When you are about to embark on a glorious Kruger Park safari, you are going into a land that is untouched by the outside world. Sure, the Kruger has modern facilities, like cell phone reception (in places), but at the very heart of it, the Kruger is still a wild place that, for the sake of it being a conservation effort and a rustic destination, is kept as simple and as authentic to Africa as possible.
The best way to see the park is to go on a Kruger Park safari. Such a trip can be booked online, with a safari company like ours, or it can be a self-drive trip, which is preferred by many who already know parts of the park and who would like a completely private holiday.
If you should book a tour with a Kruger Park safari company, you can really get the best feel for the place. Kruger Park tours, as done by a safari company, are usually conducted in open air safari vehicles, to get you as close to the wildlife as is safely possible, and then you also get to enjoy the guided experience. Kruger Park guides are extremely knowledgeable and they are the perfect people to teach you all about the park, its wildlife and its plants.
5 Kruger Facts
Seeing as the Kruger was founded more than 100 years ago, there is so much history and so many facts to delve into. In this brief introduction to the park, here are the top 5 facts that you need to know when you get started on a Kruger Park trip.
- Population Density
When it comes to wildlife, the sheer size of the animal populations is without a doubt one of the factors that will leave you in awe! The Kruger is home to some 12 000 elephants, 1000 leopards, and around 27 000 buffalo. It also has massive lion populations and an untold number of antelope. The huge populations mean you can easily come across a variety of different animals in the course of a morning safari.
- Guests not always welcome
The Kruger has not always been the tourist destination that it is today. In fact, while the park was founded in the late 1800s, the first guests in motor vehicles only entered the park in 1927.
- Camp Accommodation
The Kruger currently has 21 rest camps, 15 private safari lodges and 2 private concession lodges, spread out all over the park, giving you loads of options.
- The Kruger is Hot!
Based in a sub-tropical, incredibly humid area, the Kruger experiences intense heat all throughout the year. In summer, the heat is accompanied by loads of rain, which can make your safari a real wash out.
Not only is the Kruger really easy to get to, but it is also an affordable holiday destination. Kruger Park safari packages are priced to include those who are travelling on a budget and if you wish to travel on your own, you’ll find entrance fees are rather cheap.