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Scientific Post Conference Tour to the Kruger National Park

The legendary Kruger National Park (http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/) in South Africa is a 2 million hectare of savanna conservation wilderness area that showcases some of Africa’s unique biodiversity and landscapes. KNP is home to an impressive number of species: 507 species of birds, 336 trees, 147 mammals, 114 reptiles, 49 fish and 34 amphibians. The Park today not only protects wildlife (flora and fauna) but is also the leader and hub of key scientific research and demonstrates an active role in management of the area based on scientific outcomes. Fire research in KNP began in 1950’s and the park has a wealth of ongoing fire research and experiments.

Day 1 – Saturday (14/5/2011):

Pick up at the OR Tambo International airport in Johannesburg or at Sun City at 10am and depart for the Kruger National Park. This 5 hour journey takes you east through the rolling hills of the Highveld over the Drakensburg escarpment and into the Lowveld. There will be a lunch stop which will be for your own accord. On arrival to the Kruger National Park, through Paul Kruger Gate, for check in into accommodation (bungalows) at the Skukuza rest camp (http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/camps/skukuza/). There will be an evening game drive for all delegates to experience the nocturnal life in the park, followed by dinner, which will be a bush braai in the veld.  Guaranteed a unique and extremely memorable experience of eating in the open veld with Big 5 game and under the African stars.

Day 2 - Sunday (15/5/2011):

Breakfast will be at the camp restaurant with departure at 9am for the days visit to various key long term scientific research sites (Skukuza flux tower (http://www.nrel.colostate.edu/projects/kruger/), 50 yr experimental burn plots (http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/conservation/scientific/key_issues/fire_policy.php ) and the herbivore and fire experimental enclosure (Nkuhlu) (http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/conservation/scientific/exclosures/) in the southern region of the park. The KNP fire ecologist will accompany you to all the scientific research sites. You will be travelling through the park in air conditioned vehicles to enjoy this 2 million hectare haven which is home to the Big Five and many other species of animal, bird and plant life. This is where you can explore your photographic skills, or even just capture the sights of this incredible variety of wildlife as a memory back home.  A packed lunch will be provided which will be eaten in the veld. Arrival back at Skukuza rest camp around 3pm for a bit of rest and dinner will be a boma dinner in the camp.

Day 3 – Monday (16/5/2011):

After breakfast at the Skukuza restaurant all delegate will depart the camp at 9am to return to the Sun City or the OR Tambo International Airport at approximately 14H00.

Tour details:

Cost per person: 650 Euros

  1. Transport from the OR Tambo airport or Sun City  to KNP
  2. Entrance fee into the park
  3. 2 nights accommodation at Skukuza rest camp
  4. 1 night game drive
  5. Meals (2 breakfast, 1 lunch and 2 dinners)
  6. Transport from KNP to Sun City or the airport

For more information, please contact Tour leader at knpwildfire@gmail.com

Closing date for registration for the KNP tour is the 28th of February 2011.