The reserve is also part of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere, which UNESCO recognized and registered in October 2001. It the largest of South Africa’s six biosphere regions and ranks third largest on the planet. It consists of land that is a combination of forest, grassland and Savannah.
As mentioned earlier, it is a historical site as well. This is evident by the cave and rock paintings found scattered all over the area. This is another reason why this site is protected land. It is home to some of the most amazing animals in the world, including species of birds, reptiles and fish. Mammals are not the only inhabitants of the Kruger National Park. Better than 300 species of trees grow here as well.
Africa’s Big Five all live in the Kruger. The Big 5 being of course the African lion, the African leopard, the African rhino the African elephant and the Cape buffalo. Game hunters are responsible for the ranking, depending on the degree of difficulty and danger when hunting them. The most popular tours sold are the Big Five tours, where rangers take the tourists out into the wilderness in open Jeeps in the hopes of catching a glimpse of one of these majestic beasts.
Self drives during the day is also very popular and quite safe. There are a few camps all over the park and they offer guided tours of their own as well. All guided tours are accompanied by armed, experienced rangers, for safety reasons. Walking around is not advised, however.
The roads are in good condition so makes for easy and comfortable drives and tours. None of these roads are tarred; they are all well maintained dirt roads.
Speed limits ensure the safety of the animals and their human visitors. Various types of wildlife often wander onto the roads and the larger species, such as the elephants and rhinos, can do severe damage to a vehicle if spooked. Slower speeds are also more conducive to wildlife sightings.
The reserve has thirteen camps. Visitors can find everything from rustic tent accommodations to luxury facilities with swimming pools, laundry facilities, and cafeterias. The largest camp is Skukuza, which is a 20-minute journey from the Kurger Gate and serves as the KNP headquarters. Among the many amenities are a gas pump, a post office, a grocery store, a library and the world’s hottest 9-hole golf course. Its location alongside the Sabie River makes it a prime location for animals to find water.
The village of Masorini dates back to the Iron Age and has been restored. It is located twelve kilometres from the Phalaborwa gate, which is on the way to the Letaba rest camp. The huts and furnaces are reconstructed as authentically as possible.
The royal citadel of Thulamela is in the northern region of the reserve and is just a few kilometres west of Pafuri. It is one of the most historical sites in the country and remained undiscovered until 1993. Archaeologists believe that excavating bombs found a couple who might have ruled in the 1500’s. Because the bodies were decorated with gold, the archaeologists believed they were royalty.
The weather is sub-tropical, meaning it is typically hot and dry in the summer and cold and wet in the winter. This is the exact opposite to the European countries and North America. The rainy season is usually between September and April because of its location south of the border. Visitors from EU countries find the end of summer the easiest to time to visit and ideal because animals are easier to spot in the low brush.
So now that you’ve read more than enough to successfully pique your curiosity, why then not think about taking a vacation and pay a visit to this wonderful park? Write to us on our webpage Cape Tours to learn more and even travel suggestions for an experience off a life time!