Visit the Kruger National Park

Visit the Kruger National Park

Known for being one of the most important natural areas in the world, the Kruger National Park covers almost 2 million hectares where 5,000 white rhinos, 350 black rhinos, 4,900 water antelopes, 150 reddish antelopes, 37,000 buffaloes, 28,000 coexist Zebras, 120 cheetahs, 2,000 lions, 8,000 giraffes, 3,000 hippos, 1,000 leopards, 13,000 elephants, 9,000 wildebeest, 4,000 wild boars, 2,000 hyenas, and 150,000 impalas, among many other species that make it one of the most impressive places in South Africa.
These include the Big 5 and Big 5, (the African elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and buffalo) are known for being the 5 most difficult African animals to kill, which in the past could endanger the hunter’s life.

Visit the Kruger National Park

We especially want to highlight that the Kruger Park is home to 80% of the world’s population of rhinos, a species in danger of extinction due to the constant threat of poachers who often enter the nearby border with Mozambique. Due to this great problem, it is very important not to share location or photos of rhinos on social networks, so that hunters cannot locate them. In the same way, you will see how in the information panels of the camps the sightings of rhinos are not marked for this same reason.

Kruger National Park location

Located in the northeast of South Africa, with 350 kilometers high and 60 wide, the Kruger Park borders Mozambique in the east and from north to south, with Zimbabwe to the north and Swaziland to the south with which it practically borders.
As we have explained throughout the trip to South Africa in 25 days , although this is not essential, we would recommend visiting the Kruger National Park at the end of your trip, since we would dare to say, it is the icing on the cake, and visit it at the end of the trip it will make the whole route a journey from less to more .

Lioness in the Kruger National Park

Best time to visit Kruger Park

Although we would dare to say that any time is good to visit the Kruger National Park , it is convenient to take into account some factors to determine the best time to travel, according to your needs.

  • Spring (September 1 to November 30): With a minimum temperature of 16 degrees and maximum of 30 degrees, this is one of the most recommended times to visit the Kruger National Park, since the temperatures are pleasant and not having started During the rainy season, the vegetation is usually low, making it much easier to observe animals.
  • Summer (December 1 to the end of February): With a minimum temperature of 20 degrees and maximums of 32 degrees, summer is one of the busiest times in Kruger Park, mainly due to holidays and good weather. Taking this factor into account, it is highly recommended to book in advance, especially if you want to stay in the most popular and popular camps.
    In this much rainier season, the vegetation is usually much taller, so the animals are not usually seen so well. In addition to this, it must be taken into account that mosquitoes and other insects are much more present at this time of year than in the winter months.
  • Autumn (March 1 to May 31): With a minimum temperature of 15 degrees and maximum of 29 degrees, autumn is another of the busiest times in Kruger Park, with a change of landscapes, which begin to become more arid and therefore more suitable for spotting animals. Rains usually occur although these occur in the afternoon and night.
  • Winter (June 1 to August 31): With a minimum temperature of 9 degrees and maximum of 25, winter is usually the best time to spot animals since the sheet is very dry and they tend to be concentrated in rivers and ponds.
    If you travel to the Kruger at this time, keep in mind that the temperature drops a lot at night and in the morning, so if you do a game drive in an open car, it is advisable to bring warm clothes.
Kruger National Park

How many days are required to visit the Kruger National Park

This is one of the questions that you ask us the most about South Africa on our own . Taking into account that most travelers go only once to the Kruger and it is about making the most of the time, we believe that the time necessary to visit the Kruger National Park is a minimum of 4-5 days in which you can get to know several of the most important areas of the Kruger, taking into account animal sightings.

If you have these days, not including transfers from the airport, we would choose to distribute them as follows:

  • Crocodile Bridge 1 night
  • Lower Sabie 2 nights
  • Satara 2 nights
    In case of 4 days, we would take one night in Satara, leaving 1 night in Crocodile Bridge and 2 nights in Lower Sabie.
Lookout in Kruger Park

Kruger hours

Something very important to keep in mind are the hours of the Kruger National Park , since these depend on whether or not you are staying in the interior and do not coincide with the shops or restaurants.

