A MUST SEE!
The Kruger National Park is 380 km long and 60 km wide, making it one of the largest game parks in the world! It is located in the northeast of South Africa and the park can be visited by private car. With the Big 5 quietly bumping through it, this park is the Mecca for nature lovers and a must see!
It also happens to be the oldest park in Africa. Kruger National Park was founded by Paul Kruger, the president of the Transvaal in 1898. He realized in 1884 that animals needed to be protected and briefly arranged for the area between the Sabie and Crocodile Rivers to be restricted for hunting. His full plan was not carried through until 1898, when the Sabie Game Reserve was established. Later this was given the familiar name: the Kruger National Park.
WHY KRUGER NATIONAL PARK?
It is a special park, with about 12,000 elephants Kruger National Park is even the place where most African elephants live! There are also special trees and plants, live no less than 148 species of mammals and lots of birds! In Kruger National Park live so many species of animals that it has the largest variety of animals in all of Africa! In addition, the landscape in the park is varied. You cross along green hills, mountains, savannah plains and tropical forests.
Because Kruger National Park is the most famous game park in South Africa and is therefore visited, it has a huge variety of accommodations. Something for everyone! You can spend the night in a basic accommodation in the park, a beautiful luxury lodge in a Private Game Reserve or camping in the bush. Check out our unique experience in Greater Kruger, where you go camping with a guide in a Guernsey Private Nature Reserve, cool!
SELF-DRIVE IN KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
What makes the Kruger National Park extra special is its accessibility: you can trudge through the park at your own leisure and spot the animals. A good way to discover the park is through camping. Load the car with cold beer and other refreshments and throw on the “braai” (South African BBQ) and in one of the bush camps tented camps. All this with a view of one of the many rivers, wildlife and in the night the amazing, naked skies! Prefer not to drive around on your own? You can also spot animals in this park under the guidance of a ranger during a walking safari or a night game drive.
Curious about which other safari parks are worth visiting? Then read our blog here! Or discover the malaria-free game parks above Johannesburg here.