The Kruger National Park is one of the best wildlife safari destinations in South Africa. It is a famous Southern Africa game reserve amongst both local and international holidaymakers for its prime game-viewing opportunities. It is also a bird-watchers paradise with approximately 517 birding species. Of birds found in the Park 253 species are residents, 117 non-breeding migrant species, and 147 nomad species.
The Kruger National Park is not only home to the “Big 5” but while game-viewing a total of 147 different mammal species can be spotted. The Kruger National is also home to 114 different species of reptiles.
The Kruger National Park is a subtropical area and one of the largest game reserves in Africa. The rainy season is from September until May. September and October as the driest periods culminating in rains late in October. Summer days are humid and hot with temperatures often soaring to above 38 °C (100 °F).
The Kruger Park lies in the north-east of South Africa and covers an area of 19,485 square kilometers (7,523 sq mi) in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. It extends 360 kilometers (220 mi) from north to south and 65 kilometers (40 mi) from east to west.
Areas of the park were first protected by the government of the South African Republic in 1898, and it became South Africa’s first national park in 1926.
To the north and south of the park, two rivers run – the Limpopo and the Crocodile which respectively serve as its natural boundaries. Several other famous rivers run through the park from west to east, including the Sabie, Olifants, Crocodile, Letaba, Luvuvhu and Limpopo Rivers.