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Kruger National Park Safari

South Africa’s Kruger National Park is one of the world’s greatest safari destinations, and in terms of the wildlife it is possible to see there, it is virtually unsurpassed anywhere in the world. It also happens to be one of the best organised and most efficiently run parks in Africa. This combination of ... Read More

15 Trips in Kruger National Park with 8 Reviews

Highlights
  • 3-hour sunset and sunrise game drives.
  • "Big five" bush walk with armed rangers.
  • Go game driving at Balule Big 5 Reserve.
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Viva Safaris

4-Day Classic Kruger Park Safari

of 1 review
This tour offers you an exciting 4-day safari adventure in the famous Kruger National Park ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Johannesburg/Johannesburg
  • Operator Viva Safaris
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 681 4 days View Tour
Next Departures
Jun 21
Jun 22
Highlights
  • 3-hour sunset and sunrise game drives.
  • "Big five" bush walk with armed rangers.
  • Go game driving at Balule Big 5 Reserve.
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Viva Safaris

3-day Classic Kruger Park Safari

This tour offers you an exciting 3-day safari adventure in the famous Kruger National Park ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Johannesburg/Johannesburg
  • Operator Viva Safaris
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 605 3 days View Tour
Next Departures
Jun 21
Jun 22
Highlights
  • 3-hour sunset and sunrise game drives.
  • "Big five" bush walk with armed rangers.
  • Go game driving at Balule Big 5 Reserve.
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Viva Safaris

5 Day Classic Kruger Park Safari

This tour offers you an exciting 5-day safari adventure in the famous Kruger National Park ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Johannesburg/Johannesburg
  • Operator Viva Safaris
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 757 5 days View Tour
Next Departures
Jun 21
Jun 22
Highlights
  • 3-hour sunset and sunrise game drives.
  • "Big five" bush walk with armed rangers.
  • Go game driving at Balule Big 5 Reserve.
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Viva Safaris

6-Day Classic Kruger Park Safari

This tour offers you an exciting 6-day safari adventure in the famous Kruger National Park ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Johannesburg/Johannesburg
  • Operator Viva Safaris
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 832 6 days View Tour
Next Departures
Jun 21
Jun 22
Highlights
  • Luxury bush accommodation on safari so close to nature that you can hear the lions roar.
  • Discover Table Mountain, Cape winelands, Cango Caves, pristine beaches and more.
  • 5 star accommodation, most meals and local flights included.
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Kabura Travel & Tours

15 Day Cape Town, Garden Route & Kruger Park Tour

Your 15-day adventure begins the moment you step off your plane at Cape Town International ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Cape Town/Johannesbburg
  • Operator Kabura Travel & Tours Active 14 hours ago
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 5,400 15 days View Tour
Next Departures
Jun 24
Jun 25
Highlights
  • Big 5 wildlife encounters in the Kruger National Park, South Africa’s premier game reserve.
  • Explore Cape Town with its many spectacular attractions, such as the Cape Peninsula.
  • The splendour of the Garden Route with its stunning mountains, lagoons, forests & beaches.
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Springbok Atlas Tours and Safaris
Free Cancellation

South Africa Highlights

of 5 reviews
Discover the best highlights of beautiful South Africa, including a Kruger National Park safari, Cape ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Johannesburg/Port Elizabeth
  • Operator Springbok Atlas Tours and Safaris Active 14 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 2,005 11 days View Tour
Next Departures
Jul 30
Aug 13
Highlights
  • Search for the “BIG FIVE” in Kruger National Park.
  • Experience the colourful tribal heritage of Swaziland (eSwatini) & Zululand.
  • Take in the scenic beauty of the Drakensberg Mountains (World Heritage site).
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World Expeditions

South Africa Encompassed

A comprehensive accommodated tour through South Africa visiting Kruger National Park, Swaziland (eSwatini), Zululand, Drakensberg ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Johannesburg/Cape Town
  • Operator World Expeditions
  • Tour Type Group Tour
SavingUS$ 135
From US$ 2,564 17 days View Tour
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Jul 13 10+ seats left
Jul 27 10+ seats left
Highlights
  • Explore Cape Town at your leisure.
  • Enjoy game drives in Kruger National Park.
  • Fly to the Zambian side of the majestic Victoria Falls.
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Wayfairer Travel

Cape Town, Kruger & Victoria Falls Tour

Join us on this 10-day, self-driving trip and get the chance to explore some of ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Cape Town/Cape Town
  • Operator Wayfairer Travel Active 47 minutes ago
  • Tour Type Self-Guided Tour
From US$ 4,081 10 days View Tour
Next Departures
Jun 24
Jun 25
Highlights
  • Nairobi, extend your stay to explore the sites..
  • Arusha, the safari gateway.
  • Beautiful northern beaches & historic Stone Town (UNESCO-listed)..
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On The Go Tours

