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Travel Guide & Accommodation in Kruger National Park, Limpopo/Mpumalanga - South Africa
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Read about Kruger National Park & Mpumalanga:
Kruger National Park - A Guide by Stephanie Bayliss
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Kruger National Park Travel Guide
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African Sunset, Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa
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Acacia Trees, Kruger National Park, South AfricaThe Kruger National Park, which measures a whopping two million hectares, is approximately the size of the whole of Wales. Although there are still fences between parts of the Kruger National Park and Mozambique and Zimbabwe, so the planned Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park is not quite yet a reality. When it is, it will be spectacular. Actually, Kruger already is. Most of the park is situated in the Lowveld. Restricted to broad valleys below 1 000m above sea level, the Lowveld is what many people consider to be the 'real' Africa. In this low-lying subtropical climate, broad-leaved trees and thorn trees co-exist happily in relatively open woodland, interspersed with long grass - and, of course, game. Wildlife abounds.

In the far north, it gets hotter and the vegetation changes to mopane woodland and, right in the northern part of the country, huge baobab trees dominate the landscape. The rivers here tend to be broad and slow-moving and may consist of no more than a few unconnected pools at the end of the dry season but that's when the game congregates around the few known water sources - so it all evens out. You may have heard the cynical remark that Kruger is 'too developed' with loads of town-like camps and other infrastructure. Well, yes. The park does have a number of good accommodation options - more than 20 SANParks camps and a few private luxury lodges as well. That may sound like a lot - but remember that Kruger is the size of Wales - and in all that space there is one town - the main camp, Skukuza, is virtually a small town - about a dozen tiny hamlets with less than a hundred families and a few out of they way camps that would probably relate to a small farmstead. That leaves an awful lot of real wilderness.

You can do Kruger as a self-drive or as a guided tour. Other exciting options include walking safaris, mountain bike trails and a self-drive 4x4 trail. The nearest airport to the park is the Kruger-Mpumalanga International Airport, just outside Nelspruit. The southern, more popular, part of Kruger is about four hour's drive from Johannesburg, and a little less from Pretoria. The drive to the more remote, far less utilised, northern part, takes a few hours longer, but it's not on the same route. You could do a great circular tour if you had ten days or so to spare. Fly in to KMIA and enter the park in the south, drive very slowly to the north, spending a day or two at different camps en route, and then drive back to Johannesburg. (Or the other way round, of course.)

Strangely - and contrary to expectations - the northern part, which is truly wild, has less animals than the south so don't feel you're missing out if you've only got a few days in the more busy part of the park. As well as the Kruger National Park, the lowveld is well endowed with private nature reserves, most of which have luxury lodges, where guests are subjected to an outrageous level of pampering and taken on fantastic game drives and optional walks by very knowledgeable and attentive guides. Many lodges even have attached wellness centres where you can fill in the time between morning and evening game drives with a massage, facial or some other indulgent treatment.

Note: If you are planning to travel to the Kruger National Park or Lowveld please be aware that this is a malaria region. Consult your doctor or travel clinic for advice and refer to our article on malaria.



