Kruger National Park
Details of Kruger National Park
- Size: Approximately 19,485 square kilometres.
- Location: Northeastern South Africa.
- Best Time: May to September.
- Known For: Big Five game viewing.
- To Do: Game drives, walking safaris, mountain biking, bird watching, and night game drives.
Created in 1898 to protect the flora and fauna of the Lowveld, Kruger National Park is home to an imposing variety of plants and animals including more than 2,000 varieties of plants, 118 reptiles, 517 birds, and almost 150 species of mammal.
The Big Five - lions, leopards, buffalo, elephants, and rhinos - remain the most popular attraction, but visitors to the park can expect to see other popular animals such as giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, cheetah, hyenas, antelopes, hippos, and more in abundance as well.
More unique residents include the endangered African wild dog, as well as roan and sable antelopes.
While guided game drives remain a popular way to take in the park, the option to utilize the park's well maintained network of self-drive roads makes it a place where the budding explorer can indulge their curiosity.
At almost 2 million hectares, Kruger National Park is undoubtedly South Africa’s most famous national park. Home to the Big Five and a huge variety of Africa’s most recognizable animals, Kruger stands beside the Serengeti and Masai Mara National Parks as one of Africa’s best safari destinations.