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*daily rates in Kruger Mpumalanga Airport based on a 1 day rental (24hr period) and for guidance purposes only.
Kruger National Park is acknowledged to be Africa’s finest and best run natural reserve. With an area of over 20,000 square kilometres the park is massive and is even bigger when considered in its role as part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park which edges into Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Kruger Mpumalanga Airport Mini Guide
About Kruger Mpumalanga Airport
The airport is delightful being privately owned and run by its constructor. Designed to fit in with the style of African buildings, the terminal is a harmonious blend of wood and thatch. It’s rapidly growing and handles around fifty flights a day, almost all from within South Africa, catering for domestic tourists who want to discover more of the country’s wildlife.
Facilities are excellent at the airport with a number of restaurants, bars and shops including a craft and gift shop with beautiful souvenirs of the region that you’ll treasure. Quite compact, the airport can get a little crowded at peak times but the organisation means you won’t spend long there. The entrance to the Kruger Park is less than thirty minutes away and you can hire cars, including four wheel drive vehicles from the company desks at the airport.
About Kruger National Park
When considered as part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, Kruger is one of the world’s largest national parks with nine gates allowing entry. In the park, the area around the Crocodile River is recognised as the best viewing place for Africa’s ‘Big Five’; lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and rhino. The abundance of water that flows through the Crocodile River and its neighbour, the Sabie River means that year round, the viewing is unbeatable.
At the Crocodile River it’s possible to walk with an armed guide to the river’s edge to watch the crocodiles and hippos feeding. If you want to see the parts of the park that stretch over into Mozambique or Zimbabwe
, you’ll need to cross the borders and will have to go through checkpoints. When you enter and leave the park you should expect to have your vehicle searched as the park takes the threat of poaching very seriously.
Another good place to visit within the park is the Blyde River Canyon which is the world’s third biggest after the Grand Canyon and the Fish River Canyon in Namibia
. Part of the Great Rift Valley, there are waterfalls, lakes and unusual geological formations worth visiting, including the Three Sisters viewpoint. Within the park there are a number of hotels and lodges offering five star accommodation and many are situated close to great viewing areas and supply guides should you wish to get a closer look. It’s possible to hike through parts of the reserve but you should take an experienced guide and be wary of encounters with the animals.