Kruger National Park  

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The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares. Kruger National Park is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.

Man's interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries - from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela - is very evident in the Kruger National Park. These treasures represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the history of the Kruger National Park and are conserved along with the park's natural assets.

A few things to consider:

Malaria is endemic in the park, particularly during the summer months
(November - March). Please use a mosquito repellent and ask your doctor about malaria prophylaxis.

We advise you to adhere to the speed limits and take the travel times between camps and between gates and camps into consideration. Speed limits are strictly enforced and speeding is likely to result in a hefty fine. 

Kindly also note the gate closing times of the rest camps given below. Latecomers may face a stiff fine.

 

How to get there

There are daily flights from Johannesburg to Phalaborwa Airport, Hoedspruit Airport and the Kruger/Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) located between Nelspruit and White River. KMIA also receives daily flights from Durban and Cape Town, while there is also a flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit. The Skukuza Airfield, formerly used for daily commercial flights from Johannesburg is no longer open for commercial flights.

No aircraft may land at any of the landing strips within the park without prior permission from the Park Director.

Private Connections (a private company) operates a bus shuttle from KMIA into the Park. (Tel: 013 750 2435 / 072 245 4677). Vechiles can be hired at KMIA, Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa airports and at Skukuza Camp. A number of coach tours are available of varying degrees of luxury. Transport companies, often in conjunction with tour operators/travel agents, facilitate these.

Access roads to all 9 entrance gates are tarred. Tourist roads in the park are either tarred, or good gravel roads; Speed limit: 50 km/h on tarred roads, 40 km/h on gravel roads and 20 km/h in restcamps.

An average speed of 30 km/h on tourist roads is recommended for maximum safety and enjoyment. Kruger Gate is approximately 500 km from Johannesburg; Phalaborwa and Punda Maria gates both some 550 km. Since entrance gates and restcamp gates are closed at night, allow sufficient traveling time to ensure timeous arrival at your restcamp.

Late entry escorts (at a fee) are available at the following gates for the camp in brackets only. This is only available until 21:00. Escorts depart every half hour until this time:

       Paul Kruger (Skukuza)
       Numbi (Pretoriuskop)
       Malelane (Berg-en-Dal and Malelane)
       Crocodile Bridge gate (Crocodile Bridge Camp)
       Punda Maria gate (Punda Maria Camp)
       Orpen gate (Orpen Camp)
       No late admission at Phabeni, Phalaborwa and Pafuri

Gate
Route
Approximate Distance from Johannesburg
Crocodile Bridge N4 via Witbank & Nelspruit to Komatipoort 475 km
Malelane N4 via Witbank & Nelspruit to Malelane 428 km
Numbi N4 to Nelspruit, R40 to White River, R538/R539 to Numbi 411 km
Paul Kruger N4 to Nelpruit, R40 to Hazyview, turn right to gate, or

460 km

N4 to Belfast, R540 to Lydenburg via Dullstroom, R37 to Sabie, R536 to Hazyview, on to gate 470 km
Phabeni N4 to Nelpruit, R40 to Hazyview, turn right to gate, or

430 km

N4 to Belfast, R540 to Lydenburg via Dullstroom, R37 to Sabie, R536 to Hazyview, on to gate 440 km
Orpen N4 to Belfast, R540 to Lydenburg via Dullstroom, R36 and R531 to Orpen via Ohrigstad, JG Strijdom Tunnel and Klaserie. 490 km
Phalaborwa N1 to Polokwane, R71 to Phalaborwa via Tzaneen 490 km
Punda Maria N1 to Louis Trichardt, R524 to Punda Maria 550 km
Pafuri N1 to Louis Trichardt, on to Musina(Messina), but turn right at R525 600 km

The times reflected in the table below are approximate minimum times via the shortest route traveling at legal speed limits. Allow additional time for stops along the way.

