Kruger National Park: An endless safari journey

Small herd of Elephants passing close to a riverKruger National Park is one of the most famous safari destinations in the world. Famed for its incredible wildlife spotting opportunities and breathtaking scenery, Kruger is a must for anyone hoping to tick off the big five on their personalised South Africa holiday.

What to expect when you arrive at Kruger National Park

Safari holidays are unique experiences, and there are few better places on Earth to watch wildlife in their natural habitat than magical Kruger National Park. Kruger attracts crowds from all corners of the globe thanks to its abundance of species, diverse accommodation options and range of holiday types. Kruger is a destination that has it all, and you can choose from a broad spectrum of safari tours and accommodation to suit all budgets. From rustic, eco-friendly treehouses overlooking the plains to the lap of luxury, you’ll find everything you could ever wish for and more at Kruger National Park.

Game drives are the most popular means of exploration but don’t limit yourself to tours on 4 wheels. Walking and hiking tours offer a completely different perspective, and if you’re really pushing the boat out, a hot air balloon safari is an option worth considering. Every trip will provide you with a different experience, and you’re likely to see a wider range of species if you take different kinds of trips at various times during the day. Kruger is one of Africa’s largest national parks and it is home to the infamous ‘big five’, which includes rhino, lions, buffalo, elephants and leopards. In addition, it’s also wise to keep your eyes peeled for giraffe, zebra, vultures, wildebeest and warthogs.

Preparing for your trip

Safari holidays are not your average break, and it’s always a good idea to prepare in advance to make sure you get the most out of your trip. Research different tours, learn more about the species you’re desperate to see and make sure you’ve got everything you need for an unforgettable trip. On your travels, you’re likely to come across muddy tracks, dusty plains and wild grasslands, so it’s advisable to pack lightweight long trousers, sturdy walking shoes, some warm clothing for the evenings and a waterproof jacket. You will, of course, also need a good camera and a spare battery and many people also like to take binoculars with them to catch the best views of majestic creatures parading around on the horizon.

The best time to travel to Kruger National Park is the beginning or the end of the dry season, which runs from April to September. At this time, temperatures are pleasant, torrential downpours are rare and animals tend to gather at the watering holes.