Things to Do While Visiting Kruger National Park

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Visiting Kruger National Park is a must for any nature lover and adventure seeker touring South Africa.


About Kruger National Park


Kruger National Park offers an authentic wildlife experience, with almost two million hectares of wildlife, along with both historical and archaeological sites. 


When visiting Kruger National Park, you have a chance to see a breath-taking mix of Africa’s species. The park features 147 mammals, including the Big 5—lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinoceros—along with another 507 different types of birds, 114 types of reptiles, 34 different types of amphibians, 49 types of fish and a staggering 336 different types of trees.


The reception area of the park has a sightings map that’s updated every day. You can consult the map to see the most likely spot to find your favourite park animal. In addition to the Big 5, you can also find out where the little 5 — buffalo weavers, elephant shrews, leopard tortoise, ant lions, and rhino beetles—and other animals and birds can be found.

If you’d like to connect with history while exploring the park, you can see bushman rock paintings still in their original place. Visitors to the park also have a chance to visit Masorini, dating back to the late Iron Age period, and Thulamela, occupied from about 1240 AD to 1700 AD; two important archaeological sites that will enrich your knowledge of Africa’s history. Other important natural and cultural sites include Letaba Elephant Museum, Jock of the Bushveld Route, the Albasini ruins and the Stevenson Hamilton Memorial Library.


Kapama River Lodge


If you crave the five-star experience, Kapama River Lodge should be high on your list of places to stay while in Kruger National Park. Luxuriously appointed, this private 64-suite lodge gives you a fantastic view of the northern Drakensberg mountains and the seasonal Kapama River.


Kapama River Lodge is a great starting point for adventures while visiting Kruger National Park. From the lodge, you can embark on hot air balloon tours, photo-taking workshops to help you catch breathtaking photos on your safari tour, guided bush walks and the Hoedspruit Centre for Endangered Species.


You can also experience a safari from the back of an elephant. Elephant handlers show you how to mount the saddle and sway with the animal as you explore the park. Perched on the back of an elephant, you’ll have ample opportunity to take photos from a unique, and high, perspective. You’ll also be provided with a video of the experience.


For the brave, there’s a Romantic Sleep-Out experience where you sleep on elevated ground under the open sky. The night includes a dinner for two served by a personal chef, a private luxury bathroom on site, and a night under the stars. It’s a great way to connect with nature while you reconnect with each other.


There’s a reason why so many people include African safaris on their list of dream vacations. There’s so much to explore when visiting Kruger National Park that you’ll want to save two or three weeks of vacation time for your safari vacation.

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