The Kruger National Park has been described as the brightest jewel in Africa’s treasure chest.
It offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this two million hectare protected area is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.
The last century has seen the park carefully developed. Unlike many reserves and sanctuaries, it is blessed with an outstanding road network, and in recent years its perimeter fencing has been substantially reduced, allowing greater migration ranges and increased wildlife populations.
Stretching along the park’s western border are a number of private reserves which supplement the land available to Kruger’s game and allow greatly enhanced opportunities for safari visits. Whilst expensive, these luxury Kruger lodges are extremely sophisticated outfits that can almost guarantee good ‘Big Five’ sightings an order of magnitude more frequently than in the Park at large. If that is what you are after, then a three day visit here should provide a memorable way in which to meet your requirements.
In excess of 500 kilometres in length from north to south, and teeming with wildlife, the Kruger is home to more species of wildlife than any other game sanctuary on the continent, and is one of Africa’s few remaining havens for big cats. Well over a thousand lions along with large populations of leopard and cheetah roam freely here.
Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.
Man’s interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries is also evident, from Bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites such as those at Masorini and Thulamel