When you think of South Africa and iconic the Kruger National Park most certainly comes to mind. Not only can you catch a glimpse of the famous Big Five here but you will find yourself surrounded by hundreds of species of birds, ancient trees, winding rivers and so much more. Basically, it’s your one-stop shop for all of your wildlife dreams.

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Imagine rising with the South African sun. Driving out of your camp, filled with anticpation as you keep your eyes peeled for an overnight lion kill, a leopard casually draped over the branch of a big tree or a herd of elephants taking a morning stroll. Then ask yourself, is there anywhere else in the world you’d rather be?

The Kruger National Park is home to thousands of animals. From giraffes browsing for Acacia leaves to chew on and a herd of buffalo crossing the road right in front of you, to elusive big cats enjoying a spot of shade and fish eagles letting out their distinctive call – it’s the Lion King in live action.

It’s hard to believe your eyes when you see the herds of hundreds of antelope or crocodiles basking in the afternoon sun while the hippos keep cool under water. Not to mention the things you’ll hear, they are just as unbelievable – hyenas cackling the night away as male lions roar for dominance, and if you’re lucky, the almost silent footsteps of a pack of wild dogs on the prowl.

This is just a small taste of all the things you can see, hear and do in one of the world's most-loved game parks.

The Kruger National Park enjoys a great year-round sunny climate and offers all kinds of activities, from guided game drives and bush walks with an armed ranger to three-night walking trails in deep wilderness areas.

With so much to see and do, it’s hardly surprising that the Kruger National Park gets over 1.4 million visitors a year. However, because it's so big – 352km from north to south, and covering over 1.9 million hectares with 2500km of tar and dirt roads – you will be amazed at how often you find yourself being treated to a private sighting. Don’t be fooled though, with so many expertly-camouflaged animals calling the park home, you’re never really alone.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Pafuri Wilderness Camp

How to get here

By road from Johannesburg to Phalaborwa, and north to the Pafuri Gate. Pafuri Wilderness camp can organise charter flights from Johannesburg to Satara airstrip in the Kruger National Park and will collect you from there..

Best time to visit

Winter months - May to September - are best for game viewing. as the grass is low and it's easier to spot game. Summer is very hot but the vegetation is at its best, the migrant birds are back, and there are lots of baby animals.

There are often very good deals in the off-season.

Tours to do

Your guide will offer you a range of activities from a guided walk to night game drives.

How to get around

Your ranger will drive you in an open game-viewing vehicle. 

If you are doing a self-drive, then you can drive to other areas in the park. The area around Satara camp is particularly rich in game.

Length of stay

Plan on at least 3 nights.

What to pack

Light clothing for the day, a warm thigh-length jacket and a beanie and scarf for the night. Lightweight binoculars, camera and memory cards. The lodge provides toiletries, insect repellant and a laundry service.

What to eat

Pafuri Wilderness Camp's home-cooked meals are delicious!

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