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 The Kruger Park

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 The feeling of sitting around a Kruger Park camp fire while enjoying the African sunset has no description worthy of its beauty. In fact, when you’re so immersed in a crimson sky dancing with the tired sun, you forget that your world is governed by aspects such as time. It is the moment when the animals of the day give way to the creatures of the night, and it’s a beautiful sight to see.

 To the left, you hear the roar of a great lion upsetting a small group of green pigeons nesting in a nearby tree. Disturbed from their nest they take flight and as you observe them stream past your view of the setting sun, you notice another majestic African beast in the distance. It extends its long trunk to a high branch in a tree and grabs a bunch of leaves. Once full, it rejoins its family of elephants on their journey. Its day-old calf stays close, unsure of whether or not it should mingle with other baby elephants.

 You hear the chirping of a cricket hiding in the tall, dry grass to your right. The solo chirping gives rise to a choir of crickets that begin to sing in harmony with one another. The sound heralds the coming of the night; it is to the night what a rooster’s crow is to the dawn of day. A bizarre creature shoots past you, frantically flying back and forth as if confused. You notice it is not a bird as it comes back the second time. The horseshoe bat dips down and grabs a cricket and hastily flies away:


 You can still see the descending outline of the sun as several stars appear and sparsely decorate the sky. The crimson appearance of the heavens transforms into a dark blue tint. The camp fire burns on and sets the tone for an intimate night to be spent in the African Bush. An antelope peers through the dense foliage to investigate your presence. It dashes away as soon as it notices you too are investigating its suspicious look. In the final hours of sunset you realise that you are in a world were life is not interrupted by sunsets or sunrises; you are at one with nature.

 

 


 Footprints of Hope – Save the rhino

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 Whether you’re on a luxurious tented camp safari or roughing it in the rugged outdoors, you’ll venture into the untamed wild to see the majestic creatures that draw thousands of tourists to Africa every year. Sadly, the African rhino population is under siege and, if things continue to progress the way they are, it’s a very real possibility that we won’t be able to view them in their natural habitat in the future.

 Lodges within the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sands Reserve, as well as a host of others, are all doing their part to ensure that security measures are put into place to combat the poaching war, with every small effort adding to the greater good. With that in mind, an event worth noting is the Footprints of Hope Walking Safari Challenge, an initiative by &Beyond safari lodges in association with Black Aces soccer star, Gordon Gilbert, and their expert rangers.

 Setting out on foot on December 29, the Footprints of Hope group aims to raise awareness by walking in the Kruger National Park, through Big Five territory, and sleeping in the wilderness. During their journey they’ll do educational drives in the surrounding areas, hoping to spread awareness and knowledge on the rhino and its significance in nature. They’ll also be educating people on &Beyond’s Life Skills programme, which aims to empower people to help themselves.

 While on your next tented camp safari or bush lodge holiday, make sure to take in the beauty of the rhino while on a game drive.
 

 

 

 Other activities in the Kruger National Park

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 The Kruger Park is well known for its unrivalled variety of fauna and flora and the uniquely African experience that Kruger Park tours offer nature lovers visiting South African shores. Game drives and bird watching are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to activity options in and around the park, however, and a host of fun filled activities await anyone willing to seek them out.

 How about a round of golf in the world’s largest protected game park? The Skukuza Golf Course is a magnificent nine hole, eight tee golf course on the outskirts of Skukuza restcamp. During a round at the Hans Merensky golf course, it is common to see elephant, giraffe, warthog and various buck species crossing the rolling fairways. The Sabie River golf course is one of only four 18 hole courses in the beautiful Mmpumalanga lowveld area, and The Gary Player Leopard Creek golf course borders the picturesque Crocodile River and the Kruger Park; African golf at its best.

 The surrounding Mpumalanga province offers just about everything an adrenalin junkie could possibly ask for, and most of these are just a short drive from many of the Kruger Park camps. Try white water rafting, ride some of the world’s most picturesque mountain biking trails or try your hand at quad biking with a guided tour across the majestic mountains. The view from ground level is breathtaking in itself, but for an entirely new perspective on the beauty of the region, take a flight in a hot air balloon and ride the wind in silent serenity, or view the big five from a bird’s eye view in a microlight. Soar with the eagles and see how many species you can spot in a single flight.

 Luxurious accommodation, a huge variety of activities in and around the park and once in a lifetime game viewing on one of many Kruger Park tours, makes for innumerable possibilities for fun in the sun.


 Birdwatchers Paradise

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 South Africa’s world famous Kruger Park is a dream destination for nature lovers across the globe. Kruger Park tours offer a chance to see an unimaginable variety of wildlife in awe-inspiring abundance. For birdwatchers, the Kruger Park offers a unique opportunity to spot hundreds of bird species that move in and out of the area and live and nest in the various environments and eco-systems within the boundaries of the park.

