It’s not only about the famed Big Five, but thousands of other animals such as the giraffe – surely the most elegant of all the bush animals. You’ll encounter elephants galore – watch out for that tiny baby crossing the road – and herds of buffalo. There are so many different kinds of antelope your head will spin, fat crocodiles sunning themselves on sandbanks, hyenas mooching along, and, if you’re very lucky, a pack of wild dogs on the prowl.
Sharing the park with you are over 100 000 impala, 10 000 blue wildebeest, 9 000 kudu, 5 000 warthog (everybody’s favourite ugly duckling), 25 000 zebra, 180 cheetah, over 1 000 leopard and 1 500 lions – and that’s just the start. You can now begin to understand the natural super-abundance of one of the world’s best-loved game parks.
The Kruger National Park enjoys a great year-round sunny climate and offers all kinds of activities, from guided game drives and bush walks with an armed ranger to three-night walking trails in deep wilderness areas.
The Kruger National Park gets over 1.4-million visitors a year, but because it’s so big – 352km from north to south, and covering over 1.9-million hectares – you will be amazed at how often you are alone watching game on a 2 500km network of tar and dirt roads.
HOW TO GET HERE
By road from Johannesburg it’s approximately a five-hour drive (depending where you enter the park). You can also travel by plane to Kruger Park International Airport in Mbombela (Nelspruit ) and drive from there. Their are also Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa airports serving the Kruger and private lodges and game parks on the outskirts of the Kruger. Some private lodges also have their own landing strips served by charter flights from Johannebsurg.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Winter is the best time for game-spotting. The grass is low and animals are dependent on waterholes. Summer is hot, but scenically very beautiful, and there are lots of baby animals to see.
Accommodation varies from luxury private lodges to campsites and everything in between.