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Wild Encounters at the Kruger National Park
by Julia Laubscher
Cape Town, South Africa

Arguably the most famous of all the beautiful game reserves in South Africa, the Kruger National Park is a 20, 000 sq km expanse of untouched natural terrain, and is home to a variety of African flora and fauna.

Tourists who book Kruger Park safaris can choose from a variety of accommodation options, from tents to luxury lodges, and from here they can take in the amazing sights the Kruger Park has to offer.

Some tourists might think a safari in the Kruger Park involves slow, sedate game drives where nature-lovers gaze through their binoculars at the wildlife peering demurely from behind the trees in the distance.

But more often than not, the animals of the Kruger Park get up close and personal with the humans venturing into their domain.

Tourists from all over the world have returned from Kruger National Park tours in South Africa with a whole list of fascinating encounters to share with their friends. Take for example, these visitors, who encountered a fully-grown male lion passing within inches of their vehicle:

Close encounters like this are not uncommon in the Kruger Park; guests will often spot inquisitive monkeys venturing into their lodges in search of food, or graceful leopards quenching their thirst at their guest-house swimming pool.

Of course, it pays to be cautious when faced with the untamed animals one might encounter at a game reserve like the Kruger National Park; experienced game rangers and tour guides who facilitate the tours will warn you to stay in your vehicle and out of harm's way. These Kruger Park tourists found that some animals are just as curious about us as we are about them!

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