water rafting and mountain biking.

Backpacker Accommodation in Graskop

 

Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit is on the western border of the Kruger Park near the Orpen Gate. It is close to the Timbavati private nature reserve that is famous for its white lions. Visit the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Foundation to see the work they are doing on their cheetah breeding project.

Backpacker Accommodation in Hoedspruit

 
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