The Kruger National Park is a must on many bucket lists and one of the most popular options for a safari in Africa. Spread over almost 20 000 km2, this is one of the largest reserves in Africa and has a high density of wildlife. The area is also known for the Big 5 which includes lion, rhino, elephant, leopard and buffalo. But you have now ticked the Kruger National Park of your list... What’s next?
Returning to South Africa
For most visitors, one visit to South Africa is just not enough. Yes, they have visited the Kruger National Park, but there is so much more to experience in South Africa. There is the famous Table Mountain, Robben Island and Cape Vineyards. This is a great combination with another visit to the Kruger National Park. Also close to the Kruger National Park is a beautiful Panorama Route. A must for nature lovers with waterfalls, canyons and amazing views.
But should safari be your main objective for travelling back to South Africa, there are plenty of other reserves you can also visit. Madikwe Game Reserve is a great option for a Malaria Free safari, especially if you are travelling with smaller children. This reserve is also known for its large Wilddog Packs.
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park in Kwazulu Natal is another great stop. Declared a Natural World Heritage site this area offers so many unique sightings. You would be able to witness the ancient nesting rituals of the Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles, which nest nowhere else in Africa. Other activities would also include scuba diving and estuary boat cruises. Game drives and guided walks would also be available.
How about neighbouring countries?
Travelling just across the border of South Africa, there lies so much more safari options. Zimbabwe known for the famous Victoria Falls also offers great safari destinations like Hwange National Park and Mana Pools. Definitely a safari circuit worth considering.
If it is water safaris that you are looking for, look no further than Botswana. Here you would be able to visit the Okavango Delta and the Chobe National Park. Both destinations offer boat cruises and you can explore the smaller waterways of the Delta by mokoro.
For a little more of an adventure safari, Namibia is the perfect option for you. You would be able to enjoy a safari in the Etosha National Park and search for the desert-adapted elephants in Damaraland, but the sand dunes of Sossusvlei is the highlight for most visitors.
The rest of Africa?
The most popular attraction for these countries would be the Great Wildebeest Migration. This is a year-round event and it is amazing to see so many animals move from location to location after the greenest grasslands.
But each country also has its own unique safari circuit that you would not want to miss out on. In Kenya, great additions to the Masai Mara would include Amboseli National Park and Lake Nakuru National Park. While in Tanzania the Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater Region are amazing options to combine with the Serengeti National Park.
Africa is home to safari! Whether you are visiting for the first time or if you keep coming back for more, there is always something to explore. Don’t let the Kruger National Park be your first and last stop. Africa is waiting and looking forward to your next visit!