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South Africa in pictures - The Kruger National Park
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South Africa is a country of hidden treasures. Known worldwide for its wildlife parks, in particular the Kruger National Park, the country has the advantage of being by the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean.
The country of South Africa spreads across more than 385,000 square miles, incorporating a variety of landscapes such as sea, mountains, plains and deserts. Akin to its various landscapes, the country has a very diverse population. These aspects combine to make South Africa the continent's leading economic power.
As far as entertainment and leisure are concerned, the beaches are a big attraction with activities such as diving and surfing on offer. Safari, beaches and sport make South Africa a destination with a lot to offer!
In South Africa, the local tour operators offer the more or less traditional packages, such as circuits with a guide or 'fly & drive' formulas. Even if there are a number of variants, the 'classic' circuit, which ranges from around 9 to 15 days, generally includes the city of Cape Town, the wine route, the garden route, and the Kruger Park region. This circuit offers an excellent insight into the many different sides of the country. Often, an extension to Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe, is proposed in addition to the basic itinerary (this extension is never disappointing and we highly recommend it).
Swaziland's border crossings close at 5:00pm, so plan on spending the night there if you arrive in the middle of the day, since it takes a good half a day to cross it.
During your stay in KwaZulu-Natal, make sure you stop at the delightful little town of Santa Lucia. Here you can taste delicious seafood and find hotels with reasonable prices. At the port you can rent a boat to cross the estuary and see the hippos and crocodiles. Be careful not to get too close though.
Many of us dream of heading off on an African safari one day to catch a glimpse of the Big Five and the other extraordinary animals living in the beautiful bush of that conitnent. But this of course can be a big investment - flights, transfers, accommodation and of course you don't go all that way and ...
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