Kruger Park vs Greater Kruger Park

Nick CoetzerBlog, South Africa

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
THE GREATER KRUGER PARK & THE KRUGER PARK


Overview

Most visitors to South Africa are attracted to our shores for the excitement of experiencing an authentic safari in Africa. The Kruger National Park is a name that is synonymous with such an experience, but most visitors to South Africa are completely in the dark when it comes to the two very different sections of this vast wilderness area. These are the differences:

GREATER KRUGER PARK

The Greater Kruger Park is a term used to describe the large section of land incorporated into the Kruger Park along its western section. This land was historically not a part of the Park when it was originally proclaimed & was later added by the collective effort of some landowners who saw the benefit of joining the Park.

The area is un-fenced to the Kruger National Park and animals have freedom to roam over a much larger area. This privately owned portion enjoys many perks not offered in the National Park. These include off road driving, open topped vehicles and exclusive access to large parts of wilderness not accessible to day visiting guests. The accommodation in the Greater Kruger Park is generally more upmarket, exclusive and more intimate than the National Park.

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

The Kruger National Park is run by the state and enjoys a very large portion of the North Eastern corner of South Africa. The Park is open to overnight visitors & self-driving day visitors. Here you will find a network a tarred roads and dirt roads, all well sign-posted to various rest camps, picnic spots & other areas of interest.

The Park has several large rest camps offering a variety of accommodation types, and each camp has a well stocked shop where you can pick up on supplies and food stuffs. There are restaurants at the larger camps that provide meals late into the evening.

WHICH IS FOR YOU?

If you are on Safari for the very first time and the idea of driving yourself around in a rental car looking for animals doesn’t sound like your kind of holiday then the Greater Kruger Park might just be for you. Relax at one of the all-inclusive lodges where every aspect of your stay will be taken care of, from your meals to your safari excursions. 

If you are a bit more adventurous & looking to move along at your own pace, the National Park might be for you. Book a camp, rent a vehicle and off you go.