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Kruger National Park

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Private Game Reserves and Lodges
===History===
The park was established in 1898 by the South African President Paul Kruger as a protected area for wildlife and it opened its gate gates to the general public in 1927 for the first time.
Currently, the park is run by the South African National Parks (SANP) and is probably the best managed [[African National Parks|African National Park]]. Wildlife conservation, education and tourism are the main objectives of the KNP. Effective measures to prevent poaching are in place and as a result of this cars are generally inspected upon entering and leaving the park.
*'''Malelane Regional Airport''' near the Malelane Gate is only used for private and charter flights.
===By train===
[[Image:SA_Rail_Routes.png|thumb|350px|Passenger Trains in South Africa]]
==Fees/Permits==
*'''Wilderness trail''' Discover [[African flora and fauna]] on foot is an unforgettable lifetime experience and only few places in [[Africa]] offer such tours. You join a group of up to 8 mates and 2 rangers on a hiking tour that lasts for 3 days and you learn a lot of things about South African wildlife and there is no way that you could see animals closer than on this tour. Imagine seeing lion, elephant or rhino only a few meters from you. This is a breathtaking experience. Trails follow circular routes and you return each evening to the safety of your camp where dinner awaits. The duration of the trails is three nights and two days, either from Sunday to Wednesday, or from Wednesday to Saturday. Hikers meet at the designated restcamp at 15:30 on Sundays or Wednesdays from where they leave by vehicle for their trail camp after a short briefing.
**'''Bushman trail''' Berg en dal camp offers the bushman trail around the Berg en dal camp which is surrounded by granite rocks. Expect to see elephants, white rhinos and buffalos.
**'''Metsimetsi trail''' Is best enjoyed during the South African winter, check in at Skukuza camp and you will travel north to the N’waswitsontso river nearby the Satara camp.
**'''Napi trail''' Check in at Pretoriuskop to enjoy the Napi trail and you may see white rhinos, elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs and in the past you saw wild dogs which are rare nowadays. **'''Nyalaland trail''' Check in Punda Maria camp in the north of the KNP to spot crocodiles, elephants and hippos as well as bird watching is going to be on your agenda. Buffalo also frequent the area. Birdlife is prolific. **'''Olifants Trail''' Check in at Letaba Camp. The trail crosses the Olifants River as well as the Letaba River which supports a variety of wildlife, including large predators, elephant and buffalo. Also listen out for the call of the African Fish Eagle.**'''Sweni Trail''' Check in at Satara Camp. The Sweni area is popular, in that, there is a high density of both predator and prey, and a trail experience here give hikers the opportunity to observe lion and even cheetah.**'''Wolhuter Trail''' In the southern part of the park (''white rhino country''), between the Berg-en-Dal and Pretoriuskop.
[[Image:Wolhuter Trail KNP (43).JPG|thumb|right| Sleeping Rondawel at Wolhuter Trail]]
* <do name="'''Olifants River Back Pack Trail" price="''', R10 560 for up to 8 people".url="[http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/tourism/activities/olifants.php">] 42km, 4 Days, from [[Kruger_National_Park/Olifants|Olifants]] to [[Kruger_National_Park/Letaba|Letaba]], no frills, no trace camping, no camps provided, sleep in your own tent out in the park with the wildlife.</listing>* '''Landrover Lebombo Eco-Trail'''* '''The 3 brand new 'Transfrontier Trails do Limpopo'''' ** '''The Shingwedzi 4x4 Eco-Trail''' ** '''The Machampane Wilderness Trail'''** '''The Massingir Hiking Trail'''
[[Image:Wolhuter Trail KNP (63).JPG|thumb|right|On foot in Kruger]]
To make a reservation or get more information about Wilderness Trails [http://www.krugerpark-direct.com/activity/wilderness-trails#wildernesstrails]. This is a great way to discover African fauna and flora, a unforgettable lifetime experience only available in a few places in Africa.</do> 
** '''Sweni Lodge'''
** '''Castleton Camp'''
 
Central Kruger Park near Hoedspruit - Limpopo province:
 
Masodini Private Game Lodge (12 beds) http://www.masodini.co.za/ – A very cozy and personally managed lodge in Greater Kruger National Park: 40,000 hectares Balule Nature Reserve is integrated directly into Kruger Park. Animals roam free on more than 2.2 million hectares between Mozambique and South Africa. The lodge is an oasis in BIG FIVE territory, surrounded by Fever trees and evergreen palms in the bush. Children of all ages are very welcome. African style bush chalets, double rooms and loghome rooms await the guests. The kitchen is legendary and the nights around the campfire will be a long lasting memory. Rates from about 80Euro (850Rand) including full board. Masodini GAME LODGE, Balulue Nature Reserve, Limpopo, South Africa, +27793216434. From Europe Tel +491733821392, email [email protected]
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