Kruger National Park, founded by Paul Kruger in 1898, the President of South Africa has area of six million acre, spread across the Crocodile river to Limpopo river. National Park has an amazing diversity and has sixteen ecozones supporting lives of diversified species. Each ecozone has different landscape, rainfall, geology and altitude.
The mammal and bird species are present here in abundance and visitors get to see African elephants, leopards, lions, rhinos all in one day. Other than these, the experience of viewing the wild animals like giraffe, zebra, hippo, and crocodile in their natural habitat is an amazing experience. Vegetation across the national park is also worth seeing. Flora is tropical and sub-tropical.
Apart from wildlife excursions, one can also visit the archaeological places scattered in national park. The most prominent is the Thulamela which is a village surrounded by stone walls. The site is of 12th century and is situated near the river Luvuvhu. Crocodile bridge and hippo pool also has the paintings and engravings of San from stone-age.
Kruger can be reached by the air plane arriving at the Nelspruit airport. Kruger can be visited at any time of the year because some shade of wildlife is available and exposed at all the times of the year. In the rainy season, from October to March, the parks turns lush green due to frequent rains and the wildlife and vegetation is blooming. Young animals can be easily spotted following their parents and it is the season of migration so there is abundance of migratory birds to be seen.
However, the day in summer can be little uncomfortable for visitors due to temperature rising above 40 degrees. Still, wildlife can be explored as the flora is abundant. Photography requires effort as animals plays hide and seek in plants, In evenings, there is an sharp dip in temperature, falling almost by 20 degrees. The evening time is pleasant for park excursion. The rainy season also brings the risk of malaria with it.
Winter is the most optimum season to visit the national park. Due to scarcity of water, vegetation is less dense and animals can be easily spotted. Also, the animals spend their day out in sun and hence, are easily visible.