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BEST 10 REASONS TO VISIT KRUGER

BEST 10 REASONS TO VISIT KRUGER

Best 10 Reasons To Visit Kruger National Park in South Africa

The best 10 reasons to visit Kruger National Park in South Africa are; The Big Five, Wildlife, Nature, Birding, Game drives, Nature walks and Vegetation. Prepare yourself for a mid-blowing and jaw-dropping experience at Kruger National Park.

If you are a lover of nature and the wild at large, this is the perfect park for you. Located in the Northern part of South Africa along two different provinces (Limpopo and Mpumalanga), Kruger National Park neighbors Zimbabwe and Mozambique in the South and West respectively.

The park was established by the former president of South Africa Paul Kruger, in 1898 in an attempt to completely eliminate the hunting of wild game but instead to protect wildlife like animals, birds and plant species which in the long run has promoted and boosted the tourism industry in South Africa.

People were allowed to access the park for the very first time since its protection in  1927. Occupying over 19.623 square kilometers, Kruger National Park is amongst the largest conservation centers in the whole world and the oldest park in Africa.

These are the best 10 reasons to visit Kruger National Park;

 

1. The Big Five at Kruger National Park

The “Big Five” of Africa is a unique phrase used to describe the 5 giants of Africa and these are; The Elephant, Lion, Buffalo, Rhino and the Leopard. There are just a handful of National parks in Africa that have all five animals as a whole. The park has more than 12,000 Elephants, 2,800 Li0ns, 2,000 Leopards and over 27,000 Buffaloes.

These can be spotted as you move around in the park.

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2. Wildlife at Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is home to collectively 147 different recorded mammals and these can be seen harmoniously gracing the fields of this huge park. Other than the Big Five, other animal species at the park include; Giraffes, cheetahs, zebras, wildebeest, bushbucks, greater kudu, impala, hippopotamus, common warthogs, sable antelopes and many other animals.

Compared to other parks in Africa and the world at large, Kruger National Park has the highest number of large mammals. In fact all of them are closely monitored on webcams which were set up in the park. This fun fact makes the park unique and worthy of your visit.

African Wild Dogs Sanctuary at Kruger National Park

This amazing park also serves as a home and safe haven to the endangered African Wild dogs. The dog packs happily tread the grounds of the park and they are believed to be the last of the 400 wild dogs left in South Africa.

 

3. Birding/ Bird Watching at Kruger National Park

The park harbors over 500 different recorded bird species. They comprise of both resident and migratory birds, this is tremendous news to birders because they have a variety of birds to look at. They are ideal to watch especially during the Summer season (December to February).

The different bird species include; Hooded vultures, African openbill, Senegal coucal, trumpeter hornbill, African finfoot, crested guinea fowl, Narina trogon, tropical boubou and so many other types.

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4. The Virgin Nature of Kruger National Park

The park is perfectly and authentically wild. This is unbelievable but true, you will not find any cages or enclosed spaces with animals trapped on the inside for tourists to glance at. In this awesome park, the animals are free to move about as they please.

This will give you the real thrilling experience of being in the wild as you co-exist with the animals. You will be able to learn more about wild animals and their true behaviors when in their natural habitats.

 

5. Game Drives in Kruger National Park

The park offers amazing game drives, these will require you to wake up earlier than usual and have an early morning breakfast. With the company of a skilled driver and trained guide, you will board a 4×4 wheel drive tour van which will give you a memorable tour of the park as you see wild animals going about their wild lives.

Please remember to carry a camera with you so that you can capture beautiful pictures and videos to show your friends and family back home. You will see Lions, Giraffes, Elephants, Buffaloes, wildebeests, several reptiles and so many other animals.

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6. Guided Nature walks at Kruger National Park

You have an opportunity to tour the park on foot! This sounds awesome because you will get a chance to stretch your legs and enjoy the park dwellings from up close. You will not miss out on any details.

You do not have to worry about your security because you will be under the protection of armed rangers who can keep predators like Lions away.

