The Kruger National Park is currently one of the biggest tourist attractions in South Africa. Aside from the wildlife, there are plenty of activities visitors can indulge in.
The park is situated to the northeast of South Africa. It goes along the Mozambique border at the east, the Crocodile River to the south and Zimbabwe at the north. Coming from Nelspruit, decide which gate you will enter from. The closest are the Kruger Gate (south west of the Numbi), Numbi (south west) and Malelane (south east).
What to See
The park is home to several kinds of wildlife. Buffaloes, lions, leopards, rhinoceros and elephants abound. The Sable River is home to some of the most interesting animals in the park. The north sector of the park is where you will find the birds.
Another popular site at the Kruger National Park is the Crocodile River view point. This gives you the opportunity to see some hippos and crocodiles up close. There is also a 9 hole golf course for the enthusiasts.
The park was created in 1898 by President Paul Kruger of South Africa. It was established to shelter the wildlife. It became open to the public in 1927. Today, the park is being handled by the South African National Park Organization (SANP).
The main goals are the protection of the environment and promoting tourism. There are strict measures being implemented to protect the animals. Furthermore, all cars that come in are checked first.
The park has been recently joined with the Malipati Safari Area and the Gonarezhou National Park and Manjinji Pan Sanctuary. However, the regulations concerning the borders are still being enforced.
Bush drive guided tours cost 170 Rand (30 USD). This is optional, but it is ideal for first time visitors to the park.
Visitors to the park can also go on night drives. A ranger will take you around the park in the evening. This is a great time to see the lions and other nocturnal creatures in their natural habitat.
The wilderness trail tour will have you along with 8 other people and a couple rangers. This is a three day tour that will explain everything you need to know about African wildlife.
The Kruger National Park also has the Kruger National Park. This excursion will bring you face to face with more of the African wildlife. There are also many lodges around the park area.