Albasini Ruins (Marula Region)#7 in Best Things To Do in Kruger National Park
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One of two sites with ruins found inside Kruger's gates, the Albasini Ruins offer a look into the park's rich history. This locale houses the remains of a 19th-century trading post, where goods like beads, clothes and metal products were once traded between Portuguese colonists and the indigenous Ba-Phalaborwa. All that remains today are a few crumbled walls and some artifacts, but history buffs will likely enjoy snapping some photos and perusing the attraction's display cases.
Travelers who are not fond of history may want to skip the Albasini Ruins. But for those who pass through Phabeni gate, which is less than a half-mile away from the attraction, stopping here may be worthwhile. The Albasini Ruins also offer a change of scenery from the park's animal-focused activities.
Visitors can drive to the Albasini Ruins, but standard safari tours do not typically include the attraction in their itineraries. The site resides in Kruger National Park's Marula Region and is free to visit when park gates are open. A small display room with more information about uncovered relics can be found next to the ruins, but no other amenities or facilities are available on-site. To find out more about the history of these ruins, check out the park's website.
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#1 River and Bush Walks
If you don't have multiple days to spend at in-park trails like Wolhuter and Nyalaland but want to explore the area on foot, consider signing up for a river walk or a morning or afternoon bush walk. These two- to four-hour walks depart daily from main rest camps like Letaba, Lower Sabie, Olifants, Satara and Skukuza. However, river walks by the Olifants River are only offered at the Olifants rest camp. Each walk is led by two experienced guides.
Large game, birds and insects are regularly spotted during bush walks, so bring your camera with you. Do not be startled to see your guides carrying loaded rifles; rangers are armed solely to protect you from animals. And as an added precaution, you will be asked to wear neutral colors, which help you blend in with your surroundings. Recent travelers recommend the bush walks offered at Lower Sabie and Satara.
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