Kruger National Park is undoubtedly the one place everyone wishing to experience the epitome of an African wild safari in South Africa cannot afford not to visit thanks to its rich flora, fauna and landscape. While the park itself has a lot more than many people ever expect to see and experience, more often than not, most people focus so much on the Kruger National Park itself that they forget its surrounding is filled with fun filled activities and a rich heritage that can make their visit to the park even more memorable. In simple terms, the area around the park is just as spectacular as the park itself. Let’s briefly discuss three of the top things you can indulge yourself in near the Kruger National Park:
Visit Shangana village
This village is situated near Kruger National Park and is well known for its rich cultural heritage. A visit to this village guarantees you a taste of the ethnic dishes of the Shangaan people, an experience of the authentic traditions of the Shangaan, traditional singing and dancing. This experience begins immediately you enter the village where there is a market that sells crafted traditional jeweler that is made by the chief’s daughters and wife. Moreover, there are tours conducted by an English speaking guide to enhance communication. You can even decide to spend the night in the village in a beautifully constructed guest house that allows you to experience the African life.
Go On a Hike through the Hiking Trails in the Sabie Valley
Sabie valley offers some of the best hiking routes that most people miss out on their way to Kruger National Park. As a perfect fit for those outdoor enthusiasts and thrill seekers, it is also a great way to begin your tour. There are several famous day trails that can be done in the area with Loerie Trail being perhaps the most famous. Also, there are several overnight trails with the most famous being the Fanie Botha Trail.
The Loerie trail is a 10km walk that starts at the castle rock caravan park and is named after the beautiful green Knysna Loerie that are captivating in the forest. The route allows you to pass through several waterfalls including the Elna and Glynis falls as you ascend the steep valley and finally finish by having to enjoy the Sabie River, which has crocodiles and hippo.
Visit The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
Hoedspruit centre is located near Kruger National Park it is home to rare and endangered species which cannot return to the wild. The centre provides you with the chance to get up-close to one of the fastest animals, the cheetah and also orphaned baby Rhino. You will get the chance to take pictures with these animals and also get to learn so much about them.