There is plenty of adventure, fun and ‘game’ to be had when you go on a private tour of Kruger National Park which is the largest game reserve in all of South Africa. It is so big, this park is larger than the country of Israel.
The park is so big, it is split into four regions to life easier when selecting the type of experience you want when visiting here:
Kruger Park Central Region: 30% of the park is in this region and it is where you will find half of the lion population, leopard, cheetah and hyena. You can also see antelope, buffalo and giraffe munching off the trees. This area is popular with tourists for camping.
Kruger’s Far North Region: The ecozones are different in this region. A few of the type of animals to be seen are rare bird species, the knocking sand frog, bats, nocturnal bush pig and Sharpe’s grysbok which is extremely rare. Also there are very interesting sandstone formations caused by river flood plains. Read More...
Experience the thrills on a Safari Game Drive in Kruger National Park
Northern Kruger Park Region: This region is where you find the big boys of the animal world. In and around the Letaba and Olifants rivers is 60% of the parks Rhino population and on most of the river banks are large herds of elephants, buffalo, bushbuck, kudos and impala.
Southern Kruger Park Region: This region is host to the highest point of the park, Khandzalive and the Crocodile and Sabie Rivers. It is also where you get the best opportunity to see the endangered White Rhino. It is reported that there is more game in this region than any other.
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Bourke’s Luck Potholes
When deciding on a sightseeing tour in Kruger National Park, how about visiting Bourke’s Luck Potholes which is located in Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. After centuries of whirlpools at the meeting point of the Treur and Blyde rivers, these potholes were formed. There are fascinating interconnecting cylindrical pools that are divided by the sandstone surface rock formations. The bridges that cross above offer great views.
The Mananga 4X4 Trail
A brilliant adventure tour to take in Kruger National Park, especially if you are the driver, is the self-drive Mananga 4X4 Trail. This 48-kilometre circular route is everything you think it will be. The gravel roads, steep climbs, river beds and sandy stretches offer different experiences and bruises! There are excellent areas to view game safely and to do a bit of bird watching. Nearby facilities are restaurant and swimming pool.
Blyde River Canyon
On a sightseeing tour of Blyde River Canyon, you are seeing the third largest canyon in the world and the second deepest in all of Africa. The towering cliffs that rise above the fabulous winding valley offer amazing views of Drakensberg Mountain Range. Watch out for the rare Taita Falcons as they are one of the rarest bird species in the world. Man-made dams created placid pools that are perfect for swimming.
Bushmans Wilderness Trail
Take a safari tour to the Bushmans Wilderness Trail to see a vast range of things. There are endangered white rhino found in this area and hopefully, you can be lucky to see some. Also, the San rock art is a highlight in the rocky parts of this region. This trail is a 3-day hike but the camp super, hidden in among the huge granite rock formations. There is no electricity or mobile connection, but you do not even miss them.
Thorny Bush Game Reserve
See, on a guided tour, the grassy plain of Thorny Bush Game Reserve which borders the Kampala Game Reserve. It is home to almost 150 mammals that include the Big Five (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard), reptiles, amphibian, fish and bird. On a safari tour during December to April, you may witness a predatory hunt but also see the wonderful young offspring and cute baby animals chasing after their mummies.
Mac Mac Falls
Of all the many waterfalls to be found in Kruger National Park, Mac Mac Falls is probably the most dramatic. Located in the Mpumalanga Province, it is a pair of waterfalls the drop over 200 feet. The interesting name Mac Mac comes from the Scottish miners who came to the area in the late 1800’s looking for gold. There are excellent viewing platforms where you can experience the dramatic effect the waterfalls offer.
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
When you are looking for a guided tour to get you very near some of the fiercest animals in the continent, then you should visit Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, located at the foot of Drakensberg Mountains. This fantastic centre, nurses injured and poisoned wildlife back to help, rescues orphaned animals and breeding programs. The guides help visitors understand more the plight of endangered animals.
Sabi Sands Game Reserve
A Safari Tour in Sabi Sands Game Reserve is highly recommended if you want to go more 'off road' and more 'into the bush' than other safaris offered in the Kruger National Park. Sabi Sands is situated right beside Kruger and as there are no fences, the animals freely roam. You are pretty much guaranteed to see some of the Big Five on these safari tours. You have to be with a private tour group to go anywhere in this Game Reserve.
Kruger Walking Safari
For those tourists who are not faint at heart and love adventure, then you have to do the Kruger Walking Safari tour. This tour is on in the Timbavati Nature Reserve which happens to be a Big Five game viewing area. All tours are led by game rangers that are armed. Before leaving on the walking tour, you are given the rules and safety instructions. Other animals to see are hippo, wild dog, giraffe, kudu and a vast variety of bird.
Rhino Tracking Safari
Take a Rhino Tracking Safari in Kruger National Park where you are allowed to discover some of nature’s hidden wonders. These walking tours are specially tailored with extremely qualified guides who are only too happy to share their wealth of knowledge about rhino and the Bush. The adrenaline burst you get when you come across a pack of rhino is out of this world and an experience never to be forgotten.
Travel Tips for Kruger National Park
Best Time To Visit
The ideal time to visit Kruger National Park is anytime during the months of May to September when it is the dry season. December- January and July-August are the busiest times with a lot of children on school holidays. The least busiest times are April to mid-June and September to November. Weather wise April to May and September to October are best with mild temperatures and little rain.
The price of safari tours will vary depending on the type of safari tour, the time of the year you want to go and the tour operators. There are so many different tours to take due to the wide variety of regions, animals and activities. Kruger National Park is generally very reasonable even though it is such a popular National Park in South Africa and you will feel you are getting excellent value for the experiences you get in return.
Know Before Visiting
The best advice before travelling to Kruger National Park is for you to do your research thoroughly on the best time to travel and what to expect. Ideally, book the entire trip with a private tour operator that specialises in Kruger National Park. When you are there, be careful on safari and listen to all the advice the rangers give you on what to do and not do. Make sure you have plenty of mosquito spray with you.
May through to September is winter and the dry season. There is hardly any rain and low humidity. Temperatures are averaging around 27 degrees Celsius during the day. It does get a bit cool at night so be sure to pack an extra cardigan or jumper. October to April is summertime and the wet season. It can get uncomfortably hot and humid during these months with temperatures averaging 40 degrees Celsius.