Wildlife in South Africa

Kruger Park Information
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Kruger Park Information for your wildlife safari holiday. Part 1.

Before you go

Make sure you and your family have adequate medical and travel insurance. You could be entering
malaria affected areas and you need to take precautions accordingly. You'll find more information on malaria here: malaria.org

Going to the Kruger Park? Download a Kruger Park Travel Guide

How to get there
There are daily flights from Johannesburg (OR.Tambo) Airport to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport near the Park. By road from Johannesburg or Pretoria, you take the motorway via Witbank and Middelburg to Nelspruit.

Nelspruit is the capital of the Mpumalanga region and the closest major centre to the Park via the Numbi and Malelane gates. The Paul Kruger and Numbi gates are accessible from Hazyview. Kruger Park map

Accommodation in the Greater Kruger Park ranges from self catering rest camps to luxury lodges: Kruger Park Accommodation

Luxury accommodation in the Kruger National Park: Kruger Lodges

Kruger Park Information


Apart from the usual self drive, supervised morning safari bush walks are offered at all rest camps and 'bushveld' camps. There are a number of 3 day Night Trails which are available to visitors. Small walking groups are led by experienced ranger guides. You spend 3 nights in the bush, sleeping in small central camps and venturing out from there to view wildlife.

One of the latest guided 3-night trails follows the course of the Olifants River. It's intended for energetic backpackers and accepts block bookings only. This trail guarantees spectacular scenery and plenty of wildlife.

There are night drives and 'bush barbecues' which provide insights into nocturnal animal life, and for wildlife and bird photographers there are 'hides' which overlook dams and waterholes. There are also 2 sleepover hides - ideal for watching nocturnal wildlife, near the Mopani rest camp and the Phalaborwa gate.

4x4 Adventure Trails
Offroad trails may be reserved at a number of points. eg. Pretoriuskop, Satara, Punda Maria, and Phalaborwa gate. You'd need a GPS for navigation, but the driving is not difficult.

The 5 day 4x4  Lebombo Trail stretches the length of the Kruger Park and is booked via

Archaeological Sites
In the far north of the Park you'll find the spectacular 15th century ruins of Thulamela. Punda Maria rest camp offers guided tours of the ruins. Close to the Phalaborwa gate is Masorini which is a 19th century iron-age site.

Opening & Closing times
There are different times to remember and they change with the seasons. During the summer season November-January the entry gates of the KNP open at 05h30. The rest camps open at 04h30. Camps and gates close at 18h30. The rest of the year round, the gates and camps open at 05h30-06h00 and close at 17h30-18h00.

Remember that the Kruger Park is closed after hours. If you have a booking at a rest camp but arrive at an entry gate after hours you won't be able to get in. Driving around the reserve, or returning to your camp after closing time is not permitted. Penalties are charged to defaulters.

Kruger Park Information

restrictions are imposed in the Park. Tar roads: 50 km/h. Gravel roads 40 km/h. Once outside your camp, or after you have entered a gate, you are not allowed to leave your vehicle. The roads are generally kept in good condition, but animals tend to treat them like their own, so watch out for them.

Arranging your own self drive safari in the Kruger Park? More activities information and reservations here: SanParks

Interested in a guided tour and safari in the Kruger Park? 3 Days  4 Days

End of Part1. Here's my Kruger Park Information Page 2

Another perspective. Here's an interesting Kruger Park Travel Guide

accommodation in the Kruger National Park: Kruger Lodges

Here's my page about Kruger's private reserves: Kruger Private Reserves

Here's a useful clickable map of the kruger Park: Kruger Park map  

Return to the Kruger Park safari page: Kruger Park safaris

References: Wikitravel KrugerPark.com SanParks.org