Kruger National Park
Very few places on earth can beat the unspoiled, natural beauty, expansive vistas and diversity offered by the Kruger National Park. Covering an area of close to 20 000 square kilometres and extending 360km from north to south, the park is the flagship of South Africa's national parks and is considered one of the largest and most diverse wildlife reserves on the African continent.
Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Man's interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries – from San rock paintings to majestic iron age archaeological sites – is evident in the park. These treasures represent the cultures, people and events that played a role in the history of the park.
With an extensive and excellent road network, supported by an almost endless supply of publications, visitors can explore the park on their own easily and safely.
The larger rest camps have day visitor facilities for picnics and braais (barbecues). The camps also offer clean restrooms, restaurants, shops and filling stations.
There are also several remote picnic sites where visitors can leave their vehicle and relax enjoying the natural scenery. All picnic sites offer clean restrooms and braai facilities. Some offer light refreshments and meals.
In order to appreciate the wildlife that Kruger offers, it is recommended that the visitor gets to the gate as early as possible (wildlife tends to be most active in the cooler times of day). Gate opening and closing times vary according to the season. During peak holiday seasons strict day visitor quotas are enforced at the gates, it is advisible to pre-book a gate pass to ensure access, bookings can be made at Kruger Lowveld's offices.
05:30 : Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
06:00 : Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
18:30 : Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec
18:00 : Mar, Apr, Aug, Sep, Oct
17:30 : May, Jun, Jul
Speed limits are strictly enforced – 50kph on tarmac roads and 40kph on gravel roads, ideally keep to a speed of around 25kph in order to see any wildlife activity.
The Park has 7 entrance gates within the Kruger Lowveld region, the following within a two-hour drive from Nelspruit
- Numbi Gate (57km)
- Phabeni Gate (78km)
- Paul Kruger Gate (109km)
- Malelane Gate (68km)
- Crocodile Bridge Gate (112km)
Route options are endless, its recommended that a map of the park be purchased prior to visiting or at the gate upon entry and plan your route accordingly. Routes should be planned taking speed limits and gate closing times into consideration.
PLEASE DO NOT:
- Leave your vehicle except in designated areas
- Feed the animals