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Stunning views, lots of time to drive through the park and see many healthy animals in the wild.
The second largest game reserve, the Kruger National Park is south Africa’s flagship Game reserve. Originally the Kruger Park was the Sabi Game Reserve, and it was only in 1927 when the National Parks Act was declared that the Kruger National Park came into existence (by merging the Sabi Game Reserve with the Shingwedzi Game Reserve). In 1927 the first motorists drove through the park for a mere pound.
Today the park spreads across 2 of the country’s provinces (Limpopo and Mpumalanga) and spans an awesome 19,633 square kilometres (7,580 sq mi) . Just the drive from North to South of the park is 60 kilometres (220 mi), while east to west is only 5 kilometres (40 mi). It is also home to Africa’s Big Five, the birding Big Six, as well as thousands of indigenous fauna and flora. Day guests to the park can visit between 5 - 18:30 in the South African Summer months Nov - Feb); 6:00 - 18:00 during Spring (Aug - Oct) and Autumn (Mar - Apr); and 6:00 - 17:30 during Winter (May - Jul). Visitors staying overnight in one of the parks various accommodation offerings will have broader access to the park after normal daily hours.
Of course, visiting the Kruger National Park usually means safari time, and efforts to spot the Big Five, as well as the other 142 mammal species to be found in the park. Then there is of course the the truly magnificent scenery, which not just plays home to the animals of the park, but also the vast and diverse birdlife. So where to begin?
The first, most inexpensive activity is of course to do a self-drive safari. Whether you are staying in the park, or outside it, a self-drive safari is always doable. The park rangers will provide you with maps, as well as expert advice... Show more