Kenya To Kruger - 33 Days

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Head down Africa way on this epic 33 day journey. Visit National Parks, beautiful beaches ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Nairobi/Johannesburg View Map
  • Operator On The Go Tours
  • Tour Type Group Tour
SavingUS$ 115
From US$ 2,180 33 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 12 10+ seats left
Nov 9 10+ seats left
Highlights
  • Search for wildlife on a walking safari and game drives in Kruger National Park.
  • Enjoy mountain walks in the Drakensberg Mountains, including an ascent of the Amphitheatre.
  • Experience the Mpumalanga Panorama Route.
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World Expeditions

South Africa Walking Adventure

Explore the best of South Africa on foot from the Drakensberg Mountains to Zululand and ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Johannesburg/Johannesburg
  • Operator World Expeditions
  • Tour Type Group Tour
SavingUS$ 120
From US$ 2,279 14 days View Tour
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Jun 29 10+ seats left
Aug 3 10+ seats left
Highlights
  • Hiking in the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage region.
  • Trek to the top of the Amphitheatre in the Drakensbergs.
  • Hike to the cliff-face where Tugela Falls, second highest in the world, cascades 948m.
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World Expeditions

Drakensberg And Kruger Walking Safari

Hike the Drakensberg and track wildlife on foot in the Kruger National Park. The north ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Johannesburg/Johannesburg View Map
  • Operator World Expeditions
  • Tour Type Group Tour
SavingUS$ 150
From US$ 2,849 11 days View Tour
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Sep 15 Only 8 seats left
Nov 16 Only 8 seats left
Highlights
  • Explore Kruger National Park.
  • Go on a scenic drive on Panorama Route.
  • Live an authentic village life with a local family at Venda Village.
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Abang Africa Travel

South Africa On A Shoestring

Book this 16-day, self-guided trip through South Africa and experience the best the country has ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Johannesberg/Cape Town
  • Operator Abang Africa Travel Active 14 hours ago
  • Tour Type Self-Guided Tour
From US$ 1,867 16 days View Tour
Next Departures
Jun 21
Jun 22
Highlights
  • Search for the Big 5 on game drives & game walks in the Timbavati Reserve (Greater Kruger National Park).
  • Spot prolific wildlife in their natural environment on Hwange National Park game drives.
  • Witness the awe-inspiring sight of water thundering over Victoria Falls.
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World Expeditions

Kruger To Victoria Falls In Comfort

Experience the full diversity of the greatest wilderness areas in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Johannesburg/Victoria Falls View Map
  • Operator World Expeditions
  • Tour Type Group Tour
SavingUS$ 194
From US$ 3,695 15 days View Tour
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Jun 24 10+ seats left
Jul 13 10+ seats left
Highlights
  • Soweto - Tour of this famous township to uncover the history of the struggle against aparth.
  • Ithala - Game walks through the deep valley of Ithala Game Reserve.
  • Tembe Elephant Park - 5 star accommodation in the middle of the bush.
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Explore

South Africa Lodge Safari

Discover South Africa and Swaziland's best nature spots on this wildlife adventure. Spend days ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Johannesburg/Johannesburg View Map
  • Operator Explore Active 1 day ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
SavingUS$ 130
From US$ 2,470 12 days View Tour
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Sep 16 Only 1 seat left
Oct 14 Only 10 seats left
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Kruger National Park Tour Reviews

4.6 - Excellent Based on 8 customer reviews
Amazing Africa - Outstanding On The Go Tours Reviewed Tour: Kenya to Kruger - 33 days
Louis From England
5 - Excellent
“Amazing Africa. Good Game Drives. Kick-ass Kruger. Outstanding On The Go Tours. Really cannot be more than happy. Go for it.”
Great sightings Reviewed Tour: South Africa Highlights
Anonymous
4 - Very Good
“Great sighting of animals in the Kruger Park”
Excellent Reviewed Tour: Kruger to the Cape
McKenzie Chinn From USA
5 - Excellent
“Excellent”

Kruger National Park

South Africa’s Kruger National Park is one of the world’s greatest safari destinations, and in terms of the wildlife it is possible to see there, it is virtually unsurpassed anywhere in the world. It also happens to be one of the best organised and most efficiently run parks in Africa. This combination of unrivalled wildlife encounters and ease of access make Kruger National Park tours an essential element of any visit to South Africa.

  • Wildlife:          

Kruger National Park has more species of mammals than any other African reserve. The elephant population is so large that it needs to be controlled and the park is home to around a quarter of the world’s population of wild rhinos. The park also contains large numbers of bird, reptile, amphibian and fish species.

