Kruger National Park
Travel to Kruger National Park – World-Renowned National Park
The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. This enormous and magnificent park is one of the most popular public-entry game parks in the world.
Its density of permanent game is unrivalled with hundreds of different species including 507 bird species, 336 trees, 147 mammals, 114 reptiles, 49 fish and 34 amphibians!
The far north of the park is the wildest and most difficult area to access and because of this, it has alluring qualities for the real adventurer.
Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.
Man’s interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries – from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela – is very evident in the Kruger National Park. These treasures represent the cultures, people and events that played a role in the history of Kruger and are conserved along with the park’s natural assets.
Kruger National Park is best known for its big game and large expanses of wilderness. It also has a unique cultural and historical landscape and diversity, with well over 255 recorded archaeological sites ranging from early Stone Age (roughly 1 million years ago) to various Iron Age settlements and recent historical buildings and sites. Many of these sites hold cultural and spiritual importance, while others reveal an exciting and romantic history of the area.
There are so many creatures to see and sightings of rare species can be the highlight of your trip! Keep up to date with the movements of the wildlife in the Kruger National Park by consulting the sightings map at reception, it is updated daily!
Some of the things to look out for are:
The Big Five – Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Rhino.
The Little Five – Buffalo Weaver, Elephant Shrew, Leopard Tortoise, Ant Lion and Rhino Beetle.
Birding Big Six – Ground Hornbill, Kori Bustard, Lappet- faced Vulture, Martial Eagle, Pel’s Fishing Owl and Saddle-bill Stork.
Five Trees – Baobab, Fever Tree, Knob Thorn, Marula, Mopane.
Natural/Cultural Features – Letaba Elephant Museum, Jock of the Bushveld Route, Albasini Ruins, Maserini Ruins, Stevenson Hamilton Memorial Library, and Thulamela.
The Kruger National Park offers its visitors up close and personal nature experiences with a variety of activities. Whether it is driving, biking, hiking or walking that you want to do, Kruger has something for you. Experienced, professional and armed guides act as trail leaders and interpret the natural surroundings at regular intervals, to make the most of your guided activity.
If you are staying overnight Kruger has 12 main rest camps, 5 bushveld camps, 2 bush lodges and 4 satellite camps. There are restaurants at the main camps and picnic sites spread throughout the park.
A 4WD safari vehicle is the best way to see the park, however it is possilbe to take a normal car into the park. Tourist roads in the park are either tarred, or good gravel roads; speed limit: 50 km/h on tarred roads, 40 km/h on gravel roads and 20 km/h in restcamps. An average speed of 30 km/h on tourist roads is recommended for maximum safety and game-viewing enjoyment.
- The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa.
- Home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals – including the Big 5!
- Visit Bushman rock paintings and the majestic archaeological sites of Masorini and Thulamela.