The Kruger National Park is undoubtedly the most famous park in South Africa and the African continent. Internationally renowned, it is an ideal destination for safaris, especially as it is home to Africa’s famous Big 5: the lion, leopard, elephant, black rhino and buffalo.
With an area of 2000 km2, it ranks first among African national parks.
The park extends over two South African provinces: Limpopo and Mpumalanga, in the northeast of the country, on the border with Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Some areas of the park began to be protected by the South African government in 1898, but it was not until 1926 that it was declared South Africa’s first national park.
Animals at Kruger
You will find small groups of herbivores everywhere: impala, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra and buffalo.
The “big fives” are well represented and here the lion is really the king of animals, so much it is present in quantity (which explains the low number of hyenas) and the males are magnificent with their dark manes. Kruger is also one of the parks where you have the best chance of seeing leopards. Large antelopes, rare in other countries, such as Kudu, Nyala or Rumanian hippotrague, are relatively common in Kruger. The white rhinos are not very shy and you will often have the opportunity to meet them on the edge of the slopes.