One of the most exciting vacations on offer in South Africa is a trip to the Kruger National Park. Just an easy five hour drive away from the capital city of Johannesburg, the Kruger Park offers us the chance to get away from the sounds of traffic and endless emails. Here you can soak up the sun, relax at waterholes whilst observing the unique wildlife, and unwind whilst enjoying the laidback atmosphere of untouched Africa.
For many tourists travelling to Kruger, the best way to get around is via airport car hire. Johannesburg is quite a distance from the park but can be driven in about five hours and has beautiful stop off points - such as Milly’s before Middleburg - along the way. This journey is often one fill of excitement and goes by quickly as the scenery speeding past the car window reflects the change from urban to rural, becoming more and more idyllic of Africa as you move further away from the cities and crowds.
Once you’ve made your way into Mpumalanga, the beautiful Kaapse Hoop mountain pass can be taken on the way to Nelspruit. Whether you choose to stick to national roads or take the more scenic, lengthier routes you’ll surely be knocked away by the remarkable beauty of the area.
On arrival in the Kruger National Park you’ll automatically feel yourself relaxing. As soon as you’ve passed through the gates of the park you’ll be able to see all sorts of wild life and might even see the big 5. Amongst many other reasons, the park is popular for allowing guests to explore the park in their own vehicles. This is another benefit of using airport car hire. Johannesburg locals flock to the Kruger every year as it is quick to reach and offers them an adventure.
Observing the big 5, giraffes, zebras, and impala are just some of the highlights of the Kruger National Park. At watering holes one can run into crocodiles, hippos and wild ducks, and by merely driving through the park can set sights on an assortment of rare African birds. Here, sunrises are fresh and crisp, and sunsets are bright, illuminating the surrounding orange, yellow, and green landscape with red tinges. Star gazing at night is phenomenal as the Milky Way presents itself to guests in its full glory. The accommodation in the park ranges from comfortable to luxurious and is teamed with small restaurants, curio shops, cafes and the odd petrol stations; ensuring that every guest has everything they need. If you choose to stay in one of the private lodges each of your needs will be catered for and you’ll be made to feel like royalty.
Staying outside of the Kruger National Park allows travellers to enter the park with day passes when they feel like it. There are many interesting historical towns and areas surrounding the park, many of which are several centuries old. God’s Window and Grasskop - just an hour outside of Hazy View - offers truly breathtaking scenery, with incredible gorges and cliffs disappearing into the beautiful long grass and banana orchards below.
The quick road trip to the park will show you some of the most inspiring and exquisite scenery that South Africa has to offer. Once you’ve arrived in the park, you can be sure to have a truly relaxing and rejuvenating African safari experience, and will fall in love with the beautiful colours of the Kruger park landscape, the gorgeous animals that call the park home, and will feel pampered by the freedom the park offers you.