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Kruger National Park South Africa

Kruger National Park

South Africa

Kruger National Park South Africa is the best game reserve in Southern Africa. It is the largest national safari game park, with nearly 2 million hectares of African wildlife, and unrivaled diversity, of historical and archaeological sites. Kruger Park is rated as one of the best game reserves in Africa.

A list of all the camps is listed below as well as the Kruger Gate Times and the contact telephone numbers

The following wildlife is found in the Kruger National Park

114 Reptiles

147 Mammals (including Big5)

34 Amphibians

49 Fish

507 Birds

and 336 Trees

Below is a listing of Kruger National Park accommodation options within Kruger Park and managed by SANParks. For SANParks accommodation prices you need to go to their website and you will find affordable self-catering accommodation in Kruger National Park accommodation on the website. The Kruger Park Lodges in Kruger National Park on private concessions are not included in this Blog.


Main Rest Camps in Kruger National Park

Southern Section

Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp, Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp, Lower Sabie Rest Camp, Pretoriuskop Rest Camp, Malelane Rest Camp

Central Section

Letaba Rest Camp. Mopani Rest Camp. Olifants Rest Camp. Orpen Rest Camp. Skukuza Rest Camp. Satara Rest Camp

Northern Section

Punda Maria Rest Camp, Shingwedzi Rest Camp, Pafuri Border Camp

All the above camps have chalets and campsites. They all have a fuel station, shop, and restaurant (except Orpen Rest Camp)

Satellite Campsites in Kruger National Park

Balule Satellite Camp – Camping and Huts near Olifants Rest Camp

Maroela Satellite Camp – Camping near Orpen Gate

Tambotie Satellite Camp – Tented Camp near Orpen Gate

Malelane Satellite Camp – near the Malelane Gate

Tsendze Rustic Camp Site – near Mopani Camp

Bush Camps in Kruger National Park

Bateleur Bushveld Camp – south-west of Shingwedzi

Biyamiti Bushveld Camp – north of Malelane Gate

Shimuwini Bushveld Camp – north of Phalaborwa Gate

Sirheni Bushveld Camp – north of Shingwedzi Camp

Talamati Bushveld Camp – near Orpen gate

Bush Lodges

Boulders Bush Lodge – central Kruger Park

Pafuri Border Camp – northern Kruger Park

Roodeval Bush Lodge – central Kruger Park

Picnic Sites

Skukuza picnic site – at the main rest camp

Afsaal picnic site – located on the H3 between Skukuza and Malelane, and has a small shop

Nkuhlu picnic site- located on the H4 between Skukuza and Lower Sabie, and has a small shop

Albasini Ruins picnic site – next to Phabeni Gate at the start of the S1 – rustic picnic site

Mlondozi picnic site- on the S29 overlooking the Mlondozi Dam

Timbavati picnic site on the S36/S40 and S126 – on the Timbavati River

Pafuri picnic site on the Luvuvhu River S63

Tshokwane picnic site – H1-3 approximately halfway between Skukuza and Satara Rest Camps. a large picnic site with braai facilities, a small shop, and meals to order.

Nhlanguleni picnic site – on the R36 between Skukuza and Orpen.

Orpen Dam picnic site – Orpen Dam

Muzandzeni picnic site- at the junction of R36 and S126, 30 km from Satara

N’wanetsi picnic site – at the end of the H6, about 26 km from Satara – with spectacular views and sightings

Babalala Picnic site – on the H1 35 km north of Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Mooiplaas picnic site – a few km south of Mopani Reset Camp on the H1

Masorini picnic site – 10 km east of the Phalaborwa entrance gate H9

Makhadzi picnic site – on the road to the Giriyondo gate to Mozambique


Sable Hide – near Phalaborwa Gate

Shipandasni Hide – near Phalaborwa Gate

For a Map of Kruger National Park click here

Which is the best Kruger Park Lodge? Well, that’s a tall question. To tell you the truth, every camp has its own charm, different animal densities, and season birds. The winter and summer months can bring very different experiences once you have visited Kruger National Park, you will want to come back again and again.

Kruger Park Gate Times

Entrance Gate                   Camp Gate                         All Gates

Open                                  Open                                  Close

Jan                                  05h30                                  04h30                                  18h30

Feb                                 05h30                                   05h30                                  18h30

March                              05h30                                   05h30                                  18h00

April                                 06h00                                   06h00                                  18h00

May                                 06h00                                   06h00                                  17h30

June                                06h00                                   06h00                                  17h30

July                                 06h00                                   06h00                                   17h30

Aug                                 06h00                                   06h00                                   18h00

Sept                                06h00                                   06h00                                   18h00

Oct                                  05h30                                  05h30                                   18h00

Nov                                 05h30                                  04h30                                   18h30

Dec                                 05h30                                  04h30                                   18h30

Kruger Park Entrance Gate telephone number

Crocodile Bridge Gate                        +27 (0)13 735 6012

Kruger Gate                                        +27 (0)13 735 5107

Malelane Gate                                    +27 (0)13 735 6152

Numbi Gate                                        +27 (0)13 735 5133

Orpen Gate                                        +27 (0)13 735 0237/8

Pafuri Gate                                         +27 (0)13 735 5574

Phabeni Gate                                     +27 (0)13 735 5890

Phalaborwa Gate                              +27 (0)13 735 3547

Punda Maria Gate                            +27 (0)13 735 6870

For more information click here

There is a daily Conservation Fee, but if you plan to stay more than 7 nights in Kruger Park, it’s worth your while to buy a Wild Card.

If you need more details and bookings for SANParks accommodation click here

If you are looking for Kruger National Park accommodation on private concessions click here. There are many Kruger Park lodges to choose from and Destination Africa can make the lodge bookings. We will find the perfect game lodge for your budget.

If you require more information on Northern Kruger National Park, click here

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