 The Kruger Park is home, either permanently or as a warming summer vacation destination, to more than 500 species of bird. As all avid birdwatchers know, these species are not only found in the treetops and in the air. Many species live on the ground in dense bushes or near to a body of water. There are birds everywhere and a visit to the park offers a chance to tick off hundreds of species from your must-see list.

 Many birdwatchers in the park never have to leave their accommodation as many of the park’s bird species frequent the numerous Kruger Park camps, which are often constructed near to a body of water or another feature that attracts animals from the surrounding area. To catch a glimpse of some of the rarer and more elusive species though, guests should consider taking a specialised bird watching tour. These guided tours ferry visitors to prime bird watching locations and offer a chance to spot rare species like the trumpeter hornbill, cape parrot, tropical boubou, mashona hyliota and the mottled spinetail.

 Book your place on one of the many specialised Kruger Park tours available now for a completely unrivalled bird watching experience.

 

 Safari in South Africa

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 Perhaps Africa is few of the countries in the world where you can find huge plots of unused land. Moreover, the continent is also loaded with majestic natural features. These are the features that make Africa a perfect destination where you can have a holiday filled with fund and adventure. In Africa you will find wildlife reserves, scenic beauty, wide open desert plains, mesmerizing rock formations and clean beaches. What more can you ask for a travel adventure in Africa?

 There are so many things you can do in Africa to have an adventure-filled holiday. You can try your hands at abseiling into the abyss. Believe it or not but abseiling became an adventurous sport activity in the recent years only. If you have experience in abseiling then perhaps you would like to try it on the Table Mountain (Cape Town). Table Mountain is the highest commercial abseil location in the world so if you want some challenge then may be you can try it at Table Mountain.

 If you are in to canoeing or like the idea of this sport then you would be happy to know that you can participate in this activity when you are in Africa. However, it is important that you realize that white water canoeing in this continent is not a simple job because the rivers in Africa are quite unmerciful. The most famous location to go canoeing in Africa is on Vaal River.

 If you are in for more adventure then may be you would like the idea of downhill mountain biking. All the adventurous people would have a great time for there are so many locations in Africa where they can carry out this sport. The De Hoop National Park and the Cape are the places that are popular for downhill mountain biking.

 Another sport which you can take up when you are in Africa is paragliding. You will find that there are numerous locations where you can go hand gliding or paragliding. You can have fun and adventure flying close to the ocean. Moreover, it would be cooler too when you fly close to the ocean. It would be recommended that you do not try paragliding in dry and arid locations for there would be too much heat, which many of us may not be able to tolerate.

Sand boarding is another activity to look forward to when you are in Africa. Make sure that you take and use extra protection gears so that you do not harm yourself. Another activity which you can try is karoo biking.

 


 Bird Watching Safari in the Kruger Park

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  Bird watching is something that you can do in any country but if you want to have the ultimate bird watching experience then you should try bird watching on a Kruger Park Safari because it is considered as the best location for bird watching. You will find that the tourism industry in the Southern Africa is dedicated to provide the ultimate bird watching experience to all those tourists who love watching the birds. Bird watching adventures combined with a Kruger Park Safari are for the serious bird watcher or observer.

 Apart from the Southern Africa, this activity is also well known on the eastern part of Africa. Even though the tourism industry, (bird watching) is located in the southern continent you will find that more bird species exist in Tanzania and Kenya (eastern countries in Africa).

 The eastern Africa claims to have as many as thirteen thousand bird species, which means that a trip to the eastern Africa for bird watching can give you the chance to see fifteen percent of the bird population in the world. Of course, the Southern Africa may not have that many bird species but you will find around nine hundred and twenty species in the south.

 The countries which you can visit in Southern Africa for bird watching are South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Swaziland and Botswana. You will find that South Africa has numerous government sponsored reserves and national parks where you will find birds in abundance. If you are an avid bid watcher then you should not miss out the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, the De Hoop Nature Reserve, West Coast National Park, Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, Ndumu Game Reserve and Kruger National Park. You can be sure to find large numbers of bird species if you visit these locations.

 If you are planning to go to east Africa for bird watching then perhaps you would like to consider going to Kenya, for you would find many bird species there. Kenya has a name for being one of the best countries in east Africa to have a large variety of bird species. Some of the locations which you should check out in Kenya, for the purpose of bird watching are the Kakamego Forest Reserve, Mount Kenya National Park, Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru, Lake Baringo, Amboseli National Park and Aberdare National Park.

 It is always wise to join a tour group so that you can visit all the important locations in Africa. As you must have heard, overlanding in Africa is the best way to explore and discover the continent so may be you should consider an overland trucking holiday if you do not mind living without comforts for a few weeks.

 


 

 

 
 

 
 
 







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