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Top Attractions in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Prabhakar Pillai May 14, 2020
Kruger National Park is located in northeastern South Africa. It is one of Africa's most famous and biggest game reserves.
The park boasts of nearly 2 million hectares area and an extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna.
Popular tourist attractions here include Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, Tshokwane Picnic Site, Timbavati Game Reserve and Sabi Sands Game Reserve.
The starting point of this primitive Backpacking Trail is in Shingwedzi camp. The trail goes through the fairly large wilderness region between the Mphongolo and Shingwedzi rivers. Be warned that this hike is physically taxing.
Mphongolo Backpacking Trail
The famous game reserve comprises of a group of private game reserves. It is noted for its incredible leopard sightings. A great place to enjoy wildlife and click memorable photographs.
Sabi Sands Game Reserve
The attraction is located in northern Kruger Park. Note that the latter is completely different from southern Kruger Park. Causes include dry weather and Mopane trees or shrubs which are found in abundance in the northern area. Look out for the elusive sable antelope here.
Phalaborwa Gate
A popular stop on the savanna highway between the northern and southern regions, it boasts of a charming gift shop, a beautiful picnic area and a well stocked provision store. Here visitors can purchase memorable souvenirs and delicious snacks.
Tshokwane Picnic Site
Visitors can enter the Kruger National Park through this beautiful entrance. A must see is the Thulamela Iron Age Site located close to the gate. The entrance takes tourists into the gorgeous and extremely bio-diverse region between the Luvuvhu/Levubu River and the Limpopo river.
Pafuri Gate
The attraction is near the Sabie River and a perfect spot to observe and admire a variety of bird species and crocodiles.  It is famous as a curio haven selling items ranging from T shirts to Bush Hats. Foodies will love the range of snacks served here.
Nkuhlu Picnic Spot
It boasts of being the first of all the wilderness trails. The trail is named after Harry Wolhuter one of the famous park's first rangers. The popular attraction is in southern Kruger in a region populated by white rhinos as well as lions. Common sights also include buffaloes and Elephants.
Wolhuter Wilderness Trail
The trail winds through a region which has two rivers namely the Napi and the Mbyamithi. The camp is famous for nocturnal sounds such as that of the barred owl and giant eagle. Here, hikers can also enjoy plenty of big game sightings including white and black rhinos.
Napi Wilderness Trail
Established in 1956, the popular attraction is located on the western side of Kruger National Park. The reserve boasts of being the home of the rare white lion. It is also extremely biologically diverse being populated by 360 bird species as well as over 40 species of mammals.
Timbavati Game Reserve
The site is close to the Levuvhu River and is one of the major archaeological sites in South Africa. It gives visitors an insight into ancient African life and culture. In recent times archaelogists have excavated the tombs of an African king and queen who were the place's rulers in the 16th century.
Thulamela Ruins