Planning a vacation to South Africa? Kruger National Park is one of the top tourist destinations to see wildlife! Spot some of the most amazing animals outside of the confines of a zoo.
Kruger National Park is South Africa's premier tourist destination, with more than two million visitors each year. It is one of the largest and most diverse game reserves in Africa, covering an area of nearly 2 million hectares.
Kruger is home to 147 species of mammals, over 500 species of birds, 350 species of trees, 49 fish species, 33 amphibians and several reptiles. The park is also renowned for its Big Five wildlife – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino – as well as its rich diversity of landscapes.
Kruger has a range of accommodation options for tourists who wish to stay overnight or longer within the park. These include self-catered chalets, private lodges and caravan parks. Additionally, there are several campsites located in the southern Kruger region for visitors who prefer to camp under the stars.
Visitors to Kruger can expect a range of activities including game drives, wildlife viewing and bush walks with experienced guides and rangers. There are also options to go on safari boat cruises or hot air balloon rides over the park. Kruger is known for its traditional African villages and cultural tours that offer an insight into local life. For those looking for a more relaxed experience, there’s plenty of birdwatching opportunities in the park as well as nature hikes that explore some of South Africa’s most beautiful landscapes.
The park’s conservation efforts have made it one of the best places in Africa to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Since 1926 Kruger has been dedicated to preserving this fragile ecosystem and educating visitors about its importance. As such, there are strict rules that must be followed when visiting Kruger which include driving only on designated paths.
The admission to Kruger National Park is about $26 when converted from South African Rands per adult/day. Visit the official website to see where picnic spots and look-out points are located! Check out the Elephant Museum and Masorini Ruins to add additional sites to your itinerary.
Travelers to South Africa should consider taking malaria medications if they are visiting Kruger National Park and getting a typhoid vaccine before departure. Visit Away Clinic’s newest Scottsdale location to get vaccinated!