Kruger National Park, South Africa

As big as Wales but considerably wilder, Kruger National Park is one of the world’s top places to get up close and personal with the Big Five: lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros. The park was set up to protect wildlife, but it also preserves human history, with ancient cave paintings and Stone and Iron Age artefacts all found within its borders (the Limpopo and Crocodile rivers to the north and south, and the Lebombo Mountains to the east). Kruger’s acclaimed wilderness is evident everywhere in its 7,500sq m of river-crossed veldt, but safari adventures needn’t mean roughing it: silver service and swimming pools await.

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When to go

Game viewing is at its best during the dry winter months (from May to September), when days are mild and clear night skies make evenings chilly. But, the balmy summer months (October to April) bring their own attractions: lush vegetation, full waterholes, newborn wildlife and the arrival of migrating birds. For a peaceful stay, avoid mid-December to January, when South Africans evacuate their cities and Europeans and North Americans flock here for some winter sun.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    Touch down in Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport near Nelspruit (www.mceglobal.net). Flights from Johannesburg take one hour; Durban’s an hour and a half away and Cape Town’s just over two hours from Kruger. Several domestic carriers fly here, the main ones being South African Airlines (www.flysaa.com) and British Airways–owned Comair Limited (www.comair.co.za).
  • Automobiles

    The drive to Kruger from Johannesburg takes between seven and eight hours. Once you arrive, there are a range of well-documented self-drive routes through the park. Local car rental options include branches of Avis in Skukuza, Nelspruit and Phalaborwa (www.avis.co.za).
  • Taxis

    Who needs a taxi when you have a safari driver standing by?

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park

A wild and wonderful sprawl of savannah and grasslands, Kruger is punctuated not just by cute critters, but by luxury lodges and exclusive camps. Get a different perspective on the park with guided safari tours on foot, or organised mountain-bike trips or horseback treks. After dark, make like an astronomer thanks to some of the clearest stargazing on Earth.

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