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Welcome to Kruger Park!

Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa, and possibly the best park in Africa for the ultimate South Africa safari experience. It also has great Kruger Park hotel and transportation options, making the area easy to explore. 

Krugar is home to the Big Five: buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino. The Little Five can also be found: weaver, shrew, tortoise, ant and beetle. Additionally for birders, there is the Big Six: pel's fishing owl, ground hornbill, lappet-faced vulture, kori bustard, martial eagle and saddle-bill stork. In fact, the Kruger is said to have the widest variety of mammals compared to any other African game reserve. This is also the land of fever, marula and mopane trees, and baobabs and knob thorns.

To give you an idea of its size, in terms of area, the park is larger than Israel! Spread over two million hectares that stretch 352 kilometres (20000 square kilometres) along the Mozambique border, north to south, the park offers an indescribable wildlife experience.

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While there are many options available for choosing a guided Kruger tour, the Kruger National Park also makes for a great self-drive experience. The infrastructure is excellent; there are hideouts, picnic sites, waterholes and rest camps all over. In fact, the game drives are what Kruger National Park is really famous for. If you are on a Kruger safari, then the best thing is to venture out in an off-road vehicle, holding on to binoculars and hanging on for dear life as the vehicle brushes past a bush in pursuit of a pride of lions that were spotted feeding on a recent kill.

Amongst all the splendour and the wonderful things to see and do in Kruger, the park has a charm that is entirely its own. Geologists believe that about 2,000 years ago, the Phalaborwa area witnessed a spectacular volcanic eruption. It resulted in the formation of a huge volcanic pipe, richly loaded with minerals and metals such as iron, copper, gold mica, zirconium, vermiculite and phosphate. Hundreds of years ago, the Sotho tribes settled in the area bounded by the Letaba and Olifants rivers. But they quickly realized that they were in an unfavourable territory and relocated back to this fertile valley. They called the area Phalaborwa. Evidence of mining activities still abounds in the area.

Phalaborwa literally means ‘better than the south'. In 2005, this pretty town was crowned the ‘cleanest town' in South Africa. While Phalaborwa was earlier known as the gateway to the world-famous Kruger National Park, it is now called the gateway to the Mozambique due to the highway that links South Africa and Mozambique. Phalaborwa is also affectionately called the ‘Town of Two Summers' as it experiences only a mild winter. Summers are very hot, but made bearable by swimming pools, air-conditioners and fans.

Phalaborwa has several Krugar accommodation options, and offers a range of Kruger Park tours and possibilities to view wildlife ‘up close and personal'. The walking trails, safaris and river safaris down the Olifants River are all structured to give tourists a memorable holiday experience.

Close to the Paul Kruger gate of the Kruger National Park, is a charming little town called Hazyview. It gets its name from the haze that envelopes the low bush land during the summers. Just 40 kilometres from Nelspruit, this small South African town has become the gateway to the Kruger Park. You can take a flight into KMIA or drive in from Johannesburg. Anyone who wants to self-drive through the Kruger Park will want to spend a night or two in a Hazyview hotel.

From Hazyview, the closest gate to Kruger is Phabeni Gate, only ten kilometres away. The most popular gate, Paul Kruger Gate, is about 45 kilometres away. Tourists can enjoy several adventure and tours in Hazyview, including abseiling, hot-air ballooning, river rafting and quad-biking. There are a variety of Kruger Park hotel options available in and around Hazyview, from good budget options to five-star luxury Kruger hotels.

You can use our Kruger Park map to choose your hotel in Kruger based on its location. Whether you stay in Phalaborwa, Hazyview, or opt for a private camping or lodge experience, there is bound to be many Kruger accommodations to suit your taste and budget. Feel free to contact us for more information on travel to Africa and how to make your dream Kruger holiday become a reality!

Berg en Dal Rest Camp is open from 1984 in Kruger National Park, with outstanding accommodation and lodging facilities.

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The rustic atmosphere of Balule Camp lies deep within the heart of the Kruger National Park, close to the mighty Olifants River and appeals to any 'close to nature' camper.

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Camp Shawu is named after the famous African elephants, the Magnificent Seven. The 'Shawu bull' roamed the valley for sixty years. He had the longest tusks ever recorded in South Africa. Those who were lucky enough to have encountered this amazing and inspiring bull, say he took your breath away. Camp Shawu aims to do the same.

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Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge is situated in the Kruger National Park on the Mluwati concession. Arriving at Hoyo Hoyo lodge you will receive a warm welcome with traditional Tsonga style.

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 Lower Sabie Rest Camp borders the sand banks of the Sabie River, one of the rivers that flow through Kruger National Park. In this camp you can appreciate nature through the amount of plant life and trees. Mighty Sycamore Figs gives generously to the livelihood of many, birds, insects and animals.

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Set on the banks of the Klaserie River which flows throughout the year, is the wonderfull Kapama Karula.This extraordinary camp, based on the recently acquired Gwalagwala camp has now been  rebuild into one of the finest Camps in many respects.

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Open to the Kruger National Park and playing host to Africa's Big Five is Motswari Private Game Reserve. One of South Africa's jewels nestled within the Timbavati Nature Reserve, this family-owned and operated four-star luxury safari lodge prides itself on its warm atmosphere and luxurious African safari lodge accommodation.

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Each spacious room at Kapama River Lodge features terrace with uninterrupted views into the green nature of the Big 5 game reserve and a full en-suite bathroom.

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Normal 0 Singita Boulders Lodge is perfectly situated along the sand river, with breathtaking views over the African bush.

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Arathusa Safari lodge was designed from natural materials such as wood and thatch to purposely blend into its environment - a nearby lake and the African bush. With an open plan that creates an open, airy space, the camp is also cosy and intimate. 

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Elephant Plains Game Lodge is sure to live up to your African safari bush expectations. Elephant Plains ensures that you will make great memories with friends and family. The lounges here are great spots where you can relax and share experiences.


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Kirkman's Camp is Sabi Sand accommodation with a relaxing atmosphere. The camp has great views of the surrounding bush.

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Leopard Hills assures its guests a comfortable and luxurious stay. This 5 star property has the most awesome views, where you can sit back and enjoy a great glass of wine while staring at the sunset over the horizon. 

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Idube Private Game Reserve is situated in the Sabi Sands, the heart of South Africa. Idube Private Game Reserve provides a haven where the best animals and birds are free to live as Nature intended. Making the Kruger the ultimate safari experience.

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Abseiling is an activity for the seeker of thrills! Come face your fears, and step over the edge into oblivion! [more info]

Become one with nature as you enjoy the beautiful Lowveld scenery of the Sabana River, indigenous bushes and fruit orchards on horseback. [more info]

This tour offers you all the ingredients needed for real mountain biking like endless down hills, gruelling climbs, fast rollers and technical problems that rattle your teeth! [more info]

Play paintball in a tropical forest next to a river with trees and rocks behind which you can hide! You will be provided with paintball guns, paintballs and protective eyewear (according to paintball regulations), as well as protective clothing. [more info]

Geckoiing is by far one of our best and most enjoyable activities. You will be using only a tube to go down the Sabie River! [more info]

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Hallo and Welcome to Western Kruger!

Western Kruger hotels team

Meet Jaco and the team from Induna Adventures.  They are your local connection in Western Kruger! Induna Adventures has been operating for 8 years, with plenty of highlights worth mentioning: our staff members are the best in the world, and they prove to be the highlight of all visitors. Apart from this, we are the organiser of one of the biggest annual mountain bike races in South Africa. We offer team building excursions too with major companies all over SA and internationally.




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