For over 100 years, the Kruger National Park has been a highlight for families, wildlife enthusiasts and birders.
The Kruger offers that quintessential bush experience – the thrill of seeing Africa’s wildlife in their natural environment. In the Kruger, wild animals roam freely in a protected area that could rival the size of several whole countries. Better still, you can experience the authentic thrill of the bush from the comfort of your car, a game drive vehicle and even on foot.
Besides the opportunity to experience Africa’s wildlife up close, the next best part of a Kruger safari is where you stay. From luxury lodges to camping in the African bushveld, you can enjoy Kruger on your terms.
Here’s why we feel the Greater Kruger should make your 2020 travel list.
All creatures great and small
With a fenceless area the size of Switzerland, the Kruger National Park is a playground for leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo that comprise the famous Big 5. Most visitors to the Kruger will seek to tick off these heavy hitters from their bucket list, however there are plenty other rewarding things to see in the wild. How about embarking on a safari to tick off the Little 5 instead? This little gang proves to be even more of an adventure to find and comprises the Ant-Lion, Rhinoceros Beetle, Leopard Tortoise, Buffalo Weaver and Elephant Shrew.
Get your African massage
Dreaming of a private aromatherapy massage? Think again. A true African massage can only be experienced as you bump and jostle through the back roads of the Kruger on a 4x4 morning or evening game drive. The experience of venturing out into the wilderness to view the fascinating inhabitants of the Kruger makes this incredible national park worthy of a 2020 holiday destination. Stay at Mjejane Bush Camp which offers game drives as well as a private spa service, an ideal end to those long days spent exploring.
Game and golf in the bush
If you’re a golf enthusiast, treat yourself to a few rounds at Skukuza Golf Course in the Kruger National Park. This 72 par, nine-hole, 18-tee course is the only course located right inside the park itself near to Skukuza Rest Camp and along the road to the Paul Kruger Gate. While you pitch, putt and drive, it’s not uncommon to witness some unusual spectators, such as nyala, zebra and warthog, which also keep the green neatly trimmed.
Rock the Panorama Route
As fantastic as the Kruger is, the area surrounding this wildlife gem is also well worth exploring. The Panama Route is conveniently located close enough to the Kruger if you are in the mood for a self-drive day trip out on the open road. With attractions like God’s Window, the Pinnacle and Pilgrim’s Rest, you know you are in for some heavenly views. Be sure to stop at the Blyde River Canyon as well as the Three Rondavels.