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Best Things To Do in Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park primarily caters to nature and animal lovers. At natural landmarks like the Kruger Tablets and Hippo Pool, visitors will likely see lions lounging and hippos swimming. Meanwhile, game drives and bush walks allow travelers to spot must-see animals like Nile crocodiles, elephants, giraffes and rhinos. More traditional vacation pursuits like guided mountain bike excursions and golfing are also available here. And for those who enjoy archaeology and history, do not pass up a chance to explore the Albasini Ruins.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated August 2, 2018

  • #1
    River and Bush Walks
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    #1 in Kruger National Park
    Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing, Tours
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    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing, Tours
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    If you don't have multiple days to spend at in-park trails like Wolhuter and Nyalaland but want to explore the area on foot, consider signing up for a river walk or a morning or afternoon bush walk. These two- to four-hour walks depart daily from main rest camps like Letaba, Lower Sabie, Olifants, Satara and Skukuza. However, river walks by the Olifants River are only offered at the Olifants rest camp. Each walk is led by two experienced guides.

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  • #2
    Kruger Tablets (Nkayeni Region)
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    #2 in Kruger National Park
    Monuments and Memorials, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND
    Monuments and Memorials, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    Though Kruger boasts several locations where lions are known to linger, one of the best places to spot the park's big cats is atop the Kruger Tablets. Nestled along the southern edge of Nkayeni Region, the Kruger Tablets are dedicated to Paul Kruger, the founder of the Sabie Game Reserve, which later became Kruger National Park. A plaque on one of the site's rocks can still be seen from the adjacent road.

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  • #3
    Game Drives
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    #3 in Kruger National Park
    Sightseeing, Tours
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sightseeing, Tours
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    An easy way to search for animals in Kruger National Park is to sign up for a game drive. Departing from all bushveld and main rest camps throughout the day and night, the park's game drives offer visitors a chance to see wildlife from the comfort of an open-air vehicle while enjoying commentary from an experienced guide. Animals commonly spotted on game drives include elephants, giraffes, lions and impala.

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  • #4
    Hippo Pool (Marula Region)
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    #4 in Kruger National Park
    Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
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    Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    As its name implies, Hippo Pool – which sits near Kruger's southern border – acts as one of the park's premier locales for viewing hippos. In fact, hundreds of these giant, grunting creatures frequent this part of the Crocodile River, where they spend the majority of their time soaking in the water to stay cool. Crocodiles also reside here but are typically harder to spot.

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  • #5
    Red Rocks (Nxanatseni Region)
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    #5 in Kruger National Park
    Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND
    Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
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    Situated near the Shingwedzi River in the park's Nxanatseni Region, the Red Rocks are beautiful to admire. Exposed after years of wear by the adjacent river, the Red Rocks offer a stark contrast to Kruger's trees and savanna grasslands. Plus, these sandstone slabs are regularly visited by must-see animals like elephants, giraffes and lions.

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  • #6
    Wolhuter Trail (Marula Region)
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    #6 in Kruger National Park
    Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing
    TYPE
    More than Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing
    TYPE
    More than Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Located in Kruger's Marula Region, Wolhuter Trail features one of the park's more unique landscapes and some of the best opportunities to spot wildlife. The area's granite outcrops and deep valleys are regularly frequented by animals like elephants, zebras, giraffes and black and white rhinos. An array of birds are also seen here often. What's more, visitors can catch a glimpse of historic relics that date back to the Stone and Iron ages on many of the trail's rock formations.

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  • #7
    Albasini Ruins (Marula Region)
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    #7 in Kruger National Park
    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    One of two sites with ruins found inside Kruger's gates, the Albasini Ruins offer a look into the park's rich history. This locale houses the remains of a 19th-century trading post, where goods like beads, clothes and metal products were once traded between Portuguese colonists and the indigenous Ba-Phalaborwa. All that remains today are a few crumbled walls and some artifacts, but history buffs will likely enjoy snapping some photos and perusing the attraction's display cases.

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