Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park is one of Africa's most famous game reserves, it's over 100 years old and straddles some 20,000kms².
It's legendary flora & forna diversity can be attributed to varying geological sequences and therefore surface soil types of differing nutrient values which are able to support a multiplicity of vegetation & habitat. These habitat types are thus able to support; 336 tree, 49 fish, 34 amphibian, 114 reptile, 507 bird and 147 mammal species! You won't find this diversity elsewhere on the plant!
The Kruger has a road network comprising some 2000kms, some of which is paved surface.
Bordered in the North by Zimbabwe & the Limpopo River and in the South by the Crocodile River, it's almost 400kms long. The East is bordered by Mozambique and moving West to the interior, the Kruger averages 60 to 70 kms wide & approximately 90kms at it's widest.
The climate is sub-tropical but summers can be very hot and humid, particularly if Kruger experiences's heavy seasonal rains. Summer is October to March where temperatures can reach the mid/low 40ºC mark. Average high summer temperature is about 32ºC and winter months 24ºC.
Winter months offer good game viewing opportunities as there is little rain. As the dry season drags on towards August, September and October, wildlife becomes more & more dependant of permanent water holes & rivers.
We know where & when these vital water sources are likely to exist.
During the winter, vegetation dies off and allows us to see further into the bush. The bird count is substantially lower as all the migrant species have departed for more northern climates elsewhere in Africa & Europe. The days are shorter and the evenings, during a cold snaps are certainly chilly, particularly on early morning game drives.
The summer brings life and warmth, the wintering bird migrants return, many mammal species are dropping their young. The sound of the bush comes alive, day & night!
With the warmer days come the chance of spectacular summer afternoon thunderstorms which bring life back to the parched winter bush.
The cycle is complete.
Kruger Park is a year round destination, so whichever season you choose to visit, you're surely not likely to be disappointed. Don't come for a single day, come and spend a week or so to get a feeling of what wild Africa is all about.
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