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.
Popular Kruger National Park safaris
These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates
Discover the Big Cats in the Kruger National Park and enjoy the bustling harbour, world-class beaches and top-notch vineyards in Cape Town
per person7 days
You'll trek Africa's Big Five members in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve
per person4 days
Experience luxury in the Kruger Park
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Combine Cape Town and the surrounding Cape Winelands with a safari in the Kruger National Park for a relaxing and exhilarating South African safari
per person11 days
Combine three of Southern Africa's most loved destinations into one romantic getaway and you'll share the memories forever
per person10 days
Spend your days discovering the fine beaches of Cape Town, enjoying the remarkably untamed wilderness of the Kruger National Park and swimming the pristine beaches of Mauritius.
per person15 days
Experience Cape Town, the lush Cape Winelands and a safari in the Kruger National Park and you'll fall under South Africa's spell
per person9 days
Combine the best that Cape Town and the Kruger National Park have to offer – beach and bush – for the ideal family holiday
per person8 days
Exploring these areas of the Southern African continent should on top of your bucket list
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Spot the Big Five in Thornybush Private Game Reserve and enjoy the majesty of Zimbabwe's roaring Victoria Falls
per person8 days
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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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 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 an 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 a 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
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Although wildlife viewing is good throughout the year. The warmer months from October to March are more pleasant - the scenery is greener and this is also the time most of the animals are born. However, the park is mostly about its scenery… go there.
The best time to visit Ithala Game Reserve is during the dry winter months, from May to September. During this season it is easier to spot the wildlife since the grass is eaten by herbivores. Expect to encounter and sight birds - such as… go there.
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Augrabies Falls National Park is open throughout the year, but the best time to visit is between April and September. When the popular three-day Klipspringer Trail is open. However, the waterfall is particularly impressive when in flood -… go there.
You may visit Wolhuterskop Game and Nature Reserve all year around - winter (during the months of June and August) are chilly, and summer (during the months of November and January) are hot. Enjoy horse rides, mountain bike and game drive. go there.
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