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Kruger National Park Overview

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The oldest and the largest wildlife conservation of South Africa, the Kruger National Park is a must when for visitors to South Africa. The park is home to a number of wildlife and is better known for its ‘Big Five' viewing points. Travelers can enjoy some great chances of seeing lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalo and over 140 species of mammals and more than 500 varieties of reptiles, birds and amphibians.

The establishment of the park can be dated back to 1898 and was opened to visitor in 1927. Today the park spreads to a total area of 236 miles from the Limpopo River to the Crocodile River in the south. There are nine different gates giving access to the park namely the Numbi gate, Madelane gate, Phabeni gate, Crocodile Bridge gate, Paul Kruger gate, Orpen, Phalaborwa, Punda Maria and Parfuri. There are a number of camping sites inside and outside the park.

Travelers can enjoy guided tours through the Kruger National Park and they can enjoy bush drives and night drives. Visitors can also discover the flora and fauna of Africa on foot through the wilderness trails in the park. Walking through these trails takes about two days and three nights. The trails run circular and visitors will reach their camp safely. This is one of the best experiences to observe wildlife closely.

Other trails that can be explored in the Kruger National Park include Olifants River Back Pack Trail, Landrover Lebombo Eco-Trail, The Shingwedzi 4x4 Eco-Trail, The Machampane Wilderness Trail and the The Massingir Hiking Trail.

Travelers can also enjoy playing golf at the 9-hole course at Skukuza. It is also considered as the toughest 9-hole golf courses in the world. Visitors need to carry their own golf clubs.

Some of the bigger camping areas like Lower Sabie and Skukuza also offer shopping facilities. Travelers can find a number of souvenirs and woodcarvings available at the shopping facilities in these camping sites.

While dining inside the park it is better to confirm whether the food served is Halal.

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ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL: Pretoria

COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Johannesburg

GEOGRAPHY

South Africa is situated in the southern tip of Africa. Along the South Athlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean it has a coastline of more than 2500 km's. South Africa is the 25th-largest country in the world with a total land area of 1,219,912 km2

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 50.5 Million. Muslims account for about 1.5% of the population.

CLIMATE

A great variety of climatic zones exist in South Africa. During summer the average temperature range between 19 °C to 24 °C and in winter from 11 °C to 13 °C in most parts of the country.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

There are 11 official languages including Afrikaans and English.

LOCAL TIME

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BUSINESS HOURS

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HOLIDAYS

Freedom Day: April 27th
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