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Kruger National Park

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Kruger National Park featuring land animals, a sunset and safari adventures

South Africa’s flagship national park offers a chance to experience the vast untamed savannah, wild rivers, ancient cultures and the country’s most iconic wildlife.

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.

Nkambeni Safari Camp
Nkambeni Safari Camp
3 out of 5
Numbi Gate Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
The price is $94 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
Situated in a national park, this lodge is 12 mi (19.3 km) from Perry's Bridge Reptile Park and within 20 mi (32 km) of Shangana Cultural Village and Phabeni ...
4.1/5Very Good! (43 reviews)
Good service & hospitality
"Good service at this hotel especially the catering staff"

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2021

Nkambeni Safari Camp
Lion Sands River Lodge
Lion Sands River Lodge
5 out of 5
Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Skukuza, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
The price is $1,856 per night from Aug 6 to Aug 6
Situated in a national park, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sabi Sands Game Reserve and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mala Mala Game Reserve and Paul Kruger ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)
The Place to Stay for Safari!
"Incredible! This is the place to stay when going on safari. My wife loved the spa and the staff really pampers you!"

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

Lion Sands River Lodge
Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge
Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge
5 out of 5
Skukuza, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
The price is $448 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
Situated on a river, this luxury lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Manyeleti Game Reserve and within 32 mi (52 km) of Satara and Orpen Gate.
4.7/5Exceptional! (78 reviews)
"The property lied about their amenities. They claim on the internet and with operators to have Wifi and they do not have wifi, not even a land line. If you need to stay in touch with family, your kids back home or work or your business it is impossible. The staff lies and does not want to help. We ..."

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2019

Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge
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Baobab Hill Bush House
Baobab Hill Bush House
4 out of 5
Norther Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park, Limpopo
The price is $1,113 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
Situated in a national park, this vacation home is steps from Makuleke Wilderness and Mapungubwe World Heritage Landscape Visitors Center. Lanner Gorge is 2.1 ...
Baobab Hill Bush House
Tented Adventures Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
Tented Adventures Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
2 out of 5
Pretoriuskop Rest Camp, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
Situated in a national park, this campground is within 32 mi (52 km) of Perry's Bridge Reptile Park, Phabeni Gate, Kruger National Park, and Shangana Cultural ...
Tented Adventures Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
Kruger National Park - Luxurious Double-storey Villa With Jacuzzi/bar/pool/bbq
Kruger National Park - Luxurious Double-storey Villa With Jacuzzi/bar/pool/bbq
Hectorspruit
Situated on a river, this resort is within 20 mi (32 km) of Kwa Madwala Game Reserve, Kruger National Park Malelane Gate, and Inkwazi Shopping Centre. Kruger ...
Kruger National Park - Luxurious Double-storey Villa With Jacuzzi/bar/pool/bbq
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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