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Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is long and narrow, and is some 350 kilometres in length, and averages 54 kilometres in width – in size it equates to the countries of Wales or Israel. The Eastern border of the Park is created by the Lebombo Mountains, whilst the Southern border is created by the Crocodile River and the Northern by the Limpopo River (which is also the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe).

The Western border of the Park is formed partly by the Private Reserves which contribute to the Great Kruger Park, and private land. The Kruger National Park thus incorporates a number of geological areas, which in turn affect the vegetation of the park, and thus contribute to the incredible species diversity, not to mention scenery, of this magnificent area. Roughly speaking, the park can be sub-divided into three distinct zones, the Southern, Central, and Northern areas – each with distinct geology/ topography, vegetation, and animal life.

The Park is also criss-crossed by a number of important perennial Rivers, such as the Sabie, Olifants, Lebala, Shingwedzi, Luvuvuhu, all of which (like the Crocodile and Limpopo Rivers), flow in a West to East direction. The importance of the Rivers is reflected in the fact that three of the rest camps in the park are named for a River.

Elephants in Southern Kruger

Southern Kruger

This area encompasses about a fifth of the Kruger National Park, and is located between the Crocodile River in the South (the Park’s border) and the Sabie River. This is very much lion country, and is also well known for its rhino (both black and white).....

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Scenic drive in the Central Kruger

Central Kruger

This is the region of the Park richest in game, and is also known for its scenery. The area stretches from the Sabie to the Olifants Rivers. This area is dominated by extensive grass plains, although there are stands of marula and leadwood trees, and more dense vegetation to the West.......

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A lion in Northern Kruger

Northern Kruger

Sometimes further divided as a region at the Tropic of Capricorn, the North is dominated by Mopane forests – tough and drought resistant. To the West there is the addition of other species such as bushwillow, leadwood, apple-leaf and jackalberry. This is excellent elephant country, while buffalo and zebra are also seen in good numbers.

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