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Kruger National Park

South Africa’s flagship national park offers a chance to experience the vast untamed savannah, wild rivers, ancient cultures and the country’s most iconic wildlife.

Kruger National Park’s is a vast wilderness of 4.8 million acres (2 million hectares). From open savannah to dense forest, South Africa’s largest national park and game reserve is home to elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards and buffalo. Collectively these beasts are known as Africa’s “Big Five.”

Kruger is celebrated for the diversity of its wildlife. There are about 150 mammal species, 110 reptile species and 500 species of birds. All of the country’s large carnivores can be found within the park’s borders.

Take a self-guided drive through the reserve and experience grazing herds of giraffe, impala and zebra. Most of the roads are paved and suitable for ordinary cars. Designated rest stops allow you to get out from behind the wheel and fully experience the sounds, scents and colors of this timeless land. Download maps and suggested itineraries from the park’s website.

To get even closer to the wildlife, sign up for an open vehicle safari tour. A park ranger and tracker will take you to the places they know animals congregate. If you’re feeling energetic, explore the park on foot on a single or multi-day trek in the company of experienced armed guides.

Kruger National Park features hundreds of archeological sites. In the park’s central area, explore the late Iron Age site and reconstructed village at Masorini. Further north, view evidence of prehistoric habitation at Thulamela.

The Kruger National Park is a year-round destination with hot, subtropical temperatures in summer and cold nights in winter. The dry winter months can be the best for spotting wildlife, however, in summer, rains fill waterholes and transform the bushveld into a lush landscape filled with migratory birds and newborn wildlife.

If you are staying overnight, accommodation options include bungalows, luxury guest houses and camp sites. Wear long clothing in natural colors and use insect repellent to avoid mosquito bites, and be sure to pack a hat, sunscreen and other outdoor essentials.

The Kruger National Park is served by three airports: Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport and Phalaborwa Airport. Once you arrive, simply rent a car to begin your adventure.

Popular Activities at Kruger National Park

Make the most of your time at Kruger National Park. Below is a list of some of the best activities:

For more things to do, examine our Mpumalanga - Limpopo things to do page.

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Best Lodging Options Near Kruger National Park

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Crocodile Bridge Safari Lodge CA $140
Reviewed on Jan. 19, 2020
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Crocodile Bridge Safari Lodge

Crocodile Bridge Safari Lodge

     
    4.8 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Great place with great location and wonderful management and ownership Lots of fun every night at communal dinner Love it here

    Nkambeni Safari Camp CA $178
    Reviewed on Sep. 28, 2019
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    Nkambeni Safari Camp

    Nkambeni Safari Camp

       
      4.1 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Package holiday hotel- good overall, but not recommended for individual travelers. Loud groups take over the restaurant and amenities. Also close to railway line: train spotters will be delighted, but less so the traveler looking to get away from it all. I’d give it a 6 rating.

      Elephant Plains Game Lodge CA $809
      Reviewed on Jan. 1, 2020
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      Elephant Plains Game Lodge

      Elephant Plains Game Lodge

      Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
         
        4.9 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        The best lodge we stayed at in Sabi. Amazing service, delicious food, exciting game rides. Highly recommended.

        Motswari Private Game Reserve CA $1,112
        Reviewed on Nov. 10, 2019
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        Motswari Private Game Reserve

        Motswari Private Game Reserve

           
          4.9 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          motswari was incredible. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left we were looked after and it was the best part of the trip. The food is fantastic and the staff are friendly. Incredible views- we had elephants come over to our room. The game drives are also great and the guides do their best ...

          Jock Safari Lodge CA $1,630
          Reviewed on Sep. 30, 2019
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          Jock Safari Lodge

          Jock Safari Lodge

             
            4.8 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Everything about Jock Safari Lodge is perfect. From the staff on site to our Ranger Mayneth! Everyone went over and beyond to make our stay an amazing experience. Even with out dietary restrictions, they accommodated to everything. We have already recommended Jock Safari Lodge to our Friends. And, ...

            Rhino Post Safari Lodge CA $967
            Reviewed on Jun. 23, 2019
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            Rhino Post Safari Lodge

            Rhino Post Safari Lodge

               
              4.6 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Rhino Post was a lovely experience. The food was exceptional and staff friendly and helpful.Our animal sightings were a bit slim but that is the luck of the draw.

              Imbali Safari Lodge CA $893
              Reviewed on Aug. 24, 2019
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              Imbali Safari Lodge

              Imbali Safari Lodge

                 
                4.5 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                I can't say enough about this beautiful place and the beautiful people who work here! I don't normally stay at such nice places so my cousin and I enjoyed every minute - from eating lunch with an elephant herd and going on game drive with Julie to find wild dogs! So peaceful and I thank everyone ...

                Elephant Walk Retreat CA $102
                Reviewed on Nov. 27, 2019
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                Elephant Walk Retreat

                Elephant Walk Retreat

                   
                  4.5 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Clean, affordable and location! Right outside the park!

                  Top things to do in Kruger National Park

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