One of the biggest "big five" wildlife reserves in the world is South Africa's, Kruger National Park. Kruger is the nation's premier national park and is home to more than 500 bird species, 100 reptiles, close to 150 mammals, numerous ancient sites, and an astounding variety of trees and flowers. Adventurers have several options for exploring the park, including a hot-air balloon ride, a bush walk, and a 4x4.
The elephant, lion, rhinoceros, leopard, and Cape buffalo are known as the "Big 5" animals. All of these amazing species are likely to be visible to Kruger National Park visitors. The vegetation here ranges from open veld to deep bush with mopane, acacia, marula, and baobab trees. Elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, buffalo, rhinoceroses, zebras, wildebeests, impalas, and a wide variety of birds are among the additional fauna.
The approximately 5 million-acre Kruger National Park, located about 260 miles northeast of Johannesburg, has some of the best access to wild creatures in Africa. West of the Lebombo Mountains, in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, it is located on the Mozambique border. Paul Kruger, a former president of the South African Republic (the Transvaal) and the father of the Afrikaner country, was honored with a park's naming in 1926. The park was initially established in part in 1898. Skukuza is home to the park's administrative offices.
The park is around 200 miles (320 km) long and 25 to 50 miles (40 to 80 km) wide, covering an area of 7,523 square miles (19,485 square km). There are almost 5,000 miles of paved and gravel roads that travel through the region's primarily flat terrain and modest ranges of hills.
There are ten entrances to the Kruger National Park: the Crocodile Bridge, Malelane, Numbi, Phabeni, Paul Kruger, Orpen, Phalaborwa, Punda Maria, Pafuri, and Giriyondo. When visiting Kruger National Park, there are numerous must-see places and experiences that you should undoubtedly take in. Read on.
Must see Things at Kruger National Park:
1) The Big 5
2) Wild dog
3) Ground hornbill
4) Fish Eagle
5) Baobab & Marula Trees
Attractions at Kruger National Park:
- Classic Kruger Safari
- Tented Safari
- Wildlife encounter Saari
- Walking Safari
- Rhino Trails Safari
- Bushveld Camps
- Satellite Camps
- Main rest Camps
- Luxury Lodges
- Bush Lodge
- Bushman rock paintings
- Masorini ruins
- Albasini ruins
- Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Library
- Letaba Elephant Hall Museum
- Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate
- Wolhuter Wilderness Trail
- Tshokwane Picnic Site
- Napi Wilderness Trail
- Olifants Wilderness Trail
- Sweni Wilderness Trail
- Nyalaland Wilderness Trail
- Bushmans Trail
3) Cultural Sights:
How to reach Kruger National Park:
There are three primary ways to go to Kruger: by plane to Johannesburg, followed by an almost four-hour drive to the park; by internal flight from Johannesburg to Kruger Mpumalanga airport, followed by an hour's drive; or by internal flight from Johannesburg to Skukuza directly.
Entry fees at Kruger National Park:
Standard Conservation Fee for International Visitors - R440 (INR 1980) per adult, and R220 (INR 990) per child.
South African Citizens and Residents having ID - R110 (INR 496) per adult, and R55 (INR 248) per child.
SADC Nationals with a passport - R220 (INR 990) per adult, and R110 (INR 496) per child.
Timings of Kruger National Park:
6:00 AM to 05:30 pm (Monday to Sunday)
Please note: Timings and fees are subject to change, therefore it is advisable to check officially before your visit.
Best time to visit Kruger National Park:
May to October