Kruger National Park

World-renowned Kruger is the size of a small country, offering all of Africa at its best. It’s home to an impressive number of species as well as historical and archaeological sights. A visit here is one of the must-do things in life. It’s worth getting up early for a sunrise drive and the chance to see the inhabitants of the bush start their day.

After dinner, sitting in the hide, the only sounds were natural ones and the only lights were from the fireflies in the riverbed and a scattering of stars. I was in a special piece of Kruger, for my eyes only.

– Dianne Tipping-Woods, Wild 31

Main attractions

  • Game viewing
  • Guided game drives – morning, sunset and night drives
  • 4×4 adventure trails
  • Backpacking trails
  • Overnight wilderness trails
  • Guided walks – early morning or afternoon
  • Mountain biking trail
  • 9-hole golf course at Skukuza camp
  • Accommodation: Camping, safari tents, bungalows, cottages and guest houses, as well as private 5-star lodges


  • Birding
  • Game viewing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • 4×4
  • Swimming pools

Top sightings: Big Five, wild dog, spotted hyena, hippo, crocodile, giraffe, kudu, bateleur, Pel’s fishing owl

Gate times:

January & February 05:30 – 18:30

March 05: 30 – 18:00

April 06:00 – 18:00

May 06:00 – 17:30

June & July 06:00 – 17:30

August & September 06:00 – 18:00

October 05:30 – 18:00

November & December 05:30 – 18:30

Nearest centres: Nelspruit is half an hour from the south of the park (closest entrance gates are Numbi, Phabeni, Paul Kruger and Crocodile Bridge). Polokwane is a two hour drive away from the north of the park (the closest entrance gate is Phalaborwa).

SANParks Central Reservations: +27 (0)12 428 9111, [email protected]

Visit the Kruger National Park’s home page.