The Kruger National Park should be on everybody’s bucket list.
Unless you’ve been up at dawn, driving out of camp as the morning sun illuminates thousands of glittering spider webs among the bushes, cruising slowly along the roads hoping for that overnight lion kill, or a leopard draped casually over the branch of a big tree, you’ve missed one of the world’s greatest wildlife experiences.
It’s not only about the famed Big Five, but thousands of giraffe – surely the most elegant of all the bush animals. You’ll encounter elephants galore – watch out for that tiny baby crossing the road – and herds of buffalo. There are so many different kinds of antelope your head will spin, fat crocodiles sunning themselves on sandbanks, hyenas mooching along, and, if you’re very lucky, a pack of wild dogs on the prowl.
Sharing the park with you are over 100 000 impala, 10 000 blue wildebeest, 9 000 kudu, 5 000 warthog (everybody’s favourite ugly duckling), 25 000 zebra, 180 cheetah, over 1 000 leopard and 1 500 lions … and that’s just the start. You can now begin to understand the natural super-abundance of one of the world’s best-loved game parks.
The Kruger National Park enjoys a great year-round sunny climate and offers all kinds of activities, from guided game drives and bush walks with an armed ranger to three-night walking trails in deep wilderness areas.
The Kruger National Park gets over 1.4-million visitors a year, but because it’s so big – 352km from north to south, and covering over 1.9-million hectares – you will be amazed at how often you are alone watching game on a 2 500km network of tar and dirt roads.
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