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South Africa » Kruger National Park

The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares, is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.

Truly the flagship of South Africa's national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.

In terms of the range of accommodation offered within the Kruger National Park, no national park in the world quite lives up to the same level of service. The Kruger National Park has a large number of rest camps, bushveld camps, safari lodges and even some overnight hides, all run by South African National Parks Board.

But it is the luxurious privately-run safari game lodges that steal the show when staying in the Kruger National Park, as your African safari is transformed into something more like an experience - the pace of life slows to a leisurely tempo, your every need is catered for, and extravagance is not spared.

Flanking the western boundary of the Kruger National Park are a number of private game reserves. Though none of them fall within the park's boundaries, together they form the heart of South Africa's big game country and some of the most famous private lodges and the best wildlife viewing in the world take place here.

The main reason for the rich game viewing experience in the private game reserves is the free movement of animals between the private reserves and the Kruger National Park - at least 100 kilometres of fencing has been removed, ridding the area of man-made borders. The private game reserves, such as the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, also allow for vehicles to leave roads, and animals on the whole are more used to the presence of man so there's a greater chance of seeing them.

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