The Kruger Park was first established by the President of the Transvaal, Paul Kruger, in 1898. Originally known as the Sabie Game Reserve, where hunting took place. He realise the importance of protecting the wild life from hunters and proclaimed it a National Park. The size of the Kruger National Park extends 360 kilometres (220 mi) from north to south and 65 kilometres (40 mi) from east to west. This amounts to a surface area of 19,633 square kilometres and plays host to more than 753 species of animal and 1982 species of in the park. There are 254 known cultural heritage sites in the Kruger, including 130 rock art sites. But firstly compare and book your economical flight and car hire well in advance online. Fly into one of three airports servicing Kruger Park, Phalaborwa, Hoedspruit or Nelspruit Airports. Collect your pre-booked car hire on arrive and head off on your self drive safari. Enjoy the Magic of Nature at its Best.
Either you will fly or drive from Johannesburg or continue from Swaziland north to Kruger Park.
Leave Swaziland through the Jeppes Reef border post. Travel for just over 41km on the R570 before entering the Kruger National Park at Malelane in the South. We suggest travelling slowly north staying at various camps to avoid having to back track.
Overnight Kruger Park
Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park admitted the first three tourist cars in 1927. The park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa and is bigger than the state of Israel. Home to Africa’s Big Five, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhino, the park is also home to hundreds of other mammal species. Birds such as eagles, vultures and storks are plentiful. It is advisable to bring along a good pair of binoculars and a zoom lens to capture unforgettable creatures in their natural habitat.
The park is ideal for self-drive safaris with the main routes all being tarred. There is a 50kmh speed limit on the tarred roads while the limit is 40kmh on the gravel roads. Should you encounter a group of animals, try to be as quite as possible so as not to disturb them. This will give you more time to observe them in their environment. The park is part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park linking to the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique.
When planning your trip remember that driving in the park at night is not permitted. Always ensure that the route you choose will give you enough time to reach your overnight accommodation before dark. The park has 21 rest camps to offer along with two private lodge concessions. Camping has become a favourite amongst many of the park’s visitors and requires no special permission within controlled camping areas.
In the area are a large variety of private game lodges bordering the Kruger Park.
Overnight Kruger Park
For your return to Johannesburg. You have the option of travelling to Johannesburg either via the N4 from Mbombela or the N1 from Polokwane.
Why wait to escape back to nature ?
Plan ahead – Flights, Car Hire and Kruger Park accommodation are always limited, always book well in advance. The cooler months in the middle of the year are the better times to see the wildlife.
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