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The Essential Guide to Kruger National Park

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South Africa’s second-largest national park, Kruger covers approximately 7,523 square miles—it’s only slightly smaller than the entire state of New Jersey. Whether you stay on a private reserve or go on a self-guided safari, you’ll see the most wildlife if you focus on one area of the park at a time and plan a mix of sunrise, evening, and night drives. August through October are the best months to visit, as everything is in bloom, the veld is dry, and the animals are out, anxiously awaiting the summer rains. By going in the spring, you’ll also avoid the busy holiday season, when South African families tend to visit for summer break.
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H4-2, South Africa
This region between the Crocodile Bridge and Lower Sabie rest camps is known for being chock-full of wildlife. It’s also one of the best places to drive if you’ve come to Kruger to spot white rhinos—as grazers, they love the...
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Graskop, South Africa
When traveling down the R532 between Blyde River Canyon and the town of Graskop, pull off onto the gravel road at the brown tourism sign for Lisbon Falls. A little over a mile down the road, you’ll see some curio stands and a parking...
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Those visiting Kruger for the wildlife sightings should also make time to learn about the history of the region, long before it became a national park in 1926. Tour the Masorini Village Museum with an on-site guide and you’ll get to see...
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Plaas Shiela, Phalaborwa, 1309, South Africa
After spending hours tracking wildlife from your car, it can be nice to switch up your mode of transportation when exploring Kruger National Park. Olifants River Safaris runs twice-daily cruises out of Olifants River Lodge, about 10.5 miles south...
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Sweni River, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga, Kruger Park, 1350, South Africa
In 2001, Singita was granted a 25-year lease on a 33,000-acre concession within Kruger National Park. It was in this midsection of Kruger, a stone’s throw from South Africa’s border with Mozambique, that the company opened its Lebombo...
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Blyde River Canyon, South Africa
From Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, you can rent a car and take a beautiful drive along the Panorama Route, a tourism trail that runs north to Hoedspruit. The route passes several natural wonders, including the aptly name God’s...
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One of the more remote sections of Kruger National Park, the area surrounding Satara Rest Camp is worth the drive to see the large pride of lions that calls the region home. Once you reach the camp, head east to the S100 gravel road, which travels...
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Sunset Dam, South Africa
Sunset Dam is one of the best places to watch the sun go down in Kruger National Park. It’s also an excellent spot to see hippos, crocodiles, and birds, as it separates a portion of the Sabie River into a small watering hole. Located just a...
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N4, eNtokozweni, 1170, South Africa
For those keen on a self-guided safari, it’s extremely easy to rent a car at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport and drive to Kruger National Park. However, the journey down South Africa’s national highways to the...
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Lower Sabie Rest Camp Kruger Park, South Africa
Known for its American-style comfort food, the Mugg & Bean location at the Lower Sabie Rest Camp is a welcome sight before a long day in the car. The restaurant’s breakfast menu in particular offers the chance to eat something beyond the...
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When on a self-guided safari in Kruger National Park, it’s important to plot your route ahead of time and pack plenty of snacks and drinking water. The park is massive and drives between sites can end up taking much longer than expected,...
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Makuleke Contract Park Northern Kruger National Park, Pafuri, 0973, South Africa
In the far northern reaches of Kruger National Park, where South Africa meets Mozambique and Zimbabwe, you’ll find the remote Pafuri Camp. The luxury camp sits on the banks of the Luvuvhu River, which, unlike the Limpopo River to the north,...
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The northern reaches of Kruger National Park are less frequented by travelers, both because of the time it takes to travel there and because they tend to be dryer and hotter than the southern regions. However, the area is more than worth a visit,...
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Established in 1928, Pretoriuskop is the oldest rest camp operated by SANParks in Kruger. Here, visitors enjoy a unique sense of community, with bungalows and campsites arranged in a circular design. In the evening, guests can sit outside or join...
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The largest rest camp in Kruger, Skukuza also serves as the operational headquarters for South African National Parks. If you entered Kruger at one of the quieter gates around the southern perimeter (like Crocodile Bridge), it can almost feel like...