The Kruger National Park is a world-famous sanctuary to both animals and humans alike. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of South Africa, the park offers visitors an unparalleled experience that is ranked with the best in the world. Here you will witness some of the greatest wildlife sightings in Africa. The Kruger is home to all of our iconic safari friends – the Big Five, the cheetah, giraffe, hippo, zebra and so many others. These majestic species share the bushveld with 147 other mammals and hundreds of bird species. These impressive numbers don’t end here: This enormous park showcases 336 different kinds of trees, including the Baobab, Fever Tree, Knob Thorn, Marula, Mopane; 49 fish species; various amphibians and not forgetting our reptile friends.
The quickest way to begin your amazing journey through the Kruger National Park is to fly into O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. From here you can catch a connecting flight goes to Nelspruit Airport or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP) if you plan to visit the southern part of the Kruger.
Covering nearly 2 million hectares of pristine and untouched wilderness, the park sustains a diversity of ecosystems, history and archaeological sites like the Masorini and Thulamela. There are nearly 254 recorded cultural heritage sites in the park, of which 130 are rock art sites. When you aren’t too busy looking for lions and cheetahs, Take a moment to spot bushman rock paintings as well! The Kruger National Park is also a frontrunner in advanced environmental management techniques and policies – especially regarding our beloved elephants.
With over 30 accommodations – from bush camps to luxury lodges – and dozens of activities and top sights, you are guaranteed an exciting and memorable time at one of the world’s most prestigious wildlife watching destinations.
Remember that early mornings and evening drives are usually when wildlife is most active –it’s worth your while to wake up early if you’ll get to see.
- The Big 5;
- The Little Five – Buffalo Weaver, Elephant Shrew, Leopard Tortoise, Ant Lion and Rhino Beetle;
- Wild dogs;
- And the Fish Eagle
If you’re an avid birder, look out for the Ground Hornbill, Kori Bustard, Lappet- faced Vulture, Martial Eagle, Pel’s Fishing Owl and Saddle-bill Stork and don’t forget that zoom lens and an extra SD card.
The Kruger National Park’s sheer size is unimaginable to first-timers. Don’t try to cover too great a distance in a short time. This massive tract of land would love to see your return soon! So enjoy a slow travel and stop regularly to see as much action as the great outdoors has to offer… For our most favourite spots to stay in the Kruger click here.