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Planning a trip to the Kruger National Park


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Planning a trip to Kruger National Park? This quick guide will cover everything from the Kruger National Park map to Kruger National Park weather advice, some gear tips and everything in between.




Let’s start by saying that we’re based in Cape Town, South Africa. So we have a little bit of a bias toward our home land and it’s parks. That being said, we haven’t yet found anyone that could fault us on our praises for our country and our game reserves. Which leads us to the Kruger.

The Kruger is a world renowned safari destination for adventure seekers in search of wild discoveries in South Africa. This park has long since been a safari hotspot for global travelers. With it’s rich history and deep cultural roots, travellers flock from all corners of the world to embrace the experiences and encounters that the Kruger continually offers up for visitors.

The Kruger sits on a vast and diverse landscape of more than 19,400 square Kilometers. It is one of the largest game reserves on the entire continent which means the opportunities to venture out into unchartered territories are massive.

Pride of lions in Kruger National Park
Pride of lions, Kruger National Park

Whether you’re keen for the good ole faithful safari tours, or customised expeditions that put you in the driver’s seat of a 4×4 safari vehicle to explore Kruger on your own terms – this safari hotspot is not short on options for adventures.

Which means you’re going to need a little bit of help in getting things in place for your trip. Read on for an equipped guide to everything you need to know about the Kruger National Park.

Where is Kruger National Park?

Kruger National Park Location

First things first, let’s put Kruger National Park on the map.

Kruger National Park is in the province of Mpumalanga and Limpopo, bordering Mozambique and on the northeastern point of South Africa. 

You could fly into Johannesburg, South Africa, jump in a pickup and take a 4.5 hour road trip north-east to Kruger National Park, or you can take things to the next level and travel in a chartered plane into the heart of the Kruger.

Depending on where you start your expedition, there are 3 airports surrounding Kruger National Park – Phalaborwa Airport, Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. These airports connect to Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and a few more neighbouring cities in South Africa.

Acquaint yourself with the Kruger National Park map

The Kruger National Park map is by no means small. This info-packed map can guide you to thrill seeking discoveries and dirt roads of freedom.

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The Kruger National Park map gives you a detailed plan that covers every square inch of wilderness. You’ll find resting spots to enjoy your whisky on the rocks, private lodges to spend your nights in comfort and rivers that draw some of the best wildlife in Africa.

Planning for the Kruger National Park weather

Kruger National Park is open all year round, so you’re going to need to know what seasons offer the best conditions for your personal game viewing requirements through developing a good understanding of what’s on offer from the Kruger National Park weather.

If you don’t mind throwing on a pair of Buckeye Bolder Boots, getting messy and exploring when the vegetation is lush and wild, the summer is a surreal time to experience bird migrations and newborns of the big 5 game. The park will also be quiet at this time because peak season in the Kruger is during the winter – so, if you’re willing to chase a slightly different Kruger experience, the exclusivity of your experience will immediately jump up a few notches when visiting in the summer.

Buckeye Boulder Boots 2

Throw in a pair of Lems Buckeye Bolder Boots for the summer. 

If you’d prefer sunny days and cool evenings, the winter season is the right time to travel. During the winter the bush loses a lot of its greenery and trees lose their leaves, meaning that you’re able to see much further into the bush. You’re not allowed to drive off road in the Kruger National Park, so this is a huge advantage as it’s much easier to spot game that is far from the road during in sparse conditions. These conditions are also great for grabbing a day pack and enjoying a walking safari, with less thick bush to work through, and winter evenings around the fire in the Kruger are always special.

Grab a day pack and head off into the bush for a walking safari.

Walking african bush

Want a quick snapshot of the Kruger National Park weather?

November to December: Hot, humid, thunderstorms (+/-) 16 – 34°C
January to March: Perfect for bird lovers (+/-) 18 – 33°C
April: Cool evenings, warm days (+/-) 13 – 28°C
May – August: Cold evenings, great game drive visibility (+/-) 10 – 27°C
September – October: Dry winds, sparse vegetation (+/-) 12 – 30°C

Kruger National Park

Creating that life-changing Kruger National Park experience

From the type of breakfast you prefer after a solid sleep, to the length you’re willing to push your boundaries to discover the wild in a bold way. Creating that life-changing Kruger experience is all about customisation.

Now that you know the basics: the location of Kruger National Park, utilising the park map, planning for the weather and creating the ultimate wilderness experience, are you ready to soak up the LuxVenture® Experiences of the Kruger?

Jenna Davis
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Jenna Davis

Jenna Davis is a sustainable travel blogger, content creator and social media manager. Jenna has spent the last 5 years journeying through the continents, visiting more than 50 different countries while learning how to not only tread lightly, but how to help the communities being explored by travellers from all over the world. You’ll find Jenna writing at Give For Granted. 


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