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Kruger

South Africa Mpumalanga,Limpopo National Park Big Five-Reservat

About Kruger

The Kruger is a National Park in South Africa in the provinces of Mpumalanga,Limpopo. The park was established on 26.03.1898 and covers an area of 19.485 km². The Kruger is a Big Five reserve and offers the possibility of self-drive safaris.

The park is the largest and best known in southern Africa. It is located in the north-east of the country and stretches 360 km from north to south and 65 km from east to west. Zimbabwe borders the park to the north and Mozambique to the east. An extensive road network, also suitable for 2WD cars, makes the Kruger one of the best safari parks for self-drivers.

General information
Biodiversity Sighting conditions
Very high Okay
  • 148Mammals
  • 505Bird species
  • 118Reptile
  • 53Fish specie
  • 35Amphibians
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Official Name

Kruger

Provinces

Mpumalanga,Limpopo

Area

19.485 km2

Foundation

1898-03-26

Vegetation

No information

Habitats

Lowveld,Savannah

Big Five-reserves

Yes

Self-drive-reserve

Yes

Entrance gates

9

Highlights

The park is the largest and best known in southern Africa. It is located in the north-east of the country and stretches 360 km from north to south and 65 km from east to west. Zimbabwe borders the park to the north and Mozambique to the east. An extensive road network, also suitable for 2WD cars, makes the Kruger one of the best safari parks for self-drivers.

Landscape

The main habitat of the Kruger is the Lowveld.

The vegetation is relatively dense everywhere, especially during the rainy season. The northern part of the national park is in the tropical climate zone, the southern part in the subtropical zone and the central part in the transition zone. This variety of landscapes is also related to the lush vegetation. In the north of the park, the vegetation is denser than in the south due to increased rainfall. Here one also finds the characteristic baobab, the African baobab tree.

Entrance gate
Name Location
Phalaborwa West
Orpen West
Paul Kruger South West
Phabeni South West
Numbi South West
Malelane South
Crocodile Bridge South
Pafuri North
Punda Maria North
General information
Biodiversity Sighting conditions
Very high Okay
  • 148Mammals
  • 505Bird species
  • 118Reptile
  • 53Fish specie
  • 35Amphibians
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The best travel time for Kruger
The best travel time

Overview
Weather and climate

Excellent Good Okay Poor
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Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
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Dec

Best tavel time

May (Beginning) - September (End)


Dry time

May (Beginning) - September (End)

Climate

chilly-warm


Tavel time

October (Beginning) - April (End)

Climate

mild-hot


High season

October (Beginning) - March (End)


Low season

October (Beginning) - March (End)


Risk of Malaria

October - April

The climate in Kruger is hot, tropical. The rainy season takes place from Beginning October to End April The dry season first extended over the months from Beginning May to End September inclusive. The best time to tour is Beginning May End September.

The Kruger experiences a hot and tropical summer season, when it rains the most and often storms in the afternoon. The milder winter is more pleasant for visitors, although it can get chilly at night. It is recommended to bring warm clothing for early morning and evening game drives. Although the park stretches 360 km from north to south, the atmosphere within the park can vary. In Skukuza, it is up to slightly 2 to 3 degrees colder during the year in the southern part of the park than in Pafuri in the entire north and there is slightly more rainfall.

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Top animal species

The Kruger is home to 148 mammals such as Big Five, Lion, Elephant, Rhinoceros, Leopard as well as 505 bird species, 118 reptile species, 53 fish species and 35 amphibian species. The Kruger provides Very high conditions for wildlife viewing. The National Park offers a wide variety of species, including the "Big Five".

Big Five

Big Five

Big Five

Lion

Big Five

Elephant

Big Five

Rhinoceros

Big Five

Leopard

Big Five

Cape Buffalo

Cheetah

Giraffe

Zebra

Spotted hyena

Wildebeest

Hippopotamus

Baboon

Oryx

Serval

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