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If you are in South Africa during the World Cup, or after the tournament, be sure to schedule in a visit to the Kruger National Park.

It may be all about the football but if you are catching a game at the World Cup host city of Nelspruit, and even if you are not, you can't leave South Africa without a visit to the world-renowned Kruger National Park.

The most important thing to know is that if you want to stay at the Kruger during the World Cup - you would have had to book early, but if you are simply going for the day you will enjoy an interesting outing into the wild.

Everything you need to know about accommodation and directions can be found on the official site.

From Nelspruit,  It is 50 kilometres to the southern entrances of Kruger National Game Park (an area larger than Wales) and slightly further to the very exclusive private lodges situated in the Sabie Sands Reserve which border the Park.

The Kruger Park is a 'must see' if you are anywhere close to the area. The 'Big 5' animals are prolific and all (except the nocturnal leopard) are almost certain to be seen.

In addition there are also large numbers of giraffe, hippo, springbok, crocodiles and monkeys – in fact almost every animal associated with southern Africa.

Moderate to medium priced accommodation, from camping and small bungalows to private lodges, is available in the Park at one of the many overnight "camps".

Be aware that the Park gates close at 18:00 and that early accommodation bookings are essential - more so during the World Cup.

New reservations can be made up to 12 months prior to occupation, so if you enjoy South Africa the first time around, why not come back for a safari holiday?

There are many entrance gates to the Park and it is possible to stay overnight at one camp and drive through to a second camp the next day.

Facilities which include banks, swimming pools, restaurants and shops are available at some of the main camps.

Game drives with an experienced ranger are available throughout the day. The best game viewing time is either early dawn or late dusk, in winter, when the lion feeds.

Prides of lions circling in for their kill or feasting on an unfortunate impala have been seen, all within five metres of an open Land Rover - a thrilling sight.

During the day educational safari walks within the Park, with armed rangers are also offered.

 If your taste is more upmarket stay over at one of the world renowned exclusive lodges in the Sabie Sands Concession area which are the height of luxury, and visited by royalty and world leaders.

Also, here is an album of some great pictures from the Kruger National Park

No trip to South Africa is complete without a visit to its most beautiful and sunniest city. Durban offers much more than sandy beaches, safaris, casinos and the World Cup, for information on what to do and see, please click here

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