Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is considered the mother of all natural wildlife and game reserves. Its rich flora and fauna have been protected since 1898. The park is situated in the northeast of South Africa along the border of Mozambique and Zimbabwe. It extends 380 km in length and averages 60 km wide, a surface comparable in size with about three quarters of the Netherlands. The western border of the park counts several private game reserves. The electric fences which delimited the boundary between Kruger National Park and the private reserves were brought down in 1991 to allow animals to move freely throughout the area. The roads are however not linked, whereby the national park and private game reserves remain separate.
Kruger National Park offers an unparalleled biodiversity and unspoiled natural landscape. It is one of the best places on the African continent to observe wildlife and witness striking sunrises, spectacular sunsets and amazingly starry nights. The park encompasses over 500 bird species, 200 species of mammals and dozens of reptile species (including salamanders and lizards), as well as smaller ‘organisms’ such as tortoises, mongooses and butterflies. You are guaranteed wildlife sightings in Kruger National Park. At night you might even hear a lion’s roar or hyenas cackling. The park stimulates all your senses, lets you unwind at the same time, and come face to face with nature and -if you want that to happen- with yourself.

Landscape

The vast grassed savannas interspersed with ‘bushveld’ (dense growth of shrubs and trees), river landscapes and rolling hills form a complex eco system and ensure a diversity of animal and plant life in each ecoregion of the park. Kruger National Park is a prime location for game-watching of the ‘Big 5’ (lion, rhino, buffalo, elephant and leopard). But there are also plenty of smaller and equally impressive animal species to be spotted with binoculars and ‘captured ‘ by a camera lens. Observing the interaction between ‘all creatures great and small’ in a natural setting is an exhilarating experience and animal spotting only adds to the excitement. Bird watchers can also take delight in Kruger Park, with many species present across the different habitats, in riverine forests, woodlands and ‘thornveld’ areas.

There is a definitely a great chance to see (some of) the ‘Big 5’ mammals and I know in which area the animals can best be spotted. After choosing an area, it’s all a matter of patience, good observation and of course a bit of luck. Do indicate which animals you would really like to see. This way I can design your safari itinerary accordingly, and maximise your chances of getting a glimpse of them. Although in my experience, I have often heard that people found it more interesting to encounter and observe a variety of animals in their natural environment than to watch the one lion barely moving its tail once spotted.