The Kruger National Park is often regarded as the icon of South African tourism and offers much of what tourists expect from a visit to the country.
The first national park to be declared (1926), it is still a nature lover's dream destination, as it has an unsurpassed variety of wildlife and birds that find sanctuary here.
The climate is subtropical with hot summers and warm, dry winters, and visitors are advised to take malaria precautions prior to a visit – consult your doctor.
The park is Big Five territory and has more recorded species of wildlife than any other African game reserve, and incorporates nine of Africa's major ecosystems, with more than 23,000 plant species having been identified.
There are many activities for tourists ranging from short nature walks, game drives, overland drives to overnight wilderness trails. A real highlight is a night game drive showcasing the activities of the Kruger Park at night.
There are 4x4 trails and picnic sites, and there is nothing better than cooling off in one of the swimming pools after a hot day’s game-viewing.
Compass Game Park Services have recently renovated all the restaurants within the park. They now boast excellent food that is light on the wallet. Visitors can also enjoy a boma, bush or breakfast braai in the bush with birds and wildlife ambling by.
See also Kruger National Park Region in Limpopo.