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  • Kruger National Park

    Africa at its natural best. South Africa’s premier game reserve is only a 7 minute drive from the guest house. The world renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. It is home to “The big five” – Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard and Buffalo. You will find an abundance of other fascinating animals too such as hyenas, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, monkeys, antelope, and stunning birdlife from the smallest weaver bird to the majestic African Fish Eagle. A visit to the Kruger will always leave you with colourful stories to tell and is definitely a wildlife experience of a lifetime.

     

    There are also private reserves in the area like: Sabi Sands, Manyeleti, Timbavati, etc. but for now we’ll just concentrate on the Kruger.Guided walking tours, dawn and night drives into the Kruger can be booked from the reception area at Kruger Park Lodge or you may prefer to drive yourself. Whatever you decide, make sure to bring the camera as the Kruger will undoubtedly be the highlight of your trip to South Africa.

    Below is some useful information regarding the Kruger. Opening times, pricing, animal census, etc. For wildlife and birdlife pictures from the Kruger be sure to visit our photo albums.

     

    Opening times

    Gate opening times differ throughout the year. Below is a table of opening and closing times for entry and exit of the Kruger.

     March, OctoberJanuary, February,
    November, December
    May, June, JulyApril, August,
    September
    Gates Open05:3005:3006:0006:00
    Gates Close18:0018:3017:3018:00

    Entry fees and tariffs

    Park entry fees are listed below current for 2012/2013 prices. Prices and currency conversions for entry fees are based on South African Rands (ZAR). Members of SANParks’ loyalty programme WILD do not pay daily conservation fees provided that proof of identity and their WILD card are shown on arrival.

    Price in South African Rands (ZAR).
    Tariffs from November 2012 to October 2013
     
    South African Citizens and Residents (with ID)ZAR 66.00 per Adult, per day ZAR 33.00 per Child under 12 per day.
    SADC Nationals (with passport)ZAR 132.00 per Adult, per day ZAR 66.00 per Child under 12 per day
    Standard Conservation Fee (Foreign Visitors)ZAR 264.00 per adult ZAR 132.00 per child under 12 per day
    Wild Card (Loyalty program)Free entry for Wild card holders. Proof of identity, nationality and residence will be required when entering any park, reserve or resort.

    Latest Kruger National Park animal census information

    There are very few other national parks in the world who match the Kruger National Park in sheer concentration of species. The number of different animals varies from year to year depending on climatic conditions. The following is an estimate based on a recent animal census.

    Cheetah200Spotted Hyaena2,000
    Leopard900Wild Dog300
    Lion1,500Bushbuck1,500
    Black Rhino350Eland750
    White Rhino4,500Nyala800
    Blue Wildebeest17,000Mountain Reedbuck150
    Buffalo30,000Oribi100
    Zebra17,000Reedbuck1,500
    Elephant7,500Roan Antelope300
    Giraffe5,000Sable Antelope2,000
    Hippopotamus3,000Tsessebe720
    Kudu8,000Warthog3,000
    Impala160,000Waterbuck4,000

    These numbers may sound high but remember that the Kruger National Park is pretty big. Its approximately the size of the country: Wales.


    In addition to this there are at least 507 different species of birds, 114 species of reptiles, 49 species of African indigenous fish, 34 types of amphibians, 336 different species of trees and many more. At the Kruger there is a huge variety of wildlife in all shapes and sizes which are sure to pique everybody’s interest.
    For more information on the Kruger see www.sanparks.org

    In addition to the Big 5, try to spot the following:

    The Little Five: Buffalo Weaver, Elephant Shrew, Leopard Tortoise, Ant Lion and Rhino Beetle.

    The Birding Big Six:

    Ground Hornbill, Kori Bustard, Lappet-faced Vulture, Martial Eagle, Pel’s Fishing Owl & Saddle-billed Stork.

    Five Trees:

    Baobab, Fever Tree, Knob Thorn, Marula, Mopane.
    In our opinion, a perfect day is spent by setting off really early in the morning with a flask of coffee and enjoying an hour or two of bird watching at Lake Panic, spending the rest of the morning driving around the Kruger spotting animals, then enjoying lunch at Skukuza rest camp or an in-car picnic lunch next to a watering hole before returning to Cambalala to have a ‘siesta’ or squeeze in a round of golf.