Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is one of the most famous conservation areas in the world. It was established in 1898 by Paul Kruger, the fifth president of the South African Republic. The park covers an area of 19 633km2, making it one of the largest game reserves in Africa. The area is under conservation and managed by or in association with South African National Parks (SANParks).

Top attractions

The Albasini Ruins are the remains of the 19th century trading post of famous Portuguese trader Joao Albasini. Photo courtesy of Jeppestown

  • Kruger National Park is home to 147 mammal species (including the iconic Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and African buffalo) as well as several endangered species such as African wild dog; cheetah; roan and sable antelope. In addition, there are 507 bird, 49 fish, 34 amphibian, 114 reptile and 336 tree species
  • There are over 255 recorded archaeological sites in the park ranging from early Stone Age (roughly 1 million years ago) to various Iron Age settlements and recent historical buildings and sites.Three sites are currently open to the public, the Albasini Ruins (at Phabeni Gate); Masorini (between Phalaborwa Gate and Letaba Camp); and Thulamela (near Punda Maria camp)
  • Eleven bird/game-viewing hides in Kruger National Park, the best known probably being Lake Panic near Skukuza
  • Seven wilderness trails and two backpack wilderness trails
  • Skukuza Nursery cultivates only indigenous plants and, moreover, mainly endemic plants to the Kruger National Park and surrounds. For a small fee, visitors can walk away with a broad selection of Lowveld species of both trees and shrubs
  • Eight privately managed luxury camps

Did you Know?

The only viable population in South Africa of the endangered African Wild Dog (painted wolf) exists in the Kruger National Park, due to the monitoring and reintroduction work of the Endangered Wildlife Trust

News & views

Graskop Gorge lift in the pipeline

  • 26 April 2017 | Nontobeko Mtshali

The PPS Panorama Tour

  • 19 April 2017 | Nontobeko Mtshali

Spotted in the Kruger Lowveld

  • 13 April 2017 | Nontobeko Mtshali