Kruger National Park is South Africa’s largest and most popular park and a favourite travel destination for locals and visitors alike. Covering an area of nearly 2 million ha, the park is famous for its unrivalled safari experiences, from exploring its immersive wilderness with a private self-drive or an expert-led game drive, to witnessing the excitement of wild creatures on nature’s stage.
An African wildlife experience to rival the best on the continent, the Kruger National Park is the ultimate safari destination. The largest game reserve in South Africa, the Kruger spans a total area of nearly 2 million ha. Together with Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe and Limpopo National Park in Mozambique, the Kruger also forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park that allows for the free movement of animals across national borders. The park is named after the then president of the Transvaal Republic, Paul Kruger, who proclaimed it in 1898. Today, the park is home to 147 large animal species, 114 reptile species, and over 500 species of birds.
Take a walk on the wild side with the Kruger’s immersive nature trails.
Spend the day watching the Kruger’s animals from the comfort of a car with a game drive.
Take a guided walk led by an expert tracker who can point out nature’s hidden gems.
Put your vehicle to the test with the 4x4 trails available in the park.
Explore the Kruger by mountain bike from the Olifants camp.
Go on a backpacking trip on the Lonely Bull Trail.
Practice your swing at the Skukuza Golf Course.
Tick off special bird species found nowhere else in South Africa.
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Best time to go to Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is a year-round destination with distinct seasons suitable for every type of visitor. The summer season is picturesque, with lush greenery that is the perfect backdrop for photos. Animal young are in abundance during this season, and so are their predators. This is also the best time of year for birding. Summer months can be quite humid, with rainfall and heavy downpours. Winter months are great for spotting animals, as the vegetation is low and water sources few. Winter days are warm with cool nights .
Featured Kruger National Park stays
Elephant Plains Game Lodge
A luxurious safari camp nestled on the Manyeleti riverbed in Greater Kruger