Amukela Game Lodge Amukela Game Lodge, Balule Nature Reserve, CENTRAL KRUGER PARK
The last Rand-friendly game lodge in Big-5, owned and managed by Corné and Miriam van Dongen.  Amukela is located deep in the African bush, in the 40.000 ha Balule Private Nature Reserve which is home of the Big-5 and many other animals and is now open to the Kruger Park. Offering affordable accommodation in Big 5 area this exclusive lodge is truly unique and a great place to discover the magic of South Africa!  Experience the bush on a game drive and/or a bushwalk. All in Big-5 Balule Nature Reserve, under the guidance of a highly qualified field guide. Book early, as these activities are popular.
Jackalberry Lodge Jackalberry Lodge, Thornybush Game Reserve, CENTRAL KRUGER PARK
Jackalberry Lodge is situated within the Thornybush Private Game Reserve, one of the worlds premier big five game viewing areas.  The majestic Drakensberg Mountains provide a spectacular backdrop for this intimate camp, offering magnificent views, understated luxury and restful, ethnic ambience that blends harmoniously with nature.  The lodge is named after the beautiful Jackalberry Tree that occurs widely in the bushveld. The bush around the lodge teems with game.  More than 60 species of wildlife can be found in the immediate vicinity, including lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, hyena and cheeta. Jackalberry is also a paradise for birdwatchers, where more than 280 species have been recorded.  Experience the comfort of chalet style rooms offering understated luxury, sumptuous en suite bathrooms with feature bath, double handbasins as well as indoor and outdoor showers.
Kapama River Lodge, Luxury Game Lodge, Kapama Game Reserve, CENTRAL 
The northern Drakensberg mountain range provides a majestic backdrop to the largest private game lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park region. Kapama River Lodge is situated within Kapama Game Reserve, and presents the perfect blend between luxurious safari accommodation and a generous bed capacity of 42 bedrooms. Although large, it is so stylish and roomy and beautifully positioned along a dry riverbed, that guests fall in love with it.  Each spacious room at Kapama River Lodge features a full en-suite bathroom and terrace with uninterrupted views into the leafy-green Big 5 game reserve. The central guest entertainment areas include a large rim-flow swimming pool with sun umbrellas and recliners for lazy afternoons.
Kuname Lodge Kuname Lodge, Karongwe Private Game Reserve, Kruger Surrounds, 
Set in approximately 9000 hectares of pristine African bush, Kuname River lodge is a haven for those in search of a unique bush experience.  The premium five star safari facility, built on the banks of the Kuvjename River consists of five luxurious chalets nestled in dense African bush overlooking the majestic Drakensberg escarpment. These air conditioned chalets all have en-suite bathrooms with outdoor showers and private outdoor baths. The perfect spot to soak in a candlelit bath beneath a canopy of stars and reflect on a day's experiences. The magnificent views from the wooden decks on each of the thatched chalets are truly awe inspiring.The premier suite's outdoor bathroom is situated in a secluded fairytale garden. 
Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge, Balule Nature Reserve, CENTRAL KRUGER PARK
Tony & Alma invite you to experience the magic of Mohlabetsi. Situated in the vast Balule Nature Reserve which is part of the Greater Kruger National Park, this is Africa at its very best!  At our small, intimate Lodge, with only 20 beds, guests are assured of comfort and unobtrusive attentiveness, combined with an intimacy with nature. Come and be especially close to the African Spirit here.  The Lodge is easily accessible, yet one enters an entirely different world once within the camp. Life slows down to the rhythms of nature and the rising and setting of the sun dictates our movements. The emphasis here is upon close-up encounters with Africaís spectacular wildlife, from the mighty elephant, the impressive lion or the miniscule termite.
Motswari Private Game Reserve Motswari Private Game Reserve, Timbavati Game Reserve, KRUGER PARK
Arrive as a visitor and leave as a friend.Ē Set deep in the Timbavati, Motswari game reserve promises rich game viewing as our boundary with Kruger is open.  In operation for 30 years and an original traditional game lodge, which means bush as far as the eye can see and simple luxuries that donít intrude on your experience. Nature is unaffected by manís need to shape his environment and our family-owned reserve prides itself on our conservation values, exquisite cuisine, award-winning wines and luxurious accommodation.  With 150 kilometres of wide horizons and untamed wilderness, Motswari is an unforgettable experience.  Open to the Kruger National Park and playing host to Africa's Big Five is Motswari Private Game Reserve.
Pondoro Game Lodge Pondoro Game Lodge, Balule Private Game Reserve, CENTRAL KRUGER PARK
Set on the cool riverine banks of the Olifants River in the 40 000 ha exclusive Balule Private Game Reserve inside the greater Kruger National Park, Pondoro offers its visitors comfort, sophistication, elegance and a canvas on which to create a truly unforgettable African safari.  In this small, very exclusive 12-bed lodge you will discover the only way to experience the African bush. In addition to luxurious accommodation and the caring attention from trained professionals, our visitors are lavished upon with international fare and humble African hospitality. Meals are an extraordinary culinary experience where Traditional African Cuisine fuse effortlessly with modern European trends.  Between game drives, nature walks and peaceful afternoon naps, enjoy a dip in the sparkling rock pool, a spot of sun bathing or browse through the library. The Pondoro bar is the ideal spot to quench your thirst and grab a snack.

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