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7. Vegetation at Kruger National Park

The entire park has over 336 different trees which offer shade to the animals and shelter to the birds. This makes them a delight to look at. Generally the park consists of Open savanna grasslands, thorns, shrubs and red bush-willow and mopane veld. The unique vegetation cover is worth seeing with the naked eye.

 

8. The Noble Cause at Kruger National Park

Because of the noble cause of fighting against Rhino poaching, there is a well established crew of 650 trained game rangers who navigate the entire park to prevent that awful practice of Rhino poaching.

With the help of the South African Police Service, South African Air Force and the South African Defense Force, the situation is well maintained. There are two helicopter (donated by the RAF) and two borrowed drones to surveil the park from the air.

 

9. Accessibility of Kruger National Park

The park is strategically located in between two provinces (Limpopo and Mpumalanga) which makes it accessible. The well developed road network leading to the park and 9 different entrances into the park make it exceptional.

The park also has 3 different airports which are; Phalaborwa Airport in the North of the park, Hoedspruit East-gate Airport at the center of the park and lastly Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport at the Southern part of the park.

 

10. Beautiful Scenery at Kruger National Park

Regardless of what time of the year you choose to visit this lovely park, you cannot fail to spot something beautiful to look at, the breath-taking sunsets and general appearance of the landscape backed by the sounds of the animals and birds will have you awestruck.

 

The best 10 reasons to visit Kruger National Park are only a small fractions of the wonders awaiting you at the park.

When to visit Kruger National Park

The park is open through out the year which means that you can visit any time you feel like. The time of your visit however will be based on what you are interested in doing when at the park, for example;

For game viewing safaris, the dry season which is June to August would be the best time for you to visit Kruger National Park.

The refreshed green appearance of the park after the rains in September to November encourages sight seeing and more game viewing, the park is full of new offspring of the wild animals.

When you visit in summer, which is usually from December to February, the thick vegetation will make it hard to spot any animals. However, it is the perfect time for bird watching safaris.

March to May is the Autumn season and the bushes are still very high hence not ideal for game viewing. Please make good use of the other seasons for a proper tour in Kruger National Park.

 

How to get to Kruger National Park

The park can be accessed either by road or air transport.

By Air

There are 3 different routes you can take when flying from Johannesburg to get to the park. These include;

A flight from Johannesburg Airport to Sabi Sand Reserve Airport, This will take you 3hrs and 53 minutes and is the 2nd fastest and most recommended flight to the park.

A flight from Johannesburg Airport to Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport. This the fastest route taking about 3hrs and 48 minutes.

The flight from Johannesburg Airport to Skukuza. This will take you 4hrs and 54 minutes.

Lastly, a flight from Johannesburg Airport to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.

 

By Road

Using a 4×4 wheel drive private or public vehicle, the roads leading to the park are all in perfect condition (tarmac roads) with visible sign posts to give you clear directions and enough service centers where you can refuel in case your car runs out of gas.

You can actually drive yourself to the park and take as much time as you want to capture all the beautiful sightings on your way to the park. The distance to the park depends on where you are coming from i.e.

  • From Pretoria /Johannesburg, the park is 420km away.
  • Cape Town to the park it is 1,842km.
  • Durban to the park, 752km.
  • Port Elizabeth to the park, 1436km.
  • Bloemfontein to the park, 834km.

 

Accommodation at Kruger National Park

There are so many beautiful hotels, inns and lodges at the park and in areas surrounding it. They provide three different types of accommodation like; Luxury, Mid-Range and Budget accommodation.

Luxury Accommodation at Kruger National Park

This targets clients who are ready, capable and willing to spend on luxurious goods and services while on their stay. Examples include;

  • Savanna Private Game Lodge; It is a very beautiful lodge with great views, spacious rooms, gym, professional massage parlors, great food and it offers its guests game drives to see the Big Five.
  • Royal Malewane; It is a luxurious hotel which offers all its guests with the treatment they deserve, be assured of being treated and attended to like a royal in all aspects of the word for example; best safari spa, private butler services and a lot more.
  • Singita Boulders; It is among the top notch 5-star lodges in Kruger with exceptionally prepared meals, superb views, great winery and a lot more.

