Visiting The Kruger National Park
Get Up Close To The Big Five
If you are in search of the ultimate African wildlife experience, the Kruger National Park is just the destination for you. Tourists from around the world head to this park to live their African dream and get the opportunity of seeing all of the famous Big Five. It offers the thrill of untamed African wildlife and the convenience of being easily accessible and easy to stay nearby. For visitors who like the home comforts of a hotel but also want an unforgettable wildlife experience, then the Kruger really has it all to offer.
Being the largest park on the continent, about the size of the whole of Wales, it’s easy to feel a little intimidated when planning your Kruger Park holiday. We’re here to help you make the most of your African safari adventure.
Your Kruger National Park Guide
The park is made up of four different regions - Far North, Northern, Central and Southern. The Far North Region, especially north of Punda Maria, is popular for the spectacular boabab trees, the rare nyala, sable, roan and eland buck and predators like lions, cheetah and leopard are seen on a fairly regular basis. The Central Region boasts the Olifants River and the Olifant’s camp offers a spectacular panoramic view of this stunning river. The Central Region is home to a lot of game and has some of the most beautiful landscapes of the park. The Southern Region is known for being lion country, so you have a higher chance of spotting this majestic creature here; as well as the black or white rhino as it is home to the biggest population of rhinos.
The Southern Region is most popular with tourists as this is one of the best regions for game viewing in the park. The lush bush attracts more animals than the dry and sparse northern regions of the park. The Southern Region is also popular due to it being more accessible than the Far North and Northern Region. It is home to most of the Kruger’s white rhino and the rocky habitat makes it ideal for leopards, so keep your eyes peeled for this elusive big cat.
The Phabeni Gate is the best entrance for those coming from the Hazyview area. The gates are opened in the months of January, February, November and December from 05h30 to 18h30; in March and October, 05h30 to 18h00; in April, August and September 06h00 to 18h00 and in May, June and July, 06h00 to 17h30.
2015/2016 Conservation Fees:
- South African Citizens and Residents
R70 per adult and R35 per child
- SADC Nationals
R140 per adult and R70 per child
- Foreign Visitors
R280 per adult and R140 per child
Safari Tips and Tricks
We have rounded up our top tips and tricks to make your visit to the Kruger Park hassle free and unforgettable.
- Just for The Day
Since Kruger is so popular, entry for day visitors is on a first come first serve basis, so be sure to arrive at the gate as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
- The Wild Card
Depending on the size of your family and the number of days you plan to visit the park, it may be worth considering purchasing a Wild Card. This will allow you free entrance into the park for an entire year. The prices for a Wild Card - for all SANParks reserves - range from R750-00 for a couple and R900-00 for a family.
- Don’t Forget the Map
It is highly advisable for you to obtain a map from the entrance gate office, this will allow you to plan your safari route and find the best ‘get-out’ points.
- Plan your Safari Route
The speed limit is 40kmph which makes getting places slow, so make sure to plan your route to allow time to reach the gate with ample time before it closes.
- Keeping Mozzies at Bay
Hazyview is a low-risk Malaria area but be sure to take the needed precautions – such as mosquito repellent - especially in summer and even during the day in the park.
- Picnic Time
If you are planning to spend most of your day in the park, remember to pack a picnic of refreshments. There are a number of picnic spots for you to enjoy, which is the best place for you to go to the toilet or stretch your legs. Remember you are only allowed out of your vehicle at these designated spots! In summer, the park can get very hot in the afternoons, so be sure to take the time to cool down in the shade and drink plenty of fluids to make sure your time in the Kruger is the most enjoyable.
- Capture The Moment
Don’t forget to bring your camera. Capture those wild moments and share it with the family back home. Just don’t forget to take some time out from behind the viewfinder and really savour the moment.
Where to Stay
Only about 16 minutes away from the Kruger National Park, Tsogo Sun beautifully combines an African wildlife experience with luxury at the Sabi River Sun Resort. This inviting resort lies gracefully along the banks of the peaceful Sabie River, in lush bushveld, ensuring that you still feel close to nature.
For visitors staying in Nelspruit and looking for hotel comforts within reach of the park, Tsogo Sun offers a number of very attractive options. Nelspruit itself is a one-hour drive to the Numbi Gate but offers you all of the conveniences of a modern but charming city.
Southern Sun Emnotweni and StayEasy Emnotweni are both conveniently located in Nelspruit. While Southern Sun Emnotweni offers a higher level of 4-star comforts and luxury touches, the StayEasy Emnotweni doesn’t compromise on the famous Tsogo Sun level of service.