Watching Lions in Kruger National Park, South Africa
Vacations to Kruger National Park, South Africa
An icon of South Africa, Kruger National Park is renowned as one of the greatest wildlife-watching destinations in the world. Spanning almost 20,000 square kilometers, its vast array of habitats are home to the widest variety of wildlife of all African parks, as well as a number of important historical and archaeological sites.
Located in the north-east of South Africa, Kruger National Park is a long, thin strip of land in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, next to Mozambique. Expansive grasslands stretch before you set against the dramatic backdrop of the Lebombo Mountains. Granite kopjes (small hills) are dotted over the landscape and large areas are swathed in lush, tropical forest.
Kruger is widely acknowledged as the most reliable place in Africa to spot the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and Cape buffalo. But this awe-inspiring landscape is home to a whopping 147 species of animals, including other iconic African mammals like cheetah, giraffe, zebra, African wild dogs, baboons, hippos, hyenas and a dozen antelope species. It’s also an excellent spot for birding, especially in summer, with over 500 different species found here. Early mornings and evenings are the most productive times to spot wildlife; like us, animals are lethargic in the heat of the midday sun.
Kruger’s reputation comes at a price. The park can get busy, especially during the South African vacations, and you often need to wait in line to watch lion cubs playing rough and tumble in the long grass. Neighboring private reserves such as Sabi Sands, Timbavati, and Manyeleti offer a more intimate safari experience and a greater feeling of wilderness. Animals wander freely between the reserves, but here you can find luxurious accommodation, dedicated guides and uninterrupted viewings. For an extra-special safari adventure, join an experienced guide on a bush walk or see the animals in a different light on a nocturnal safari. For the ultimate safari experience, rise above the savannah with an early morning hot air balloon ride.
Kruger isn’t just about big game and expansive landscapes, though. The area has a unique cultural heritage dating back over one million years to the early Stone Age. To date, 255 archaeological sites have been recorded, including 130 rock art sites and significant settlements at Masorini and Thulamela. Combined with its diverse wildlife and African natural beauty, Kruger National Park is the epitome of an unforgettable safari adventure.
See majestic African fauna in their natural habitat
Float above the savannah in a hot air balloon safari
Enjoy a sundowner in your luxury safari lodge
Take a thrilling guided walk in the African bush
Watch what happens after dark in a nocturnal safari
Explore Kruger’s rich history and cultural heritage
Kruger National Park Trip Ideas
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Things to do in Kruger National Park
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