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Spectacular Stomping Ground of the Big Five

Covering almost 2 million hectares, Kruger is South Africa’s most important national park and is home to the Big Five: lion, African elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino. In the country’s north-eastern corner, by the Swaziland and Mozambique borders, it also sees giraffe, zebra, hyena and crocodile (to name but a few) grace its watering holes and rivers.

Of the 8 South African gates to the park, Crocodile Bridge Gate is closest to Marloth Park and Komatipoort, both housing a good selection of game lodges and hotels near Kruger National Park. To the west, the farming town of Malelane has its own gate.

Kruger Mpumalanga Airport is the region’s main entry point and nearby Nelspruit has the greatest concentration of luxury Kruger Park hotels on The Numbi Gate is around an hour’s drive away, via the town of White River. Also near this gate is Hazyview, while Sabie to the west is peacefully located by a river fed by waterfalls.

A waterfall also plunges to the gorge floor in Graskop to the north, while Hoedspruit is closest to the wonderful Blyde River Canyon. Ha-Lambani has the northernmost Kruger Park accommodation and Phalaborwa to the south has a park gate. Further south are the Timbavati and Balule games reserves, while Skukuza is in the heart of the park, near the main gate.

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