Opening and closing hours of doors

  • January, February, November and December: 5:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. // If you stay in a camp inside the Kruger, you can start the safaris at 4:30 in the morning.
  • March and October: 05: 30h-18h
  • April, August and September: 6am to 6pm
  • May, June and July: 6 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Entrance to Crocodile Bridge

It is very important to bear in mind that you cannot circulate outside these hours in the park and you must be in the camps before the closing time of doors. In case of not being there, in addition to not complying with the safety regulations, you will have to pay a fine.

Kruger store hours

The shops in the Kruger National Park open at 7 a.m. and close half an hour after the park gates close.

Kruger Park restaurant hours

The restaurants in the Kruger Park campgrounds are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Keep in mind that there may be some variation, so it is best to ensure the schedules at the time of check-in at the camp.

Lower Sabie Restaurant

Kruger prices

The Kruger National Park fee, for foreign visitors, is R372 per person per day and R182 per child. In the event that you stay inside the park, this fee must also be paid per person per day.
If you have the Wild Card, which we will talk about later, entry is free.

Wild card

With the Wild Card you will have unlimited entry throughout a year to more than 80 National Parks and Reserves in South Africa, depending on the type of group you choose, including Kruger National Park and Hlane, one of the places to see in Swaziland .
Keep in mind that the Wild Card is valid from the date of purchase for 365 days and you can buy it for one person, couple, or family (two adults and up to five children under 18 years of age).
Something important is that if you are a foreigner, you must buy the international Wild Card, which is the most expensive of all the options.

Like the Kruger Park accommodations, you can buy the Wild Card through the official website .
Once you have purchased it, you will receive by email a receipt / receipt that you can show, either in print or on your phone, in the parks where the Wild Card is valid, so as not to pay the entrance fee.

Kruger National Park

Wild Card Price

Understanding that you will make the purchase as a foreigner, the prices of the Wild Card are:

International All Parks Cluster
Access to more than 80 parks and reserves in South Africa , including SANParks, Msinsi, EKZNWildlife, Cape Nature and Swazi Clusters parks.
Individual R2900
Couples R4530
Families R5420

Do I buy the Wild Card or not?

This is another of the questions that you ask us the most. The answer depends on the visits that you are going to make throughout your trip, so it is best to check the prices of the parks you are going to visit on the South African National Parks page and compare it with the price of the Wild Card, depending on which one you should buy according to your needs.

This was our case, taking into account the route we made on the trip to South Africa in 25 days.
Agulhas National Park R162
Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna) R218 + R130
Kruger National Park R372 x day (9 days R3348)
Boulders R76
Cape of Good Hope R147
Hlane R50
R4131 per person

Wild Card for a couple = R3830

With this in mind, when buying the Wild Card for a couple, we have saved R4432, so it has been very convenient for us.

Kruger National Park

Kruger Park Rules

  • Safety is the most important thing in the Kruger National Park, so it is important to know that the entrance is your responsibility.
  • Firearms must be declared before entering the park.
  • You must comply with the schedules that we discussed above. In case of not complying with them, you will have to pay a fine.
  • The maximum speed on paved roads is 50km / h and on unpaved roads 40km / h. Keep this in mind since in addition to your safety, the safety of the animals is at stake.
  • Driving on non-designated roads is strictly prohibited. These are duly signposted.
  • Never, under any circumstances, you can get out of the car in areas where it is not allowed.
  • If you are staying in a camp, you must go after 2:00 p.m. to check-in and leave the accommodation at 9:00 a.m. Keep in mind that if you arrive earlier, you can complete all the procedures, advance time, and return at 2:00 p.m. to collect only the keys.
  • Although we always say that you must consult a doctor before traveling, in this case, we also want to highlight that the Kruger is a malaria zone, so it is doubly important to see a doctor before traveling to the Kruger.
  • Feeding animals is strictly prohibited. This is something to take into account since the animals in which any strange behavior is observed will be euthanized as they can represent a safety problem.
  • Smoking or making fire is strictly prohibited.
  • You cannot enter with pets.
  • In addition to all of the above, we want to highlight the importance of being responsible tourists in the Kruger, in all aspects. Before doing something, think about where you are and if it is suitable. Respect for nature and for the place where we are guests should be our maxim when traveling.
Kruger
Lions in Kruger National Park

What things should I bring to the Kruger

Although this list is totally subjective and depends a lot on each person and their needs, after our experience, we want to leave you a selection of things that are very necessary for us at Kruger Park.