 

Mid-Range accommodation at Kruger National Park

This is for clients who are willing to spend but not extravagantly. Places offering this type of accommodation include;

  • Kruger Adventure Lodge; It is a simple 3-star hotel found 127.6km from the park. It has an outdoor pool, a play area, great catering services and  it is peaceful.
  • Kruger Private Lodge; It is a nice place with kitchenettes in every room. It is ideal for sharing and it is 151.5km away from the park.
  • Sleepover Kruger Gate; It is a simple but nice place found 109.5km away from the park.

 

Budget accommodation at Kruger National Park

This for clients who are on a tight budget and are not willing to spend at all. It is the most affordable of the 3 accommodation types. Examples include;

  • Olifants Rest Camp; It is a 2-star hotel found 18.9km away from the park. It offers great Barbeque services to its guests, it is simple but modest.
  • Letaba Rest Camp; It is a 2-star hotel found 15.1km from the park. It is along the river side with an outdoor pool and nice view.
  • Balule Satellite Camp; It is a simple camp situated 19.5km away from the park. It is good enough.

NB: Most of the lodges in the park have airstrips which means that you can fly to your accommodation place from wherever you are coming from.

Because of advanced technology, you can now make your bookings and sleeping arrangements online. Please remember to make your bookings at least a month before your tour for proper planning.

 

Weather and Climate In Kruger National Park

The seasons in Kruger National Park are backwards from those in Europe and North America. Temperatures and humidity levels tend to be high during the wet summer (October–April). The dry winters (May–September) are quite warm and pleasant, with significant nighttime cooling. When going on a game drive in the wee hours of the morning or late at night, it’s best to dress warmly.

Winter: May–September (The dry season)

Throughout the winter, there is hardly any precipitation, and the humidity is minimal. As water becomes scarce in the bush, animals congregate around reliable water sources.

  • The end of summer and the beginning of spring is signified by the month of May. Normal morning and afternoon highs are now at 12 and 27 degrees Celsius (54 and 81 degrees Fahrenheit), respectively.
  • June, July, and August. You should bring appropriate winter clothes because morning game drives in open vehicles will be chilly. Typically, the mornings are cool, at 10 degrees Celsius (50 Fahrenheit). Daytime highs of 26 °C (79 °F) and clear skies are expected this week.
  • In September, temperatures rise slowly to a high of around 29 °C (84 °F) by afternoon, and the first rains provide welcome relief from the extreme dryness that has persisted throughout the month. Mornings are warmer, with average lows about 14 °C (57 °F).

From October through April, the wet season is in full swing, while May through September is summer.

At times, the summer heat and humidity can be downright intolerable. Even when average daytime temperatures reach 32°C/90°F with significant humidity, peak temperatures regularly exceed 40°C/104°F. Storms tend to occur in the afternoons, however it does occasionally rain all day.

  • In the months of October and November, temperatures rise and afternoon showers become more common. morning lows of 18C/64F and afternoon highs of 31C/88F.
  • The hottest and wettest times of the year are December, January, and February, when afternoon thunderstorms and high humidity are the norm. The heat of the day often reaches around 32°C/90°F, but can reach a sweltering 40°C/104°F on rare occasions.
  • In March and April, precipitation lessens and temperatures rise gradually. The weather in April is often beautiful, with minimal clouds. The nights are cooler, but still bearable, hovering about 18°C/61°F. Humidity decreases and daytime highs hover around 30 degrees Celsius (about 64 degrees Fahrenheit).

My Conclusion of Kruger National Park

On top of the best 10 reasons to visit Kruger National Park, there is honestly so much to love about this park. Just book your tour with Kubwa Five Safaris and you will have a thrilling adventure every step of the way.

 

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