Kruger National Park

Kruger Park Golf Holiday

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The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares is roughly the size of a small country, e.g. Portugal.

SAN Parks – Kruger National Park is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies. No other park can offer such an extensive safari experience.

Ecosystems within the Kruger Park are highly varied. Six rivers feed the park – an area that encompasses an astonishing 16 vegetation zones including 1980 plant species and 300 tree species.The dense Mopane woodland of the North changes to open savanna plains in the Central Region, speckled with Acacia and Marula Trees. The South is different again with its lush riverine vegetation amid granite boulders.

The diversity of its flora is matched by an equally dazzling variety of mammalian, avian, reptilian and amphibian species. 507 bird and 147 mammal species reside in Kruger, while recent surveys substantiate the presence of 7000 elephants, 2000 lions and 400 endangered wild dogs. These animals roam freely into the neighbouring reserves, such as the Sabi Sand and Timbavati reserves, and Thornybush in the Kruger Surrounds areas.

Kruger is in a summer rainfall area. Such precipitation is usually convectional and can result in heavy downpours. The summer months (October to April) are hot and often balmy. Winters are warm and mild, although visitors going on night-drives will require warm clothing.

The Kruger National Park spans across two provinces in South Africa, namely:

  • Mpumalanga Province
  • Limpopo Province

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Mpumalanga Province

Mpumalanga, which means “land of the rising sun” in the local SiSwati language, has it all – from the exhilarating wildlife of the Kruger National Park, to secluded mountain retreats, ancient ruined cities, wild water sports, and some of South Africa’s most diverse and vibrant African cultures.

The province’s year-round sunny weather, soaring peaks, steamy jungles and expansive waterways have also made it home to a bewildering array of adventure sports, from expeditions down the world’s oldest caves, to taking flight at the continent’s largest paragliding festival and many spectacular golf courses.

The province was formerly called the Eastern Transvaal region in the Transvaal Republic (and province). Mpumalanga is one of South Africa’s top tourist destinations. Locals and foreign visitors are drawn by the the fauna and flora, beautiful scenery and the legend of the 1870s gold rush era in addition to a wealth of fascinating tribal legends.

The Lowveld and escarpment is one of the most picturesque regions in Africa. Majestic mountains, fertile valleys, countless rivers and waterfalls, panoramic passes and forests characterise this timeless landscape. Mpumalanga is also known as Big Five Country, the setting for dozens of sanctuaries teeming with wildlife and birds.

Mpumalanga offers rewarding opportunities for the outdoors enthusiast: golf, hiking, trout fishing, bird-watching and horse-riding. Mountain streams and rivers crisscrossing the massive wilderness, which were once panned for gold have become the setting for lazy trout and fervent anglers.

Enjoy the breathtaking scenery in Mpumalanga en route to the world renowned Kruger National Park. We can highly recommend a visit to the quaint town of Dullstroom and travel over the Long Tom Pass with its spectacular panoramic views to the charming forestry town of Sabie, before returning east to Hazyview.

This area is home to the Mac Mac Falls, The Bridal Veil, Horse Shoe Falls and many others cascades where you cool off in the crystal-clear pools. It is also well worth visiting the historic town of Pilgrim’s Rest before continuing on to Burke’s Luck and the Blyde River Canyon, which is the third largest in the world.

Nelspruit and it’s surrounding area is home to fantastic courses such as Nelspruit Golf Club, White River and the Sabi River Golf Course.

The region is home to South Africa’s premier golf course – a Gary Player masterpiece located on the frontier of the Kruger National Park.

Leopard Creek is the famous Rupert family’s pride and joy. The course is home to the annual Alfred Dunhill Open and has continually ranked as the number 1 golf course in South Africa (out of 500+) by the Golf Digest.

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Limpopo Province

Limpopo is South Africa’s northernmost province, lying within the great curve of the Limpopo River. It is a region of contrasts, from true bushveld country to majestic mountains, primeval indigenous forests, unspoilt wilderness and patchworks of farmland.

The province borders the countries of Botswana to the west, Zimbabwe to the north and Mozambique to the east. In the eastern region lies the northern half of the magnificent Kruger National Park, a nature reserve teeming with African wildlife in a total area roughly the size of Israel.

Limpopo is the gateway to the rest of Africa, with its shared borders making it favourably situated for economic cooperation with other parts of southern Africa.

The capital is Polokwane, lying in the middle of the province. Further north is Modimolle, the hub of the local table-grape industry set near the beautiful Waterberg mountain range; Makhado at the foot of the Soutpansberg mountains; and Musina, with its thick-set baobab trees.

Other important Limpopo towns include the major mining centres of Phalaborwa and Thabazimbi, and Tzaneen, a producer of tea, forestry products and tropical fruit. Bela-Bela, with its popular mineral water baths, is near the southern border.

Limpopo Province has five main tourism regions – Soutpansberg, Waterberg, Olifants Valley, Sekhukhune and Capricorn. The province offers tourists an array of experiences that few other destinations in Africa can compete with: boasting vast mountains, traditional African culture heritage sites, fertile valleys with endless rivers and a vast proportion of South Africa’s wildlife.

Limpopo Province has an impressive road network, including the N1 highway that crosses the province from south to north, bypassing major towns such as Bela-Bela (Warmbaths), Modimolle (Nystroom), Mookgophong (Naboomspruit) and Mokopane (Potgietersrus), before reaching Polokwane – Limpopo Province’s capital.

The province is also famous for it’s rich agriculture heritace. Tourists can sample some mampoer (peach brandy), buy grapes, dried fruit and biltong, as well as other goodies on their way to the north. Many museums, curio shops, landmarks and other places of interest in and near the towns along the way can be visited.

The Waterberg Region is home to a host of newly developed golf courses such as Zebula, Elements, Annika Sorrenstam’s Euphoria and Waterberg Estate. However, the most exciting golf course in the world has been created at the Entabeni Safari Conservancy: Legends.

Legends Golf Course is a totally unique concept in that every hole was designed by a different course architect. 18 in total came together in order to create a total masterpiece in the African Wilderness. These course architects are perhaps better known for their performance on the course but the collective golf knowledge one gets when combining Bernhard Langer, Sergio Garcia, Colin Montgomerie, Justin Rose, Vijay Singh, Mike Weir, Padraig Harrington, Ian Woosnam, Retief Goosen, Jim Furyk, Trevor Immelman, Kj Choi and many other great names; one can expect a championship course of note.

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