Kruger National Park – Stunning Wilderness in South Africa

South Africa is a country of great charm and beauty that offers thousands of beautiful experiences. Located some 428 km to the North of Johannesburg, the Kruger National Park, with its famous Big Five, is one of the most popular attractions in the country.

The Kruger is the South African equivalent to the Serengeti in East Africa and offers a wide variety of game viewing options along with great accommodation facilities both inside the park and in the private game reserves that border it.

Kruger National Park

The park is huge, sitting on 2.5 million hectares of land, and attracting some 1.5 million tourists every year. The Park was proclaimed over a century ago by a late South African President and is considered a jewel amongst the Southern African national parks. It is sandwiched by two great South African rivers, namely the Limpopo and the Crocodile River.

Kruger National Park

The Kruger has hundreds of bird species, and some 147 mammal species. The park also houses rich flora and a number of archaeological zones and eco zones that visitors can explore.

Kruger offers one of the best opportunities for wildlife sighting, particularly of Africa’s great Big Five. It also has professional tour guides with detailed knowledge of the park and its wildlife sighting opportunities.

Kruger National Park

Getting to Kruger

There are many ways through which you can get to the Kruger National Park. The most convenient means is obviously by air. Several airports are situated within close proximity of the national park, such as the Kruger-Mpumalanga International airport which is by far the busiest with tourist traffic.

There is also the Kruger Park Gateway Airport and the Eastgate Airport, to which you can fly to access the park. Several domestic South African airlines serve these airports including some low cost carriers for the budget travelers. One of the most reliable of these airlines is the SA Airlink. Travelers can also use SA Express and the Expressions of Africa, which is an affiliate of the former.

With Kruger National Park’s 10 entrance gates, visitors can also access the site by car. While you can use a private rental car to access the game park, the best way to make the most of your visit to the Kruger is via a guided open-topped game drive. There are numerous tourist companies that offer this kind of service.

Kruger National Park Area Map

Best Time to Visit

The summers are usually wet but provide abundant opportunities for spotting South Africa’s migratory birds. The best time to visit is, however, during the winter months. There is little foliage during the winters and the animals are much easier to spot as they come out looking for food and water, which is scarce at this time. Another big advantage of the winter months is that there is less risk of malaria. This is, however, the busiest of seasons and you must make early bookings.

Accommodation at the Kruger National Park

Kruger offers numerous accommodation options for visitors to the park. There are numerous safari lodges, hotels, and tented camps. Some of the most popular accommodation facilities in the Kruger include the Lukimbi Safari Lodge, the Imbali Safari Lodge, the Outpost Lodge and the Singita Sweni Lodge amongst others.

Lukimbi Safari Lodge in Kruger National Park

You can find a full list of lodges and tented camps on the Kruger National Park website at http://www.krugerpark.co.za/. The safari lodges typically provide high quality service and luxury incomparable to the numerous camps in or around the Kruger.

Holiday Packages

There are numerous packages to explore the Kruger that you can opt for to get an incredible game viewing and accommodation experience. This may include family holiday packages, honeymoon packages, classic safari holidays, luxury lodge packages, classic guided safaris and the specialist safaris.

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Roxanne or Roxy, founder of Luxe In A City, was nominated as one of the Top 5 Luxury Travel Bloggers by the readers of USA Today. Aside from overseeing this luxury travel blog, she spends her time teaching how to perfect the feeling of luxury to authentic niche brands while traveling the world with her family.
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