The Kruger National Park is more than just a wildlife sanctuary. It is more than just another place to go on one of the famous Kruger Park safaris. And it is so much more than just a holiday destination.
As it stands today, the Kruger is a conservation area unlike any other in the world. It is home to thousands of different species of animals, birds, reptiles and insects. And guests from all over the world head to the Kruger in search of an unforgettable safari experience.
The Kruger Park safari is one of the most popular excursions that you can embark on. Filled with interesting places to see, and of course, many animals to spot, the Kruger Park safari is a one of a kind adventure. As can be expected from a park that has a history spanning over 100 years, there are plenty of facts that you need to know when you visit the park.
- The park spans 2 wild provinces; the Limpopo province in the North and the province of Mpumalanga in the East. Along with the Kruger, there are also a number of other, private parks situated all around the Kruger.
- As one of the most diverse wildlife parks on the planet, here you will find 147 species of mammals, 507 species of birds and 114 different reptile species. These creatures have made their home in and amongst the hundreds of different plants and trees which collectively make up the different habitats found in the park. As you can imagine, there are way too many animals to see in one day which is why it is sometimes better to book a safari that includes more than one day.
- There are 11 points of entry to the Kruger, some are more popular than others. Most safari companies have a dedicated gate that they prefer to entry. In the case of Kruger to Kruger, we prefer the gates nearer to Hazyview. These gates are near to the best areas to see wildlife while they are also close to the main rest camp, Skukuza.
- The park has not always been open to tourists. The first tourists entered the park in 1926 and it was only later that the park allowed cars to enter. The first tourists had to rely on a train to transport them around the park. Luckily, with the invention of cars, more people had access to the park and tourism has grown by leaps and bounds since then.
- The Kruger Park is as big as Israel. It can take more than a week to properly explore both the north of the park and various areas in the south.
- The climate is always pretty much moderate or very hot. Even the winter days are never really all that cold. When planning a safari, it is always a good idea to pack according to the weather for the time of the year that you will be visiting.
- The park has three distinct habitats which are defined by the vegetation. These three habitats include the grassy region in the south, the savannah habitat in the centre and the arid scrub in the north.
- The park has a number of strict rules that guests have to adhere to. A strict speed limit is enforced throughout the park.
- There are 12 main rest camps in the park. They include Berg n Dal, Letaba, Crocodile Bridge, Mopani, Lower Sabie, Olifants, Punda Maria, Orpen and Pretoriouskop. While these are the main camps, there are also various satellite camps situated around the park. Many of the rest camps have great picnic facilities while they are also home to some of the most interesting museums.
Choosing the right safari
At Kruger to Kruger, our packages include everything from the rustic safari to the luxurious retreat. We have the Bush Baby Safari Package, the Honey Badger Safari Package, the Big 5 Safari Package, the Kruger/Hot Air Balloon Safari Package and the Kruger Day Safari Package. Each package offers an affordable safari with enough time to see what the park has to offer.