The Kruger National Park

It is home to The Big 5  and  a supporting cast of the most iconic African safari species. And with almost 2 million hectares of lush vegetation, a diversity of wildlife, archaeological and historical sites – it is no surprise that The Kruger National Park is synonymous with South Africa.

The world-renowned park became South Africa’s first national park in 1926 and is now one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It spans an area of 19,485 square kilometres (7,523 sq mi) in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in north eastern South Africa, and extends 360 kilometres (220 mi) from north to south and 65 kilometres (40 mi) from east to west.

The Park draws over 1.4 million visitors from across the globe, every year. And with the variety of wildlife on offer, it is no surprise. The Kruger Park is home to approximately 2000 plants, 53 fish, 34 amphibians – , 118 reptiles, 517 birds and 147 mammals.kruger-park1

A beautiful, sunny climate is enjoyed throughout the year; this lends itself to the variety of outdoor activities on offer: guided game drives, eco-trails and bush walks with an armed ranger to three-night walking trails in deep wilderness areas. There is also mountain biking and backpacking trails available.

The Kruger National Park is a remarkable place which is so accommodating to visitors – there is great opportunity to explore through a vast network of roads and there is accommodation to suit any budget.


The Kruger Park is a feast for the senses. And because of the size of the park – 352 km from North to South, you are never really alone. There is wildlife at every turn. You may even be treated to a private sighting – perhaps a giraffe quietly grazing on acacia leaves or a herd of antelope. The sounds will also enchant, you may be treated to the piercing cry of a fish eagle, the cackle of hyenas. There is a wealth of history as well, from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela.



Who to contact

South African National Parks Central Reservations
Tel: +27 (0)12 428 9111

How to get here

It’s approximately a five-hour drive from Johannesburg. You can also travel by plane to Kruger Park International Airport in Mbombela (Nelspruit) and drive from there.


Best time to visit

Winter is the best time for game-spotting. Animals are often spotted at the waterholes.

Summer is very hot and dry. It is the best time to spot animal young.


There are a variety of tours on offer. The highlight is the guided sunset tour. The African sunset is a magnificent backdrop for the wildlife which can be seen. There is also a spotlight added during the evening drive.


Getting around

It’s advisable to hire your own vehicle.  There is a lot to see and it is great to explore at you own leisure.

Length of stay

At least 4 days. There is so much to see and do.

What to pack

Pack comfortable clothes and a warm jacket for winter evenings.

A hat and sunscreen are a must, regardless of the season.

Where to stay

There is a variety of accommodation on offer, to suit all pockets. There are hotels, lodges, guest houses, campsites and backpacker options.

Due to the popularity of The Kruger National Park, visitors are advised to book well in advance.

What to eat

For those who have chosen self-catering, groceries can be bought at various camp shops. Meat is also available for a barbeque (the ubiquitous South African braai). There are also a selection of restaurants at the bigger camp sites and hotels.