Camp
Gate
Minimum travelling time
(Hours:min)
Balule
Phalaborwa
02:00
Bateleur
Punda Maria
02:30
Phalaborwa
03:30
Berg-en-Dal
Malelane
00:20
Crocodile Bridge
02:15
Numbi
02:15
Paul Kruger
02:15
Biyamiti
Malelane
01:15
Crocodile Bridge
01:15
Crocodile Bridge
Crocodile Bridge
00:00
Malelane
02:00
Paul Kruger
02:15
Letaba
Phalaborwa
01:30
Orpen
02:30
Lower Sabie
Crocodile Bridge
01:00
Numbi
02:30
Paul Kruger
01:30
Malelane
Malelane
00:00
Maroela
Orpen
00:10
Mopani
Phalaborwa
02:15
Punda Maria
02:45
Olifants
Phalaborwa
02:00
Orpen
02:15
Orpen
Orpen
00:00
Pretoriuskop
Numbi
00:20
Malelane
01:45
Crocodile Bridge
02:30
(via S1)
Paul Kruger
01:30
Punda Maria
Punda Maria
00:20
Orpen
01:30
Roodewal
Orpen
01:45
Phalaborwa
02:30
Satara
Orpen
01:15
Phalaborwa
03:00
Shimuwini
Phalaborwa
01:15
Shingwedzi
Pafuri
02:30
Punda Maria
01:15
Phalaborwa
03:30
Sirheni
Punda Maria
01:15
Skukuza
Paul Kruger
00:20
Numbi
01:30
Malelane
01:45
Crocodile Bridge
02:00
Talamati
Orpen
01:15

 


Gate hours

Gate Times
Nov-Jan
Feb
Mar & Oct
Apr
May-July
Aug-Sept
Park Gates Open
05:30
05:30
05:30
06:00
06:00
06:00
Camp Gates Open
04:30
05:30
05:30
06:00
06:00
06:00
Park & Camp Gates Close
18:30
18:30
18:00
17:30
17:30
18:00

 


Accommodation

The Kruger National Park offers a wide variety of accommodation, not only in size, facilities and visual appearance, but also in price range.

In addition to the ten main restcamps with accommodation ranging from huts and safari tents to 2/3 bed bungalows, family cottages and luxury guest houses, there are also smaller bush lodges and bushveld camps. Camping sites for caravans and tents are provided in nine of the large and three of the smaller restcamps.

Bedding is supplied in all accommodation. Cooking utensils and refrigeration are provided in most accommodation units. Exceptions will be indicated when booking.

Almost all the main camps and some of the alternate camps have accessible accommodation for people in wheelchairs or with other physical impairments.

The different accommodation types and the camps in which they occur:

  • Bungalow
    Bungalows have one room and a bathroom. Some of the units have their own kitchenettes, while others share communal kitchen facilities. Units with cooking facilities have basic kitchen equipment. Bungalows are found Berg-en-dal, Crocodile Bridge, Letaba, Lower Sabie, Mopani, Olifants, Pretoriuskop, Punda Maria, Satara, Shingwedzi, Malelane and Skukuza.
  • Bush camps/lodges
    A bush lodge is an exclusive, private lodge with a unique style and atmosphere providing the opportunity for tourists to enjoy complete privacy, as only residents are allowed entrance to the camp. Multiple rooms and bathrooms. Check in and any outstanding payment can be made at any gate or restcamp as the bush lodges do not have reception offices. There are no shops or restaurant facilities, but the kitchen has a gas stove with oven, refrigerator, freezer, cutlery and crockery. Gas braais and barbecue facilities are provided and wood may be purchased. A bush lodge must be reserved en bloc. Boulders and Roodewal are the 2 bush lodges.
  • Bushveld Camps
    Bush camps provide accommodation in smaller, more remote restcamps. One or more accommodation units may be reserved. Open verandas often serve as kitchen/dining room. All units have a refrigerator, cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery and a stove, either a two-plate stove without an oven or a four-plate stove with an oven in the larger units. All units have private ablution facilities. Communal freezing facilities are offered at Biyamiti, Shimuwini,Talamati and Sirheni. Bush camps do not have shops or restaurants. Electrical equipment such as hairdryers, cannot be used except at Talamati, Biyamiti and Bateleur. Cell phones can be charged at reception at Shimuwini and Sirheni. Bushveld camps are: Bateleur, Biyamiti, Shimuwini, Sirheni and Talamati.
  • Camping
    A maximum of six persons, one caravan with a side tent and one vehicle, or one tent and one vehicle, or one autovilla, or one motorised caravan will be permitted per site. In the case of camping with a small tent, more than one tent will be permitted on a site, provided the maximum number of 6 persons is not exceeded. Some camps will charge extra fees for additional vehicles, as space can be limited in peak season. Most campsites have sites equipped with power points. Visitors may use generators from one hour after sunrise to one hour before sunset only. Communal kitchen and ablution facilities are available in all the camps. A communal freezer is available for campers at Malelane, Balule and Maroela. Cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery are not provided. The following restcamps have camping: Balule, Berg-en-Dal, Crocodile Bridge, Letaba, Lower Sabie, Malelane, Maroela, Pretoriuskop, Punda Maria, Satara, Shingwedzi and Skukuza.
  • Cottage
    Cottages comprise one bedroom and a living room, a bathroom and a partially equipped kitchen. Cottages are found in Punda Maria, Mopani, Biyamiti, Shimuwini, Sirheni and Talamati.
  • Family Cottage
    Family cottages are units with one, two or three bedrooms with one bathroom and a partially equipped kitchen. Family cottages are found in Skukuza, Berg-en-dal, Pretoriuskop and Olifants.
  • Guest Cottage
    Guest cottages are units with two or three bedrooms and at least two bathrooms, of which one is en suite. Kitchens are fully equipped. The camps in Kruger with guest cottages are Skukuza, Mopani, Olifants, Lower Sabie, Satara, Orpen, Pretoriuskop, Letaba and Shingwedzi and in all the Bushveld camps.
  • Guest House
    Guest houses are secluded units within a restcamp. Units have three or four bedrooms, most of which have en suite bathrooms. Each guest house has a fully equipped kitchen and a communal lounge/living room or an open veranda. Those in Kruger are at Berg-en-Dal, Letaba, Lower Sabie, Mopani, Olifants, Pretoriuskop, Satara, Shingwedzi and Skukuza.
  • Hut
    Huts consist of one room and communal ablution and kitchen facilities. Cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery are not provided at Lower Sabie, Pretoriuskop, Balule, Letaba or Shingwedzi, but in Orpen each hut has basic cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery.
  • Safari Tent
    Safari tents are equipped with beds, a cupboard, table and chairs, fridge and electric fan. Those in Marakele (Matlabas) are equipped with a kitchenette. Those in Kruger have communal ablution and kitchen facilities provided. Safari tents in Kruger are available in Crocodile Bridge, Skukuza, Letaba and Tamboti. Semi luxury safari tents are available at Lower Sabie.

