The Kruger National Park is the most famous National Park Reserve as well as the largest in South Africa. It is home to the ‘Big 5’, however you can also view a variety of wildlife including zebra, antelope, giraffe, hippopotamus and crocodile. Therefore the ultimate destination to kick back in the wilderness on a South African wildlife safari.
Larger than Israel, the Kruger National Park is one of the biggest game reserves on the continent as it spans over 19,633 square kilometers. The atmosphere of the reserve is incredibly unique, permitting visitors to enjoy the vast wilderness and unpredictability that is Africa.
The Kruger National Park is situated across the provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo, just south of Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It presently forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park which is a peace reserve that links the Kruger National Park with game parks in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. As a result, animals are free to wander throughout. The landscapes are dotted with diverse vegetation including baobabs, fever trees, knob thorns, marula and mopane trees.
Due to the low altitude, the Kruger National Park has a subtropical climate, with the northern areas being drier than the southern areas, and higher than average temperatures can be expected than the surrounding regions. The summer days can peak to above the 40 degree Celsius mark at midday and around 20 degrees Celsius average on the warmer nights. Our winters are very mild and range from 5 degrees to 30 + degrees. The rainy season starts around September, but heavier rain is experienced only from November through to April, with a small amount of rain in May. Rain is usually in the form of thunder showers and mainly from late afternoon.
With its incredible fauna and flora and its unrivalled density of permanent game with hundreds of different species; 507 birds, 336 trees, 147 mammals (in particular our Big Five), 114 reptiles, 49 fish and 34 amphibians, it’s no wonder that the enormous and magnificent Kruger National Park is one of the most popular game parks in the world.
Sabi Sand Game Reserve is the oldest and most successful private reserves in South Africa. The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is a 65 000 hectare reserve, pioneered by local landowners in the 1950’s, and shares a border with the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Even though there is a 50 kilometre unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park, wildlife in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is well habituated resulting in extraordinary close encounters and prolific sightings. The Sabi and Sand rivers run through the reserve, which add even more bio-diversity of this area and this is where the name came from.
Our Kruger Park Safaris take you to the world’s ultimate safari destination. Here you are treated to quiet picnic spots, rest camps and waterholes all or which are surrounded by wildlife roaming freely within the reserve. Also worth a stop are the Echo Caves which are vast caverns with huge cave roofs that once protected nomadic tribes such as the San Bushmen. These stunning limestone formations are an unforgettable site and adorned with ancient rock art.
Unique bush experiences in the Kruger National Park include open air dining in a boma (an outdoor space with central campfire, encircled by upright branches). This social atmosphere is truly special to enjoy and embrace the spirit of Africa. However if you are feeling more adventurous, boot up and walk the Olifants River Backpack Trail which runs for 42 kilometers over a period of three days. This walking safari exposes you to beautiful plant life and scenery, while also allowing you to have incredibly close encounters with the surrounding wilderness.
The Thulamela Ruins near the Luvuhu River are the remains of an African Kingdom and provide a window into the history of early African Cultures and lifestyles. These ruins are one of the most significant archaeological sites in all of South Africa. This kingdom is made up of a stone walled citadel and is surrounded by various other smaller homes and structures. The fortress itself is capable of housing approximately one thousand people, whilst the entire kingdom could accommodate around three thousand. A recent discovery here was the burial site of an African King and Queen, who were concealed with intriguing gold relics. The majority of the tribe were goldsmiths and traders who traded ivory, gold and iron sourced from the nearby mines.
Attractions near Kruger National Park
Combine your visit to Kruger National Park with the dramatic scenery of the Blyde River Canyon which is Africa’s second largest canyon. Also popular near Kruger are the Sudwala Caves with some of the oldest caves in the world. Lastly the old gold mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest is also rich with history and worth the visit.
There are a ton of adventure activities on offer in Mpumalanga including forest canopy zip lining, quad biking, gorge swinging and rock climbing. The best way to take it all in is by driving the Panorama Route. This is a road trip through the province that includes stops at Bourke’s Luck Potholes which feature cylindrical river rock formations. As well as God’s Window with a breathtaking view point from the edge of a mountain escarpment.