The national park which needs no introduction, Kruger is the jewel in the crown of South Africa’s national parks network. One of Africa’s largest protected areas, and as a result one of the continent’s most diverse too, visiting Kruger National Park is a dream come true.
Although the Big Five species are a major attraction for many looking at safaris in Kruger National Park, to limit yourself to just 3.5% of this massive park’s total mammal species would be a serious mistake. Covering over 7,500 square miles, an area larger than New Jersey, Kruger’s 147 recorded mammal species are joined by 500-plus birds calling 16 distinct habitats their home.
So while your long-cherished memories will be of mature male lions resting among golden grasses, or its herds of elephant refreshing themselves in open waterholes, it’s also worth exploring Kruger to its full extent. Do this, and you’ll uncover woodland and sandstone hills, the Sabie riverfront, and mountains stretching towards neighboring Mozambique – all alive with Africa’s native fauna.
Wherever you end up, you’re sure to find yourself in the refined surrounds of some of the best camps and lodges on the safari circuit. To take it all in, consider spending at least five nights at Kruger National Park, perhaps at two different lodges, and consider a three night’s stay the absolute minimum you can get away with.