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Why Kruger National Park Should Be On Your African Itinerary?

When people think of an African holiday, there are many things they want to experience. A traditional African safari. Seeing the ‘Big Five’ animals famous to Africa up close and personal. Learning about the local tribes. Exploring the breathtaking natural beauty of the continent. As one of the largest game reserves in Africa, Kruger National Park offers all of that and much, much more!

Covering nearly 20,000 square kilometres, Kruger National Park is located in northeastern South Africa. It’s actually divided into several different smaller reserves, and offers a surprising variety of lodging and activity options for every age. In fact, many of our most popular African holiday packages dedicate time to Kruger National Park – from our 15-day ‘South Africa Surprise’ to our 7-day ‘Classic African Safari and the Cape’!

When it comes to discovering the local wildlife, your curiosity will be more than sated on safari at Kruger! Not only is Kruger Park home to the ‘Big Five’ – Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Buffalo and Leopard – but countless other animals, as well! More than 500 species of birds are found there, which makes for exceptional birdwatching.

Visitors also have the opportunity to see the endangered African Wild Dog, as well as zebra, giraffes, hippos, wildebeest, kudu and more! Beware the water, and don’t go sticking your hand in any dark places – Kruger is also home to roughly 3000 crocodiles, and the infamous (and deadly) black mamba snake.

Kruger National Park should be included in any African safari holiday. Beloved by locals and visitors alike, the park offers a taste of all the best that South Africa has to offer in one place. With breathtaking landscapes and an amazing array of indigenous wildlife, Kruger truly does offer the African safari experience of a lifetime.

A Beautiful View: Travelling South Africa’s Inspirational Garden Route

South Africa’s Garden Route is beautiful and inspirational and here’s why ..

Africa is a continent full of beauty and diverse landscapes, alluring to those who have never been and unforgettable to those who have. Yet, even though Africa is rife with natural beauty, some places are so incredible as to stand out to generations of travellers. The Garden Route, a much-loved stretch of coast on the southeastern side of South Africa, is one such area.

The Garden Route stretches from the Storms River to Heidelberg in the Western Cape. The area gets its name from the amazing, lush vegetation, as well as the lagoons and lakes which are scattered along the coast. Although George is the unofficial capital of The Garden Route, it encompasses several other cities that are delightful to visit, like Mossel Bay, Knysa, Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley.

The most popular way to explore The Garden Route is by car, but it is also home to Africa’s last remaining passenger steam engine, the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe. Another exciting way to experience The Garden Route is to book an African travel package that makes stops along The Garden Route. This way, you can get the full Garden Route experience, as well as sampling other bits of Africa. This is an especially great option for those who want a hassle-free holiday, or for those who have never before travelled in Africa.

Aside from soaking in the exotic natural beauty of The Garden Route, you may be wondering what else this famed destination offers. Quite a bit, actually! Depending on how bold you’re feeling, the experiences offered on The Garden Route can range from mild to wild! A wide range of hiking trails can be found along The Garden Route, with some perfect for beginners and others for the more experienced outdoorsman (or woman)!

In fact, there are myriad eco-tourism opportunities in naturally diverse Garden Route. A surprising TEN nature preserves are set along this stretch of coast, some dedicated to protecting the local marine life and coral reefs.

If you’re looking for something a little (or a lot!) wilder, you certainly won’t want to miss the Bloukrans Bridge Bungee. As the highest bungee jump on the African continent, the jumping point rises some 216 metres from the surface of the Bloukrans River. It the experience of a lifetime for those bold enough to take the leap – and certainly something to talk about when you get home!

The breathtaking beauty and excitement of the African coast’s Garden Route should be a part of every traveller’s visit to the continent. Whether you want to explore the local flora and fauna, or take on more challenging fare – like mountain climbing or bungee jumping – The Garden Route has something for everyone!