Kruger National Park – The Heart of Africa
Where nearly 2 million hectares of unrivaled diversity of life forms fuses with historical and archaeological sights – this is real Africa.
The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best Safari Experience you could ask for!
Preserving South Africa’s Big 5
Kruger National Park is one of the most renowned protected areas in the world and is a South African national symbol. It was established under government protection in 1898, but was not open to the public until 1927. This national park is close to two million hectares and home to 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 116 reptiles, 507 birds, and 147 mammals. This wildlife experience is top ranked in Africa and is home to the Big Five: lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, and rhinoceros. These particular animals hold this dominant name because they have been known as the five most dangerous animals to hunt since the early 1900’s. Although Kruger National Park has become highly developed and popular to the public, it is still an unbelievable experience to witness these animals in their natural habitat.
Eco-tourism is an important factor in preserving Kruger National Park. Kruger is one of the most visited national parks in South Africa and it generates over one million people annually. Tourism funds the park rangers and the various campsites, which make the safari experience unforgettable. In order to ensure eco-tourism, the wildlife and species of this park must be preserved. The park rangers understand the variety of animals, beautiful aesthetics, and isolation from developments is the pull to this park in particular. The park is extremely isolated, set a day’s drive from large cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg, and it is vast covering 350km along the Mozambique border.
All accommodation, ablution and kitchen facilities are serviced by cleaning staff on a daily basis. Day visitors will no longer be allowed to bring or consume alcohol in public areas such as parking lots, picnic sites, wildlife viewing areas or roads, gates and all other areas designated as public. As outdoor lighting in camps is limited, a torch/headlamp is required when walking outside at night. Most rest-camps have retail facilities and restaurants. Tariff prices do not include meals.
Plan your trip – do not try and cover too great a distance. The Kruger National Park is a massive tract of land and frequently visitors try to cover too much ground. Slow travel and regular stopping produces much more action than covering a lot of ground. Early mornings and evening time are usually the most productive game viewing periods.