  • Mosquito repellent (malaria medication)
  • Sun cream, hat, sunglasses. Even if you are in the car most of the time, keep in mind that you will be standing for a long time enjoying scenes with animals in which it is not convenient to have the car engine running.
  • Photo camera and own lens for nature.
  • Binoculars.
  • Map and GPS offline.
  • Emergency telephones pointed to have them on hand in case of need.
  • Lantern. In some camps, the power goes out.
  • Book «The Map» . In any of the Kruger stores, you will find this book that includes, in addition to many recommendations for visiting the Kruger National Park, very detailed maps of all areas of the park as well as a selection of several pages with images of the animals that you can find in the park and that you can cross out.
    The price of the book is R90.

 

Kruger Book

What areas to visit in the Kruger?

Something important to keep in mind when you decide to visit the Kruger are the different areas in which it is, we can say, divided. In this case, we will focus on those located in the south-central area of ​​the park, which are the ones with the highest concentration of animals and, therefore, are the most visited by travelers.

First of all, we recommend you take a look at a map of the Kruger National Park to familiarize yourself with the locations of the areas and the camps and thus be able to get an idea of ​​the route you can take, depending on the days you will be in the park .
Based on the experience of our trip to South Africa in 25 days , in which we spent 9 full days in the Kruger, we leave you with what have been the best areas for us to spot animals and stay.
It should be borne in mind that the animals are not always in the same place, although some are usually territorial. That is why we want to emphasize that in the Kruger National Park, the luck factor is very important, in addition to patience and knowledge of some details of the nature of the place. It is important to be aware that the Kruger is unpredictable and animals move as they please. You will see many animals, but these are probably giraffes, zebras, impalas, wildebeest, elephants … etc, the most sought after, such as lions, leopards, cheetahs or rhinos, they are much more difficult to see and sometimes you will spend days without seeing them.

Kruger National Park Map

Crocodile bridge

Located in the southern part of the Kruger National Park, it is the perfect gateway if you are coming from Saint Lucia or South Africa .
Here there is a large concentration of animals due to the proximity of the Crocodile River. Despite being a gateway, we recommend staying here one or two nights, depending on how many days you have.
Keep in mind that later we will talk about the type of camps available in each area.

Known as the ‘Southern Circle’, this area is famous for its large concentration of lion prides, which are relatively easy to see, as well as being home to the largest percentage of the total rhino population in Kruger National Park.

Leopard on Crocodile Bridge

Lower Sabie

This area, north of Crocodile Bridge, which stands out for being the place where the Sabie River passes, is another of the most recommended areas of the Kruger to see animals, among which lions, hippos, elephants and leopards stand out. Along with Crocodile Bridge, it was the one in which we saw the most special scenes.
Depending on the days you have, we recommend spending one or two nights in this area.

In our experience this is the perfect place to combine safaris with tranquility, since both in the safaris and in the camp you will have the possibility of enjoying an endless procession of animals that come to drink at the Sabie River.

Elephant and Giraffes in Lower Sabie
Cheetah with young ones in Lower Sabie

Skukuza

This is one of the busiest areas of the Kruger National Park since it is in this camp where most organized groups stay. Although the theory says that despite being very busy, there is a lot of concentration of animals, we did not have much luck in this area, so we would discard it to stay, and at most, we would take a drive along the main road.

Hyena in Skukuza

Satara

Known for being the land of felines, for us this area of ​​the Kruger National Park was not the most productive, although we do recommend spending one or two nights depending on the availability of the camp and the days of your trip. Within the area it covers, it is relatively easy to observe animals since it is a very open area of ​​vegetation, which allows wide visibility.

