The Kruger National Park covers an area of over 7,330 square miles, a huge area that to give some idea of scale equals roughly the same area as Wales. On its northern border is Zimbabwe with the Gonarazhou National Park. To its east is Mozambique with the Limpopo National Park and the three of them cover a vast area of protected land known as the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.
As well as being the largest National Park in South Africa it is also one of the oldest. Originally planned in 1898, it was finally established in 1902 and slowly grew over the years as more areas were added to it. The initial problem the first warden, Major James Stevenson-Hamilton faced was getting some animals. After decades of hunting there was hardly any animals left so with a policy that must be nearly unique in the history of Game Reserves he culled all the carnivores to allow the populations of grazers to recover. The policy worked so successfully that today over 1 and a quarter million visitors go to the park every year.
Because of its size the park contains six eco-systems, from open plains to forest, and is home to nearly 2,000 different species of plant. Amongst these, over 500 types of bird can be seen at different times of year and there are, of course, lots of different animals. The Big Five are all present and in numbers that dwarf the stocks of other parks. Over 25,000 buffalo, 2,000 lions, 1,000 leopards, 10,000 elephants and countless grazing animals.
When you visit Kruger you have several options. You can stay at the park run rest camps, of which there are 21 scattered about the park. With a good network of roads between them you can stay at different ones and drive between them during the day, game-viewing as you go. We would recommend staying at one of the camps/lodges in the Greater Kruger where you safari in open 4x4s with experienced rangers and trackers. On private concessions you are often able to bush walk as well as game drive. There are many excellent private concessions bordering the main park and with no fences the game moves freely. Many are small, exclusive and offer superb service and facilities.
A very popular holiday that starts on safari in the Kruger before heading to Cape Town, the Winelands, Hermanus and the beautiful Garden Route
This leisurely holiday gives you the chance to see Cape Town, a private safari in the Kruger and visit the spectacular Victoria Falls
Staying in luxury properties and including car hire this opulent self drive itinerary takes you from Cape Town via the Winelands and Hermanus to a safari in the Kruger
A small group escorted tour of South Africa including Cape Town, the Cape Winelands, the Garden Route, a Kruger safari, Swaziland and the Panoramic Route
Enjoy a fabulous safari at a tented camp in the Kruger before flying to beautiful Mozambique in search of whales, rays, sharks and dolphins