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Kruger National Park is the largest of all of South Africa's game parks with around 19,000 square kilometres to explore. The park is located in the northeast of the country, at the borders with Mozambique and Zimbabwe, in the provinces of Mpumalanga (southern section) and Limpopo (northern section). Recently the park has become part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace-park consisting of Kruger National Park, Gonarezhou National Park (Zimbabwe) and Limpopo National Park (Mozambique). It is the most visited of all national parks in South Africa and can become very busy during the South African holiday periods, especially during Christmas and Newyears and around Easter. Also, as some of the roads are tarred, it makes this park one of the best to visit if you are travelling in a small 2wd vehicle.
Kruger National Park is one of the most biodiverse national parks in South Africa and in fact the whole of Africa. Huge varieties are reported amongst the mammals as well as birds, plants and even fish. No less than 147 different mammals exist here and tens of thousands of buffalos and zebras roam the park. Other animals easily spotted are elephants, crocodiles, hippos, giraffes, several species of antelope and predators like lions and the somehow more elusive leopard. Cheetahs, African wild dogs (only 250) and black rhinos are all present as well, but numbers are more limited.
For more information, also visit the Kruger National Park website.
The gates and restcamps have specific opening and closing hours that change with the seasons:
Entrance Gates Open:
Camp Gates Open:
All Gates Close:
Daily conservation fees are paid when entering the park gates.
Valid from 1 September 2009 to 31 October 2010:
South African Citizens and Residents (with ID):
SADC Nationals (with passport):
Standard Conservation Fee (Foreign Visitors):
Purchasing a Wild Card:
If you are a nature and wildlife enthusiast and you want to visit many parks during your stay, you might consider buying a Wild Card which enables you to unlimited visits of all of the South African National Parks and many others as well, including the Cape parks, Swaziland parks and Kwazulu Natal parks. There are also possibilities to buy 'cluster' cards, for example only the arid parks in the northwest or the parks in Kwazulu-Natal. The card is available for adults/couples/families and is valid for one year after purchasing the card. Especially when you are planning an extensive stay in on of the larger and more expensive parks like Kruger or Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, it pays to get one as a 5-6 day stay is already more expensive when paying the per day rate. Wild Cards can be bought online, but also at the entry gates of all the joining parks as well as the park camps if present.
Organised park activities with a service charge:
The park is easily reached from Johannesburg and Pretoria by car, driving east towards Mozambique. The main gates are all located in the south and this area is much more crowded in comparison to the less visited northern parts where wildlife densities don't match the south. All the main rest camps have petrol stations.
The closest airport is the Kruger Mpumplanga International Airport (KMIA), situated between Nelspruit (25 kilometres away) and White River. Pelican Air Services flies to Vilanculos in Mozambique, Airlink flies to Cape Town, Johannesburg, Livingstone and Durban, and South African Express flies to Johannesburg.
The next gates are closest to the KMIA:
All the main rest camps have restaurants and shops to buy food and drinks.
All the main camps have day visitors area. There are a number of picnic spots throughout the park where visitors can stop to rest, use ablusion facilities, prepare food (for a fee visitors can hire gas skottels to prepare food on), etc.
There are a number of different restcamps and two bush lodges inside the Kruger National Park NP that are run by SANParks. Booking is at their website as well. These camps have different accomodation types: camping, huts, bungalows, cottages, etc. The camps in the south are the most easily accessed from Nelspruit.
The main restcamps are:
There are two bush lodges:
There are also exclusive private lodges inside the Kruger National Park. Booking is at their respective websites:
This is the only accomadation available inside the Kruger National Park. All other accomodation advertised will be outsdide the Kruger National Park requiring you to enter and exit the park on a daily basis.
Some of the budget accommodation nearby the Kruger National Park including travellers' ratings include:
|Kruger Inn Backpackers||2007 Marloth Park (Kruger Park) P O Box 670, Komatipoort||Hostel||-|
|Kruger View Lodge for Backpackers||61 Bosbok Street Komatipoort||Hostel||80|
|Lion's Head Lodge||Ranch 66JU White River||Hostel||-|
|Hhusha Hhusha Guestpackers||15 Park Street Malelane||Hostel||-|
|Crocodile River Lodge||1619 Moddervis street Marloth Park||Guesthouse||-|
We have a comprehensive list of accommodation in Kruger National Park searchable right here on Travellerspoint. You can use our map to quickly compare budget, mid-range or top of the range accommodation in Kruger National Park and areas nearby.
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Visited Kruger park more than once. Recent trip just before world cup
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