Southern African Highlights

The Kruger National Park

Fact File:
Home of the Big 5
1,500 lions
12,000 elephants
27,000 buffalos
1,000 leopards
5,000 black & white rhinos
3,000 crocodiles
size – 2 million hectares
(estimated to be the size of Wales)
147 different mammal species
517 different bird species
Year of establishment – 1898

The Kruger National Park is the flagship of the South African National Parks and probably of the African Parks as well. It is not just one of the most known National Parks it is definitely also one of the most popular and best maintained parks in the world.

Kruger National Park has roughly the same size as The Netherlands, Israel or Wales and is home to 147 mammals (including the Big 5), 517 different bird species, 114 reptiles, 34 amphibians, 49 fish and 336 trees. This diversity makes the Kruger of the “must sees” in Southern Africa.

The Kruger National Park is the world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies. But this is not the reason for it’s popularity. The Kruger Park is probably so well-known, because it is the best National Park in Southern Africa. The size of the Park and the diversity of animals, vegetation and landscape are making the park outstandingly good.

The Kruger Park is not malaria free, but it is rated as a “low risk area” most of the year.
Check the South African National Parks official website for their “statement on malaria in the Kruger Park

It is a ca. 400km drive from Johannesburg/Pretoria to the Kruger National Park.

3 to 6 day safaris and tours to Victoria Falls, Chobe NP and the Okavango Delta
up to 7 day tours (walking safaris, self drive tours & more)
various operators
from backpackers to hotels

How to get there?

It is totally up to the traveller - you can either join an organised tour starting in Johannesburg, Pretoria or Nelspruit or you can rent a car and explore the Park on your own (route description to Nelspruit). TravelComments.com recommends organised tours in to the park for several reasons. The most obvious one is that qualified tour guides simply know the park way better than a first time visitor. They know where the animals are, they know why they are in certain habitats etc.. To us reason enough to join an organised tour to the world famous Kruger National Park and not to do it on your own.

Where to stay?

Find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say about hotels in Nelspruit

Travellers joining organised tours don't have to look around for accommodation in the park itself. If you are planning to stay somewhere close to the park for a couple of more days, you will easily find accommodation in eg Nelspruit, Hazyview, Graskop (Mpumalanga) and Phalaborwa, Tzaneen and Polokwane (Limpopo). All kinds of accommodation establishments can be found - backpackers, B&Bs, campsites, hotels, lodges etc. If you you want to visit Kruger on your own, it is advised to book your accommodation in the park in advance.

Kruger National Park 4 day tour
Departure: Monday, Thursday, Saturday
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Local Payment: None
Price per person (Valid until 31 December 2012):
R4600.00 - Camping - currency converter
R5600.00 - Bedded accommodation - currency converter
Depart from: Johannesburg, Pretoria, Nelspruit (click here for a list - opens in new window!)
End in: Johannesburg, Pretoria, Nelspruit (click here for a list - opens in new window!)
 

more Kruger National Park Tours - Kruger NP & Chobe NP, Okavango Delta or Victoria Falls tours, walking safaris in Kruger and many more...

For some more ideas see the tra:mag routes tour suggestions!
If you want to book your safari in the Kruger National Park in Nelspruit or your safari is starting there and transport from Joburg/Pretoria is not included, you've got the following options:

  • have the choice between upto 40 different car hire companies.
  • flying to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) in Nelspruit.
  • take one of the local bus companies (www.citybug.co.za or www.lowveldlink.com) which will pick you up at OR Tambo International Airport and drop you off in Nelspruit.
  • take one of the mainliner, e.g. Intercape (cheaper than Citybug and Lowfeldlink, but you will need an extra taxi to get to the bus station first).

What else to do in the area?

Hot Air Balloon Safari
For the ultimate in panoramic views, take to the skies and experience the romance and exhilaration of gently gliding over the spectacular African landscape.  

Mountain Biking
Induna Adventures offers easy to very difficult single track mountain biking. All routes are nicely marked, and you will receive a map to guide you along the way. We also have guide trails available. The scenery is out of this world! Beginners and experienced riders are welcome.  

Sabie River Rafting
Enjoy the exhilarating rush of negotiating your way past white water rapids on this scenic rafting trip down the beautiful Sabie River. A morning departure from your Hazyview hotel brings you to the green banks of the lower Sabie River Valley and the start of your rafting adventure. After a short safety briefing from your experienced instructor, set off downstream in your two man inflatable ‘croc’ raft. The journey runs for about six kilometres through the scenic river valley past inigenoius forest and over numerous series of small rapids. Although the rafting experience is a challenging fun-filled journey, no previous experience of rafting is necessary and all equipment including life jackets and helmets are provided.  

more activities in the Kruger Park area:
Mountain Boarding
| Mountain Biking | Abseiling | Paintball | Horse Riding | Rockclimbing and more!

Kruger National Park Map Pafuri Gate North Kruger Park Map South Kruger Park Map Crocodile Bridge Gate Malelane Gate Hoedspruit Phalaborwa Gate Graskop Sabie White River Nelspruit Hazyview Limpopo Province Map Zimbabwe Map Limpopo Province Map Mozambique Map

 

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Battle at Kruger - a pride of lions, a herd of buffalo, and 2 crocodiles
Watering hole near Pretoriuskop Camp, Kruger National Park.

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When to go?

Winter (June to August)
The best time of the year for game viewing. During this season, the grass is low, the bushes and trees don't have leaves. Rain is scarce and the environment is quite dry, so the animal are coming to the waterholes mostly in the mornings and evenings.

Summer (December to February:
The summer is the rainy season in the Park, so the rivers and waterholes are filled with water and the bushveld looks lush. Game viewing is pretty difficult, because the vegetation is pretty dense.
Towards the end of November and early December, Kruger National Park is filled with newborns.

Also see the daily weather reports from Kruger NP!

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