Log In

Kruger National Park

16 reviews

About Kruger National Park

Country found in: South Africa
Parks total area: 19,485 km² (7,523 miles²)
Year established: 1926
Park wildlife: 39 animals listed
Anti-malarial: Recommended

Kruger National Park map

Kruger National Park highlights

  • 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.

Write a review

Kruger National Park tour packages

Showing 10 of 187 tour packages. Click here to see all tours.

Tour by: Encompass Africa

- A very special itinerary for those seeking a superior South Africa safari holiday - Stunning, owner run style...

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$5515

per person

Get quote

Tour by: Jenman Safaris

Explore the best of Southern Africa on this 9 day Southern African Safari with Jenman Safaris, which includes; C...

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$465

per person

Get quote

Tour by: Ibubesi Tours

Roodewal (Bush Lodge) - Kruger Park is situated approximately 40 km from the Olifants Restcamp on the gravelled ...

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$1750

per person

Get quote

Tour by: Shinzelle Safaris

You will experience the Kruger Parks most game rich areas with a local and knowledgeable professional field guid...

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$561

per person

Get quote

Tour by: Wild Planet Safari

Kruger National Park is wildlife haven that should be experienced by every passionate traveler. The park is Sout...

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$907

per person

Get quote

Tour by: Ker & Downey

From the Big Five in Kruger National Park and the country’s top ranked Leopard Creek Golf Course, to the stunnin...

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$13900

per person

Get quote

Tour by: Cape Travel Online

7 days safari in Kruger park

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$1552

per person

Get quote

Tour by: Wild Planet Safari

This tour is a perfect introduction to South Africa's Kruger National Park. On this tour you will spend 3 nights...

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$772

per person

Get quote

Tour by: Endless Summer Tours

This is our best seller, and for good reason. Spend 3 nights, 4 days, searching for Africa's amazing wildlife. ...

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$709

per person

Get quote
Showing 10 of 187 tour packages. Click here to see all tours.