Kruger National Park is on the northeastern edge of South Africa and borders two foreign countries on the east side: Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Swaziland, Botswana, and Lesotho are also in the vicinity.
The park covers about 7,332 square miles, extending over two South African provinces.
The park is most famous for its big mammals, including such big-game animals as the rhinoceros, lion and elephant. There are also cheetahs, hyenas, leopards, hippopotamuses, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests and bushbucks.
Birds and Reptiles
Also in the park are more than 500 species of birds, including hawks, eagles, cormorants, storks and owls. The local reptiles include numerous lizards and turtles, but also crocodiles and the poisonous black mamba.
The park is part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park along with sister parks in neighboring Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
While many people take in the wildlife at Kruger by organized safari, the park is home to a vast network of trails. Cross-country long-distance hikes along what are essentially mapped animal paths are available.