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Kruger National Park - short history.
The Kruger National Park, primarily through the efforts of then President of the Transvaal Republic (1883-1904) Paul Kruger and formerly called the Sabi Game Reserve in the south and the Shingwedzi Game Reserve in the north, finally received its present name in 1926 and opened to the public in 1927.
It is the largest single wildlife sanctuary in Africa and stretches for three hundred and sixty kilometres from North to South and 60-90 kilometres from East to West. Parts of Mozambique and Zimbabwe are currently being incorporated into the greater Kruger Park and subject to the establishment of public facilities will soon be open to visitors.
The Manyeleti, Sabi Sand and Timbavati private game reserves on the western fringes of the Park have removed all fences enabling wild life to range freely once again between the Park and these internationally acclaimed "Big 5" Private Wildlife Reserves.
The large concentrations of wildlife in the Kruger Park, particularly in the southern section, are easily viewed from the comfort and safety of our vehicles. We traverse an extensive network of tar and gravel roads where we explore all the well used waterholes and river beds in search of the "Big 5".
All photographs featured on this website were taken by George while on safari with guests.
Bob and Sherry Shepardson of California U.S.A. were on tour with us in 2007, 2008 and again in 2009 and took more than 14,000 photos on one trip alone! Get a load of some fantastic close up photos (including an encounter between a Duiker and an African Rock Python) on their website: http://www.bobswildlifephotos.com.
Facilities - Safaris - Activities & Rest Camps.
The Kruger Park has become increasingly popular over the years! Please book early in order to give us a good chance of securing the best available accommodation within the Park. The preferred rest camps are Skukuza, Lower Sabie, Berg en Dal & Crocodile Bridge in the south and Satara & Olifants in the central area.
Most rest camps have electricity, shopping facilities, a first aid centre, laundromat, restaurant and self-service cafeteria, public telephones and a petrol station. Skukuza & Berg en Dal have internet facilities.
Accommodation in Bungalows.
Thatched, air-conditioned bungalows have one room with 2 or 3 beds plus a bathroom/shower, toilet and basin. Some units have their own kitchens with cooking facilities with crockery and cutlery etc. The units are serviced daily with bedding, towels and soap provided.
Accommodation in Cottages & Guest Houses.
Thatched cottages and guest houses have two to three en-suite bedrooms each with 2 or 3 beds and are separated by a large lounge and fully equipped kitchen. These air-conditioned units are usually located along the perimeter of the camps with excellent views of the bush or river.
Accommodation in "Budget" Huts or Tents.
These comfortable units are equipped with 2 to 4 beds, a cupboard, table and chairs, fridge and electric fan (huts have air-con) Units are serviced daily with clean bedding, towels and soap while clean communal ablution facilities are located close by.
Kruger Park economy (budget) accommodation is very popular and not always available at short notice. It is advisable to plan an economy safari at least six months in advance.
Air-conditioned vehicle or Open Safari Vehicle game drives.
Our game drives are in comfortable air-conditioned SUVís or Minibuses.† Open Safari Vehicles are reserved for groups of four or more.
Night game drives. (Duration - 3 hours). One night game drive is included in all packages.† During the night drives you get a different view of wildlife while using a powerful spotlight. It is also an opportunity to spot the many nocturnal creatures that use the cover of darkness to hunt.
Walking safaris with Kruger Park rangers. (Duration - 3 hours): For those with "healthy hearts". †These can be booked while in the camp but are subject to availability.
Itineraries will vary slightly as a result of seasonal and gate time changes, game movements, weather pattern & availability of accommodation etc.
Helpful information to assist in planning your Kruger Park safari.
Meals. All Kruger Park safaris are DBB. A variety of sit-down and on-the-go meals, priced from as little as R50 are available at the cafeterias for lunch. Your guide is always happy to prepare a truly South African BBQ if requested for dinner.
Travel and Location. The southern entrances to the Kruger Park (Paul Kruger, Phabeni & Numbi gates) are approximately 500 kms from Johannesburg. Malelane gate is a further 80 Kms due east with Crocodile Bridge gate a further 40 Kms east.
Climate. The Mpumalanga/Limpopo Provinces have a subtropical climate with hot summers and warm, dry winters. Winter mornings and evenings can be slightly cold. It is advisable to bring a warm top for the early morning game drives. The region receives summer rains which fall between November and March.
Items to bring. Camera, binoculars and a small pocket flashlight (torch). Comfortable walking shoes (boots) needed if planning a bush walk. A light waterproof top if visiting Kruger during the summer rainy months.
ALTHOUGH THE KRUGER PARK IS IN A LOW RISK AREA MALARIA PROPHYLACTICS ARE ADVISABLE ESPECIALLY DURING THE RAINY SEASON (NOVEMBER TO MARCH). IT IS ADVISABLE TO CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR REGARDING SUITABLE MEDICATION. MALARIA HELP LINE: +27 82 2341800. †
Preventative measures: The malaria contact time is mostly early evening to early morning when the mosquito is most active. Keep doors, windows and insect netting closed, use a good insect repellent, especially around the ankles and wear clothing that covers vulnerable open skin areas.
Should you develop flue like symptoms within 3 weeks of visiting a Malaria area see your doctor and mention that you have been in a Malaria region.
Noise in the camps. There are no TV sets (except in the Ultra-Luxury Units). The volume on Radios must be kept down and switched off after 10pm. Once in bed rather have your door and windows open so you can listen to the night sounds such as Hippos in the nearby river, bush babies in the tree above your room or the distant sound of a Lion's roar! You are now in the African bush!
We Are Committed To Making Your Safari A Safe, Exciting & Enjoyable Experience!
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