The Camps

Berg-en-Dal

  • 6-bed J le Roux Guest House
  • 8-bed Rhino Guest House
  • Six-bed family cottages
  • Three-bed bungalows
  • Conference facilities
  • Campsites tent or caravan sites, with power point, communal ablutions and cooking facilities, maximum of 6 persons per site.

Malelane

  • Three- and four-bed bungalows
  • Campsites tent or caravan sites, with power point, communal ablutions and cooking facilities, maximum of 6 persons per site.

Crocodile Bridge

  • There are twenty two/three-bed bungalows in the camp. Two of these bungalows are equipped for persons with physical disabilities.

Safari Tents

  • There are also eight two-bed safari tents in the camp. One of the tents has been adapted for handicapped persons with a ramp to the wooden deck and an easily accessible braai area.

Camping

  • The campsite consists of twenty electrified stands with movable braai grids, communal ablutions and cooking facilities. Maximum six persons per site.

 

Letaba

  • Safari tents 2 or 4 bed permanent canvas tents, communal ablutions and cooking facilities, fridge.
  • Bungalows 2 or 3 bed round rooms, equipped with ablutions (most with showers, but some with baths), some units with air-conditioning, some have hotplates and sinks, some have sinks only choice of kitchenette or communal kitchen and with or without riverside view.
  • Guest Cottages 6 bed units, three twin-bedded rooms (1 with en-suite bathroom), kitchen and dining room/lounge, riverside view.
  • Melville and Fish Eagle Guest Houses, 9 + 8 bed units respectively, exclusive riverside view. Fish Eagle has a bird hide. Both are fully equipped with en-suite bathrooms, kitchen, lounge, dining room and television.
  • Campsites tent or caravan sites, with power point, communal ablutions and cooking facilities, maximum of 6 persons per site.

Lower Sabie

  • 7-bed Keartland Guest House, 3 bedrooms, sleeper couch in lounge, fully equipped with en-suite bathrooms, kitchen, DSTV, lounge, dining room
  • 4-bed Steenbok Guest Cottage
  • 4-bed Moffett Guest Cottage, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchenette, dining room, lounge
  • Five-bed Family Bungalows, 2 bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen
  • Two- and three-bed bungalows (one three-bed bungalow adapted for handicapped persons) with ablutions and air-conditioning, most with communal kitchen
  • A unit that is accessible for people using wheelchairs is available.
  • One-bed, two-bed, three-bed and five-bed huts with communal ablutions and communal kitchen
  • Campsites tent or caravan sites, with power point, communal ablutions and cooking facilities, maximum of 6 persons per site
  • Two-bed Safari tents, fully equipped. Units that are accessible for people using wheelchairs are available.

