With nearly 2 million hectares of diverse animal and plant life, the Kruger National Park is a wold renowned national park that ranks one of the best in world – this is the real Africa.
Road trip with the kids to the Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is a great road trip with the kids from Johannesburg (approx. 211 miles/340 km away as the crow flies) but to get the most out of the experience a weekend away (or longer) is recommended.
The drive itself it its own adventure with many amazing sights to stop at on the way. The Graskop Gorge is a dramatic cable gorge swing with a freefall of 70 meters at 140km per hour. If this doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can still take a walk down to the Gorge and explore the many nature trails. The climb of over 400 steps back to the top from the Gorge will still get your kids heart racing.
You can also stop off at Pilgrims rest on your way to the Kruger National Park. Pilgrims rest is a characterful 19th-century Gold Rush town, with many Victorian buildings and even a rustic saloon. The town offers short tours, small museums and even an insightful gold panning experience that kids will love.
Kruger national park for kids
Once you get to the Kruger, there is a ton of wildlife for your kids to see and experience. With nearly 2 million hectares of diverse fauna and flora, the Kruger National Park is the flagship of all South African National Parks. Its homes over 336 species of trees, 34 amphibians, 507 bids and 147 mammals. With so much to see, why rush? Stay Longer and see more!
Day Visits with kids to the Kruger National Parks are possible though with all main rest camps containing visitor areas. There are also picnic spots, and for a fee you can also hire gas skottles to cook on. These are cleaned by staff members after your picnic.
The Kruger National Park also provide a hop and ride service where guests at the Kruger can benefit from the park and ride scheme. Kids can now get up close and personal with the Big 5 (the Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Rhino.) This is only currently available in the Marula region so be sure to check before you go.
Kruger National Park weekend away
The best way to experience the African wildlife is to treat yourself and the kids to a Kruger National Park weekend away (or longer.) There is much accommodation available to suit your unique budget and needs. Accommodation at the park includes camping, single rooms huts, safari tents, bungalows (with bathrooms,) a range of cottages, guest houses and even luxury lodges.
With all the different accommodation available, a weekend away camping at the Kruger National Park is above all a fantastic experience for kids. There are sites for both caravans and tents, most have power (although some do not so be sure to check). Furthermore, sites at lower Sabie have designated boundaries and water taps. Camping with kids is a great way for them to learn basic life skills such as how to setup a tent, tie a knot or even light a camp fire.
On your Kruger National Park weekend away, there are tons of activities for you and your kids to do. These include walking wilderness trails, game drives, guided walks, 4x4 experiences, mountain biking, backpacking, bird watching and even golf. Be sure to plan your visit before you arrive to get the most out of your stay.
Best things for kids to experience at the Kruger National Park
The Kruger National park recommends the following best sights for kids to see whilst visiting the African bush.
The Big Five: comprising the Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Rhino.
The Little Five: Less well known these majestic creatures include the Buffalo Weaver, Elephant Shrew, Leopard Tortoise, Ant Lion and Rhino Beetle.
The Birding Big Six: Majestic birdlife including the Ground Hornbill, Kori Bustard, Lappet- faced Vulture, Martial Eagle, Pel’s Fishing Owl and the Saddle-bill Stork.
The Five Trees: Made up of the pure African Baobab, Fever Tree, Knob Thorn, Marula and the Mopane tree.
Natural and Cultural Features: The must-see Letaba Elephant Museum, Jock of the Bushveld Route, Albasini and Masorini Ruins as well as the Stevenson Hamilton Memorial Library.
For a truly magical weekend away, visit the Kruger National Park. Be sure to do your research before you go though. The Kruger is a true Africa park with lots of wild animals, and is also known to be a malaria area. Contact the park directly for information on the best time to visit and for costs of the various accommodation types and activities.