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Greater Kruger National Park
Why Travel Here?
  • Famous for being one of the biggest and oldest (founded 1898) wildlife parks with the greatest variety of animals and birds in Africa. 

  • The park spreads across the Eastern Transvaal, stretching along the Mozambique border from Zimbabwe and Swaziland, with eight public entrance gates in different parts of the country.

  • It covers an area of 19,455km² – nearly 2 million hectares (about the size of Wales).

  • Viewed as a national treasure, it has also gained a reputation as a centre for wildlife management and research. 

  • Highly developed and organised infrastructure, geared towards giving visitors a greater appreciation for the bush and offering a wildlife experience that is one of the most exciting in Africa.

  • Magnificent rugged mountains and rolling hills break up the open plains – and densely wooded riverine areas offer shade and camouflage during the drought season. 

  • It features the mountainous border of Mozambique, spectacular rivers such as the Olifants River, and the iconic baobab trees indigenous to southern Africa. 

  • The terrain is mostly grassland and bush-covered plains with an array of scrub but there is also a variety of eco-zones, including 2,000 plant species. 

  • There are 336 tree species in the park including the mopane tree, whose leaves are a favoured elephant snack. 

  • A vast number of mammals (over 147) are found in the park, including the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. 

  • Wildlife species range from antelope to zebra, giraffe and warthog, monkeys and baboons.

  • Among the many predators are leopard, cheetah, wild dog and serval. 

  • Along the river banks are dense populations of hippos and crocodiles.

  • Prolific birdlife – over 500 bird species found in Kruger, as well as 114 reptiles and 49 species of fish. 

  • 3,000km of game viewing roads, guided walks, seven guided wilderness trails and birding. 

  • There are also hides, waterholes and picnic sites to watch from and a golf course at Skukuza. 

  • Known to be predominantly dry and hot, with rainfall and thunderstorms in the summer months. 

  • Temperatures average about 30°C, however, nights during winter are cooler and the temperature can fall below 0°C. 

  • It is best to visit the park in the cooler, drier winter months, which give more scope to see animals at the waterholes. 

  • Precautions must be taken against malaria when visiting Kruger. 

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How to get there

By road
There are eight public gates to enter Kruger, all located within reach of Louis Trichardt, Pietersburg, Tzaneen, Nelspruit or Hazeyview. Malelane and Crocodile Bridge gates on the southern edge are the two which are accessible from the N4 from Johannesburg. Buses run from Johannesburg to Hazeyview which is 15km from Numbi Gate. Trains also run to Komatipoort which is about 12km away from the Crocodile Bridge Gate. 

By air
Regular private charter flights arrive at Skukuza airstrip as well as internal airlines. 

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