Olifants

  • Bungalows: 2, 3 or 4 bed rooms, equipped with ablutions (most with showers, but some with baths), air-conditioning, some have kitchenettes while others have communal kitchens. Some are located on the perimeter edge with a wonderful vista of the river below.
  • 4 bed Guest Cottages - 2 bedrooms, 2 single beds each, air conditioner, kitchen, bathroom (shower). One unit has 2 bathrooms
  • 8 bed Guest Houses Nshawu and Lebomobo exclusive view and location, fully equipped, four 2-bed  bedrooms,en-suite bathrooms, kitchen, lounge, dining room, several lookout decks and television

Orpen

  • Six-bed guest cottages, 2 bedrooms, 1 with en-suite bathroom, 2 bathrooms, fully equipped kitchenette
  • Two-bed and three-bed huts with communal ablutions and kitchen.

Tamboti

  • 2-bed and 4-bed Safari tents, fridge, fan, communal ablutions and kitchens
  • The tents are situated on wooden stilts and overlook the Timbavati River.
  • One 2-bed and one 4-bed tent have been adapted for handicapped persons.
  • Visitors have to report at the reception office at Orpen.
  • Semi-Luxury safari tents with one double bed, one single sleeper couch, en suite ablutions (shower), kitchenette, veranda with braai facilities and covered parking.

Maroela

  • Campsites tent or caravan sites, with power point, communal ablutions and cooking facilities, maximum of 6 persons per site.

Pretoriuskop

  • 16-bed Pierre Joubert Guest House and 9-bed Doherty Bryant Boma. Both guest houses fully equipped, en-suite bathrooms, kitchen, television, lounge and dining room
  • Four 6-bed family cottages, 3 bedrooms (1 double, 4 single beds), 2 bathrooms, 1 en-suite, well equipped kitchen, living room
  • Two-, four and six-bed bungalows (two two-bed bungalows have been adapted for persons), with ablutions and air conditioning. Choice of kitchenette or communal kitchen, as well as with or without a view
  • Two-, three-, five- and six-bed huts with communal ablutions and kitchens. Choice of fridge and air conditioning.
  • Camping: There are 40 sites available. All 40 sites have power points. The power points are not next to each site, but rather from 10 conveniently placed points.

Punda Maria

  • Four-bed cottages
  • Two-bed bungalows
  • Three-bed bungalows
  • Two-bed safari tents
  • Camping and caravan sites, with or without power points, communal ablutions and cooking facilities, maximum of 6 persons per site.

Satara

  • Bungalows 2 or 3 bed rooms, equipped with ablutions (most with showers, but some with baths), some have air-conditioning, some have hotplates and sinks, some have only sinks. Choice of kitchenette or communal kitchen One Luxury Bungalow has 2 beds and one sleeper couch.
  • 6 and 5 bed Guest Cottages , 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 en-suite, well equipped kitchen
  • Guest Houses Rudy Frankel (confirm number of beds with reception), Stanley (9 beds) 3 bedrooms and Wells (6 beds) 3 bedrooms.
  • Campsites tent or caravan sites, with power point, communal ablutions and cooking facilities, maximum of 6 persons per site.

Balule

  • Three-bed huts, communal kitchen and ablutions, no cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery
  • Campsite, no power points.

Shingwedzi

  • 8-bed Rentmeester Guest House
  • Four-bed cottage
  • Two-bed bungalows
  • Five-bed bungalows (some have been adapted for handicapped persons)
  • Three-bed huts
  • Campsites tent or caravan sites, with power point, communal ablutions and cooking facilities, maximum of 6 persons per site.

Skukuza

Skukuza is the park's largest rest camp and administrative headquarters. It is situated on the southern banks of the Sabie River. The camp is well foliaged and there are some lofty riverine trees along the river's edge. Activities and facilities are diverse, as are the animals and plants found both within the camp and in the surrounding areas.

