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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.
Situated near the airport, this luxury lodge is 5 mi (8.1 km) from Skukuza Golf Course and within 12 mi (20 km) of Sabi Sands Game Reserve and Paul Kruger Entrance Gate. Paul Kruger Statue is 10.7 mi (17.2 km) away.
Situated in a national park, this hotel is 11.7 mi (18.8 km) from Kruger National Park Crocodile Bridge Gate and within 25 mi (40 km) of Kambaku Komatipoort Golf Course and Lionspruit Game Reserve.
Set in Kruger National Park, this family-friendly lodge is within 20 mi (32 km) of Kruger National Park Malelane Gate, Kruger National Park Crocodile Bridge Gate, and Leopard Creek Country Club. Inkwazi Shopping Centre and Lionspruit Game Reserve are also within 32 mi (52 km).
Situated in a national park, this luxury lodge is 11.1 mi (17.8 km) from Timbavati Game Reserve and within 20 mi (32 km) of Thornybush Game Reserve and Umbabat Nature Reserve. Orpen Gate and Klaserie Nature Reserve are also within 32 mi (52 km).
Situated in a national park, this luxury lodge is 8.9 mi (14.3 km) from Orpen Gate and within 20 mi (32 km) of Andover Nature Reserve and Mafunyani Cultural Village. Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre is 29.2 mi (46.9 km) away.
Situated in a national park, this lodge is within 32 mi (52 km) of Sabie Sand Game Reserve, Paul Kruger Statue, and Paul Kruger Entrance Gate. Andover Nature Reserve and Orpen Gate are also within 32 mi (52 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 Lionspruit Game Reserve. Kwa Madwala Game Reserve is 28.3 mi (45.5 km) away.