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Fascinating facts about the Kruger National Park

  1. You can spot the Big 5 in one day. Kruger National Park is where you find all of the ‘big 5’: leopards, rhinos, elephant, lions and Cape buffalo. With an incredible count of over 16,000 elephants and 3,000 leopards, it’s not unusual to see all five in one day.


  2. The Kruger National Park is Africa’s oldest, largest and arguably most iconic park in the world.


  3. The Kruger is popular for good reason; the stunning wilderness offers unforgettable safari experiences. From exciting safari activities to luxury accommodation.


  4. The park has 12 entrances, with the southern gates like Numbi and Kruger being the more popular.


  5. The speed limit in the park is 50km and 40km on dirt roads.


  6. The national park is huge. Covering an area of almost 20 000 square kilometres. This makes it bigger than Israel or Belgium.


  7. Kruger National Park is a bird watchers paradise, with ample hides and waterholes being home to over 600 bird species,


  8. Wildlife can roam in and out of private game reserves adjoining the Kruger.


  9. The best time to visit the Kruger National Park is at the beginning or end of the region’s dry season, which falls between March and October. During the dry season, temperatures are pleasurable reaching into the mid-80s or 26 C). The wet summer season brings lots of new-born wildlife, and migrant birds. Whenever you decide to come, you’re sure to have a remarkable experience!


  10. The Kruger is 360km in length from the Crocodile river in the south and Limpopo in the north. It has a maximum width of 80km.
Photo of Cheetah in the Kruger Park

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11. The Thulamela Iron Age Site, in the north, is a stone walled habitat built around 520 years ago. Numerous artifacts have been unearthed on site, proofing that the society was part of a vigorous trade network controlled by Arab merchants.

12. Kruger is a malaria area, albeit during the winter months the risk is very low. It’s best to speak to your doctor about malaria prevention before your safari to a malaria region. The sure way to prevent infection includes covering up at night, wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants and applying repellent every few hours.

13. Kruger has 6 walking safari trails, from 1 day to multi day walks, spending nights in accommodation on the way. These trails are accompanied by armed rangers who will fascinate you with their knowledge on finds and sightings along the way. .

14. The park has 22 rest camps and 18 private safari lodges!

15. Established in 1896, the Kruger achieved national status in 1924. Colonel James Hamilton was appointed as 1st warden in 1902. Over the next 46 years he worked relentlessly in developing the park to the iconic wildlife wilderness it is today.

16. There is ample evidence that prehistoric man roamed the area 100 000 years ago. There are 265 known cultural heritage sites in the Kruger Park, including 140 San rock art sites.

17. Paul Kruger was the founder of the Kruger National Park and President of the Transvaal Republic. He played an active part in the Anglo Boer war.

18. The Kruger boasts 7 ecosystems, including riverine forest, baobab, sand forest, knob thorn-marula bushveld, woodland and acacia thicket, to name but a few.

19. The Kruger is home to more than half the world’s combined population of black and white rhino. Kruger Park has approximately 8000 of these captivating, beautiful and endangered creatures.

20. Kruger is home to about 45 snake species of which the black mamba, cobra and puff adder are deadly. Over a hundred kinds of reptiles are found here, including about 4 000 Nile crocodiles which reach lengths of 4 metres and can weigh up to 800 kg.


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