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Kruger National Park

Probably the single most impressive wildlife photography destination in Southern Africa, and without doubt my ultimate favourite. I spend a vast number of my weekends and spare time in Kruger when I'm at home in South Africa, mainly because I believe that it offers the best diversity of mammal and bird photography in the country. 

Proclaimed by South African president Paul Kruger in 1898, this jewel in the South African National Parks crown stretches 381km (236 miles) from the banks of the Crocodile River in the south to the Limpopo River in the north, and covers almost 2.5 million hectares (6.2 million acres)!!

Even more impressive than its size, however, is the diversity of life the Kruger sustains: Sixteen eco-zones (each with its own geology, rainfall, altitude, and landscape) are home to more than 500 bird species and 147 mammal species, including an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 lions, 1,000 leopards, 6,200 white and 350 black rhinos, 12,500 elephants, and 25,000 buffaloes. Cheetah, African wild dog, spotted hyena, zebra, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, warthog, and some 21 antelope species also roam Kruger's open plains and waterways. The rich flora varies from tropical to subtropical; almost 2,000 plant species have been identified, including some 450 tree and shrub species and 235 grasses. As I indicated earlier, the opportunity to see wildlife is superb. Sighting of all the Big 5 in a weekend have been common place for me, but without doubt your location in what is a huge park, and indeed the time of the year your visit play a significant part.

In the winter months when the bush is less thick and the grass is at it's least dense, I base my photography mainly around the Satara rest camp in the Central Region. The area has a high density of plains game (such as impala and zebra etc) which in turn has given rise to a healthy populations of predators, most notably lion. In the summer months the South of the park is my favourite with incredible riverine habitat playing host to a wide variety of birdlife and game. The stretch of road between Lower Sabie camp and Skukuza is said to have the highest density of leopard in the world!! My sightings of leopard in this region have been very reliable. It can be a busy area of the Park though, keep off the tar road and on the back dirt roads and you can get some solace. For an absolute treat, stay at Biyamati camp .... it's without doubt the best camp in the park!! If birds are your thing, in the summer months head into the far north of the Park to Punda Maria. It's more often than not pretty deserted and the bird life on the banks of the Limpopo River is some of the best in Africa. 

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