The Greater Kruger Park (GKP) refers to over 20 private game reserves, whilst the Kruger National Park (KNP) is a 20,000 km2 area right next to it.

Greater Kruger Park

The term Greater Kruger Park is used to describe a number of private game reserves along the western section of the Kruger, which have been added to the Kruger when landowners saw the benefit of joining the park.  Limited amounts of people are allowed in the GKP. For this reason, you will experience a less crowded safari. A safari in the GKP will give you the feel of true Africa. Unlike in the KNP, off-road game drives and open-topped vehicles are allowed. Finally, the lodges in GKP are more up-market than those found in the KNP. Generally, the lodges are smaller than in the KNP and offer a more exclusive experience.

Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park consists of a 20,000 km2 area in the north-east of South-Africa, ran by the state. Here you will be able to do a self-drive safari. The park has several camps, of which some have a shop and a restaurant. In the park, you will find a network of roads, with signs leading you to the rest camps and several points of interest.

Which one to choose?

Because the border between the two parks in unfenced, the flora and fauna found in both areas is basically the same. But if you’re on safari for your very first time, and don’t feel like driving in the park yourself, the Greater Kruger Park might be the best option. In the all-inclusive lodges, the staff will take care of every aspect, while you can relax and enjoy your holiday. If you’re looking for a more adventurous holiday and want to drive at own pace, the Kruger National Park might be the best option. However, you can combine the two parks easily and explore the best of the two worlds!

To learn more about the Kruger Park in general and what to bring on a safari, please read our blog post here.