Kruger National Park
South Africa’s Kruger National Park Barely needs an introduction. It’s Africa’s largest game reserve spanning almost the entire northeastern boundary of South Africa.
The Kruger National Park is part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park which allows game to roam freely among bordering parks in Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
It’s also open to most of the private parks on its perimeter to maximize the space available to the species who dwell in this area.
Wildlife in the Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s great conservation success stories with more large mammals thriving within its natural environment than any other African park. It’s best-known for exceptional Big Five sightings as well as abundant birdlife, with over 500 species occurring within its boundaries.
There are sixteen distinct habitats within the park which account for the great diversity of species found in this area.
The park is best explored on self-guided game drives although there are options for guided game drives three times daily as well as bush walks with a trained and armed ranger.
The park features well-maintained arterial tar roads with many gravel roads branching off towards waterholes and lookout points.
There are a variety of picnic sites and other places where visitors can disembark from their vehicle to admire the views, stretch their legs and use the restrooms. The picnic sites usually have a small shop on site or a fridge with cool drinks for sale and have armed game guards in attendance.
In addition, there are a few bird hides where you can get out of your car and enjoy some time watching the riverbanks or waterholes for game activity.
There are also several significant points of historic, natural, or archaeological importance dotted around the park where visitors can alight from their vehicles.
Accommodation in the Kruger Park
There are 12 main rest camps in the Kruger National Park where you’ll find shops, restaurants, swimming pools and a range of accommodation. You can book bungalows, chalets, houses, tented accommodation, and campsites at most of these camps.
There are also 4 satellite camps which offer only basic amenities, and 7 bush camps of varying luxury. Two of these are exclusive-use camps and you can also book an exclusive sleep out at two of the bird hides in the park.
Several high-end safari operations have exceptionally luxurious lodges located within the Kruger National Park.
Camping In And Around Kruger Park
Camping is the ultimate experience for nature lovers in the Kruger National Park. Each of the rest camps has a dedicated campsite with ample space for tents, caravans, and RVs.
These grassed or sand sites are usually located on the perimeter of the rest camp alongside the fence. This gives guests the opportunity for extra game viewing as well as quick access to the rest camp gate in the mornings.
Each site accommodates up to 6 people and you can place as many tents as you need in your designated area. There are communal scullery areas with fridges and hot water dotted at convenient spots among the campsites as well as plenty of clean ablution blocks with baths and showers as well as plenty of hot water.
You can book sites with or without electricity according to your preference.
Many of the camps also offer a semi-glamping experience in permanent tents, also close to the perimeter fence that can accommodate up to 4 people. These tents have a private en-suite bathroom with a shower as well as a small kitchen area. Many of them boast river views.
There are also two camps dedicated exclusively to camping and caravanning in the Kruger National Park, namely Tsendze Camp and Tamboti Camp. These camps, which are exclusively for campers and caravanners with tents and caravans, feature modern clean bathrooms with outdoor showers as well as sculleries with a freezer.
Each camp also has two permanent camping options. The budget tents accommodate two or four people while the semi-luxury stilted tents sleep two and have an en-suite bathroom, fridge, and basic cooking facilities.
Most of the permanent tents are located along the boundary fence.
These satellite camps have no onsite shops or swimming pools and you can make use of these amenities at the nearest rest camp.
Glamping Sites Near the Kruger National Park
You’ll find plenty of opportunities for glamping both in the private nature reserves surrounding the Kruger National Park as well as at resorts located close to the park’s perimeter fence.
Some of these campsites feature views into the park from their location and most are located within easy driving distance of the main gates. You’ll usually find onsite restaurants as well as other facilities such as guided game drives, swimming pools, curio shops, and luxury spas at these venues.
Experience the Kruger National Park at its Best
Camping in the Kruger National Park is a laid-back experience offering an extra level of immersion in the African bushveld.
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