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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.

Restrooms are not available during river and bush walks, but you'll be given a light snack during longer excursions. Morning walks start at 4 or 5 a.m. and last four hours, while afternoon walks at Letaba and Skukuza leave every day at 3:30 or 4 p.m. and return around 6 or 6:30 p.m. Olifants' two-hour river walks begin at 9 or 9:30 a.m. daily. All guided walks depart from their designated rest camps, which you can reach by car or safari vehicle, and cost approximately 275 to 575 South African rand (roughly $21 to $43) per person. Children younger than 12 cannot participate in a river or bush walk, while adults older than 65 will be required to prove that they are physically fit. If you book a safari tour through select providers like Outlook Safaris, bush walks may be included in your package. For more information about river and bush walk restrictions, fees and locations, visit Kruger National 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 ... Read more » Jan-Otto / Getty Images

#2 Kruger Tablets (Nkayeni Region) Though Kruger boasts several locations where lions are known to linger, one of the best places to spot the park's big cats is atop the Kruger Tablets. Nestled along ... Read more » Arno Meintjes Wildlife / Getty Images

#3 Game Drives An easy way to search for animals in Kruger National Park is to sign up for a game drive. Departing from all bushveld and main rest camps throughout the day ... Read more » FrankvandenBergh / Getty Images

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#5 Red Rocks (Nxanatseni Region) Situated near the Shingwedzi River in the park's Nxanatseni Region, the Red Rocks are beautiful to admire. Exposed after years of wear by the adjacent river, the Red Rocks offer ... Read more » Bernard DUPONT / Flickr

#6 Wolhuter Trail (Marula Region) Located in Kruger's Marula Region, Wolhuter Trail features one of the park's more unique landscapes and some of the best opportunities to spot wildlife. The area's granite ... Read more » Pal Teravagimov Photography / Getty Images

#7 Albasini Ruins (Marula Region) 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 ... Read more » Jeppestown / Flickr

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Colorful sunrises, wild animals and giant baobab trees are just some of the sights you may encounter during a bush walk. Jan-Otto / Getty Images

If you love lions, visit the Kruger Tablets. These majestic creatures love to relax on top of this large pile of rocks. Arno Meintjes Wildlife / Getty Images

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A plethora of animals – including black and white rhinos – reside in the Wolhuter Trail area of the park. Pal Teravagimov Photography / Getty Images

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