Elephants and phacocero in Satara

Olifants

This area is famous for being the location of Olifants Camp, considered to be the camp with the best location and views of the Kruger. Although there are many animals, among which elephants, lions, hippos, and crocodiles stand out, we had several incredible scenes, now we would only dedicate one night to this camp, if possible in a bungalow with views, just as we did.
Another option is to come just to have a drink or eat in the restaurant, which has incredible views.

Leopard breeding in Olifants

In the next post, dedicated to Safaris in the Kruger, we will analyze each of the areas, based on our experience, and we will highlight those that have been the most productive roads for us in terms of animal sightings and scenes.

Distances in the Kruger

Something very important to keep in mind when you go on a safari in the Kruger National Park are the distances between camps and between areas of interest. Taking into account that the maximum speed on asphalt roads is 50 km / h and 40 km / h on unpaved roads, it is advisable to prepare a route before leaving, to avoid any surprises.
In addition to the distances, you must count on the time that you will spend standing watching animals, taking photos, or simply admiring the landscape, and if you take a secondary route, the time is extended.

As we mentioned previously in the Kruger book, that you can buy in any of the camp tents, there are very detailed maps in which to see the distances clearly in addition to the numbering of the roads and identification of camps, tents, viewpoints … etc and any type of service or prominent place in the park.

You can check the distances between Kruger camps here.

Tips for visiting the Kruger National Park

  • In the southern part of the park it usually rains more but there is also a higher concentration of animals, so we believe that it is the most suitable area to make the most of your stay in the Kruger Park.
  • The time between camps is usually 1 hour, driving at 50 km / h which is the maximum speed on paved roads. Keep in mind that this average is without counting the stops to see animals, so if we take this into account, the time between camps would increase to approximately 2-3 hours.
  • The best way to enjoy it to the maximum is not to cover great distances and to be patient. Do not run.
  • Although we will talk more extensively in the next post about safaris in the Kruger, it is important to keep in mind that both sunrise and sunset are ideal times to spot animals as well as areas where there is water and are usually in the that there are more animals.
  • In all the camps you can book guided game drives. It is advisable to do it in advance, since depending on the camp and the time, they tend to sell out.
  • Before leaving, calculate the time and distances to avoid being outside the allowed time in the camp.
  • If you only have 2-3 days to visit Kruger National Park, we recommend focusing on the Crocodile Bridge, Lower Sabie, and Skukuza areas.
Leopard in Kruger National Park
Elephants in the Kruger

Accommodation at the Kruger

Without a doubt, the subject of accommodation in the Kruger National Park is one of the most delicate aspects, since it is largely part of the trip to the Kruger in addition to the success of the sightings since depending on the location in which you are, you will see more or fewer animals.
In this case, we will always base ourselves on accommodation or camps within the Kruger, ignoring private lodges, where you can also stay, but which according to our experience, due to the type of trip we have made, would not have compensated us.
In addition, we have to say that both the location and the facilities, services and attention of the camps are excellent, so in this case, we believe that it is not worth opting for accommodation in a private reserve.

Taking this into account, we leave you a list of the camps in which we have stayed, with their characteristics and our opinion based on experience.
You can check all the details of the camps such as location, maps, availability, types of accommodation or services on the official website of South African National Parks .

Crocodile Bridge Camp

On the Crocodile River, this is the most suitable camp to stay in if you are coming from the southern part of South Africa. Despite not having a restaurant, only a small cafeteria, it is becoming one of the most popular for its location and the tranquility it offers by not having many accommodation places.

Crocodile Bridge Bungalow

Facilities available at Crocodile Bridge:

  • Reception
  • Public phone
  • mailbox
  • Small shop with food products and gift items.
  • Please note that there is no ATM.
  • Laundry
  • Fuel station
  • Common kitchens
  • Common bathrooms
  • Basic First Aid Assistance
  • Picnic area for day visitors
  • In this area, there is coverage with VODACOM
Crocodile Bridge Camp

Our recommendation for accommodation in Crocodile Bridge is the BD3 (R1389) bungalows, with bathroom and private kitchen. In the case of Crocodile Bridge, there are not many more bungalow options, since it is a small camp. If you are lucky you will get one with a view of the river, which is wonderful.

