Travel tip Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park: South Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuary

Lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, rhinos – in South Africa’s Kruger National Park you have the best chance to see Africa’s “Big Five” and get in front of the camera. These five big mammals are the flagship of the park, which with an area of over 19,000 square kilometres is not only the largest national park in South Africa, but also one of the largest and best-known wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Founded in 1898, the Kruger National Park attracts more than a million visitors annually. Reasons for the extreme popularity are the great variety of flora and fauna and the high density of wildlife, which thanks to the light savannah landscape allows spectacular game viewing at any time of year.

More than the “Big Five”: Biodiversity in the Kruger National Park

In total, more than 140 mammal species, over 100 reptile species and almost 500 bird species can be found in the Kruger National Park. Among the largest and most impressive representatives of the animal world are giraffes, African elephants, hippos and the white and black rhinos, which are threatened by poachers. Jackals and hyenas are to be mentioned as predators, as well as several large cat species (lions, cheetahs, leopards, desert lynx) and the highly endangered African wild dogs.

In pleasingly large numbers however, Impalas, big Kudus, strip-gnus, steppe-zebras and Kaffernbüffel live here. Visitors can also see monkeys such as baboons and monkeys. In addition to the majestic ostrich, the Kruger National Park is home to hundreds of other small and large bird species, including marabus, vultures and eagles, pelicans and various stork and heron species as well as the rare jugglers.

Adventure Wilderness: Go on Safari

In total, more than 140 mammal species, over 100 reptile species and almost 500 bird species can be found in the Kruger National Park. Among the largest and most impressive representatives of the animal world are giraffes, African elephants, hippos and the white and black rhinos, which are threatened by poachers. Jackals and hyenas are to be mentioned as predators, as well as several large cat species (lions, cheetahs, leopards, desert lynx) and the highly endangered African wild dogs.

In pleasingly large numbers however, Impalas, big Kudus, strip-gnus, steppe-zebras and Kaffernbüffel live here. Visitors can also see monkeys such as baboons and monkeys. In addition to the majestic ostrich, the Kruger National Park is home to hundreds of other small and large bird species, including marabus, vultures and eagles, pelicans and various stork and heron species as well as the rare jugglers.

The road conditions in the Kruger National Park are mostly good, so that the area can also be explored with your own rental car. Essential are appropriate maps and the observance of important basic rules – so outside the camps or rest stops the car must not be left under any circumstances. Those who have not booked an overnight stay in one of the lodges or one of the camps in the Kruger National Park must have left the area by the time the gates close in the evening; it makes sense to inform oneself in advance about the different opening times depending on the season. For all photo safaris: Take a good pair of binoculars, a camera with telephoto lens and enough memory cards/films as well as spare batteries!

If you are fit enough, a bush hike in the Kruger National Park is an unforgettable experience. On the excursions guided by gamekeepers, you will explore the park off the beaten track of the busy high season roads and have the opportunity to get close to shy and rare animals as well as discover the flora up close. For your own safety, walks and hikes on your own are forbidden.

The climate in the Kruger National Park

You can visit the Kruger National Park at any time of the year. It lies in the north of the Republic of South Africa at an altitude between 180 and 820 meters above sea level and enjoys a subtropical to tropical climate with hot, rainy summers and dry, mild and warm winters. During the summer rainy season, which falls in our autumn/winter, the Kruger National Park with its lush green trees and grassy oceans is a tropical paradise. Even at night it stays warm – ideal conditions for a (guided) bush walk in starlight. However, wildlife observation is sometimes made more difficult by the exuberant vegetation.

In the winter dry season (June-September) you can enjoy a better view thanks to the lighter undergrowth and lower grass; in addition, the water holes are more frequented by wild animals, as water in the park is becoming scarcer. Due to the better conditions for game viewing, many visitors consider the South African winter to be the best time to visit Kruger National Park.

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