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Welcome to the largest and most famous national game park in South Africa where each day begins with the promise of wild encounters that will remain with you for a lifetime. The Kruger National Park always tops the list of southern African highlights and attracts close to 1 million visitors a year, who arrive to enjoy its wealth of wildlife that is not easily matched. Covering a staggering 2 million hectares of scenic Lowveld bushland, the diversity and density of wildlife in the Kruger National Park is astounding.
Offering all of Africa’s iconic Big Five, as well as 137 other species of mammals and over 500 varieties of birds, visitors are never short of wildlife sightings, while activities and accommodation options in the park are endless. The Kruger boasts excellent infrastructure with plenty of picnic sites, rest camps, waterholes and hides and, although predominantly a self-drive destination, also provides guided safaris and organised day trips.
The park is well regarded for its conservation efforts and besides immense numbers of wildlife, the area protects a wealth of ancient trees, mighty rivers and prehistoric sites with baobab, knob thorn, mopane and fever trees dotting the landscape where once the famous dog, Jock of the Bushveld, was born.
Accommodation options vary from budget self-catering to five-star luxury. Some of the most elegant bush lodges in South Africa are located in the Kruger so, for those who can afford it, it’s easy to spoil yourself.
It’s important for first time visitors to understand the immensity of the park and prior decision making as to where you will go is necessary. Broadly speaking, the Kruger can be divided into four regions:
An abundance of sweet grass and trees attracts a plethora of antelope and grazers that in turn are followed by hungry predators. Although one of the smallest regions on the park, it holds over 60 prides of lions and the chances of spotting predators of all varieties is excellent. On the downside it is also the busiest area of the park and can get crowded in peak season.
Far North Region
Located near the border of Mozambique, this region is dominated by beautiful landscapes such as river floodplains, sandstone formations, riverine forests and coastal plains where rare birdlife is one of the main attractions. Remote and peaceful, it is noticeable different to other Kruger ecological zones and although not well stocked with typical wildlife it does hold small rarities such as the knocking sand frog, samango monkey, wild dog and Sharpe’s grysbok.
Fed by five forging rivers, this semi-arid region is known for its hippo, elephant, bush pig and birdlife. Beautiful sycamore fig and tamboti trees thrive along the lush river banks and there are also a great number of antelope that frequent this area.
This region houses the majority of the private concessions within the greater Kruger area and is well balanced with excellent densities of wildlife and picturesque landscapes. Bounded by two rivers and flanked by the stunning Lebombo mountain range, this is where visitors are most likely to encounter rhino and elusive leopard that favour the forested banks of the rivers. Also expect good herds of kudu, impala, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, elephant, cheetah and wild dog.