Lower Sabie Camp

Located on the Lower Sabie River, this is one of the most beautiful camps in the Kruger National Park as well as being a perfect option to combine safaris with rest, being able to enjoy incredible and unique views from some of the accommodations and the restaurant.

PHOTO LOWER SABIE

Facilities available in Lower Sabie:

  • Reception
  • Public phone
  • mailbox
  • restaurant
  • Coffee shop
  • Store
  • Please note that there are no ATMs in Lower Sabie.
  • Laundry
  • Fuel station
  • Common kitchens
  • Common bathrooms
  • Swimming pool
  • Basic First Aid Assistance
  • Separate picnic area for day visitors not staying at the camp.
  • In this area, there is coverage with VODACOM

Lower Sabie Camp

Lower Sabie Bungalow

Our recommendation for accommodation in Lower Sabie is the BD2U (R1691) bungalows with 2 beds, private bathroom and kitchen, and incredible river views. Another of the recommended options are the BD2 bungalows with the same characteristics as the previous ones but without views of the river.

Skukuza Camp

Located on the Sabie River, Skukuza is known for being the largest camp in the Kruger National Park, with capacity for more than 1000 people, as well as having the largest souvenir and food store in the park. Despite being very crowded, it is an area in which there are many possibilities to spot animals.
For us, it was the least attractive camp due to the large crowds, so if we return to the Kruger, we would not stay here again.

Bungalow in Skukuza

Facilities available in Skukuza:

  • Reception
  • Public phone
  • Post office (if you have to send postcards it is the best office since they have daily pick-up).
  • Bank
  • Car rental
  • 2 restaurants
  • Store (the largest in the park)
  • Laundry
  • Fuel station
  • Common Kitchens
  • Common bathrooms
  • Workshop service for the car
  • Basic First Aid Assistance
  • Doctor
  • Auditorium and conference facilities
  • Picnic area with a pool for 1-day visitors (4 kilometers from the camp)
  • 2 guest pools
  • Car wash service
  • In this area there is coverage with VODACOM
Skukuza Camp

Our recommendation for accommodation in Skukuza is the LR2W (R1998) bungalows with 2 beds, bathroom, and private kitchen, and incredible views of the river. Another of the recommended options are the BD2 bungalows with the same characteristics as the previous ones but without views of the river.
Although it is not a camp that we liked, if it falls within your budget, the bungalows with views of the river are highly recommended.

Satara Camp

Known to many for being ‘cat land’ and one of the best places in the Kruger National Park to see the ‘Big Five’, Satara has a location on a very clear sheet, making animal sighting relatively easy, plus one of the most beautiful sunsets in the Kruger.

Facilities available in Satara:

  • Reception
  • Public phone
  • mailbox
  • restaurant
  • Store
  • ATM available in the restaurant
  • Laundry
  • Fuel station
  • Common kitchen
  • Common bathroom
  • Swimming pool with a playground.
  • Basic First Aid Assistance
  • Picnic area for day visitors
  • In this area, there is coverage with VODACOM
Satara Map

Our recommendation for accommodation in Satara are the BD2 (R1495) bungalows with 2 beds, bathroom and private kitchen.

Bungalow in Satara

Olifants Camp

Located on the top of a hill, Olifants enjoys what they say is the best location in the Kruger National Park, in which the protagonist is the Olifants River that can be seen from the restaurant and some of its bungalows.
In addition to the safaris in this camp, you can do a bike trail and a stargazing excursion, which is a unique experience, since the Kruger is one of the places where you can enjoy one of the most spectacular skies in the world.

Olifants Bungalow

Facilities available at Olifants Camp:

  • Reception
  • Public phone
  • mailbox
  • restaurant
  • Conference facilities
  • Coffee shop
  • Store
  • There are no ATMs
  • Laundry
  • Fuel station
  • Common kitchens
  • Common bathrooms
  • Basic First Aid Assistance
  • Picnic area for day visitors, with the possibility of renting a braai (barbecue)
  • In this area, there is NO coverage with VODACOM
Olifants Map

Our recommendation for accommodation in Olifants are the BD2V (R1629) bungalows with 2 beds, bathroom, and private kitchen, and incredible views of the river, in addition to having the perimeter right next to it.

