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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

16 Trips in Kruger National Park with 12 Reviews

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  • 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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  • Starts Johannesburg, South africa
  • Ends Johannesburg, South africa

4-Day Classic Kruger Park Safari

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Thoroughly enjoyed our 4 day Kruger safari. Got to see the Big Five and the staff were amazing! ...
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Aug 23
Aug 24
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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  • Starts Johannesburg, South africa
  • Ends Johannesburg, South africa

3-day Classic Kruger Park Safari

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3 day wildlife safaris and game drives tour visiting Kruger National Park and Johannesburg in South Africa. Read More
From US$ 577 3 days View Tour
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Aug 23
Aug 24
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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  • Starts Johannesburg, South africa
  • Ends Johannesburg, South africa

5 Day Classic Kruger Park Safari

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5 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip visiting Kruger National Park and Johannesburg in South Africa. Read More
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Aug 23
Aug 24
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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  • Starts Johannesburg, South africa
  • Ends Johannesburg, South africa

6-Day Classic Kruger Park Safari

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6 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip visiting Kruger National Park and Johannesburg in South Africa. Read More
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Aug 23
Aug 24
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  • 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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  • Starts Cape Town, South Africa
  • Ends Johannesburg, South africa

15 Day Cape Town, Garden Route & Kruger Park Tour

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15 day wine tasting tour through Cape Town, Garden Route National Park, Stellenbosch and 3 other destinations in South Africa. Read More
From US$ 5,400 15 days View Tour
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Aug 26
Aug 27
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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  • Starts Johannesburg, South africa
  • Ends Port Elizabeth, South africa

South Africa Highlights

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A highlight was Kruger Park – seeing all the animals. The whole tour was brilliant ...
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Sep 24
Oct 8
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  • 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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  • Starts Johannesburg, South africa
  • Ends Cape Town, South africa

South Africa Encompassed

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The South Africa Encompassed tour ran so smoothly because of the expert help we received from our guides Jonas and ...
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  • 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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  • Starts Cape Town, South Africa
  • Ends Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, Kruger & Victoria Falls Tour

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10 day self-drive or vehicle rental tour to Kruger National Park, Cape Town and 1 other destinations travelling through South Africa and Zimbabwe. Read More
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Aug 27
Aug 28
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  • Nairobi, extend your stay to explore the sites..
  • Arusha, the safari gateway.
  • Beautiful northern beaches & historic Stone Town (UNESCO-listed)..
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  • Starts Nairobi, Kenya
  • Ends Johannesburg, South Africa

Kenya To Kruger - 33 Days

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Amazing Africa. Good Game Drives. Kick-ass Kruger. Outstanding On The Go Tours. Really cannot be more than happy. Go for ...
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  • Age Range 18 to 99 years old
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  • 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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  • Starts Johannesburg, South africa
  • Ends Johannesburg, South africa

South Africa Walking Adventure

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The South Africa Walking Adventure trip was incredible! I was blown away by the diverse range of wildlife including the ...
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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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  • Starts Johannesburg, South africa
  • Ends Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa On A Shoestring

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16 day countryside and village visits trip in South Africa, visiting Kruger National Park, Cape Town and Panorama Route. Read More
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Aug 23
Aug 24
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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  • Starts Johannesburg, South africa
  • Ends Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Kruger To Victoria Falls In Comfort

15 day wildlife safaris and game drives tour through Johannesburg, Mpumalanga, Shindzela Tented Camp and 7 other destinations in 4 different countries. Read More
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  • Enjoy scenic views of Cape Town at your own leisure.
  • Drive through the Cape Winelands.
  • Spot wildlife on game drives in Makalali Private Conservancy in the Greater Kruger Region.
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  • Starts Cape Town, South Africa
  • Ends Vilanculos, Mozambique

Best Of South Africa And Mozambique

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15 day self-drive or vehicle rental trip to Kruger National Park, Cape Town and 3 other destinations travelling through South Africa and Mozambique. Read More
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Aug 27
Aug 28
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  • Explore Makalali Private Conservancy.
  • Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the conservancy.
  • Spend a few nights in Mauritius' most beautiful beach.
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  • Starts Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Ends Republic of Mauritius, Mauritius

Luxury Kruger & Mauritius Holiday

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11 day national parks tour to Kruger National Park, Republic of Mauritius and 1 other destinations travelling through South Africa and Mauritius. Read More
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Kruger National Park Tour Reviews

4.7 - Excellent Based on 12 customer reviews
Very Good Reviewed Tour: South Africa Walking Adventure
Anonymous
4 - Very Good
“Most memorable part: both the hiking and safaris.”
Amazing Africa - Outstanding On The Go Tours Reviewed Tour: Kenya to Kruger - 33 days
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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
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“Great sighting of animals in the Kruger Park”

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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