A visit to South Africa is not complete without a safari! And the most popular stop for a safari in South Africa would be the Kruger National Park. Known for Big 5 sightings, why would you not want to add this to your trip. However, South Africa offers so much more…
Length of stay
A good visit to the Kruger National Park can be achieved in 4 days, giving you 3 nights in the park. Ideal you would like to spend a little more time on safari. With the Kruger National Park stretching from south to north covering 360 km, the landscape and terrain differ as you travel. With different terrains, each area is known for different wildlife. Having more time for your safari, you can travel to each area to find the specific wildlife you are searching for. By staying longer you would be definitely be returning home with a full checklist! But then, there is so much more beyond the Kruger National Park…
Your interest and other destinations
When travelling to Africa, safari is one of the most popular attractions. But there is so much more to explore. South Africa particularly is rich in culture and history, from where the referral as a Rainbow Nation. Home to 11 official languages, there are many cultures to follow. Great stops to include in your visit along with the Kruger National Park to experience the cultures of South Africa would be Pretoria in Gauteng, the Battlefields in KwaZulu Natal and Cape Town in the Western Cape.
Should nature be more your calling, there are plenty of other areas that would be of great interest to you. Hikes through the Drakensberg mountains or through the forest in the Tsitsikamma National Park. The Blyde River Canyon, one of the largest green canyons known, and waterfalls while travelling along the Panorama Route or the desert landscapes of the Richtersveld. Just to name a few.
Why have a look at the list of South Africa’s eight World Heritage Sites for some inspiration? These are:
- The iSimangaliso Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park
- The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park
- Robben Island
- The Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai and environs
- The Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape
- Vredefort Dome
- The Cape Floral Region
- The Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape
The Kruger National Park is also easy to combine with other destinations. When travelling from a beach destination like Mozambique or a visit to the famous Victoria Falls, the Kruger National Park would only be a short flight away. Why miss out if you are already so close.
Although South Africa is seen as a long haul destination, with many travellers having to take multiple flights to reach our beautiful country, some just can’t get enough! First-time visitors generally have limited time to include as much as possible. However, once they have visited, they keep coming back for more.
Coming back to South Africa with another visit to the Kruger National Park, you can enjoy all your time here. Exploring the more remote areas and staying longer in an area to catch a glimpse of that very sneaky leopard.
Travelling to South Africa, the Kruger National Park could be your only stop, but with some much to explore, you would be missing out on so much!