Every year, people from across the world flock to the Kruger National Park to witness the iconic Big 5: lion; elephant; rhino; leopard and buffalo as well as the other magnificent diversity of wildlife.
Here are five reasons why the Kruger National Park is incredible and needs to be on your bucket list.
1| It’s size
Did you know that the Kruger National Park is bigger than Wales? The park covers an area of 19,485 km2 and boasts 147 species of mammal and 500 species of bird. The park has an estimated 1,500 lion, 12,000 elephant, 2,500 buffalo, 1,000 leopards and 5,000 rhinos (black and white). The size of the park allows it to be one of the most biodiverse areas in the world.
2| Budget-friendly rest camps and High-end luxury lodges
You can visit the Kruger National Park even if you’re on a tight budget. There are 12 rest camps. Each offers several different accommodation options, including camping sites, bungalows and safari tents. Skukuza; Olifants; lower Sabie, Satara and Orpen are very popular rest camps known for great wildlife sightings.
However, if you’d like to spend your African safari in the lap of luxury on a private concession, look no further than the award-winning Pondoro Game Lodge. You’ll find it nestled in the Balule Nature Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park. It’s renowned as one of the top game lodges in South Africa. It offers its guests private game drives during which the expert guides will do everything that they can to ensure you see the famed Big 5. You can also expect delectable cuisine and opulent accommodation.
3| Easily accessible
Unlike other parks in Africa, the Kruger National park is easily accessible. Depending on your preference, you can
- Drive to the park directly from anywhere in South Africa
- Fly directly into Skukuza
- Schedule a flight from Cape Town, rent a car and drive to the park
- Charter private flights
4| Home to the Big 5
Did you know that the elephant is the world’s largest mammal? It weighs up to seven tonnes and can reach heights of up to 3.3 metres? Also, it’s exciting to know that an elephant’s trunk is an extension of its upper lip and nose. These are only two of many remarkable facts about the elephant, one of the famed Big 5. The other four are the lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino. Each of them is just as fascinating as the rest. Make sure that you have your binoculars and a camera with you!
5| Self-drive or game drives with an expert tracker
A self-drive safari offers complete flexibility and is an ideal choice if you enjoy camping or are on a budget. Furthermore, when you find a fantastic sighting, e.g. one of the Big 5, you can stay and watch for as long as you want – the time is yours.
If you’d prefer not to drive, you have the option of going on game drives which are offered at the rest camps as well as the private reserves. You’ll be transported by an expert tracker who is knowledgeable about the area and will take you to the viewing hot spots.