The Kruger National Park in North Eastern South Africa is, in our opinion, the best place in the world to do a self drive safari. While there may be other parks and reserves which match the Kruger for wildlife, there is something very special about spending the day cruising around the park at your own pace and spotting your own animals.
The park itself is one of the largest National Parks in the whole of Africa (nearly 20,000 square km) and the fact that the majority of the park is completely unfenced really adds to the experience of being in the wilderness.
The big 5 are all present and sightings are common. The park is also home to a huge number or other animal species.
You can choose to stay in the park at one of SANParks camps (recommended) or in the neighbouring towns of Hazyview, White River or Nelspuit where you can find accommodation which is a little more upmarket. Outside the park you will also find a whole host of other activities to do like visiting the nearby Drakensburg Mountains.
You may also want to consider including a visit to one of the Greater Kruger’s private game reserves. These areas, many of which are joined to the park itself offer incredible safari experiences in luxury lodges with experienced guides. We couldn’t recommend this enough and a stay in Sabi Sands Reserve is an experience not to be missed. Read more about this in our posts from Dulini Private Game Reserve.