The world-renowned Kruger National Park safaris offers a wildlife experience second to none (all inclusive safari holidays). At nearly 2 million hectares, the Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa, stretching 350km along the Mozambican border and is, on average, 60km wide. The Kruger National Park is unrivalled in its diversity of species and is a recognised leader in environmental management techniques and policies.
The Kruger National Park is home to an impressive number of species, has an amazing 16 different ecosystems, and ranks as a prime South Africa Big 5 safari viewing area. The Limpopo is the park's northern-most river and the Crocodile forms it southern boundary, while the Sabie, Letaba, Olifants and Luvuvhu rivers provide the park's interior with water. There are some seasonal rivers like the Shisa and Timbavati, which are usually dry during winter.
The Kruger National Park tends to be mostly grasslands, known in South Africa as bushveld, and woodlands (savannah), with occasional rocky outcrops. The Kruger National Park falls within a malaria area and all necessary precautions should be taken. Consult your general practitioner on medication before planning a visit. Access to the Kruger National Park safaris is easy by road or air. The Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport at Nelspruit has daily flights from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. The airstrip at Skukuza is only a 20-minute drive from Skukuza Restcamp. Direct flights from Johannesburg to Skukuza land three times a day, with tourists joining thier Kruger Park safaris and open vehicle day drives in the Kruger National Park.
The Kruger National Park boasts 16 macro ecozones and, due to its vastness, it naturally has a tremendous botanic diversity. The northern half of the park, north of the Olifants River is predominantly mopane veld, while south of the Olifants, the ecozones are thornveld.
South of the Sabie river, located slightly north of Skukuza in the Kruger National Park, consists of mixed bushwillow and acacia veld with numerous riverbeds running through it. An interesting feature of this area is the sodic open plains. These open areas with short grass attract high concentrations of wildlife. They are caused by sodium leaching out of the soil and accumulating in these areas.
Enthusiastic ecotourists can identify a variety of plant species in the Kruger National Park. Varying climatic conditions impact on the type of vegetation within an ecosystem and this, in turn, affects the distribution and population densities of various animals. The Kruger National Park has over 1,986 plant species, of which 336 are trees, including the Kruger National Park safaris Big 5: baobab, fever tree, knobthorn, marula, and mopane.
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