In addition to these that we discuss, there are several more, in other locations, which may be more or less interesting depending on the type of route you want to do. If this is your first trip to the Kruger National Park, we recommend you focus on these as they are the best known, the ones with the best access and where there is the highest concentration of animals.
All prices indicated may vary depending on the time you stay or the offers available.

Kruger Park accommodation type

Although before, together with the map of the different camps, we indicated what was our recommendation on the type of accommodation, in this section we want to do a brief review of the different options that there are, depending on your needs or budget.
Keep in mind that in each of the camps the options vary, in many cases having the possibility of choosing between 10-12 options depending on the location of the bungalow, the number of beds, whether or not it has a kitchen, private bathroom … etc. With this in mind, we are going to leave only a general selection of the most common ones, so that you can get an idea of ​​the options that exist.

We recommend you look at the availability page in each of the camps where you can also see the characteristics of each of the accommodations available in each camp.

Bungalow

For us, this is the most suitable option to stay in the Kruger National Park, since depending on the option you choose, there are some that have more or less services, according to which the price also varies.
All have private bathrooms (most with showers, but some with baths) and all have air conditioning. In some cases, the bungalows have a private kitchen with everything you need to cook, including a refrigerator and kettle, while others have common kitchens.
In addition, they all have braai (barbecue), you can buy everything you need in stores to use it, including meat and a private outdoor terrace.
Like the previous option with the services available, prices vary depending on whether they are located on the perimeter, where animals can be seen at night, whether they have views of the river … etc.
At the time of booking, you must choose the one that best suits your needs or preferences since each of them has a different name in the list of available accommodations in the camp.

All have parking next to the accommodation. You will see that the kitchens are exterior so the refrigerator, as well as the drawers or cabinets, are protected with bars to prevent monkeys from accessing. In case the refrigerator is not protected outside, you will find it inside the bungalow.

The price for two people is usually between R1500 for those without views and R1800 with views.

Bungalows
Bungalow kitchen

Huts

These traditional accommodations have communal kitchen and bathrooms. All units have a refrigerator and air conditioning, but do not have kitchen utensils, dishes or cutlery.
The price for two people is usually between R700 and R800.
It is another of the most recommended accommodations in which to spend the night when visiting the Kruger National Park .

Community kitchen

Safari tents

This accommodation option is canvas tents furnished with 2 beds, some of them accessible for wheelchairs. All are fully equipped, with 2 single beds, fridge, ceiling fan, and a small terrace. Depending on the camp, there are some that have views of the river or are next to the perimeter.
The bathroom and kitchen are communal. The price for two people is usually R1500.

Safari Tent

Family bungalows

These bungalows have several bedrooms and bathrooms and are fully equipped. Depending on the camp, they have a location with views or not and all have a terrace and barbecue.
The price is usually R2500 for the complete house, a very reasonable price if there are several of you visiting the Kruger National Park.

Camping

This area has more or less places, depending on the camp and you can install tents or campervans. All places have access to the common bathrooms and kitchens.
The price is usually around R300-R400 for two people depending on the camp and the dates.

Camping Area

Taking these data into account, if you have a tight budget, the bungalows without extras such as views or proximity to the perimeter, we believe they are a perfect option, since they have all the comforts such as a private bathroom and kitchen, at very affordable prices.
In case of having a smaller budget, the huts or the Tented Camp, from what we saw, are also a perfect option with the only drawback that they do not have a private bathroom or kitchen, although you can make use of the common facilities.

How to book hotels in the Kruger

Although it is much easier than it may seem, we leave you the steps to follow to reserve accommodation in the Kruger National Park.

