Renowned the world over, the Kruger National Park is South Africa’s largest national reserve and stretches 350 km (220 miles) from north to south and is 60 km (40 miles) in breadth. Boasting an exceptional diversity of game, it is home to more different species of wildlife than other natural sanctuary in Africa. Visitors can set out in search of the Big Five in their own cars or on guided game drives. Thanks to its large size the Kruger covers a variety of different landscapes, from the grassy plains of the south to the thick mopane thickets and baobab trees of the north. The park is home to a large population of elephant, as well as large herds of buffalo. Predators include lion, cheetah and hyena, as well as the elusive leopard, which are mainly nocturnal, and African wild dog, which are occasionally spotted in the park.
The park is intersected by a number of rivers, home to crocodile and hippo. The Kruger also boasts exceptional birdwatching, which is best enjoyed from one of the camp’s hides.
Together with the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique, the Kruger forms the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. It also shares unfenced borders with a number of private game reserves on its western border.
As a national park, the Kruger is open to self-drive guests and day visitors, as well as those staying at its many rest camps and lodges.