Kruger National Park


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 Lions Rock, Kruger National Park
Lions Rock, Kruger National Park
About Kruger National Park
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Parks total area:
19,485 km² (7,523 miles²)
Year established:
1926
Anti-malarial:
Recommended
Park wildlife:
  • April through July are the best times of year to visit
  • Home to the big five game
  • Many safari options, including self-drive.
  • Over 500 species of birds await bird lovers from across the globe

Kruger National Park is one of the largest, most famous and most-visited parks in all of Africa. Located in the northeastern corner of South Africa, it forms the border between South Africa and Mozambique. It is 19,485 km² (7523 mi²) in size, making it the seventh largest national park in Africa, and was established in 1926. Kruger offers superb wildlife viewing opportunities and it is possible to see the big five here. The big five are: buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino. The big five are only the icing on the safari cake, though, as Kruger is home to a stunning array of flora and fauna and boasts over 500 species of birds and nearly 2000 species of plants.

Kruger is also one of the most developed national parks in terms of tourism infrastructure, and it offers the full gamut of lodging options, from very basic accommodation up to luxury levels that rival the top seven star hotels of the world.

When is the best time of year to visit Kruger National Park?

Like many game parks in Africa, Kruger generally has two seasons: a wet and a dry season.

The wet season occurs during the southern hemisphere summer, roughly between the months of October and March. During the summer months, the daytime temperatures tend to be higher and the humidity levels rise. It is not uncommon for a daily thundershower. The Kruger landscape at this time of year is green and lush, and towards the end of November and into early December is the calving season for many of the herbivores. Due to the surplus of water and the dense foliage at this time of year, animal viewing may be more difficult than in the dry season. The animals have ample selection for their water and may be even less active during the day due to the warmer and stickier conditions. That said, some people prefer to travel at this time of year to see the lush foliage and newborn animals that the winter months bring.   

The dry season occurs during the winter months of the southern hemisphere – roughly April through mid October. During this time of year the daytime temperatures are slightly lower than those of the summer months and the humidity levels are lower. The precipitation levels drop substantially from those of the summer months and many of the waterholes dry up during this time of year. The lack of accessible water makes for better game viewing as the animals must gather round what remains. The game viewing is also easier to see without the dense foliage of the summer months. The winter months are very popular with visitors from the northern hemisphere as they coincide with school holidays. The months of July and August see a large number of visitors to Kruger.

Kruger is highly recommended for any level of safari visitor. It offers a wide range of safari options, from standard driving and walking safaris to safari options not often seen in the more northern countries such as elephant back safaris, open-sided safari vehicles and self-drive safaris.

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(4/5 stars) Written on: Mar 09, 2016   |   Visited: Jun 2015.
Arguably one of the most famous national parks in the world, the Kruger National Park offers one of the best wildlife experiences in Africa. On an average 4-day stay between the months of May to September you can expect to see most of the big five as well as many other African mammals, birds and fauna. The photos attached are taken from the Timbavati Game Reserve, ... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Dec 16, 2015   |   Visited: Oct 2015.
My first safari was this past October at the Skukuza Rest Camp operated by Outlook Safaris. My daughter and I simply loved it beginning with the transfer from/to Johannesburg from our hotel to our accommodation and actual daily tours led by truly professional and knowledgeable guides. read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Feb 09, 2015   |   Visited: Sep 2014.
I visit this park often and really enjoy nature at its best with the park and camps that blend in with nature. The park management look after this park quite well and you can read about it in various media magazines, Facebook pages and other media.
Although the old traditional restaurants have fallen away, they have been finally replaced with Mug & Bean, Cattle B... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Nov 25, 2014   |   Visited: Nov 2014.
South Africa's Kruger National Park is arguably the most affordable and most accessible major African game park. Because of this and because of the consistently good all-year game viewing, it is also one of the most popular game reserves in Africa.
There are basically three ways to "do" Kruger:

1) You can go on your own and self-drive.
2) You can go with a tou... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: May 12, 2014   |   Visited: May 2014.
Kruger National Park is home to an amazing variety of wildlife and nature scenes.

The "BIG 5" is what everybody comes to see yes sure they are amazing and quite common if you know where to look.

"Big 5"
Animals: Lion, Leopard, Cape Buffalo, African Elephant and Black Rhino.

TERM:
The term big five game was used by big-game hunters and refers to the fi... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Apr 22, 2014   |   Visited: Apr 2014.
Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, South Africa is an amazing place...

That is if you know the secrets:

1: Time
2: Place
3: A bit of luck
4: Rainfall
5: Were to go

1: Timing
Your timing to see some of Africa's top wildlife animals is best early morning when the gates open and about an hour before the gates closes.
WHY? It's not that hot and being ... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jan 18, 2014   |   Visited: Jul 2010.
I have been coming to the Kruger National Park since I was a little girl. Our family holidays took place in the camps on the banks of the mighty Olifants River. I remember early mornings with coffee and rusks to get ready for game drives. Sunsets without television or telephones (this was before mobile phones and the Internet!), just whiskey for the mom, beer for t... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Nov 22, 2013   |   Visited: Oct 2013.
On a recent trip to South Africa, I was lucky enough to visit the spectacular Kruger National Park. What a thrill!

We stayed at Savanna Private Game Lodge in Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which is located in the Greater Kruger Park area.

During our safari adventures we saw the Big 5 in two days, as well as other exciting wildlife, including crocodile, wild dogs (w... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Nov 05, 2013   |   Visited: Aug 2005.
We stayed at Mopani Camp on our first ever safari vacation. Bar/restaurant had excellent balcony overlooking a lake full of hippos, crocs and birds. Shop, cafeteria. Camp was full of savannah scrub and a big baobab, a micro-safari in itself. Chalet was spacious and well-appointed. Only complaint (also encountered elsewhere in SA) was lack of European norms of servi... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Sep 23, 2013   |   Visited: Mar 2013.
This is the prime safari area of South Africa with the best circumstances for wildlife photography courses, wildlife sightings and all levels of hobby photography.

Best leopard sightings, probably in the world
Excellent Big 5 sightings
Excellent lodges with excellent rangers and trackers
Great safaris “old” style with nowadays comfort
Easy access by air and... read more

I saw

Leopard
Lion
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Safari suitability: 10 / 10
Big five, excellent lodging options and the ability to self-drive. Come one, come all!
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