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Kruger National Park is one of the oldest, most famous and largest nature reserves in Africa. The park, referred to locally as the ‘wildtuin’ (wild garden), covers around 20,000 square kilometres. The size of the park and various eco zones within it mean that almost every type of African animal species can be found here. Not only that, but in large numbers: more than 13,000 elephants, 5,000 giraffes, 86,000 impalas and close to 5,000 rhinos roam Kruger Park.
The nature reserve is a 5-hour drive from Johannesburg and can also be reached by domestic flight. You can explore the park by rental car, thanks to a 414 kilometre long asphalted road and lots of well-maintained gravel roads through the bush. But there is a much greater chance to spot animals if you go on one of the safaris organised by the park – in the morning, at sunset or at night. The light is overwhelmingly beautiful at the start and end of the day. This is also often the best time to spot animals since it is the coolest time of day.