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Kruger National Park

South Africa’s flagship national park offers a chance to experience the vast untamed savannah, wild rivers, ancient cultures and the country’s most iconic wildlife.

Kruger National Park’s is a vast wilderness of 4.8 million acres (2 million hectares). From open savannah to dense forest, South Africa’s largest national park and game reserve is home to elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards and buffalo. Collectively these beasts are known as Africa’s “Big Five.”

Kruger is celebrated for the diversity of its wildlife. There are about 150 mammal species, 110 reptile species and 500 species of birds. All of the country’s large carnivores can be found within the park’s borders.

Take a self-guided drive through the reserve and experience grazing herds of giraffe, impala and zebra. Most of the roads are paved and suitable for ordinary cars. Designated rest stops allow you to get out from behind the wheel and fully experience the sounds, scents and colors of this timeless land. Download maps and suggested itineraries from the park’s website.

To get even closer to the wildlife, sign up for an open vehicle safari tour. A park ranger and tracker will take you to the places they know animals congregate. If you’re feeling energetic, explore the park on foot on a single or multi-day trek in the company of experienced armed guides.

Kruger National Park features hundreds of archeological sites. In the park’s central area, explore the late Iron Age site and reconstructed village at Masorini. Further north, view evidence of prehistoric habitation at Thulamela.

The Kruger National Park is a year-round destination with hot, subtropical temperatures in summer and cold nights in winter. The dry winter months can be the best for spotting wildlife, however, in summer, rains fill waterholes and transform the bushveld into a lush landscape filled with migratory birds and newborn wildlife.

If you are staying overnight, accommodation options include bungalows, luxury guest houses and camp sites. Wear long clothing in natural colors and use insect repellent to avoid mosquito bites, and be sure to pack a hat, sunscreen and other outdoor essentials.

The Kruger National Park is served by three airports: Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport and Phalaborwa Airport. Once you arrive, simply rent a car to begin your adventure.

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Best Lodging Options Near Kruger National Park

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Simbavati Trails Camp $538
Simbavati Trails Camp

Simbavati Trails Camp

Timbavati Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in a national park, this all-inclusive tentalow is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Timbavati Game Reserve and within 9 mi (15 km) of Klaserie Nature Reserve and Umbabat Nature Reserve. Thornybush Game Reserve and Kapama Game Reserve are also within 25 mi (40 km).

    Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge $444
    Reviewed on Aug 27, 2019
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    Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge

    Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge

    Skukuza, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
       
      4.7 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Such a personal service. Brilliant! Wonder Boy was brilliant, and Wes the safari guide was excellent.

      Mdluli Safari Lodge $205
      Mdluli Safari Lodge

      Mdluli Safari Lodge

      Numbi Gate and Pretoriuskop Rest Camp, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in a national park, this tentalow is within 20 mi (32 km) of Perry's Bridge Reptile Park, Elephant Whispers, and Shangana Cultural Village. Hazyview Elephant Sanctuary and Phabeni Gate, Kruger National Park are also within 25 mi (40 km).

        Makumu Private Game Lodge
        Reviewed on Jan 19, 2020
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        Makumu Private Game Lodge

        Makumu Private Game Lodge

        Klaserie Nature Reserve, Hoedspruit, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
           
          4.9 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Makumu is very private and expensive property. Very quiet, surreal view on a top of hill. Staff was amazing and very welcoming ( almost felt like a family). Food was great! Good wine! You will not regret staying here! -Lilly

          Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps-Montobeni $424
          Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019
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          Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps-Montobeni

          Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps-Montobeni

          Greater Kruger National Park, Hoedspruit, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
             
            4.6 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Manyeleti game reserve is an amazing safari area. Our guide Anton and tracker Johnson were superb, and had so much knowledge to share, not only of the animals but the bird life and the flora and fauna and in general the amazing interdependence of nature and the circle of life. One of the best safari ...

            Nkambeni Safari Camp
            Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020
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            Nkambeni Safari Camp

            Nkambeni Safari Camp

            Numbi Gate Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
               
              4.2 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              The camp is located just inside Numbi gate: from the lodge to the main gate is a short 3km drive. The cabins are compact, clean and comfortable and the staff very friendly. The food was very tasty and there was enough variety. There is very limited wifi allocation to be used in the main building ...

              Shalati Safari Camp
              Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019
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              Shalati Safari Camp

              Shalati Safari Camp

              At Manyeleti Game Reserve, (next to gate), Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
                 
                3.2 of 5
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Overall the service was great, Johnathon the manager was incredibly helpful and explained clearly why he recommended the route that we did take, as was the F&B manager, the rooms were very neat and clean, the food was adequate although the meat was overdone and tough, the breakfast packs they gave ...

                Lukimbi Safari Lodge $835
                Reviewed on Oct 2, 2017
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                Lukimbi Safari Lodge

                Lukimbi Safari Lodge

                Malelane Gate, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
                   
                  5.0 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  What can I say other than I would love to return year after year to this place. From the staff who greeted us to the ranger and tracker who accompanied us in open Land Rovers on our small group safaris, every single person gave us care, attention and made us feel so very welcome. We saw amazing wildlife ...

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