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K r u g e r N at i o N a l Pa r K K r u g e r N at i o N a l Pa r K S I G h T S Renosterpan VIEWPOINT (Map p388) This waterhole north of Berg-en- dal usually lives up to its name (renoster is rhino in Afrikaans). Transport Dam VIEWPOINT (Map p388) Large waterhole where the fa- mous YouTube video 'Battle of Kruger' (lions versus buffaloes versus croc) was filmed. 1 Central Kruger With the exception of the Lebombo Moun- tains that flank the Mozambique border to the east, the landscape between the Sabie and Olifants Rivers is less varied than in the south, with large swaths of open sa- vannah, particularly west and southeast of Satara. The buffalo grass and red grass in these areas is interspersed with knobthorn, leadwood and marula trees, and hosts large populations of impalas, zebras, wildebeest, kudus, giraffes and elephants. Joining them are predators, especially lions. Leopards are commonly sighted, and the road between Satara and Orpen is one of the most likely places in Kruger to spot cheetahs. Orpen Dam VIEWPOINT (Map p388) A thatched viewing pavilion on an elevated hillside has great views of the dam. Nkumbe VIEWPOINT (Map p388) Set atop a rare ridge, Nkumbe of- fers a vast view over the western savannah. Nsemani Dam VIEWPOINT (Map p388) Nsemani is always worth a stop between Satara and Orpen. Hippos, birdlife and elephants are often present. Bobbejaankrans VIEWPOINT This overlooks a section of the Timbavati Riv- er that animals often visit to slake their thirst. 1 Northern Kruger North of the Olifants River the rolling land- scape becomes more and more dominated by the elephant's favourite dish: the mopane tree. So it's no surprise that huge herds roam this region. Towards the Lebombo Mountains in the east the trees are so stunted by the clay soils on the basalt plains that the elephants' backs rise above the canopy. The mopaneveld also attracts large herds of buffalo and numer- ous tsessebes, elands, roans and sables. Leop- ards, lions and rhinos are less numerous. Kruger's far north, around Punda Maria and Pafuri, lies completely in the tropics and supports a wider variety of plants (baobabs are particularly noticeable), high wildlife concentrations and an exceptional array of birds not found further south. Between the Luvuvhu and Limpopo Rivers is a gorgeous tropical riverine forest with figs, fever trees and jackalberries. The far north is a winter grazing ground for elephants, and lions and leopards are also regularly encountered. 3 8 6 # # # # # # # # # # # # # \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ # # z z # # # ÷ ÷ ÷ # # # + + + Limpopo ZIMBABWE MOZAMBIQUE Mpumalanga Massingir Dam Limpopo NP S a n d Ri v e r S a b i e R v O l if an t s R v L im p op o R i ve r M u ta l e R v Lebombo Mountains Mapai Masisi Komatipoort Sabie White River Hazyview Namakgale Hoedspruit Mica Klaserie Giyani Nelspruit Thohoyandou Blyde River Canyon NR Hans Merensky NR Pafuri Kruger NP Giriyondo Timbavati Private GR Manyeleti GR BÇ 81 BÇ 71 BÇ 40 BÇ 40 AÆ 4 # 3 T ë R524 # 4 Sabi Sand GR # 2 Sweni Hide T ë R532 T ë R536 T ë R530 T ë R540 # 5 Makuleke # 1 Lonely Bull Back-Pack Trail Wildlife Drives 0 50 km 0 25 miles # e Kruger National Park Highlights 1 Waking to the sweet sounds of nature's alarm clock when camping wild on the Lonely Bull Back-Pack Trail (p389). 2 Getting yourself stuck behind unforgettable traffic – elephants, rhinos, giraffes – on wildlife drives (p387). 3 Discovering that birdwatching has its benefits at Sweni Hide (p389). 4 Tracking leopards through the wildlife riches of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve (p400). 5 Journeying into the tropics and exploring the fever tree forests and gorges of Makuleke (p394) in northern Kruger.

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