Kruger National Park safaris, tours & holiday packages

South Africa's largest and finest game reserve

Extending over a similar area to Wales, this 20,000 square-kilometre national park supports more than 160 mammal and 500 bird species, including substantial populations of all the Big Five.

The Kruger Park is an important stronghold for several of Africa's most iconic large mammals. It supports more than half the world's remaining white rhinos, along with substantial populations of buffaloes, elephants, black rhinos, leopards, cheetahs, African wild dogs and giraffes, and one of the few viable lion populations in southern Africa. Birding is excellent too, particularly in the summer months. Other wildlife includes baboons, warthogs, hyenas, many small predators, and around a dozen antelope species. 

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A self-drive safari through the Kruger is a highlight of any visit to South Africa, and there is something truly exciting about exploring this vast tract of bush unguided. Time permitting, a south–north traverse over 10 to 14 days is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the primal bush atmosphere. 

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Introduction

Serviced by good tar roads and several inexpensive rest camps, Kruger is better suited to affordable self-drive exploration than any other African safari destination. 

Facilities are concentrated in the south, which is the most accessible section of the park for visitors coming from Johannesburg. The south hosts the highest wildlife densities, and so tends to be overrun with tourists during peak periods. By contrast, northern Kruger is serviced by a handful of small camps and, while game viewing can be erratic, it boasts a genuine wilderness ambience. The central Kruger (north of the Sabi and south of the Letaba river) offers the best of the both worlds, carrying less tourist traffic than the south, but offering more reliable wildlife viewing than the north.

A recent development has been the allocation of several private concessions within the park. Though they lie within Kruger, these operate in much the same way much as the private reserves along the park's unfenced western border, but are less well known and thus tend to be a little cheaper. The camps within the concession are mostly small and stylish, and guests are generally offered an all-inclusive safari experience in open 4x4s manned by driver/guides who know the concession intimately. 

Know before you go

Did you know that the Kruger National Park is roughly the same size as Israel, slightly smaller than Belgium and comparable to about a third of the island country of Ireland and its land mass is around 2 000 000 hectares.

The Kruger National park boasts roughly 254 heritage areas and has an abundance of rock art to the extent of 125 rock painting locations.

It’s believed that the area has evidence of some the earliest recorded civilizations with artefacts dating back to times of the Stone Age.

The Kruger National park isn’t just big in geography it’s also big in terms of animal life for which it has 336 types of trees, 49 kinds of fish, 34 amphibian species, 114 reptile variants as well as 507 types of birdlife and 147 mammal species.

It’s also believed that the park has some 48 tons of ivory in storage and it’s said that 12 000 elephants roam the park year in and year out.

When to go

The great thing about the Kruger National Park is there is no real set time to visit as game viewing is optimal year in and year out, it’s said that there are more sightings of wildlife in the winter months.

However the wet season has its benefits as waterholes have sufficient liquids for quenching animal’s thirsts and many types of wildlife can be witnessed at the waterholes. It’s also a great time for witnessing newborn animals.

What to pack

Pack neutral colored clothing, cotton clothing if you can. Avoid the colour white which will be affected by things like dirt as white clothing collects dust stains which will show up and make you conspicuous to wildlife. Avoid red as this will also attract unnecessary attention from animals.

If you’re venturing to the area for which Tsetse flies might be present it’s advised to wear blue or black tones if possible to avoid unnecessary attention and annoyances because of this.

Waterproof clothing is a must for the occasional African thunderstorm.

A good pair of walking shoes or hiking boots is essential.

Sunscreen and a hat that will cover the entire neck and face area as the weather will be hot out there on an African safari especially during midday or the summer months.

Insect repellent, malaria medication and a first aid kit will come in handy in any situation on an African safari. Kruger Park does have cases of malaria however they are very rare so if you take the right precautions you won’t have an issue.

Binoculars and a camera are essential items on any safari.

A torch will always come in handy on an African safari.

Weather and Climate

The Kruger National park experiences a subtropical sizzling climate; expect weather temperatures from about 25 ° C and above. However in certain times of year the area will also experience colder weather, especially in the morning so make provisions for a variety of weather types. Especially when one is planning on going on nighttime or early morning game drives.

Safari / Holiday Styles

Park & Ride – This facility enables guests at Kruger to utilize the ‘Park and ride scheme’ where one can see the big 5 this is only available in the Marula region, Numbi, Phabeni and Kruger gates.

Bush Braai’s – This is great way to experience the African bushveld; a braai is an awesome South African get together where people braai or barbeque meat in the open. In the Kruger you can arrange to have one set up for you with lanterns. This is a truly South African experience.

Weddings – For the past few years The Kruger National Park has become a popular wedding destination for obvious reasons.

Family safaris – Family safaris are a great way to bond with your loved ones on an awesome African experience you’re likely never to forget.

Mountain biking – there are options to go mountain biking in the Kruger national park.

4x4 trails – there are also extensive 4x4 trails with various routes and options.

Where to stay

Kruger National has a vast array of accommodation options and there is an especially wide selection of holiday options for the discerning traveler wanting a touch of class, elegance and seclusion.

Kruger National Park has it all, coupled with the vast expanse of wildlife and amazing sights and sounds accommodation in the Kruger National Park really is fit for a king or queen.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Kruger National Park (park and it’s private concessions)

Which reserves are Malaria-free in South Africa?

All game reserves in Madikwe, the Pilanesberg and the Eastern Cape are malaria-free. go there.

How can I be certain that my valuable will be safe where we are staying in South Africa?

Most lodges and hotels will have safes for your valuables either in your room or at the reception. go there.

What is the local currency and how should we manage carrying our money in South Africa?

The local currency is the South African Rand (ZAR). There are numerous currency exchange outlets and the main credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Diners) are normally accepted everywhere. Most petrol stations and toll roads take credit… go there.

Do I need any vaccinations when entering Botswana?

If you’re travelling to Botswana, you will need vaccinations for hepatitis A, typhoid fever, polio as well as medications for travellers diarrhea. Malaria prophylaxis is recommended when you're travelling to the northern part of… go there.

When is the best time to see the Makgadikgadi Zebra Migration?

January to March is the best time to witness the Makgadikgadi zebra migration as well as the wildebeest. go there.

What currency do I use when visiting Botswana?

The currency used in Botswana is Pula (P), which is made up of 100 Thebe. Botswana Banks accepts US Dollars, Pounds Sterling, Euro and South African Rands in cash. Credit and debit cards, including International Visa and MasterCard are… go there.

What types of plugs are used in the Southern and Eastern African countries?

Botswana: Electric plug M 230V and 50Hz Kenya: Electric plug G 240V and 50Hz Malawi: Electrical plug G 230V and 50Hz Mauritius: Electrical plug C & G, 230V and 50Hz Mozambique: Electrical plug C,F,M, 220V and 50Hz Namibia: Electric plug… go there.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

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