Always dreamed of a Kruger Park safari? Start planning your trip with a Tourlane Travel Expert, who will craft your own tailor-made trip based on your travel tastes and preferences. Kruger is famous for being home to the Big Five game animals: the lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo. If you want to spot them, then Kruger is the perfect destination for you! Organize your flights to South Africa, transfers, safari lodge, and guides, all in advance with Tourlane!
Kruger Park is one of the largest game reserves in the world, and is roughly the same size as New Jersey! There is a huge range of accommodations, ranging from rustic camping to luxury safari lodges. Your Tourlane Travel Expert will help you choose the right accommodation choice for your taste and budget. Some lodges are catered and others are self-catering. All lodges offer excellent guided game tours at reasonable prices, in case you prefer to be driven instead of self-driving your way around the park.
Kruger National Park is a brilliant destination to get up close and personal with exotic animals such as lions, leopards, elephants, and buffalos. Travelers to Kruger Park have two options in terms of game drives: guided game drives on an off-road vehicle with a guide, and self-driving tours. Even if you have your own car rental, we recommend going on at least one guided game drive. Experienced game drivers are very skilled at tracking these animals down, and have insider knowledge about where to find them in the park. They also communicate between themselves using walkie talkies to report on where the animals are spotted. Guided game drives typically take place at dawn or early afternoon. Dawn drives are the best time to spot the Big Five.
If you prefer to travel at your own pace, anyone with a car rental is allowed to go on self-drive tours of the park. Make sure to remember your complimentary map, as Kruger Park is sprawling with many different routes. Be sure to use the restroom before setting off on your safari tour, because you must stay inside your vehicle at all times once you’ve left the safari lodge. You’ll see a multitude of hyenas, warthogs, gazelles, zebras, hippos, and giraffes—these animals are easier to spot. Giraffes move slowly and tower above the trees, and hyenas often move in packs along the roads searching for food. If you go on an early morning game drive, be sure to visit a lake or watering hole—it’s a great place to find thirsty animals having a morning drink, and to see hippos relaxing.
Make sure that you have your Kruger Park safari accommodation organized before your trip, and print off relevant documents before you travel to South Africa. They will be checked when you arrive at the gates to the park. As a U.S. citizen, you do not need a visa for a tourist visit of less than 90 days. Speak to your Tourlane Travel Expert for advice about vaccinations. For more South Africa travel information, click here.
The best way to reach Kruger Park is to fly to Johannesburg (JNB) and then take a short domestic flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP). Johannesburg has direct flights to the USA. South Africa’s official currency is the the Rand (ZAR), and the country has 11 official languages including English.
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