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.

Known for

Wildlife, Safari and Natural Park

Top Hotels in Kruger National Park

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Motswari Private Game Reserve
Motswari Private Game Reserve
4 out of 5
CA $975
per night
Oct 21 - Oct 22
4.9/5Exceptional! (133 reviews)

"Amazing, Incredible & Inspiring. We spent 3 nights in Motswari (MW). If you are deciding whether to go for 2 or 3 nights, always choose 3. We stayed in ‘Elephant’ which was the last room in the camp. The room was spacious, the bed comfortable & so was the bathroom. Every day the superb housekeeping ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 18, 2019

Motswari Private Game Reserve
Elephant Walk Retreat
Elephant Walk Retreat
3 out of 5
CA $95
per night
Nov 2 - Nov 3
4.6/5Wonderful! (49 reviews)

"Loved our stay here. Our cabin "Ingulule" was spacious and being on stilts from our private deck we had an amazing view looking into Kruger National Park. We were fortunate to see a herd of elephants right across from our cabin the day we arrived. Loved the peace and quiet and good location. Would ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun. 11, 2019

Elephant Walk Retreat
aha Bongani Mountain Lodge
aha Bongani Mountain Lodge
4 out of 5
Mthethomusha Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
CA $208
per night
Oct 19 - Oct 20
4.4/5Excellent! (31 reviews)

"It was an adventure and all the staff were very enthusiastic, we had s very pleasant stay in a wonderful environment"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 6, 2019

aha Bongani Mountain Lodge

Popular things to do in Kruger National Park

Paul Kruger Entrance Gate
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Paul Kruger Entrance Gate

5/5(1 review)

A controversial Afrikaans military leader is honored by this entrance to the southern section of the game reserve of Kruger National Park.

Top activities in Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park 3 Day Wild Safari Adventure
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Kruger National Park 3 Day Wild Safari Adventure

CA $1,196

Tour Activities: Day1: This is the first exciting day of 3 days, 2 nights Kruger National Park tour. You will be filled with so much anticipation to be picked from the hotel around 9 am of an exciting morning.

Kruger National Park 3 Days 2 Nights Magical Safari
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Kruger National Park 3 Days 2 Nights Magical Safari

CA $1,142

Embark on 3 days 2 night Classic Safari and prepare your self to get a taste of South Africa Wild. From beautiful landscapes to the big five and a selection of mammals with birds whispering in the background.

Kruger National Park 2 Days 1 Night Magical Safari
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Kruger National Park 2 Days 1 Night Magical Safari

CA $750

Enjoy these Kruger National Park 2 Days 1 night Magical Safari from Johannesburg. Get Closer to the big five with an opportunity to do a late evening and an early morning Safari. The morning Safari gives the opportunity to see the Cats coming from their hunting chores and Hyenas going back into their Caves and many more.

Nelspruit, Hazyview, Skukuza to Johannesburg Shuttle Service
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Nelspruit, Hazyview, Skukuza to Johannesburg Shuttle Service

CA $62

TIMING & PICK-UP/DROP-OFF LOCATIONS If you need any advice or assistance in selecting the correct pick-up location please contact us. You must be delivered there by your lodge or private transfer service.

Hoedspruit to Johannesburg Shuttle Service
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Hoedspruit to Johannesburg Shuttle Service

CA $78

TIMING & PICK-UP/DROP-OFF LOCATIONS If you need any advice or assistance in selecting the correct pick-up location please Contact Us. You must be delivered there by your game lodge or private transfer service.

Open Vehicle Safaris Kruger National Park From Hazeyview
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Open Vehicle Safaris Kruger National Park From Hazeyview

CA $92

Prepare for an early morning pick up on our exciting Full Day Kruger National Park Shared Safari Tour with pickups in Hazyview and surrounds.