Kruger National Park

This world famous game reserve was established by Paul Kruger in 1898 and officially became registered as Kruger National Park in 1926. The park comprises 19,000 square kilometres, roughly the size of the Slovenia. The Kruger National Park is currently home to around 25,000 buffalo, 10,000 elephants, 9,000 giraffes and around 1,500 lions. The park is famous for its beautiful landscapes and an amazing variety of flora and fauna. The diversity of birds is outstanding and bird watchers will feel as if they are in paradise. Kruger National Park has a huge variety of accommodation, ranging from camping to stunning game lodges, which all deliver high quality safaris, ranging from lower budgets to some of the most luxurious available.

 

Where to Stay

Pestana Kruger

Pestana Kruger Lodge is located directly outside the southern reaches of the Kruger National Park, only a 2 minute drive from the Park gate entrance. From the sun terrace of the Lodge you can look onto the Crocodile River and view game while enjoying the afternoon sun. The southern parts of the park are well known for having a high concentration of game due to the Crocodile and Sabie Rivers. The Lodge hosts 72 rooms, some with views on the River, and some with views into the gardens around the Lodge. Pestana Kruger Lodge is recommended for travellers who want to experience the Kruger National Park in a luxury 4 star ambience with superb safari options and a choice of many other amazing activities.

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Kwamadwala Lodge

Kwamadwala Lodge is located 20km from Kruger National Park, and is part of a 4000 hectare private game reserve. The private game reserve hosts the big five, a large diversity of birds, as well as many other wild animals. Kwamadwala Lodge also offers elephant back walks and safaris, something truly unique and memorable. The Lodge includes 34 individual bedroom units, which are all built into the surrounding rocks of the Manyatta landscape, with features including own terraces with outside showers and hammocks to relax in the afternoon sun. Kwamadwala Lodge is a 4 star establishment with beautiful settings and superb accommodation facilities. The safari package is individual and for travellers who want to experience more than the ordinary Kruger Park safaris.

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Rhino Post Safari Lodge

Rhino Post Safari Lodge is an elegant 16 bed lodge set on the banks of the Mutlumuvi Riverbed in a 12,000 hectare private wilderness concession in the Kruger National Park. This unique wilderness area offers visitors the ideal place for Big Five encounters and allows guests to track elephant and rhino on foot or view them from open safari vehicles. The Lodge was built with strong ecotourism values and there are no permanent structures. Everything was built using natural materials such as wood, stone and thatch to create an authentic bush ambience.

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Kruger View Lodge

Kruger View Lodge gets its name from the fact that one can look into the Kruger National Park from the Lodge’s viewing terrace. The Lodge is situated on the outer banks of the Crocodile River and the old farm house was renovated and rebuilt as an antique “Farmer” style lodge in 2007. The lodge is ideal for travellers with a smaller budget. Breakfast and dinner is available, and is served in the communal living room. Safaris are arranged by the lodge in their game viewing vehicle.  Kruger View Lodge also offers overnight camping trips into the Park, where you can really get in touch with nature! Kruger View is recommended for travellers with smaller budgets who like younger and social atmospheres and look for high class safaris.

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For a full list of accommodation options in the Kruger area, check our accommodation index.

 

Things to Do

For the Safari Discoverers

The African style safari is among the most popular and sought after holiday experience in the world, and there is no better place to take part in a safari than in Kruger National Park. Due to the extensive options available within the Kruger National park, guests will be guaranteed to find a safari that suits your specific requirements, with an equally large variety of activities also on offer. A full safari day in Kruger will typically include a full morning and afternoon in an open game viewing vehicle with an experienced guide. There are many variations on a full safari day, including guided night drives, guided trail walks and bird-watching. Kruger National Park truly is a Safari Discoverers dream destination.

 

For the Colourful Mixtures

For the adventurous, there are a number of guided hiking trails through the park, from day hikes to 4 or 5 days. Or if walking is not your style, there is also a network of mountain biking trails available. What better way to end a day of safari then by having a “bush braai (barbeque)” in an open area around a big roaring fire.

 

Did You Know?

There are roughly 254 known cultural heritage sites in the Kruger National Park, including nearly 130 recorded rock art sites.