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Kruger National Park’s is a vast wilderness of 4.8 million acres (2 million hectares). From open savannah to dense forest, South Africa’s largest national park and game reserve is home to elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards and buffalo. Collectively these beasts are known as Africa’s “Big Five.”
Kruger is celebrated for the diversity of its wildlife. There are about 150 mammal species, 110 reptile species and 500 species of birds. All of the country’s large carnivores can be found within the park’s borders.
Take a self-guided drive through the reserve and experience grazing herds of giraffe, impala and zebra. Most of the roads are paved and suitable for ordinary cars. Designated rest stops allow you to get out from behind the wheel and fully experience the sounds, scents and colors of this timeless land. Download maps and suggested itineraries from the park’s website.
To get even closer to the wildlife, sign up for an open vehicle safari tour. A park ranger and tracker will take you to the places they know animals congregate. If you’re feeling energetic, explore the park on foot on a single or multi-day trek in the company of experienced armed guides.
Kruger National Park features hundreds of archeological sites. In the park’s central area, explore the late Iron Age site and reconstructed village at Masorini. Further north, view evidence of prehistoric habitation at Thulamela.
The Kruger National Park is a year-round destination with hot, subtropical temperatures in summer and cold nights in winter. The dry winter months can be the best for spotting wildlife, however, in summer, rains fill waterholes and transform the bushveld into a lush landscape filled with migratory birds and newborn wildlife.
If you are staying overnight, accommodation options include bungalows, luxury guest houses and camp sites. Wear long clothing in natural colors and use insect repellent to avoid mosquito bites, and be sure to pack a hat, sunscreen and other outdoor essentials.
The Kruger National Park is served by three airports: Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport and Phalaborwa Airport. Once you arrive, simply rent a car to begin your adventure.
Accommodation in Kruger National Park
Securing a convenient hotel is all-important if you want a truly laid-back vacation. Encounter a wide range of Kruger National Park hotel options on Expedia's comprehensive lodging guide.
The Leopard Hills, at Sabi Sands Game Reserve, and the Lion Sands Kruger National Park, at Kruger National Park, are two excellent examples of upscale Kruger National Park accommodation options. In the same premium range, why not also look at the Lion Sands Sabi Sand and the Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps. The Lion Sands Sabi Sand is housed at Sabi Sand Game Reserve, while the Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps can be found at Greater Kruger National Park.
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Situated in a national park, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Manyeleti Game Reserve and 10.9 mi (17.5 km) from Djuma Game Reserve. Mala Mala Game Reserve and Orpen Gate are also within 25 mi (40 km).
Situated near the airport, this luxury lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sabi Sands Game Reserve and within 9 mi (15 km) of Skukuza Golf Course and Mala Mala Game Reserve. Londolozi Game Reserve and Paul Kruger Entrance Gate are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated on a river, this tentalow is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Kruger National Park Crocodile Bridge Gate and within 12 mi (20 km) of Kambaku Komatipoort Golf Course and Lebombo Border Control. Lionspruit Game Reserve is 10.4 mi (16.7 km) away.
Situated in a national park, this lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Klaserie Nature Reserve and 12.4 mi (19.9 km) from Umbabat Nature Reserve. Timbavati Game Reserve and Thornybush Game Reserve are also within 16 mi (25 km).
Situated in a national park, this luxury guesthouse is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Manyeleti Game Reserve and 10.9 mi (17.6 km) from Djuma Game Reserve. Mala Mala Game Reserve and Orpen Gate are also within 25 mi (40 km).
Situated in a national park, this lodge is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Manyeleti Game Reserve and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Londolozi Game Reserve. Djuma Game Reserve and Mala Mala Game Reserve are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated on a river, this lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Kruger National Park Crocodile Bridge Gate and within 9 mi (15 km) of Kambaku Komatipoort Golf Course and Lebombo Border Control. Lionspruit Game Reserve is 9.8 mi (15.7 km) away.
This family-friendly Kruger National Park lodge is located in a national park, 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Kruger National Park Numbi Gate, and within 16 mi (25 km) of Perry's Bridge Reptile Park and Elephant Whispers. Hazyview Elephant Sanctuary and Shangana Cultural Village are also within 20 mi (32 km).