Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa, and the biggest in South Africa. It covers 18,989 square kilometres (7,332 sq mi) and extends 360 kilometres (220 mi) from north to south and 65 kilometres (40 mi) from east to west.
The park’s history goes a long way back. Rock paintings give evidence that the reserve was stomping ground for nomadic hunter gatherers, known as the San. Their paintings have been found at more than 170 places in the park and dates thousands of years back.
Thulamela in the north (close to Pafuri) is one of the archeological sites dating back to the Iron Age. Tribes from further up north in Africa came down south, and later started trading with sailors from the Far East (that landed at Mozambique) and traded items like ivory, hides, gold and copper.
The park is part of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere, an area designated by the United Nations Education and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO) as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve (the ‘Biosphere’). It is also this area that most safaris running from Kruger will visit; the Panorama route.
The climate of the Kruger National Park and Lowveld is subtropical.Summer days are humid and hot with temperatures often soaring to above 38 °C (100 °F). The rainy season is from September until May. The dry winter season is the ideal time to visit this region for various reasons. There is less chance of contracting malaria and the days are milder. Viewing wildlife is more rewarding as the vegetation is more sparse and animals are drawn to the waterholes to drink every morning and evening.
I want to share some feedback I received from one of our recent travellers to Kruger.
“Our Africa trip was amazing, marvelous, hectic (a new word that I’ve learned in Africa =) )
The Kruger tour was also amazing. Bruce and Amen take care of us very well. We were able to see the Big5 in 3.5 days which is the luck of us =). Also we had the opportunity of taking extra game drives which were very entertaining. I’m very happy to choose the camping option instead of accommodation, because everybody was camping and we had fun =)
After this trip we decided to come back to Africa and take a longer tour (Maybe Cape to Vic. Falls). Someday I really need to return to Africa…
I have lots of photos but I haven’t organized them yet. But I’ll send you some photos of the tour as soon as possible =)
If you have the chance to see Amen and Bruce please send my best wishes to them.