  • Scenery:        

The park encompasses diverse landscapes including at least six distinct ecosystems. The park is at its most verdant during the South African summer but it is during the drier months of winter, when the park is more barren and less visually appealing, that animal sightings are at their highest.

  • Wilderness factor:        

The park is very popular and the most commonly visited areas can become quite busy. However, for those who wish to escape the main tourist areas, it is possible to head out into the true wilderness, either on foot or by car, to seek out a more authentic experience.

A Safari in Kruger National Park: What to expect

Safari in Kruger National Park
A tourist captures a shot of a couple of Elephants in the National Park

For most people, the idea of ‘going on safari’ means being driven out into the African bush to attempt to spot exotic wildlife – and this activity is at the heart of any visit to Kruger. The best times for wildlife drives are at sunrise and sunset when the animals are most active and visitors can hope to spot the Big Five of elephants, rhinos, lions, cape buffaloes and leopards as well as hippos, cheetahs, hyenas, rare African wild dogs, giraffes, zebras, crocodiles and many, many more. As with any activity involving wild animals, there is never any guarantee of seeing a particular species on any one excursion, but the unpredictability of each drive out into the wilderness only adds to the excitement of each encounter. Driving tours can be arranged with experienced guides who will be able to interpret everything you see on each drive.

Highlights

  • Ample opportunities to spot the ‘Big Five’, elephants, rhinoceros, lions, leopards and buffalo, as well as hippos, crocodiles, wild dogs and many more
  • Many and varied activities available not restricted to ‘classic’ safaris in the back of a jeep
  • Self-drive and guided safari options available
  • One of the most affordable places to go on safari
  • Range of accommodation options to cater to all preferences and budgets

Lowlights

  • Can become crowded
  • Need to book a long time in advance to secure the most popular accommodation

Other Activities

One of the best things about Kruger is that, while wildlife drives are the core experience, there is so much more to the park than just that. Much of the park is open to self-drive exploration and there is also the possibility to embark on guided walks, undertake multiple-day wilderness hikes, follow established backpacking trails, explore on mountain bikes or depart on multiple-day driving adventure tours. There is ample provision for spotting the park’s extensive birdlife and there is even a golf course – although golfers may sometimes need to look out for unexpected visitors like impalas, hippos or baboons!

For those hoping for a more authentic, intimate experience, a number of private game reserve also operate within the borders of the park. They allow visitors much closer contact with the wildlife, far from the crowds of the most commonly visited areas.

Best time to visit Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park can be visited year-round and each season offers a different experience.

  • Dry Season (April to September) is probably the best time to visit Kruger. During this period, temperatures are lower, vegetation is less dense and animals are drawn out to waterholes to drink, making this the best time to spot wildlife. There is also less chance of contracting malaria. Warm clothing may be required for evening and night time activities.
  • Rainy season (October to March) sees the park at its lushest, but it can be harder to spot wildlife due to the denser vegetation. November and December are the best months for spotting newborn animals.

Read our guide on Best Time to Visit Kruger for a more detailed information.

Kruger National Park in South Africa
A herd of elephants stop for a drink from a pool of water in the Kruger National Park

Kruger is open to day visitors and stays of over a week can also be organised. However, a good amount of time would be at least three to five days in the park. This allows time for several sunrise and sunset animal-spotting drives as well as offering the opportunity to participate in some of the other activities available in the park.

Accommodation types available

There is a broad range of accommodation available to suit all preferences and budgets. The main areas of accommodation are known as rest camps and they feature varied accommodation types including camp sites, permanent safari tents, cottages and luxury lodges. Rest camps also have shops and restaurants.

Bushveld camps are more remote than the main rest camps and the facilities are more limited. There are no shops or restaurants and accommodation is self-catering.

Bush lodges are private properties with no shops or restaurants and with self-catering facilities.

At the top of the range are luxury lodges, which may include swimming pools, saunas, exercise rooms or other similar facilities you would expect in five-star accommodation.

The park also features overnight wildlife-spotting hides and a campsite.

Good to know

  • There is nowhere to withdraw cash within the boundaries of the park
  • Visitors should be prepared to meet bugs, spiders, scorpions, snakes, mice or bats. This is the wilderness and such encounters are inevitable!
  • ‘Braai’ facilities are available at many of the accommodation areas – braai is the traditional South African-style barbecue and should not be missed.
  • A number of the accommodation options feature accessibility adaptations meaning Kruger Park tours are suitable for wheelchair users.

Kruger is considered one of the easiest and safest places to organise a safari and, with its abundant plant and animal life, it has become one of the most popular choices on the continent for wildlife adventures. It can never be guaranteed that any one particular species will be sighted, but, in Kruger, unforgettable encounters with all kinds of animals in their natural habitat and lifelong memories most certainly can.

To find out about other national parks in South Africa, read out list of best South African National Parks.

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