One of the world’s top safari destinations, the Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s best places for viewing the famous Big Five – lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, elephant and rhino

In South Africa’s northeast, this wildlife sanctuary is the largest game reserve in the country and supports a high density of wild animals. Nearly 2 million hectares of land – stretching for 352 kilometres from north to south along the Mozambique border – is given over to an almost indescribable wilderness experience.

Certainly it ranks with the best in Africa and is the flagship of the country’s national parks. It now forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park  – a 35 000km2 ‘peace park’ that links Kruger with game parks in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Fences are already coming down to allow game to freely roam historic migratory routes in much the way it would have in the time before human intervention.

This is the land of baobabs, fever trees, knob thorns, marula and mopane trees underneath which lurk the Big Five, the Little Five (buffalo weaver, elephant shrew, leopard tortoise, ant lion and rhino beetle), the birding Big Six (ground hornbill, kori bustard, lappet-faced vulture, martial eagle, Pel’s fishing owl and saddle-bill stork) and 147 species of mammals, from giraffes to hyena and kudu to hippopotamus.

The best game viewing, especially for those with limited time, is experienced in the private game reserves located on Kruger’s southwestern border, such as the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The main reason for such rich game viewing is the free movement of animals between these private reserves and the Kruger Park – over 100 kilometres of fencing have been removed, ridding the area of artifical borders.

In these private reserves vehicles are permitted to leave the roads (unlike in Kruger Park itself) and the animals on the whole have become more relaxed around game viewing vehicles. The Kruger National Park itself is great for a self-drive game-viewing experience.

Kruger National Park

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Accommodation in Kruger National Park

Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve

Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve  is located in the western part  of South Africa's  Sabi Sand Game Reserve, bordering (and part of) the Greater Kruger National Park. The lodge is situated on the top of a rocky outcrop, offering spectacular views over the bush and a natural waterhole on the plains below the main building. Leopard Hills traverses over 10,000 hectares of incredibly diverse ecosystems from open plains in the south to the riverine bush along the banks of the Sand River, to the woodland and rock outcrops in the north. With such diversity of flora comes an equal diversity of…

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Accommodation in Kruger National Park

Londolozi Private Game Reserve

Londolozi gives you a true wilderness experience deep in the African bush. Established in 1926, this pioneering game reserve is on the banks of the Sand River in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, where Africa’s wild animals roam freely. The quality of Londolozi’s guiding is world renown, and some of Africa’s finest rangers and trackers will lead you off the beaten track on twice-daily game drives through some 34 000 acres of African bush. Game viewing here is spectacular, and your wilderness experience will get you right up close to breeding herds of elephant and buffalo. White…

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