There are several ways of getting to the Kruger National Park, each of which has a different cost implication. Kruger is easily combined with a trip to or from Cape Town or Johannesburg. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday there are direct flights from Kruger Mpumulanga International Airport to Livingstone Airport on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls, meaning that you won't need to spend an extra night in Johannesburg - which you would have to do on any other day of the week.
Fly Directly To Your Safari Lodge
(Most expensive but the most convenient)
Daily flights operate between Johannesburg and many of the private lodges surrounding the Kruger. This is the easiest and most convenient way to travel to the park. The flights take about 90 minutes and deliver you to the nearest airstrip of the lodge you are travelling to. A representative or ranger from your lodge will meet you at the airstrip and transfer you by game drive vehicle directly to your lodge.
Fly To Hoedspruit/Eastgate (HDS) Or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA/MQP)
(Fractionally less expensive)
Several daily flights operate from Johannesburg to HDS or KMIA/MQP in the Kruger Surrounds and Panorama Route area. There is one flight daily from Cape Town direct to either HDS or KMIA/MQP. From the airports you can be transferred either by escorted road transfer (2/3 hours each way) or by charter flight (approx 25mins). If you are staying in the Sabi Sand Region, the most suitable airport would be KMIA/MQP and if you are staying further north, for example in the Timbavati Game Reserve, then HDS is the best option. Your consultant will be able to advise you further.
(Least expensive but most time consuming)
Self driving to the Kruger Park is a feasible option for those on a budget. The Kruger is about a six-hour drive from Johannesburg. The road is tarred and well maintained with clean service stations along the way. Fuel is never a problem in South Africa, and easy-to-follow maps are available with all car rentals.
Why not split your time between the Kruger and the Kruger Surrounds and Panorama Route? The Kruger surrounds is famous for God's Window, the Blyde River Canyon and Bourkes Luck Potholes. Mpumalanga is also home to some of South Africa's most spectacular scenery, including waterfalls and mountain passes.
Two Or More Lodges
If you’ve got more than two or three nights to spend on safari, then we often recommend splitting your time between two or more lodges. To maximise your time on safari, we recommend you make use of small charter flights that allow you to fly conveniently between the lodges, but if budget is a concern, road transfers between the lodges are your next best option. We often suggest spending time in two different areas including the Sabi Sand Region and either the Kruger Private Concessions or Timbavati Game Reserve.
Things to do in Kruger
Adventurers only in this section please! Mpumulanga is the adventure capital of South Africa. For those who seek it - we'll help you find it. From hot air ballooning to quad biking. From game drives to golf and from horse riding to mountain biking.
History of the Kruger Park
Founded by Paul Kruger in 1898. In 2002 it became part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park that links Kruger with the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe to the north, and with the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique to the east.
What Should I Pack?
The secret to successful safari packing is "less is more". Pack light and you'll save yourself many headaches. You really do not need to go mad buying camouflaged kit and pith helmets! Just take comfortable clothes and avoid bright colours.
Kruger Park Accommodation
There are plenty of hotels, lodges and self-catering options in the Kruger National Park. With so much to choose from, it can become quite confusing which is why we've set it all out for you below.
Why a Private Game Reserve?
Our team of well travelled consultants have all the local knowledge to ensure that we build you a tailor-made itinerary of a lifetime. So what's the difference between the Kruger National Park itself and the private reserves and concessions?
Malaria is a serious illness, but can be easily prevented and should not deter you from visiting an area. There are many anti-malaria medicines available that have advanced so as to have minimal side effects. There are also a whole host of sprays and devices!
So What Do I Need To Know?
Going on safari for the first time can be a daunting prospect, but don't fret - we've been doing this for years and we know you'll be well looked after. If you have any questions at all, our expert consultants are on hand to help you out...
What Will We See?
So what is there to see on Safari? You've probably heard of the Big 5, but that's only scratching the surface. But what about the Little 5? Find out more about the Big 5 and some of the other magic that awaits here...
A Typical Day on Safari
A typical day on safari usually follows a similar routine. No matter where you are, the African Safari experience will be one that lingers in your mind and awakens a deep passion for Africa. Here is a rough guide to what to expect on your African Safari...
When to Visit The Kruger National Park
Your safari experience will vary according to the seasons. We've compiled some information to help you make an educated decision about when best to visit. We usually recommend between 3 and 5 nights on safari.
Kruger National Park Destinations
There are numerous private game reserves surrounding the Kruger Park. There are also some spectacular places in the nearby areas including the spectacular Panorama Route. Learn about the various destinations and familiarise yourself with the area.
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