The largest game reserve in South Africa, the Kruger National Park is larger than Israel. Over 4 million acres of land that stretch from north to south along the Mozambique border. Many who visit describe it as a “sublime wildlife experience”. The seventh biggest game reserve in Africa, it ranks with the best in Africa and is the flagship of South Africa’s national parks.
Its atmosphere is so unique that it allows those who enter its vastness to immerse themselves in the unpredictability and endless wilderness that is the true quality of Africa. The park has more species of large mammals than any other African game reserve (147 species).
For over 100 years, this giant of the safari world has been enthralling people young and old. I only wish I was around in 1923 when the first tourists were allowed into Kruger… Imagine seeing that wilderness for the first time?! Pity there were no selfies back then.
Kruger National Park is on the north-eastern boundary of South Africa. It shares a border with Mozambique and Zimbabwe. An easy five-hour drive from Johannesburg takes you to the southern part of Kruger, the best and most famous game-viewing area. Flying to the various airports surrounding the park is your best bet to get into the action immediately. Daily flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town travel between:
- Nelspruit/Kruger International Airport (southern Kruger)
- Skukuza Airport (southern Kruger)
- Hoedspruit/Eastgate Airport (central Kruger)
- Hendrik Van Eck Airport (northern Kruger)
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Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park is a government or state-run and funded reserve. It is over 4 million acres in size. Like any government or state-run park, it is open to members of the public and registered operators for various activities. This means that there will be self-drive, open safari vehicle and bus safari-goers in the park on any given day. It is very popular and busy and for very good reason. Some pros and cons for you:
Greater Kruger National Park (Private Reserves)
Greater Kruger Park is a large wilderness area on the national parks western boundary. The area was once used for farming but became more valuable as a wildlife haven. The fences to the national park have been dropped opening up over 1 million acres of extra bushveld. There are various reserves within this wilderness anthology, all being private and not open to the public. Some pros and cons for you: