The Essential Guide to Kruger National Park
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.