KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AFRICA
The Kruger National Park boasts the world’s greatest concentration of species and is the largest game reserves in north east South Africa. The Park as it is known today covers roughly 18,000 sq kms, it is 360 kms long and on average about 60kms wide. Kruger Park includes several private game reserves like Sabi Game reserve
Kruger National Park history
A brief history reads – in 1844 the border between Portuguese, Mozambique and South Africa was agreed, today that same border comprises much of the Park’s eastern boundary. In 1869, a gold rush in the area resulted in over-hunting and in 1884 President Paul Kruger proposed that boundaries in the region be defined as game reserves to protect the flora and fauna. He encountered inevitable resistance with the proposed restrictions and did not succeed until 1898 when the Crocodile and Sabi River areas were officially deemed reserves. Eventually they grew into today’s Kruger National Park.
Kruger national park form a large part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park that extends from Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Kruger National Park Tours
Kruger Park is home to thousands of wild animals, birds and plants, one of the richest wildlife heritage sites on any South Africa safari tour. Some of the game that you can hope to see includes black and white rhinos, Burchell’s zebras, blue wildebeests, buffalos, lions, cheetahs, elands, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hartebeests, impala, vervet monkeys, hyena, hippos, crocodiles, antelopes and wild dog among other animals.
Sabi River attracts several herds of wildlife during the dry seasons and flocks of colorful birds all through the year. Some of the interesting birds in Kruger National Park include Grey lourie, heron, yellow billed stork, martial eagle, the Egyptian goose, cormorant, hammerkop, saddle billed stork, white back vulture, ground hornbill and many others.
Kruger Park to the south is gifted by the coursing Sabi and Crocodile rivers which have made it a unique eco-system with several opportunities for a game viewing. The riverbanks are covered in dense forests, thorny thickets and woodlands.
Guided day and night game drives are a unique way to adventure on Kruger national park safari. Meet the creepy nocturnal predators like lions, cheetah, jackals, leopards and the wild dog on hunt around the park. Walking safaris led by armed game warders and rangers are unforgettable. There are 6 different trails and get one-on-one encounter with Kruger’s wildlife, insects, exotic plants and so much more.
Kruger National Park hotels and Accommodation
There are several Kruger national park safari lodges, camps and accommodation options with restaurants, self catering accommodation, picnic sites, laundry services, swimming pools and very many other tourist services located inside the park and near the park
Some of the recommended rest camps include Skukuza, Letaba, Berg en Dal, Mopani, Punda Maria, Maroela …etc many of these being private camps. There are also bush camos that will give you the real feel of an African night characterized by sounds like croaking frogs, laughing hyenas, lion roars and chirping birds in the morning. Some of these include Bateleur Bushveld, Sirheni camp, Talamati camp and many others.
Kruger national park safaris also have incredible luxury African safari lodges and they include Lukimbi Safari Lodge, Rhino Post safari lodge, Hamilton’s camp, Tinga private lodge, outpost lodge and many others. Often the luxury safari lodges have Kruger National Park honeymoon packages with unequalled service to make your romantic gateway memorable.
Access to Kruger National Park
The park is opens 6h00 to 18h00 for visiting tourists who are admitted after paying a nominal park entrance fee. Kruger Park is one of the most accessible African Safari game parks with well traced roads and tracks through the park. The park has more than 5 gates of Malelane in the south east, Numbi in the south west and Kruger in the north are the main gates.
By planes and chartered aircrafts, the park has access to 3 airstrips and airports; Kruger Mpumalanga, Nelspruit, East gate airport at Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa airport. They all recive flights form Johannesburg with small aircraft charters.
When to Visit
Kruger Park has a long wet season that begins in October to January although it is a replenishing time in the park; several blooming plants, growth of new savannah pastures, impala breeding season. The dry season then begins in Feb to July when vegetation is dense and several animal sighting throughout the park. The giant Baobab tree bloom around June with beautiful flowers while different migrant birds like Stonechat flying to the park in July.