Kruger National park is a popular safari destination in South Africa. Paul Kruger, the President of Transvaal, was the name behind the inception of this park in 1898. The park boasts of environmental conservation and exceptional wildlife. Home to an array of wild animals starting from more than 600 species of birds to the Big Five, fish and reptiles, this safari camp also provides a wide assortment of experiences. Here, you can find private reserves, luxury tent camps, and safari lodges. Hence, it can rightly be said that there is something for every individual verging out for a Kruger National Park safari.
Getting To The Park
Different flights are there to get you to the park. You can take a flight to the Tambo International Airport at Johannesburg only to find connecting flights that will take you to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport or the Nelspruit Airport. There are daily flights available from Tambo to Mpumalanga. Based on the location of your departure, you can easily find budget planes within $700. You can book private drives from Mpumalanga. Airport transfers are often conducted as game drives. This means that your safari starts the moment you get down at the airport. However, you also have the option of booking self-drives from Nelspruit, Phalaborwa, and Hoedspruit airports.
Understanding The Park
Different areas within Kruger provide exclusive game-viewing and wildlife experiences. You can also find varied accommodations at the same time. The central part of the park starts from Sabi and ends at Olifants River. This is a game-rich stretch where you can find an abundance of plains game such as giraffe, wildebeest, and zebra. The southern part of Kruger is popularly known for its lion and rhino population. The Crocodile and Sabi Rivers form the borders of this stretch having leadwood, acacia and marula trees. Then there is the northern stretch starting from the tropic of Capricorn to Olifants River. Here, you can have the sight of more exclusive animals such as ostriches, buffaloes, elephants, and tsessebe antelopes. The stretch offers a hilly and scrubby environment rich in leopards and pre-historic artifacts too.
When To Go?
You can visit the national park between May and August, as the weather is dry and cool. This is the time when the bush seems to be sparse while the animals move towards the water holes. So, you will be spotting them very easily. During this time, the temperatures do not climb over twenty at daytime with the nights being a bit chilly. However, there are some obvious advantages of visiting the park at any time during the year. Take, for instance, during the summer months, between November and December, there are heavy rains, and you can easily find birds and animals wandering about.
What About Safety?
When verging out for a safari at the Kruger National Park, keep in mind that you are amidst wild animals. Therefore, take proper precautions like staying in your vehicle; keeping the windows up and following the park regulations.
Avoid being too ambitious regarding your itinerary. The park is humongous, and distances can prove to be deceptive.