The Kruger National Park in South Africa, place of
breathtaking African wildlife safaris.
In the far north east of South Africa, lies the
famous Kruger National Park, framed by glorious sunshine, glowing sunsets and a glittering canopy
of blazing stars.
Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, it has
become one of Africa’s leading wildlife reserves in terms of size and animal diversity, ranking
amongst the finest game sanctuaries in the world.
Truly the flagship of all South African national parks, the Kruger National
Game Reserve is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114
reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.
As one of South Africa’s top attractions and a paradise for the wildlife
enthusiast, the Kruger Park offers the visitor exciting opportunities to experience breathtaking
encounters with Elephants, Lions, Buffalos, Rhinos and Leopards and many many more.
Learn more about breathtaking African wildlife safaris in the
Kruger National Park including the Big Five, and how you to enjoy them even on a tight
Almost as large as a small country like the Netherlands, Israel or Wales, the
Park consists of 20,000 sq km of unspoiled pristine indigenous bushveld, sub-tropical lowveld
vegetation, fertile valleys and terraced hills.
With an average width of 60km it stretches north for almost 400km from its
southern boundary the Crocodile river, all along the Lebombo mountains which form the national
border with Mozambique in the east, to its northern boundary, the Limpopo river, which is South
Africa’s national border with Zimbabwe.
Plans are well under way to combine the Kruger Park with the Limpopo National
Park in Mozambique and the Gonarezhou National Park, Manjinji Pan Sanctuary and Malipati
Safari Area in Zimbabwe, creating the world's biggest wildlife reserve, the giant 35,000 sq km
across borders “Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park”.
The Kruger National Game Reserve has a number of rest camps providing
accommodation to visitors. These are the only places in the park where visitors are allowed to leave
the safety of their vehicle.
The type of accommodation offered is in the form of Chalets, Cottages,
Bungalows, Tents, Camping sites, Bushveld camps, Bush lodges and Safari lodges, varying in price
and style from rustic to luxurious.
Next to accommodation, the major rest camps also offer facilities such as a
Supermarket, Cafeteria and/or Restaurant, Petrol station, ATM banking, Public telephones, Laundry
service, designated Picnic area,Communal kitchen, Ablution facilities, a Swimming pool and
Pharmaceutical and Medical services.
The answer to that cannot be that difficult. When you visit the Park, you go
there for only one reason and that is to see the animals and the birds and to enjoy the African
bushveld ambiance and scenery. At the top of your list will be the "Big 5", Lion, Leopard, Elephant,
Rhino and Buffalo.
One of the best ways to do this is to tour around the park by car. Driving
yourself in your own car (or a rented one), is a lot of fun and a very effective way of finding and
observing the wildlife, even for first timers. It also enables you to decide for yourself what you
want to do and where you want to go.
Next to the self-drive option, most of the rest camps in the Park offer game
drives in one of their safari vehicles, under the guidance of a ranger. These game drives
usually take place three times a day, in the early morning hours, in the late afternoon and at
night, giving you the opportunity to search animals during the hours when they are most active.
The advantage is that most of the times your guide is a resident ranger of
the rest camp offering the game drive, who knows the movement of the animals in the region around
the camp and where to find them. You will learn a lot from him and see a lot more then you might
have on your own.
For the somewhat more adventurous ones there are the guided walks which bring
you closer to the bushveld and its animals than any other way. The walks are easy and relaxed,
mostly to interesting areas near the camps.
They usually consist of a group of maximum 8 people under the guidance of experienced and armed
rangers, who will share their experience of the bush and explain its natural marvels.
For the true African bushveld lover, there is the Kruger Park wilderness trail hiking
experience. As part of a group of maximum 8 hikers and 2 rangers you will go on a African
bushveld hiking tour for 3 days and 2 nights.
The tour consists of 3 circular routes, one for each day, starting in the morning and returning
in the evening from and to the same small bush camp. There is no way that you can get closer to the
animals than on this tour, truly a breathtaking experience.
The Kruger National Park is situated in the southern hemisphere (north of the
equator), so keep in mind that the seasonal periods are opposite to those in the northern
hemisphere (south of the equator).
The summer months which are hot and humid with temperatures often as high as
38° C (100° F) are October to April.
This is also the wet season in the Park. Not that it rains all day, but rather a regular pattern
of afternoon thunder storms, which can be torrential.
Water is plentiful, causing the animals to spread out across the park. This, together with the
lush vegetation makes them less visible and more difficult to spot during this period.
The winter months which are mild and warm with a low humidity and with
temperatures varying between 17° and 22° Celsius (60° to 70° F) are May to September.
This is the dry season with practically no rainfall at all. At night it can cool off strongly,
so bring some warm clothing for the night and early morning game drives.
Because there is much less water around in the Park during this period, the animals will
concentrate around the permanent water sources. Together with the vegetation thinning out they will
become more visible and easier to find.
Actually, the Kruger National Park is a great destination all year round. Each
season has its own appeal.
Pro's and con's of the winter season are:
The animals are easier to spot with the reduced water supply and the vegetation thinning out.
It is the low season so the roads and camps will be less busy.
Sunny and blue skies with no rain.
Mild temperatures during the day with low humidity.
Dry, windy and dusty outdoor conditions.
Game drives in the early morning and at night are quite cold.
Pro's and con's of the summer season are:
The green and fresh scenery is beautiful and at its best.
The animals are in prime condition and their new offspring are a joy to observe.
With all the migratory birds present, the bird lovers will have a great time.
Game viewing is not as good as during the winter.
It can become quite humid and hot around the middle of the day.
It is high season, so the camps and roads will be a busier.
Most of the seasoned Kruger Park visitors consider the period in between the wet and dry
season and in particular late winter and early spring as the best time to visit the
Because they have the best of both. At the end of the winter the water supply is still reduced
to the number of permanent resources and the grass is still thin and low, with game viewing
opportunities still at maximum.
At the same time with the spring starting up, everything comes to life. Trees are developing new
buds, the grass flashes its first freshly green and to top it all the birthing season in the bush
takes off. All in All a wonderful experience.
Accommodation availability, tariffs and reservations
In the tables below you will find a wealth of information on every single rest camp in the Kruger
The rest camp names are buttons (links) that will take you to all the
information you might want on each one of them.
The Accommodation, Availability, Tariffs and Reservations are buttons (links)
that will take you directly to the relevant pages for each rest camp on the website of the South
African National Parks Board, enabling you to to make your own reservations and do your own
Map of the Kruger National Park with the
locations of the main rest camps, entrance gates and surrounding towns
Kruger National Park Safari 1
Filmed and Edited by Brendan Goldberg. His comments: "This was a great trip! We saw so many
incredible animals! Thank you for watching!
Big Five safari in the Kruger National Park
Filmed and Edited by Harry Mateman. His comments: The Big Five: Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhinoceros. Apart from the rhino we saw
these animals throughout the park (rhino only in the south). Exciting was to watch a pride of
lions stalking zebras. You must be lucky to see a leopard nearby, but the other animals can often
be seen from your car at a short distance. Best place to meet the big five in a short time is
near Skukuza (we saw them once within 2 hours of spotting). When you are driving your own car,
try to contact a guide of an organised tour (they often know where to find the animals).
The best way to achieve the maximum of your Kruger National park experience
is the self-drive option, driving your own or a hired vehicle. It gives you the opportunity to
customize your visit to the Park entirely according to your own wants and requirements. Essentials
to have with you in your car are: Binoculars, something warm to wear, drinks and snacks, camera,
map and litter bag.