Explore The Wild In Kruger National Park
One can hardly talk of some the of largest national parks in African without mentioning the world-renowned Kruger National Park (KNP), which is one of the world’s greatest wildlife-watching destinations.
All of Africa’s iconic safari species – elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, buffalo, giraffe, hippo and zebra – share the bushveld with a supporting cast of 137 other mammals and over 500 varieties of bird.
The untouched beauty of the park has enabled exotic species to be found and has kept the animals in their natural habitat. Elephant poaching and the hunting of animals is another reason why KNP has been significant in preserving the wildlife.
The best way to experience KNP is to stay at some of the exquisite lodges and explore the unique bushveld wildlife. There are family-friendly accommodations inside this vast park.
Among the most exhilarating activities is early morning game viewing. The KNP has an amazing variety of wildlife with all big safari animals present.
All the big cats are found and lions, in particular, are frequently seen in the south of the park. The white rhino are under severe threat from a dramatic increase in poaching in recent years, but you still have a reasonable chance of spotting one. The buffalo and elephant are easily seen throughout as they form a large population.
Graceful antelope are a highlight of Kruger. Impala, greater kudu and waterbuck are common. Two secretive species to look out for are steenbok and common duiker .
Kruger supports the world’s largest population of white rhino, estimated at 8,000, despite a recent increase in poaching. Black rhino are rarer and seldom seen. The endangered wild dog lives in large groups that range far and wide, although it is rarely spotted.
The best time for wildlife viewing in Kruger Park is during the dry months of June to September when the vegetation is less thick. August to September is a recommended time as temperatures are higher than in mid-winter and the animals are concentrated around water sources making for excellent wildlife watching.
There are activities for all tastes where family-friendly lodges offer unrivalled life diversity. Yes, Kruger can sometimes become crowded.
This comprehensive Kruger Park wildlife guide provides a detailed compendium of the animals, birds and reptiles that form the basis for the continued interest of nature-lovers in this fantastic African safari destination.
Bird life in Kruger Park is many and varied. The Park is home to the majority of South African raptors, while vultures occur most in central grasslands…
And yes, you may have to wait in line to see those lions. But that’s because the vast network of roads makes Kruger one of Africa’s most accessible parks – explore on your own or take one of the plentiful guided wildlife activities and accommodation is both plentiful and great value.
If you think the crowds may overwhelm, consider the private reserves that surround the national park.
The park is part of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere,an area designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve.
There are eleven Kruger National Park gates. To get into the game reserve, you must enter through one of them. Most gates are in the south-west of the park because this is the direction the majority of people travel from.
Two of the gates act as border posts with Mozambique. If you enter via the Giriyondo and Pafuri Border gates, you will have come from Limpopo National Park in Mozambique which adjoins Kruger National Park.
Of course, you’ll need your passport to get through either of these two gates!
If you’re looking for accommodation outside the park near one of the Kruger National Park gates, there’s plenty to choose from for all budgets. The climate of the Kruger National Park and Lowveld is subtropical. Summer days are humid and hot. The rainy season is from September until May.