What makes the Kruger “THE KRUGER”?

Well, if you ask us what makes the Kruger National Park “THE KRUGER”, our answer wouldn’t be the prolific game or birdlife, awesome as that might be. To us, what makes the Kruger National Park special is the wide variety of habitats and scenery where all this life finds a niche to flourish. At almost 20,000km² in size, the Kruger National Park is bigger than some countries, and naturally a piece of land that enormous would encompass many different landscapes and habitats; in fact there are pronounced differences in the scenery as one travels from south to north through Kruger’s 350km length.

This first gallery of images were taken during my solo visit at the end of May to Pretoriuskop and Skukuza in the south of the Park.

The north of Kruger has a quite different character to the southern parts. Here, the Mopane and Baobab trees dominate the landscape, by virtue of their numbers and size, respectively.

This gallery of images were taken during our visit from 15 to 24 June to the northern reaches of the Park (based at Shingwedzi Rest Camp)

 

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30 thoughts on “What makes the Kruger “THE KRUGER”?

  1. petrujviljoen

    Daar’s ‘n paar landskappe wat ek herken en ook foto’s van het. Die rocky outcrops by Pretoriuskop. Die groot ronde een is pure graniet – sê mense my.
    ‘n Fantastiese gallery van fotos van die KNP Dries. Wil nog eendag die noorde besoek.

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  2. Anne

    Kruger, oh Kruger … if only we did not live so far away! I have Kruger in my blood, having visited it since I was about four years old. Now I experience such heimwee when I see your photographs! A day spent at Addo yesterday assuaged that – a little!

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Addo has a much different “sense of place” to it compared with Kruger, and that makes it a worthwhile destination all its own. The recent expansions to Addo, from the Karoo beyond the Zuurberge to the Indian Ocean, really puts Addo in a class of its own as well there simply isn’t any reserve anywhere on earth that can compare to Addo in its current state, and that gets me really excited!
      (And not forgetting the relaxed ellies!)

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  3. John

    Beautiful photos of both animals and plants!😊 It’s a dream to go to the Kruger Park! My sister and her husband have been there on safari.The Kruger Park is the most famous and well-known in the world. I watch Nat Geo Wild, on that channel they show a lot from Kruger Park.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thank you, Lois!
      Places like THE KRUGER, where nature still rules supreme over large tracts of land for the most part, are so precious. There are very few such places remaining.

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    2. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thank you, Lois!
      Places like THE KRUGER, where nature still rules supreme over large tracts of land for the most part, are so precious. There are very few such places remaining.

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