Planning a trip to Kruger National Park? Here, your love for the African wildlife will reach new heights. Known as ‘the heart of the Lowveld’ it is also home to the Big 5, baobabs and marula trees, with endless miles of open fields, natural ponds and vast rivers. The Kruger Park alludes to a soothing and untouched atmosphere which provides visitors an authentic experience of the African wilderness.
The Kruger National Park, South Africa lies across the eastern regions of the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. Covering an area of roughly 20,000 square kilometres, it is one of the largest game reserves in the African continent. Inside the park, the vast variety of interconnected roads makes it extremely accessible and also offers an abundance of accommodation – both budget and luxurious!
Things To Do In Kruger National Park
The best way to explore the Kruger Park is behind your own steering wheel – there is no better feeling than being one of the first to arrive at the Kruger gate before sunrise, with high hopes of seeing a leopard jumping out of a tree to hunt for breakfast!
The park also offers various restaurants to grab lunch, gift shops to shop for souvenirs, as well as a handful of picnic sites and waterhole look-outs. What better way to enjoy the crisp and fresh bushveldt air and beautiful scenery. Just outside the Kruger National Park also awaits a few adventurous activities you can try out:
- Go swing a few golf balls at Kruger Park Lodge in Hazyview. The golf course has a real ‘bushveld atmosphere’ with beautiful water features. Don’t be surprised if you bump into a few hippos or impalas roaming free!
- Visit the Masorini Village Museum situated at the Phalaborwa Gate to get a glimpse of the hunter-gathering way of life during the Stone Age.
- Get your adrenaline fix at the ‘Big Swing’ in Graskop, a picturesque small town of Mpumalanga, and swing across the third largest gorge in the world!
Kruger National Park Tours
The Kruger National Park offers visitors a variety of guided tours, for a classic safari experience. Kruger park tours include morning trips, afternoon drives, night rides or a full day adventure with a variety of vehicles and packages to choose from.
The Kruger Safari Tours can be done in a large group at very affordable prices. Or, if you feel like splashing out, there are also private and exclusive tours that include food and drinks at higher rates. The Kruger National Park Full-Day Game drive is very popular among daily visitors. On the other hand, luxury safaris are for more sophisticated guests who enjoy luxurious accommodation, while a well thought out Kruger Package Tour can provide an excellent all-round experience.
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- Weather dependent. An alternative date or refund will be issue in the instance of bad weather
- Not recommended for pregnant women
- Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes as you have to walk up and out of the gorge
- Maximum weight for tandem jumps is 130 kgs
- Professional crew and staff
- Incredibly safe
- No meals or drinks provided
- All children must be accompanied by an adult
- Vegetarian option available, please make it know if you want this option upon booking
- Advise any and all dietary requirements when booking
- Minimum of 2 people per booking
- There is walking involved
- Tour of the park and the Small Drakensberg mountain range
- All inclusive
- Very popular, requires booking far in advance
- Accommodation included
- 3 days of safari
- Big 5 sightings
- Minimum age may apply
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Tour through a private game reserve
- Meals provided
- Small group size
- Highly knowledgeable, expert guide
- Luxury accommodation options
- See the incredible wildlife in its natural habitat
- Learn interesting facts about the flora and fauna
- Fully guide and in-depth tour
- Small group size
- Game reserve safari
- Sometimes unavailable for extended periods of time
- May have minimum age
- May have limitations on group size
Know before you book:
- Entrance and conservation fees not included
- Bring sunglasses and hats
- Long, detailed journey
- Experienced guide
- Opportunity to spot the Big 5
- Entrance fees not included
- Food and drinks aren't provided
- A variety of options to choose from
- Pick either a morning, afternoon or full-day tour
- Transport is typically included
- Not wheelchair friendly
- Travel is required
- Up-close viewings of the Big 5
- Very knowledgeable guide
- No meals included
- Game sightings not guaranteed
- Have to be older than 16 to drive. Children under 16 will be charged a cheaper passenger rate.
- Ideal winter activity
- Wear closed shoes
- Amazing tour
- Beautiful views
- Family activity
- Guide drives according to the abilities of the group
- Only 20 minutes outside Kruger National Park
- Larger groups are split into groups of five