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Travel in South Africa: Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park

Among the many reasons to visit South Africa is its physical attractions. The nation at the southern tip of Africa features mountains, oceans, savannahs, and more – all easily accessible. You can find many parks and wildlife reserves where South Africa’s beautiful plant and animal life remains basically untouched.

Kruger National Park is definitely worth visiting. It is an enormous space, just less than 20,000 square kilometers, located in the northeast corner of the country close to the border with Mozambique. The fastest way to access the park is via Kruger Park Gateway Airport. Other options include Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport or Eastgate Airport. Once on the ground, you can rent a vehicle from Skukuza Rest Camp and drive into the park.

Where to Stay

There are a variety of places to stay in Kruger National Park. Rest camps include Skukuza Rest Camp (the biggest), Satara, and Lower Sabie. You can also opt for pricier private lodges like Singita Boulders or Rhino Post Safari Lodge. The options for stay range from backpacker-friendly budget tents to 5-star resorts.

The big-mammal wildlife is breathtaking, incomparable to other regions of the world. In Kruger National Park, you can expect to see giraffes, hippos, rhinos, lions, cheetahs, all kind of other big cats, and more. Safaris are an excellent way to spend time in Kruger National Park and take in all the sights on offer. There are two ways to safari in the park: self-guided and guided.

Tours Available

Guided tours are best suited for visitors unfamiliar with the terrain in the park and for anyone concerned about safety issues. In case of inclement weather, it is also helpful to have the benefit of an experienced guide to avoid any problems. Guided tours can also provide more opportunities for spotting wildlife, as the guides will know the places to find the animals.

Self-guided tours allow more flexibility and time to go where you please. 4-wheel drive vehicles suitable for off-roading can be rented from many vendors in and around the park.

On the resorts, many activities are available including spa treatments, golf, and more. You can also take a hot-air balloon ride over the park, which offers some fantastic views from above.

Overall, for the nature enthusiast or just the casual tourist, Kruger National Park should be on your can’t-miss list to visit while you are in South Africa. It is truly one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.