For South Africa's ultimate wilderness experience, vacations to the Kruger National Park have it all, from astounding Big 5 game viewing, to breath-taking vistas and some of Africa's most luxurious lodges. The Park is vast, stretching a magnificent 414km from top to tail covering almost 2 million hectares. There are many exclusive private reserves and concessions throughout this region, offering a more intimate and authentic safari experience where safari-goers can enjoy off-road and night game drives along with walking safaris.
Exploring the Kruger's public section on a self-drive has both pros and cons. While you'll enjoy greater flexibility and the chance to take younger children along for the ride - something a number of private lodges don't allow - there are downsides. The main ones being you'll have to share any sightings with other vehicles, you can't travel off-road, and sightings are harder to come-by without the help of a fully trained guide.
But this isn't to dampen the experience; the Kruger offers an impressive safari with phenomenal wildlife sightings. As South Africa's Big 5 capital, elephant and buffalo are joined by prides of lion, elusive leopard and endangered rhino, along with a remarkable string of other species, numbering into the thousands. The public area is often split into three sections: southern, central and northern. For the highest density of game the southern section is choice, although it's also the busiest. Game concentrations in the central section are also good while the wildlife of the northern sector is sparse, yet you'll find a sense of tranquillity and wilderness absent from other areas of the park. A stunning mixture of wildlife and dramatic scenery, a Kruger National Park safari refuses to disappoint.
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