Kruger National Park is South Africa’s most well known wildlife reserve – one of the largest in Africa, covering 7,300 square miles (19,000 sq. km). Kruger is well know for its large mammals, including the “Big 5”, and varied ecosystems, making it Africa’s most popular safari destination, attracting over 1 million visitors a year.
The park stretches from the Indian Ocean north, bordering Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Some areas of the park are easily accessible, sometimes on paved roads, but other areas are extremely remote, particularly in the northern area where Kruger National Park joins Limpopo National Park in Zimbabwe, and Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe to form the Great Limpopo Transfrontier National Park. There are also several private game reserves that border Kruger, that only allow guests staying at a limited number of safari lodges into the area.
Kruger is home to thousands of white rhino, more than can be found anywhere else in Africa. It is also home to over 11,000 elephants, the rare wild dog, and all the other large mammals, including the large predators – lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena. The park has several diverse ecosystems, ranging from Baobab sandveld, Mopane forest, savannah, Acacia forest and Riverine Forest.
County: South Africa
Park Size: 7,300 square miles – 19,000 square kilometers.
Ecosystems: Baobab sandveld, Mopane forest, savannah, Acacia forest and Riverine Forest.
Wildlife: Over 11,000 elephant, 7,000 white rhino, black rhino, wild dog, lion, leopard, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, hippo, spotted hyena, blue wildebeest, impala. Crocodile, buffalo.
When to go: During the dry winter season (May – October), but good all year round.
Highlights: Game drives, night game drives and walking in limited areas.