Kruger National Park

The world-renowned Kruger National Park safaris offers a wildlife experience second to none (all inclusive safari holidays). At nearly 2 million hectares, the Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa, stretching 350km along the Mozambican border and is, on average, 60km wide. The Kruger National Park is unrivalled in its diversity of species and is a recognised leader in environmental management techniques and policies.

  • In 1869, a ‘gold rush’ exploded in the region causing the number of game in the Kruger National Park to decrease dramatically due to hunting and trading of animal horns and skins.
  • In 1884, President Paul Kruger proposed that boundaries in the region be defined as game reserves to protect the flora and fauna, but his revolutionary vision was met with much resistance.
  • The park was first proclaimed in 1898 as the Sabie Game Reserve and the area between the Sabie and Crocodile Rivers was set aside as official reserves.
  • The Scottish-born James Stevenson-Hamilton was appointed the park’s first warden in 1902. Many accounts of the park’s early days can be found in the Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Library.
  • In 1926 the National Parks Act was proclaimed and with it the merging of the Sabie and Shingwedzi Games Reserves into the Kruger National Park.

The Kruger National Park is home to an impressive number of species, has an amazing 16 different ecosystems, and ranks as a prime South Africa Big 5 safari viewing area. The Limpopo is the park’s northern-most river and the Crocodile forms it southern boundary, while the Sabie, Letaba, Olifants and Luvuvhu rivers provide the park’s interior with water. There are some seasonal rivers like the Shisa and Timbavati, which are usually dry during winter.

The Kruger National Park tends to be mostly grasslands, known in South Africa as bushveld, and woodlands (savannah), with occasional rocky outcrops. The Kruger National Park falls within a malaria area and all necessary precautions should be taken. Consult your general practitioner on medication before planning a visit. Access to the Kruger National Park safaris is easy by road or air. The Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport at Nelspruit has daily flights from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. The airstrip at Skukuza is only a 20-minute drive from Skukuza Restcamp. Direct flights from Johannesburg to Skukuza land three times a day, with tourists joining thier Kruger Park safaris and open vehicle day drives in the Kruger National Park.

After embarking on many thrilling experiences during your Safari, from viewing wildlife in the comfort of a classic safari vehicle to adrenalin-filled once in a lifetime adventures, you will end your days with a comfortable stay in one of the preferred rest camps and 5 star lodges throughout our region of travel.

Imagine sipping a sundowner drink as you watch the crimson sun set behind savannah trees, and a bonfire sparkling into the star-studded night sky. All this awaits you .

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