  • Campsites tent or caravan sites, with power point, communal ablutions and cooking facilities, maximum of 6 persons per site.
  • Safari tents 2 or 4 bed permanent canvas tents, communal ablutions and cooking facilities, fridge.
  • Bungalows 2 or 3 bed rooms, equipped with ablutions (most with showers, but some with baths), some have air-conditioning, some have fans, some have hotplates and sinks, some have sinks, some have neither
  • Luxury Bungalows the park has upgraded 5 of this bungalows to a more luxurious finish. 1 bedroom, en-suite bathroom, air conditioner, choice of kitchen and view, or communal kitchen and no view
  • Family Cottages - 4 or 6 beds, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, kitchen, river view
  • Guest Cottages - 4 or 6 bed units, most with more than one bathroom, kitchen
  • Guest Houses several units sleep 8, 4 bedrooms, en-suite, 1 unit sleeps 12, 6 bedrooms, en-suite.

Activities

  • Night drives: take part in the nocturnal activities of Kruger's secretive creatures. Experienced guides drive the groups. Inquire at the reservations offices or at the camp in you are at. Sunset drives (3 hour) depart 2 hours before gate closing times. Two-hour night drives depart 2 hours after gate closing times.

  • Bush drives: all-day drives where guests may hire a vehicle and driver. Skukuza, Berg-en-dal and Letaba. Trained officials take visitors to sections of the park which are usually inaccessible to tourists. This service can also be arranged from other camps at an additional fee. Reservations should be made well in advance (2 months): Kruger National Park, P O Box 50, Skukuza, 1350 or Tel: +27 13 735-4998.

  • Morning drives: leave at around 04.30 in summer and 05.30 in winter. Clients are to confirm with reception the previous night when they book in to their accommodation. As per day walks, accommodation must be booked for the previous night at the camp, as walks/drives leave before the gates open officially. The drive's duration is 3-4 hours. Two hour mid-morning drives departing at 9:00 am also available.

  • 4x4 Adventure Trails: there are currently five motorised trails in the Kruger National Park.

  • Guided bush walks: (morning or afternoon) trained field guides and backup rifles take groups of up to 8 people out into the bush for a few hours. Track rhino, elephant and lion on foot and learn and observe fascinating facts about the African bush.

  • Wilderness Trails: the ultimate African experience. These are 7 guided wilderness walking trails for groups of up to 8.Trails include three nights accommodation in exclusive trail base camps with rustic 2-bed huts. Consult wilderness trails page for details.

  • Lebombo Overland Trail: a five day experience from Crocodile Bridge to Pafuri. Five four-wheel drive vehicles will be allowed to participate at a time with up to four participants per vehicle. Consult Lebombo motorised eco-trail page for details.

  • Mountain Bike Trails: full or half-day mountain bike trails available at Olifants Camp.

  • Bush Breakfasts and Bush Braais: a game drive leads you to an open area with burning lanterns and fires where whilst listening to the sounds of the bush, food is prepared on open fires. Offered at all camps.

  • Golf Course: the nine-hole golf course was built in 1972 as a recreational facility for the Skukuza personnel, and is now available to visitors to the Kruger National Park. Here is a first for South Africa and the world - a unique opportunity for golfing enthusiasts within one of the world's greatest conservation establishments. The Skukuza Golf Course is designed for all levels of golfers. Book through +27 (0)13 735 5543.

Facilities

Conference Facilities
Modern conference facilities are available at Skukuza, Berg-en-dal and Shingwedzi. Bateleur and Letaba have smaller facilities suitable for small groups. 

Swimming Pools
Resident visitors may use the swimming pools at Berg-en-Dal, Lower Sabie, Pretoriuskop, Mopani, Shingwedzi and Skukuza (2pools). Skukuza has an additional swimming pool for day visitors.

Picnic Sites
See the detailed Kruger Park map (for sale at gates and shops) for the location of picnic sites. Toilets and barbecue facilities (Cadac gas braai) are provided at all sites, while some have a tuck shop where snacks, soft drinks and wood may be purchased. Enquire at your restcamp for further details about picnic sites in the vicinity.

Shops
All of the park's main rest camps have shops for curios and basic provisions. (Bushveld and Satellite Camps have no shops or restaurant facilities).

Restaurants
All of the Park's main rest camps have restaurants except Orpen and Crocodile Bridge. (Bushveld and Satellite Camps have no restaurant or shops facilities).

 

Climate

The climate is subtropical with hot summers and warm, dry winters. Summer rains fall between October and March. Such precipitation is usually convectional and can result in heavy downpours.

The summer months (October to April) are hot and often balmy. Winters are warm and mild, although visitors going on night-drives will require warm clothing.

 

 

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