If you are a wildlife enthusiast, there is no place better than the Kruger National Park, one of South Africa’s and the world’s biodiversity and wildlife spots. What better way to spend a Christmas than with your friends or family out in the wild, spotting lions or impalas. The experience is surely going to be a memorable one, and a great Christmas gift for your loved ones! Rather than make a hurried reservation at one the camps, you should check out all the choices in terms of accommodation in Kruger, and then decide. The fewer guests in a lodge, the better it is for you to enjoy a great Christmas holiday. There are also private reserves that make staying in Kruger an affair to remember.
All you need to know about Kruger Park
The world-famous Kruger National Park was set up towards the end of the 19th century. The national park is spread across two million hectares, encompassing the Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces. Apart from the now famed Big Five, the park is home to 147 species of mammals, more than any other game reserve in the African continent. There are over a hundred species of reptiles as well at the park, and a whopping 517 species of birds.
The Big Five and other animals
When you are at Kruger with your loved ones, you will most certainly hear a lot about the big five iconic animals there. Safari operators are bound to tell you about the African lion, leopard, elephant, white/black rhino and the Cape buffalo. Spot them, and you’ve got your Christmas gifts!
But you should have an open mind when you go on that safari at Kruger; apart from the Big Five, there are some really rare and interesting species to spot, from the serval to the caracal and a honey badger! Then there are the giraffes, and you can spend hours watching them and never tire of their sight!
Apart from the safari, Kruger National Park also offers plenty of birding opportunities, especially in camps that offer views of the river. You can spot a lot of birds about 30 minutes before the sun rises. The raptors can be spotted in the mid-morning hours. Go on a drive across the grassland too to spot some birds. The ideal time for birding at Kruger National Park is between October and March, so don’t miss an opportunity this Christmas.
Some lodges also offer guided bush walks, bush picnics, self-drives and bush dinners, so when you look for accommodation in Kruger, check out what they offer as part of the package.
Best time to visit and accommodation in Kruger
Kruger is considered a destination you can visit any time of the year, but it depends on what you want to experience. If you are a hardcore wildlife enthusiast, then the dry season from May – October is ideal. You can spot animals easily. As November ends and you hit December, Kruger is full of newborns, making the visit a great experience around Christmas. Bird-watching is also ideal around the time of Christmas.
There are plenty of options in terms of accommodation in Kruger. Look for a lodge that offers a great safari experience for you and your family. It is the summer holiday season in Africa during Christmas, so book your accommodation well in advance. There is wide diversity of accommodation, from tented camps to lodges that offer 5-star comforts. Pick the one that suits your needs and budget, and have a great Christmas at Kruger.