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Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park

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The Basics

South Africa’s largest game reserve, Kruger National Park covers 7,700 square miles (19,485 square km). Many lodges within the park offer safari packages that include morning and afternoon game drives. If you are staying outside Kruger Park in Hazyview, Nelspruit, or White River, you can book a tour that includes an early morning, evening, or day-long game drive. From the full experience from Johannesburg, book a full-day group or private tour that runs up to 16 hours and includes about three hours of game viewing.

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4 Day Classic Kruger National Park Safari
4 Day Classic Kruger National Park Safari
star-4.5
$926.56 per adult
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Wonderful experience!
This was a wonderful experience, right before everything closed because of the coronavirus. All of the guides were excellent and tried really hard to find animals. We had a private safari since most people had stopped traveling by then. The accommodations were very nice. The staff was great. Again, can’t say enough good things about the guides. We would highly recommend this once things return to normal.
K8sky, Apr 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Johannesburg

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Best Safari Experience
Meghan_S, Sep 2021
5 Day Katekani Lodge Kruger National Park Safari
I cannot say enough good things about this experience. Great price, food, animal sightings, and people. The rooms are nicer than you would expect and it is a great price for all that you get. I highly recommend.
star-4
Interesting and complete safari
soniaacinas, Feb 2020
4 Day Classic Kruger National Park Safari
The transport was punctual. The activities were very interested and entertaining. The orgazation was very good. The schedule for every day was communicated by the staff crearly. The lodge was clean.
star-5
The best tour and experience ever
Roberto_C, Aug 2021
Private 3 Day Kruger Park Safari from Johannesburg
It was one of the most spectacular experiences of my life, and it was thanks to the attention and service of our guides Lareto and Bruce, who made our trip perfect. We saw many animals and we were able to find the big 5, the accommodation in the camps and the food was amazing, Lareto and Bruce have very good knowledge of the area and where to see the best games, we are super grateful for everything and we recommend this tour 100% already that in three days we did and saw everything. Thanks again to Lareto and Bruce for everything and I hope you can share this experience with many people.
star-5
Amazing!!!!
Alex, Mar 2020
3 Day All Incl. Private Kruger Park Safari Incl. Transfer From Johannesburg
Amazing tour! Jo Jo made out of the trip an amazing experience. Highly recommend. Trust him on all recommendations, will not regret it
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Guided Tour of Kruger
Karmen R, Dec 2019
Private 3 Day Kruger Park Safari from Johannesburg
Our guide Melusi was terrific. He met us at our JoBurg airport hotel and drove us to Kruger, with lots of good info on the way. Once there, we drove around the park, spotting lots of animals. He took us to one of the camps where we stayed 2 nights. We went on a jeep game tour, and then Melusi took us on other trips. Great experience and at a good price. Thank you
star-5
5 day katekani
Scenic33234794969, Dec 2019
5 Day Katekani Lodge Kruger National Park Safari
Staffs are very nice and professional. The annoying part is the frequent out of power, does not have wifi and phone communication with the staff in Katekani Tented Lodge.
star-5
Incredible!!
grelot1, Jun 2019
Kruger National Park Magical Day Safari from Johannesburg
I came from Johannesburg to Kruger. A very long day yet worth it and more!! The driver/guide was professional. We had a great time talking. High point if the day was photogrphing a lion watching over a fresh giraffe kill. Wow!! Moment to Denver!!!
star-5
Safari at its best
Judy J, May 2019
4 Day Budget Kruger National Park Safari
There is nothing like hearing a lion's roar while you are in your tent, or having hyenas show up at your braii! This safari gives you a taste of walks and drives through the different safari reserves. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and the food was great. Though it is called a budget safari, there are no holds barred, it gives you everything you would expect and more.
star-5
Balule and Kruger Safaris
Resort11035340978, May 2019
4 Day Classic Kruger National Park Safari
We were very pleased with accommodations and its location within the Balule Reserve. Collette was a fantastic hostess and we especially enjoyed our guides Raymond, Elias, Shannon, and Victor in Kruger. Overall, an excellent experience...got to see 4 of the Big 5 animals, only missing out on the rhinos.
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Wonderful people
borgjoan, Sep 2018
3 Day Lodge/Treehouse Kruger National Park Safari
Wonderful experience...only regret was with our 3day/2 night package we arrived at the treehouse area after dark and only had 1 hour in the morning to see the the sight. We expected 2 nights I. The treehouses so would have had time to see the aremin the light.
star-5
Private Kruger Safaris was awesome...
Louise M, Oct 2017
Private 5-Day Overnight Safari In Kruger Park from Skukuza Airport
Private Kruger Safaris was awesome. It was great to be picked up at the airport and have the safari vehicle to ourselves. Our guides Bernhard and Arno were excellent. We saw the big five+ and learned a lot about the animals and South Africa in general. Exceptional value - unforgettable time.
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The driver/guide was very...
Eric, Mar 2014
Full-Day Big 5 Game Drive in Kruger National Park
The driver/guide was very knowledgeable. We saw all of the big five except lions during our game drive. There were plenty of animals to see and also time to rest along the way. I was very happy with the game drive and tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A Kruger safari is a bucket-list trip for any wildlife lover.

  • Game drives take place in open safari vehicles and are led by experienced guides who are passionate about wildlife and the bush.

  • Don’t forget to bring your camera, as well as binoculars for game viewing at a distance.

  • To make the most of your safari experience, follow your guide’s instructions carefully, especially when it comes to safety around the animals.

  • You can choose between a guided tour and a self-drive excursion.

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How to Get There

From Johannesburg, Kruger National Park is about a five-hour drive or a short flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. Buses are also available from Johannesburg to Nelspruit, from where you can also book a tour into the park.

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When to Get There

The best time to visit Kruger National Park is during the dry season, between April and September. Temperatures are pleasant, vegetation is sparse, and water levels are low, which makes for the best game viewing. In the rainy season, October to March, thick foliage can make it harder to spot animals.

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Spotting the Big Five in Kruger National Park

Catching sight of the Big Five is the highlight of any African safari. Lions tend to roam the open savannah and travel in prides of five to 15. They spend much of the day sleeping and get active in the later afternoon. Elephants are highly social and you can spot herds as large as 100 in Kruger, most often gathered around a watering hole. Buffalo may be the most dangerous of the Big Five and are also quite social, moving in herds of several hundred that often give rise to large dust clouds as they move in the dry season. Both white and black rhinos are endangered, so seeing them in Kruger is a rare treat. Leopards are the most elusive of the Big Five; you’re most likely to spot one perched on a large tree branch or preparing to stalk prey at night.

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