About the Kruger Park

The magnificent Kruger National Park allows those who enter its vastness to immerse themselves in the endless wilderness that is the true quality of Africa.

Size

Size

At nearly 20,000 square kilometres (7,700 sq miles), the Kruger National Park is less of a “park” and more of a “small country” in terms of size. It is the same size as Wales, and just a smidgen smaller than the state of Massachusetts.


Species

Species

The Kruger National Park is home to 147 mammal species (more species than any other game reserve in the world), over 500 bird species, 114 reptile species, ranging from crocodiles to chameleons, 49 fish species, 34 frog species, over 2,000 plant species, including 456 tree and shrub species…not to mention all the butterflies, moths, beetles, spiders and other fascinating creatures you will to come face to face with on your game drives and in the camps!

The Big 5

The Big 5

The Kruger National Park is home to the Big Five – the Lion, African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Leopard and Black Rhino. For years, there has been a misconception that these five animals were chosen as the Big Five owing to their size. However, the term was originally coined by hunters because they were the most the most dangerous and unpredictable African animals to hunt on foot.

Ecosystems

Ecosystems

The Kruger National Park has six ecosystems. Six major rivers flow throughout the year and there are numerous smaller streams and water holes.

Stone Age To Present

From The Early Stone Age To Present

Within the park there are well over 255 recorded archaeological sites ranging from early Stone Age (roughly 1 million years ago) to various Iron Age settlements and recent historical buildings and sites. Numerous examples of San (Bushman) art scattered throughout the park. There are significant archaeological ruins at Thulamela and Masorini.

The Peace Park

The Peace Park

The Kruger National Park is now part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park that links Kruger National Park with the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe, and with the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique.

Kruger Park's Climate

Climate

Subtropical with warm to hot days and pleasant evenings. The rainy season extends from October to May (summer). Dry winter months.