I’ve been to the Kruger National Park twice since I was a child and absolutely loved it both times. I don’t know whether it’s just my fondness for the outdoors or whether it’s that bush air and the sounds of nature that draw me to the Kruger Park.
Staying in Kruger National Park or one of the surrounding private game reserves is ideal during a visit to South Africa. The safari and game lodges range from artistically elegant to super luxurious with en-suite bathroom facilities. The expert game rangers whisk you off on game drives and walking safaris, tracking the wildlife in their natural habitat.
One of the most famous South African National Parks in SA, the Kruger National Park is one of the biggest nature reserves in South Africa where you can spot the Big Five, and it’s also home to some of the most beautiful flora and insect species.
I remember the first time that I was privileged enough to enter the Kruger – I was a teen and on my grade 10 ‘bushveld’ camp. That was the first time I’ve encountered a marauding, juvenile elephant! It was the most terrifying and most exciting experience as the little champ ran up close to our school’s tour bus – thank God he never got close enough to hurt anything.
The Kruger covers 18,989 square km and extends 350km from north to south and 60km from east to west. To the west and south of the Kruger National Park are the two South African provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo. In the north is Zimbabwe, and to the east is Mozambique. It is now part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park that links Kruger National Park with the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe, and with the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique.
The game reserve offers the views of wild buck, buffalo, lions, elephants, cheetah and leopards. To read more on the wonders of the park and the great environmental work they’re doing to sustain our environment for generations to come, check out the Wiki page.