Thank God it’s Friday! Have been working feverishly (and with a few tears!) on this year’s social media marketing. Don’t know about you, but I struggle to understand and learn the quirks of platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, Live Facebook, etc., etc. – it does seem to be THE way to grow your business these days.
Speaking of which….I’ll be Live on Facebook this coming Monday, January 14 at Noon EST for a short ‘lunch break’ talk on the differences between National Parks, Reserves and Conservancies. Hop on over here to sign-up for the event – just click on the hippo!
As promised last week…here’s another installment of things to do & see in South Africa.
Kruger National Park and private reserves
South Africa’s iconic national park and one of Africa’s conservation success stories, the Kruger National Park is a must-do safari for any bush lover and for those keen on ticking off the Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo) in a relatively short space of time.
The park and adjoining private reserves (Sabi Sand, Timbavati, Klaserie, Umbabat and Balule) that share its unfenced western border, make up about 22 million hectares (22,000km²) of varied bushveld with six ecosystem types, and are collectively referred to as the Greater Kruger National Park. Kruger’s vast size and variety of ecosystems results in a wide diversity of wildlife (including over 500 bird species) and some of the finest game-viewing in Africa.
The map below gives you an idea of just how big the country of South Africa is, and where Kruger National Park (circled in blue) is located. Most people have heard of Table Mountain (circled in orange) and the Garden Route (circled in purple). What I find mind boggling is the size of Kruger – approximately 300,744 miles!
Then the map below that, gives you perspective on the location of the 5 private reserves that adjoin Kruger – with SIX ecosystem types!
Just a couple of the 500 Species of birds found in the Greater Kruger National Park!
In terms of wildlife, the sheer number and diversity of wildlife is almost unparalleled, making this the perfect place to spot the Big 5 and much more while out on a game drive, or even a guided walking safari. While Kruger National Park receives over 1.4 million visitors a year, you’d be surprised at how often you find yourself alone in the vast open spaces, giving you a truly authentic African wilderness experience.
The national park offers self-drive options and affordable self-catering accommodation options, but there are also areas within the park boundaries set aside for the exclusive use of private lodges, and together with the adjoining private reserves to the west of the park, these private lodges guarantee exclusivity, low visitor numbers and sensational game viewing – where sightings of the Big 5 are almost a daily occurrence.
A safari in the Greater Kruger National Park is a must for first timers and is also very popular with experienced bush-goers who go back year after year.
How was that for another ‘tease’ of places to visit in South Africa?
Would love to hear your comments and any questions….plus sharing with your friends, family and whoever else you think would enjoy learning about Africa is most appreciated.
Until next week…Hakuna Shida Hata (No Problem At All!)