Kruger National Park was my first safari, other than African Lion Safari which is located in Canada and is more of an amusement park. I remember sitting in the backseat while monkeys tore the vinyl roof off my grandmother’s car!
Kruger is a legitimate African safari. We got to see wild leopards, elephants, Cape buffaloes & black rhinos and lions which collectively are what is known as the Big Five. In addition, we saw cheetahs, giraffes and hippos! Home to over 500 bird species, 100 reptiles, nearly 150 mammals, Kruger is the flagship national park in South Africa and is a year-round destination. When and how you decide to safari in Kruger National Park – you will not be disappointed! You can explore the park in a 4×4, take a bush walk or fly above in a hot-air balloon.
Fellow travellers and I would end each day wide-eyed in wonder at the sights and animals we’d seen, some for the first time, with cocktails watching the sun go down which the locals call ‘sundowners’ in hand and looking up at the Southern Cross. I had to stop from pinching myself at my good luck.
To see and experience Kruger for yourself, you can fly into Johannesburg. From there, you can take a connecting flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit, the gateway to the most accessible and popular southern sector of the Kruger Park. Alternatively, you can fly to Hoedspruit (for the central and northern sections) or Palaborwa (for the northern section).
Happy and safe travels!