Kruger National Park South Africa -Kruger Guide
Kruger National Park is found in South Africa and one of the largest game reserves in Africa. The national Park stretches on an area of 19,623 square kilometers approximately 7,576 square miles. Kruger National Park covers the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in the northeastern part of the country and extends 360 km from north to south and 65 km from east to west.
In 1898, the area was declared a protected area by the government of South Africa and later in 1926, the area was established as the first National Park in South Africa.
To the west of the National Park is the Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga is in the south and to the far north and east the park is bordered by Zimbabwe and Mozambique respectively.
Kruger National Park is part of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere, a designated UNESCO site as an international Man and Biosphere Reserve.
Looking for a place that encapsulates the essence of African beauty and diverse wildlife, you will get a right answer with a visit to Kruger National Park, an area for the adventurer with wildlife that ranks as one of the best on the continent. Unleash your travel imaginations with a safari to the world’s famous Kruger National Park.
Is Kruger National Park dangerous?
Just like other National Parks in the country, Kruger National Park in our opinion is thus very safe for travel. While at Kruger National Park, most of the people you’re likely to meet are either tourist or staff that may be working for the tour operators, accommodation facilities or the National Park Authorities. However while in the Park, you have to be keen since the animals in the park are wild, you will follow the guidelines given to you by the authorities for instance to observe safe distance while sighting wildlife.
Why is Kruger National Park famous?
South Africa is known for its beauty and extensive wildlife making the preservation of wildlife a high priority in Kruger National Park. The National Park is famous for preserving the elephants and all other forms of wild animals through anti-poaching and anti-hunting practices which have yielded great results manifested by large numbers of wild animals in the National Park.
Wildlife found in Kruger National Park.
Kruger National Park is a home to large numbers of wildlife with both flora and fauna found here. The four quadrants of the National Park are a home to various vegetation species which include; shrub mopane veld that covers almost the entire North- Eastern part of the Pak, the Red bush – willow and the mopane veld cover the western half of the park and the north of the Olifants River, knob – thorn and marula veld in the south of the Olifants River and eastern part of the park, however the park is also a home to various local vegetation types such as the bush and the silver cluster – leaf, Pretoriuskop and the Malelane, Punda Maria and many more others.
The park is also a home to large numbers of wild animals. All the big cats such as lions, leopards, cheetah can be spotted in the National Park. All other forms of wild animals can be spotted in the park which include; black rhinoceros, blue wildebeest, plain zebra, Bushbucks, Buffalo, elands, elephants, giraffe, kudu, hippopotamus, impala, hartebeest, warthog, antelope, waterbuck, African wild dog, Nile crocodile, spotted hyena and many more.
Kruger National Park is also a famous home for bird life in Africa with over 517 known bird species living here. Six of the bird species, which are by and large restricted to Kruger and other extensive conservation areas, have been assigned to a fanciful grouping called the “Big Six Birds”. The famous Big six birds include; lappet-faced vulture, martial eagle, saddle-billed stork, kori bustard, ground hornbill and the reclusive Pel’s fishing owl, which is localized and seldom seen.
Things to do – the top highlights of the National Park include wildlife sighting of the Africa’s Big Five and the famous African wild dog, bird watching where you will have a great opportunity to sport the Ground hornbill and the Fish Eagle, nature viewing with the baobab and Marula trees, daily game drives.
What is the best time to visit Kruger National Park?
The best time to visit Kruger National Park is at the beginning or end of the region’s dry season, which falls between April and September. During Kruger’s dry season, temperatures are mostly pleasant and wildlife sighting is much easier.