  1. The first and most important thing is to access the South African National Parks availability page and once there select the camp where you want to book.
  2. Once you have selected it, you will be able to see the dates and availability according to the type of accommodation as well as details such as the price. By clicking on the accommodation you can see its characteristics.
  3. Another option is to look at the type of accommodation available according to the date, in which you can see the options available on a calendar.
  4. Once you have selected it, you can click on the option “Book an Pay” in which after accepting the conditions, you must register by entering your data and make the payment.
  5. The best thing is to add all the accommodations to the same reservation in order to make a single payment and have a single confirmation, which you will receive by email once the payment is made.
  6. Once you have the confirmation, you can make modifications at no cost (only the extra for the modification of the accommodation) in your reservation, of which you will receive confirmations each time you modify any accommodation.

In the photo, you can see the example of the accommodations that we initially reserved and that we changed as the dates approached for better ones that were not available at the time of booking.

Tips for booking accommodation at the Kruger

  • Taking into account that the Kruger National Park is one of the most visited places in South Africa, the best thing, when you know the dates when you will be in the park, is to book accommodation in the camps where you want to stay.
  • On many occasions, you will see that the ones that you would like or fit with what you need are not available. Don’t worry, reserve the ones that are available and best fit what you want and then as the days go by, you see looking at the page to see if the ones you want are there, to be able to make the change. It is very common for availability to change as the months and days progress.
  • Remember to bring a copy of the reservation confirmation, which will arrive by email in print as well as a copy on your phone (this is usually enough).
  • Once in the Kruger, you must deliver this confirmation in each of the camps where you stay.
  • Although it depends on your budget, whenever possible, staying in the bungalows with views is a real wonder, since they are usually much quieter and the possibility of seeing animals is practically guaranteed.
  • In the same way, we also have to say that at least we did not get to make the most of them, since we were practically all day in the car doing safaris. If you take this into account and you think that you are going to spend most of your time in the car or you do not spend much time sitting enjoying the views, it may be much more appropriate to opt for the standard bungalows and thus save a good peak.
  • Something important is to keep in mind that to check-in you must wait until 2:00 p.m., although you can complete the procedures before and wait until 2:00 p.m. to collect the keys. To check out, if the reception is closed, which is the most common since most travelers leave first thing in the morning, you only have to leave the keys in a kind of mailbox that is at the exit of the camps and in which ” keys ” is indicated.
Accommodation at the Kruger

Services available in the Kruger National Park

All the services available in the Kruger National Park are within the camps and depending on each one of them, you can find one or the other. We leave you a selection of those that are for us the most important or remarkable:

  • Fuel station. The price is practically the same that you can find throughout the country. In 2018 1 liter was priced at R16.
  • Shops Depending on the camp, they are more or less large but in all of them, you will find basic food and a variety of snacks, drinks, ice cream, meat, sandwiches … etc.
    Besides this, in all there are sections of souvenirs and bookstore, more or less small, depending on the camp.
  • Picnic areas. In all the camps there are separate picnic areas and in some viewpoints, duly signposted, it is also possible to find specific areas.
  • Restaurant. In all the main camps, of which we have named in all but Crocodile Bridge, there are restaurants where you can eat a la carte as well as in some cafeterias.
  • In some camps there is a swimming pool. In those mentioned we have highlighted it in the facilities and services.
  • In all the camps you can book game drives guided by rangers at the reception.
Gas station on the Kruger
The food at the Kruger

Activities in Kruger Park

Keep in mind that in addition to the famous guided game drives that you can book in the camps, with which you can enjoy a guided safari, in the Kruger National Park there are countless activities you can do. We leave you a summarized choice of those that we believe are more interesting:

  • Guided walking tours: Accompanied by armed guides, these walking tours, ranging from one day to several, will take you to enjoy a unique experience, enjoying the wildest nature.
  • Bicycle routes: In Olifants, there is a special path that can be covered on a guided bicycle tour.
  • Golf: The Skukuza you can practice this sport on a 9-hole course.
  • Spending the night in a viewpoint: There is the possibility, reserving well in advance, to sleep in a viewpoint / hideout, from which you can observe the animals that are going to drink water.
Unpaved road in the Kruger

To learn more about the activities in the Kruger National Park, be sure to read the next post where we only talk about the Kruger safari.

* All map images are from the South African National Parks official website from which we recommend making reservations for accommodation at the Kruger and buying the Wild Card.

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