Kruger National Park is South Africa’s most exciting safari destination. Steeped in legend and history, its vast landscapes and spectacular African wildlife are world famous. The park is internationally known as a home to the Big Five and is home to more than 12,000 elephants, 10,000 rhinos, 27,000 Buffalo and 2,500 Lions and Leopards. There are a variety of different ways to explore Kruger National Park – here are our top five recommendations

Letaba Elephant Hall

This Elephant Museum is the only dedicated elephant museum in the country. The museum has many great attractions including a complete elephant skeleton and a replica of an elephant’s heart. This museum covers the evolution, biology and behaviour of elephants as well as an awesome exhibition on Kruger’s Greatest Tuskers – the largest elephant bulls to roam the park between 1930s and 1980s. These are known as the Magnificent Seven and they all had tusks that weighed over 50kg each!

Thulamela

In the far north of the region sits Thulamela, a late Iron Age settlement that is regarded as one of the most important archaeological sites in Africa. Archaeologists have revealed that the stone-walled city was thought to have been inhabited between 1240 and 1700 AD. In 1990, archaeologists discovered the graves of ancient African royalty as well as many other remains that helped them to understand what life was like for the occupants of Thulamela.

Game Drives

Take a ride around the national park accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who’ll be able to give you the best insight into the bush surrounding you. As well as the Big Five, look out for giraffes, hippos and cheetahs on your journey. The park is also one of the best birding regions in South Africa, so don’t forget those binoculars!

Guided walks

Gain a fascinating insight into the ways of the wild as you follow the footprints of the African wildlife. The benefit of a guided walk is the experienced guides that know the know the beautiful secrets of the bush so you can have a truly wonderful experience Only a tiny fraction of Kruger National Park is accessible by vehicle, so head out on this sensual experience and get up close with nature.

Sunset Safari

Not only are the beautiful views of the sun going down a great reason to head out on a sunset safari, this is also one of the best times to see some great action. Take a ride in the Jeep and absorb the beautiful surroundings as the sun sets before you unleash your inner explorer and hunt for the nocturnal animals as they start to wake. With some luck you mind even spot some of the predators hunting their prey. What a truly unforgettable experience!