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Kruger National Park Area Map

Neighborhoods

Kruger National Park sits in northeastern South Africa next to the Mozambique and Zimbabwe borders. Within the park, visitors will find three main regions: Marula, Nkayeni and Nxanatseni. Each of these regions houses two to five main rest camps, as well as more rustic accommodations and various landmarks and game-viewing areas.

Located in the southern part of Kruger, Marula Region features five park access points (Malelane, Crocodile Bridge, Numbi, Paul Kruger and Phabeni gates), plus the area's main airport (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport) and the smaller Skukuza Airport. Must-visit sites like Hippo Pool and Wolhuter Trail are also available in this part of the park. What's more, Marula Region offers some of the best opportunities to spot the Big Five, meaning many of the park's busiest camps – like Skukuza and Lower Sabie – can be found here. Other camps situated in the area include Pretoriuskop, Berg-en-Dal and Crocodile Bridge.

Even though this central region only offers two main rest camps – Satara and Orpen – Nkayeni Region boasts impressive vantage points for spotting giraffe and large cats like lions, leopards and cheetahs. To get into Nkayeni Region from outside the park, visitors can drive or fly into Hoedspruit Airport before passing through one of two gates (Orpen or Phalaborwa).

Kruger's northernmost region – which can be reached by driving or flying into Hendrik Van Eck or Hoedspruit airports before entering through Phalaborwa, Punda Maria or Orpen gates – is a favorite haven for elephants, so you're bound to see these giant creatures here. Additionally, Nxanatseni Region offers ample opportunities to spot impala, zebra and other smaller wildlife. And by the Olifants River, travelers can catch a glimpse of iconic water animals like Nile crocodiles and hippos. Noteworthy areas found in Nxanatseni Region include the Red Rocks and several wilderness trails. At night, visitors can retreat to one of five main rest camps: Olifants, Letaba, Mopani, Shingwedzi and Punda Maria.

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