The Kruger National Park

Legend Safaris is an accredited SAN Parks bookings outlet.

We now operate with our own safari vehicle to the Kruger National Park.

We offer you daily safaris into the Kruger with our state of the art safari vehicle and a qualified, passionate guide who will endeavour to show you the best that Kruger has to offer.

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The Kruger National Park is truly an icon of South African safaris, and for good reason. The rich and diverse landscape spans nearly two million hectares and offers superb game viewing experiences in the very heart of the wild. The park, which was established in 1898, also hosts traditional Bushmen rock paintings, fascinating archaeological sites such as Masorini and Thulamela, the Albasini Ruins, the Stevenson Hamilton Memorial Library, and the Letaba elephant museum for culture buffs.

Expert game rangers guide both day visitors and guests staying at one of the luxury resorts on the park on game viewing drives, bush walks, and tracking expeditions all year around. Here, visitors and guests can experience the Big Five along with 147 mammal, 114 reptile, 34 amphibian, 507 bird, 49 fish, and 336 tree species.

Accommodation within the park ranges from top-class luxury to standard safari packages to suit a wide range of visitors seeking an African oasis, or an exhilarating adventure. However, a few constants remain across all camps—great food, warm hospitality, and an unforgettable wildlife experience.

Game viewing is the best mid-year, during the dry winter months as vegetation is sparse. However, warmer summer months see the arrival of new-born wildlife into the park. Summer is also an exciting time for birders due to the summer migration.

The Kruger National Park is accessible via air and road. For the former, flights can be booked from Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban to one of three airports serving Kruger Park: Northern Kruger Park: Phalaborwa Airport; Central Kruger Park: Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport; Southern Kruger Park: Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMI). Alternatively, guests can drive via tarred roads from all destinations in South Africa. The shortest drive from a central city is from Johannesburg to Kruger at only 420 kms via the N12 and N4.

Once guests have arrived, they will have to navigate (or be navigated) through the vast landscape. The vast Kruger Park is divided into four distinct diverse regions, namely the Far North Region, the North Region, the Central Region, and the South Region.

The Far North Region in the Kruger Park extends south from the Limpopo River that forms the boundary between Zimbabwe and South Africa. The area is arid and flat with localised rainfall zones giving rise to dense Mopane tree groves. To the north of Punda Maria, an area rich with groves, the sprawling panorama is punctuated with craggy sandstone hills, dotted with giant Baobab trees. This region offers abundant game viewing opportunities at the various river systems, particularly in the Mphongolo / Shingewedzi complex and the Luvuvhu / Limpop complex. You can expect to see plenty buffalo and elephant, as well as regular sightings of lion, cheetah, and leopard, and the rare Nyala, Sable, Roan, and Eland buck.

Just below this region is the Northern Region ranging southward from Capricorn to the Oliphant’s River. This region offers many attractions from the pre-historic artefacts in the remote hills of the west to the spectacular game viewing which features elephant, zebra, and buffalo. The indigenous flora gracefully transitions from Mopane scrub in the east to taller species such as Leadwood, Apple Leaf, and Nyala Trees in the west, creating a rich, textured landscape where Tsessebe and Ostrich crowd the open scrub land. Predators are not common to this region, but both its cultural and environmental aspects are certainly worth exploring.

The Central Region is undoubtedly the jewel of the Kruger Park with arresting scenery and the most abundant game of the four regions. The region is a sprawling grassland plain that rolls out west to the Lebombo Mountains that form the boundary to Mozambique. The rest of the region is surrounded by the Sabi River in the south and the Olifants River in the north. Game viewing drives are exceptional between Satara and Nwantesi and from Stara to the Olifants River. Predators such as lion, cheetah, and leopard abound in these area along with zebra, giraffe, and wildebeest. For a rhino sighting visitors can head to the extreme south-west area of the region where Sable, buffalo, eland and wild dog packs can also be found.

Lastly, the Southern Region is celebrated for having the greatest rhino population in the Kruger Park. It is also home to large prides of lion, earning it the nickname, “lion country”. The region is situated between the Sabi and Crocodile Rivers and is densely populated with famous Marula trees as well as Leadwood and Acacia trees. Game viewing can be difficult owing to thick vegetation, however the chance of spotting a black or white rhino is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that cannot be missed.

We now operate with our own safari vehicle to the Kruger National Park.We offer you daily safaris into the Kruger with our state of the art safari vehicle and a qualified, passionate guide who will endeavour to show you the best that Kruger has to offer.For rates and more information contact us now.

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