Kruger National Park Review
- Divided into 4 regions
- Roamed by herds of big game
- Excellent Game Viewing
- Wide Variety of Camps
- Picnic Sites with food & drinks
- It is managed by the South African National Parks (SANParks) board and offers an attractive and low cost alternative to the private luxury safari lodges available throughout South Africa.
- The ability to self-drive offers a personal itinerary, freedom to explore your own path and experience truly exciting, close-up encounters with wild life.
- It has a number of rivers flowing through it, with small waterholes, picnic sites and viewing hides offering a wide range of game viewing experiences.
- A selection of 27 SANParks camps set within picturesque bushland.
- Affordable rates from R200.00 (USD22.50) per couple per night at a campsite.
- Flush toilets, showers and kitchen facilities available at all camps.
- 2 Sleepover hides with chemical toilet and no running water.
- Some have restaurants, fuel stations, shops, Air-con and even an Internet cafe.
- Others are more secluded with solar power, fans, hides and tents.
- All are fenced except Boulders Bush Lodge, which is elevated.
Private Lodges within Kruger National Park
- All found within a small private game reserve with exclusive access.
- Luxury facilities and inclusions are standard.
- Choose from tented luxury to secluded suites.
- Inclusive of all meals, 2 game drives per day & a guided walk.
- Personal guide & tracker team with open-roof Land Rovers.
- Fine dining.
- Transfers to and from airports.
- It has excellent game viewing with a large concentration of wildlife.
- Predators, elephant, black & white rhino, giraffe, herds of buffalo and zebra, hippos, crocodile, antelope.
- A wide variety of bird life within different habitats.
- North Eastern Lowveld of South Africa near border with Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
When to Go
There is no perfect time to go.
The Park can be a very different experience in different seasons.
Summer. December - February
- Hot and humid so you may spend more time in your air-conditioned room or car.
- The bush is lush with more of a jungle feel.
- Rainy days where you will have great sightings on the road after a shower.
- Warm mornings so easier to get up.
- Earlier gate openings so you may feel more tired during the day.
- Birthing season so lots of baby animals.
- High Malaria season and lots of bugs.
- Busy around Christmas/New Year.
Autumn. March - May
- Still warm but with cooler nights.
- Less busy after Easter season.
- Less rainfall.
- Pleasant evenings by the campfire in May.
- Tall grasses so can be hard to spot animals, particularly near Pretoriuskop Camp.
Winter. June - August
- Cold mornings and mild days.
- Later gate opening time so can sleep in!
- Warm clothing needed for mornings and game drives.
- Bushland dry and sparse - less of a jungle feel.
- Fires lit to maintain sustainability - so areas can look blackened.
- Low Malaria season, less bugs.
- More opportunity to enjoy camp life and evenings around a campfire.
- Predators can be hard to spot when lying down - they are the same colour as the dry grass.
Spring. September to November
- September - can be deceptively warm & dry.
- Dusty, windy days before the rains.
- Game congregates around waterholes.
- Few bugs before the rains.
- Magnificent thunderstorms in late October.
- November can be cool and pleasant.
- Migrating birds come with the rains.
- There are 3 airports near Kruger Park Gates.
- Hire cars facilities at each airport.
- Private airstrips are used for some private lodges.
- Located from 5 -7 hrs from Johannesburg on tarred roads.
- Car hire available from 0.R.Tambo International airport (Johannesburg).
More... - Best route to take, GPS Coordinates for camps
Gate Open & Close Times
- Late entry to the park(gate) is generally not permitted.
- Late entry to the camps will incur a warning or fine.
- Caravans, trailers, coaches and buses are restricted to tar roads.
- Open vehicles only allowed with a permit.
- There are nine entrance gates to Kruger.
- From North to South:
||Dist to Camp (Km's)
||Time to Camp
Times are based on travelling at approx 40km/h, without stopping to view game.
- In October 2001, 3 countries got together to form one of the largest free-roaming conservation areas on the planet.
- The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park includes:
- Park Kruger National Park (South Africa)
- Parque Nacional do Limpopo (Mozambique)
- Gonarezhou National Park (Zimbabwe)
- This is a park without boundaries that covers a total of 3.3 million hectares.
- It is one of the largest wilderness conservation areas in the world.
Daily Conservation Fee & Wildcard
What to go for?
- If you are only staying a few days in any of S.A's National Parks - Daily Conservation Fee.
- If more than 5 days - Wildcard (for use in all SANParks).
Daily Conservation Fees:
- South African Citizens and Residents (with ID): R50 per adult per day; R25 per child per day.
- SADC Nationals (with passport): R102 per person, per day; R51 per child, per day.
- Standard Conservation Fee (Foreign Visitors): R204 per adult, per day ; R102 per child, per day.
Warnings & Dangers
In the park
- Keep inside the vehicle at all times.
- Wear sandals in daylight and closed shoes at night in camp - snakes, scorpions & creepy crawlies about.
- Kruger is a Malaria zone.
- Use mosquito repellent, mosquito nets & cover up after dark.
- Take malaria prophylaxis if prescribed.
- Animals are unpredictable - keep your distance.
- An animal that seems too friendly may have rabies.
- Do not get out of the car unless given permission to do so ( at lookouts, picnic areas, camps etc).
- Don't feed the animals - they become aggressive when you stop feeding them.
Outside the park
- Close windows - especially at stop streets.
- Ignore street vendors.
- Lock all doors.
- Don't stop for hitchhikers.
- Stay on main routes and avoid isolated places - carry a map.
- Look out for potholes.
- Don't speed.
- Peel fruit before eating.
- Drink bottled water.
- Take precautions against AIDS and HIV.
- Conceal valuables - on view in the car.
- Avoid carrying expensive cameras and videos in cities.
- Avoid carrying large sums of money in public places.
- Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
- Don't let your credit card out of sight when paying at restaurants.
- Refuse help at ATM's.
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