The Kruger National Park is often regarded as the icon of South African tourism and offers much of what tourists expect from a visit to South Africa.
The gigantic 20,000 sq km (2 million hectares), larger than Israel, park stretches from the Crocodile River in Mpumalanga in the east of South Africa, all the way to the Limpopo River in the northerly Limpopo province.
The first national park to be declared (1926), it is still a nature lover's dream destination, as it has an unsurpassed variety of wildlife and birds that find sanctuary here.
The climate is subtropical with hot summers and warm, dry winters.
The Kruger National Park is home to the following species
• 477 birds
• 336 trees
• 147 mammals
• 114 reptiles
• 49 fish
• 34 amphibians
From the Lodge enter the Kruger National Park at the Kruger Gate. If you are a first time visitor to the Kruger National Park a visit to Skukuza is recommended.
Skukuza is a Shangaan word meaning either “he who sweeps clean' or 'he who turns everything upside down'. Stevenson-Hamilton, the first warden of Kruger National Park was given the name by his Shangaan staff.
At Skukuza you can learn about the history of Kruger Park at the library and Steven-Hamilton Museum.
A highly advised drive around the Skukuza area is the loop around the Sabie and the Sand Rivers (H1-2, H12 and H4-1). Although there is usually heavy tourist traffic on this route, it is probably the best chance of seeing Lion and a variety of other game in the shortest space of time.
Gate Times – Kruger National Park
Kruger Park Gates open
October, November, December, January, February and March: 05h30
April, May, June, July, August and September: 06h00
Kruger Park Gates and Camp closing
November, December, January and February: 18:30
March, April, August, September and October : 18:00
May, June and July: 17:30
Game Viewing Tips
Visitors to the Kruger National Park should visit the Camps and Picnic Sites within the Kruger National Park and view the Game Viewing maps which allow visitors to plot the days game viewing sightings for guests to plan their sight seeing activities.
Malaria is a common and potentially serious tropical disease, carried by Anopheles mosquitoes and often associated with travel to Africa.
However, prevention and treatment of Malaria is possible, and the risk of Malaria should not stop you from visiting the Kruger National Park.
Most of South Africa has very little or no risk of malaria (scroll down to see a Malaria map for South Africa), and even the Kruger National Park has a low and manageable level of risk for most of the year. The rainy season (from December to April) presents the most risk, yet thousands of tourists from all over the world visit the Kruger Park during this time without contracting Malaria.