KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks along with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld Kruger National Park is nearly 2 million hectares in size (21 000 sq km), which is roughly the size of Wales!

Kruger claims a diversity of animal, plant & bird species greater than any other park in Africa - 336 types of trees, 49 fish species, 34 amphibian species, 114 reptile species, 507 bird species and 147 mammal species. Also a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies, and with over 1 million visitors annually, it is easy to see why Kruger National Park is the flagship National Park in South Africa.

Travel Itineraries Featuring Kruger National Park

Special Places To Stay Near Kruger National Park

Ulusaba Game Reserve

Ulusaba Game Reserve is situated on 13 500 hectares of pristine lowveld wilderness within the renowned Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the world famous Kruger National Park. Ulusaba is owned by the UK entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, who has ensured that every aspect of comfort and guest satisfaction is exceeded in distinctive style.

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve borders the unfenced western edge of the Kruger National Park, and is part of the renowned Sabi Sand Reserve, home to spectacular wildlife including the Big 5 - lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant - as well as cheetah, wild dog and some 200 other animal species indigenous to the area.

Jock Safari Lodge

Jock Safari Lodge is situated on a 6 000 hectare private concession within the game-rich southern section of Kruger National Park. The Main Jock Lodge fuses the elegance of the colonial era with the unique style of the Zulu & Shangaan cultures.

Chitwa Chitwa

In the world-famous Sabi Sand Reserve Chitwa Chitwa offers a safari experience in a stunning setting, adjoining the Kruger National Park.

Swim in the pool whilst watching hippo and elephants in the large waterhole, or relax with a glass of wine or good book on the deck.

Decorated in a sophisticated contemporary style, each suite has a private plunge pool. Chitwa House is an exclusive luxury villa, with a secluded pool and its own private ranger and Landrover. Morning and evening game drives in open Landrovers spotting the Big Five, or the nocturnal Night Five after dark.

Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge

Mohlabetsi is set in the large Balule Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger Park, and the unfenced eastern boundary allows animals the freedom to roam. The rooms, with outside showers, have indigenous themes inspired by local tradition and culture. This is also reflected in the tasty meals served in natural surroundings.

Explore this unspoilt ecosystem with your ranger in an open Landrover or on guided walks and enjoy the personal service on offer, at excellent value for money. TGCSA 4-Star Lodge.

Rhino Walking Safaris

Rhino Walking Safaris operates from Rhino Plains Camp, a comfortable and traditional tented camp in a private concession bordering the renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve. This can be combined with their luxury Rhino Post Lodge for vehicular game drives and their unique Sleepouts in the wilderness (weather permitting)

At night, at both camps, lanterns and a crackling fire create a convivial atmosphere with a light eco-footprint; guests dine under the stars or in a mess tent.

Pafuri Walking Trails

Pafuri Walking Trail is a three-night, four-day walking trail in northern Kruger National Park. Comfortable walk-in dome tents with separate hot bucket showers and 'eco-loos' accommodate a maximum of eight trailists.

At night, at both camps, lanterns and a crackling fire create a convivial atmosphere with a light eco-footprint; guests dine under the stars or in a mess tent.

Operates 01 April-31 October.

Staying Near The Kruger National Park

Experience some of Africa's most exclusive and luxurious safari lodges. From intimate tented safari camps and small game lodges to award-winning designs in style and luxury, the private safari lodges and game reserves listed by Portfolio in and around the Kruger National Park will satisfy the needs of the safari connoisseur. There is also a great range of Bed & Breakfast establishments, Country Retreats and Country House hotels in Limpopo Province and Mpumalanga that are well placed to enable guests to experience Kruger National Park and all of it’s attractions.

About The Kruger National Park

Man's interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries - from bushman rock paintings to marvellous archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela - is very evident in the Kruger National Park. These treasures represent the cultures, people and events that played a role in the story of the Kruger National Park and are conserved along with the park's natural assets.

The park stretches three hundred and fifty kilometres, along the Mozambican border on the east and along Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces on the west and is sixty kilometres wide, on average. In general most of the park consists of grass and bush covered plains, better known in South Africa as savanna or bushveld (hence, ‘the bush’).

The border with Moçambique is clear because of the always present Lebombo mountain range that forms a natural barrier. There are a number of rivers flowing from east to west within the park, being the Limpopo, Luvuvhu, Shingwedzi, Letaba, Olifants, Timbavati, Sabie and the Crocodile river from north to south. There are seven entrances or gates to the Kruger National Park, Malelane and Crocodile Bridge in the south; the most accessible from Johannesburg are the Numbi Gate and Paul Kruger Gate; the Orpen Gate close to Blyde River, Phalaborwa, Punda Maria and Pafuri further north.

Access to the park and private game reserves is easy and there are plenty of options. Driving time from Johannesburg is 5-6 hours and we can suggest well placed stopovers if you want to continue your journey to KwaZulu Natal or take a more leisurely journey from Johannesburg. There are regular scheduled flights from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town to Kruger Mpumalanga International airport and from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit (Eastgate) airport in Limpopo Province.

You can then collect a car or be transferred by road or light aircraft ‘lodge hop’ to your chosen lodge. Many of the private lodges and reserves also have arrangements for a direct air shuttle service from Johannesburg straight into the reserve – arrive in style!