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The park covers nearly 2 million hectares and is home to an impressive diversity of flora and fauna, including 507 different birds and 147 types of mammal. In addition to the "Big Five" - elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino - there are also large numbers of giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, hippo, antelope, and hyena. Less common but also seen by visitors on safari are cheetah and wild dog.
Kruger Park has excellent roads and a variety of accommodation, making it an affordable self-drive safari destination. The best time to visit is in winter, from May to September, when vegetation is more sparse making it easier to see the wildlife. Accommodation options include chalets, cottages, bungalows, tents, caravan and camp sites, bush lodges and luxury private safari lodges.