Kruger National Park, a world-renowned wildlife paradise. In 1926 became first national park in South Africa. Its massive territory (almost 20,000 square kilometers) of the abundance and diversity guarantee you to experience the truly wild Africa.
What to do:
- Seek Big Five: Leopard, Buffalo, Lion, Elephant and Rhino
They are absolutely the protagonist in the Kruger National Park, which you can see from South African banknotes!
Other common wildlife you are likely to run into: giraffes, monkeys, hippos, crocodiles, wildebeest, zebras and baboons.
- Self-Drive Safaris
Most tourists to Kruger National Park drive their own vehicle or rent one through the park as we did. So you will have big scale of freedom to arrange your route and time with your own pace.
- Skukuza to Satara
- Lower Sabie to Skukuza
- Lower Sabie to Tshokwane
- Malelane to Skukuza
- Voortrekker Road
- Timbavati Road
- Olifants Loop and River Road
- Around Shingwedzi
- Mahonie Loop
- Luvhuvu River Drive
More details about the 10 Best Drives and Map downloading, check on this website:
- 4×4 Routes
Does it sounds adventurous? There are a range of 4×4 routes, in which you don’t have to stick to the regular roads. These trails will bring you to some parts of the park where the visitors can’t access with regular cars.
- Walking Trails
Tourists are not allowed to walk in the park on their own, it’s illegal! But Kruger organize guided tour conducted by Krugar Park ranger, who carry a rifle to accompany you in the whole walk in order to guarantee your safety. We took the unforgettable tour in the dawn, we happened to encounter the rhinos family in the bush, they were seems nervous and cornered with whistles and noises from the rangers, and run toward to us instead of runing away as their poor visibility, until they saw the ranger’s rifle 20 centimeters in front of their eyes, they turned direction immediately. That’s how we met the rhinos in the wild, it was an excited and emotional experience.
There are also trails for a couple of days, where you can trek the open bush with your camping equipment.
Tips: you are more likely to spot wildlife around waters, especially in the morning and evening when they come to drink. And that will be the perfect moment to shot a postcard-like photo as they are exposed completely outside and very concentrated on the water.
If you are a bird lovers, you will be rewarded with a variety of birds in Kruger National Park, such as Cape glossy starlings, Ground hornbill, Southern yellow-billed hornbill and Pel’s Fishing Owl. In the summer months you will see red carmine bee-eater.
We suggest you to bring the Bird List from the park to aid with spotting, identifying the birds. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars and your biggest lens of the camera. The bird watching hides will offer you an opportunity to sit and observe the Kruger birds in the peaceful surroundings. You can check with ranger in the information center about Bird Route.
Baobab Tree: The legendary baobab tree is an icon of the Africa. It’s known as “TREE OF LIFE”, because they can live up to 5000 years and 50 metres in circumference.
Best time to go:
Kruger National Park is an all year round destination, four seasons have each own charming. But one thing we guarantee you is whenever you decide to go to Kruger Park, you will be super satisfied. The Kruger National Park has a hot, sub-tropical climate, day temperature is over 25 ° C in the most time of the year.
even through many tourists prefer the lush vegetation in the summer, for our experience the dry winter months (June to August) is the best time for observing wildlife. because the opened bushveld widened our visibility. The low grasses, the barely leaved bushes and trees offered us a good chance to locate the wildlife.
Summer(November to February) is rain season, it brings the waterholes at their fullest, vegetation full of life, summer migrant birds arrive, ideal time for bird watching, and from end of Nov. till early Dec many new wildlife are born.
Where to sleep:
There are many camps throughout the whole park with variety of choices. We entered park from Punta Maria Gate and slept at many camps, most time we chose typical bungalows, where have small kitchen and barbecue facilities you can fire up for a barbecue in the open air while some antelopes or wildcat come by sometimes. Furthermore, Safari Tent was nice experience as well, you have bedroom and kitchen in the different tents, and shower with stars in the sky.
If you travel on a budget, then sleep in your own tent or caravan would be the cheapest way. Many rest camps have camping facilities, and camping is always the popular option for back-to-nature.
There are also relaxing luxury Kruger National Park Safaris with plunge pool, exquisite dining and wines even a massage, you can enjoy the private game at viewing deck or take a private tour.
There are also many accommodations available outside the park, bed & breakfast, guest houses, lodges and hotels.
- Park Regulations:
Stay on road and don’t get out of your vehicle; Don’t feed animals;
Park the car only at selected viewpoints;
Speed Limit: Tarred roads 50 kph; Gravel roads 40 kph (Animals have the same rights as us of sharing the road);
- Printable Kruger Park Map in PDF available to download in this link, that will definitely assist you to plan better your visit: http://www.krugerpark.co.za/dnl/kruger-park-map-pdf.pdf
- Daily Conservation Fee in South African Rand
Standard Conservation Fee (Foreign Visitors): R 304
SADC Nationals (with passport): R 152
South African citizens and Residents (with ID): R 76
Child ticket is half price. Valid until October 2017
- There is a limited number of cars that can access the park daily. You will be prohibited access if this threshold is reached by the visitors with pre-booked overnight accommodation . We suggest you to book in advance.