Stretching virtually all the way along the border with Mozambique, it’s said that Kruger has the greatest variety of wildlife in Africa. Lion, elephant, leopard, cheetah, giraffe are present as are a profusion of herbivores. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.
The park stopped culling elephants in 1989 and tried transferring them to other parks, but by 2004 the population had increased to 11,670 elephants, by 2006 to approximately 13,500 and by 2009 to 11,672. The park\'s habitats can only sustain about 8,000 elephants. The park started using annual contraception in 1995, but has stopped that due to problems with delivering the contraceptives and upsetting the herds. Kruger also has the engendered African Wild Dog, with a number of packs in the park, as well as numerous types of birds and insects.
Seeing the wildlife in their natural habitat is a wonderful experience, especially at a waterhole. You can do game drives during the day - usually dusk and dawn are the best times for spotting animals. It is also possible to do a night game drive where you may see lions, leopards and hyenas if you’re lucky.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Kruger N.P., we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to Africa