If your African Safari has taken you to Kruger National Park or are considering visiting Kruger National Park, you are in for an experience of a lifetime.
At 2,000,000 hectares or roughly 5 million acres, South Africa’s Kruger National Park is only describable as ‘massive’. To get some clear perspective on just how vast the park is, it is larger than the entire country of Israel, just a tad smaller than Belgium and almost one-third the size of Ireland.
The “massive” tag extends beyond land area. The amount of animal and plant species it boasts of is incredible; Kruger Park is home to 34 amphibian species, 49 fish species, 336 tree species, 507 bird species, 114 reptile species and 148 mammal species (including The Big Five). To put it simply; there is no other park, reserve or even place in Africa that can boast of more cheetah, leopard, giraffe and zebra encounters. While giraffe and zebra encounters may not be much to write home about, cheetah and leopard sightings are quite impressive. You don’t want to miss one of these. Kruger Park, even more impressively, is home to a lot of endangered animal species, with the white rhino being a stark example.
Wild animals and plants do not tell the whole story of Kruger Park. There are also 254 known sites of cultural heritage in Kruger Park for you to explore, with the inclusion of approximately 125 rock art sites; for the rock junkie, Kruger Park is some sort of mini-heaven. There are vital archaeological ruins in place too, at Masorini and Thulamela, and lots of examples of San Rock Art too. Upon visiting Kruger Park, there is massive evidence for you that prehistoric man (Homo erectus) lived in the area between 600,000 and 100,000 years ago. All of this evidence is in display, including caveman art and fossil evidence, making for a superb lesson in history.
As far as your stay is concerned, you need not worry as the park has many luxury lodges that dot the different parts, which ensures you get as close as possible to fully experience the abundance of wealth that the park offers.