The Kruger Park in South Africa occupies an area of 2 million hectares. A piece of paradise, with a wealth of fauna and flora that you must visit.
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Located in South Africa, the Kruger Park occupies an area of about 2 million hectares, which serves as habitat for approximately 147 species of mammals, more than 500 of birds, 114 of reptiles, 34 of amphibians, 49 of fish and 227 of butterflies, not to mention the immense existing flora.
The park has 10 entrance gates and is crossed by well-maintained asphalt roads, on which safari vehicles can travel at a speed of no more than 50km/h.
In addition, throughout the Kruger Park, there are camping areas and luxury lodges that serve as accommodation for visitors who want to stay overnight.
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Kruger Park: learn how to schedule the safari
Given the size of the Kruger Park, there are many visitors who wonder where the best regions are for spotting animals. There really isn’t an answer to this question, but there are some tips that might be important to consider.
The southern region, for example, usually has a higher concentration of animals, but also of cars and the rainfall index is higher. To the north, you can have a more peaceful experience, while observing the animals.
As for the best times to photograph, it is certain that the best images are usually captured early in the morning or at night. During the afternoon, when it’s hotter, it’s easy to find several animals next to puddles of water.
One of the first steps to plan any trip is to determine when to go and the number of days to stay at the destination. Of course, Kruger Park is no exception and, therefore, before leaving, it is important to define the length of stay in the place.
Naturally, this will depend on your availability and also interest. However, it is necessary to consider some aspects, namely taking into account the fact that the park is quite large and the speed allowed in safari cars is not high. In addition, this whole experience is tiring and, therefore, doing everything in one or two days may not be the best option.
The time of visit is another point that you should analyze. In this case, the park is in a sub-tropical region, which means that the summers are hot and rainy there (from October to March) and the winters (between April and September) have a pleasant temperature, warmer/dryer days and nights cold. Therefore, these characteristics should be taken into account.
Self drive, morning walk, night drive
These are three ways to explore and get to know this immense and beautiful park.
Self-drive refers to the act of driving ourselves in the park, on our own, stopping at the times and places we want. This is a more independent and free way to enjoy the park’s charms, however we prefer.
The morning walk lasts about 4 hours and is a truly breathtaking route. It starts around 5 am and the path is explored through the forest, in the company of guides, of course.
The night trip is made in a safari bus, equipped with reflectors that illuminate the forest well. The vehicle is driven by a local guide who goes looking for the animal species that arouse the greatest curiosity.
Be sure to consult this and other possibilities for exploring the park’s charms by visiting the official site from space.
Other relevant information
inside the park
It is possible to stay inside the park. For this, you can choose one of the 17 camping sites available in the region. Many of these camping areas and bungalows have kitchens, barbecue facilities, swimming pools, restaurants, gas stations, laundries and shops with various products.
Prices vary depending on the conditions of the accommodation. To learn more, click here.
out of the park
Another possibility is to stay at a guest house, campsite or hotel on the outskirts of the park. The offer is large and varied and this can be a more economical solution. However, in these cases, you should always take into account the schedules opening and closing of the park.
If you choose this route, you can search any hotel search engine for accommodation in neighboring localities like Phalaborwa.
How to get
To get to the park, the suggestion is that you rent a car in Johannesburg. From the capital airport to Phalaborwa gate it is 390kms. The road is in good condition and is well signposted. The advantage of this option is, mainly, that you can make the itinerary you want, at the time you want.
What to take
- Clothing in neutral colors (khaki color): to have a discreet presence that does not disturb the animals;
- Light colored fabrics (long sleeves and pants) to be more protected from insect bites. At certain times of the year, such as in winter, you should also take coats and warmer clothes, especially for the night;
- Hat/cap and sunscreen are essential items to be properly protected from the sun;
- Shoes: select comfortable shoes, but also resistant, otherwise you could ruin them and thus hurt your feet;
- Binoculars: in this case, they are essential accessories to take with you during safaris;
- Pharmacy: as on any trip, it is advisable to take a small pharmacy with you, that is, a set of medicines considered essential. In this case, it is important to ask your doctor for advice and even consult the traveler before leaving, even to discuss ways of preventing malaria, a more common disease in this destination.
- Visitors must remain in vehicles and alight in designated areas only;
- No part of the body must be outside the window, sunroof or any other external part of the vehicle;
- Vehicle doors must always be closed;
- The speed limit is 50 km/h on asphalt roads and 40 km/h on dirt roads;
- Respect the opening and closing times of the park gates;
- Visitors are not allowed to drive “off-road” or on roads with a sign prohibiting entry;
- It is forbidden to disturb or feed animals;
- The park’s accommodation has the following hours: check-in from 2 pm and check-out by 10 am;
- All those interested can check, daily, the table exposed in strategic places of the camping places about the location of the animals in the park.