Getting Around Kruger National Park

  • Passengers ready for a game drive
    Passengers ready for a game drive
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  • One of the many jeeps used for game drives
    One of the many jeeps used for game...
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  • Our mini-van
    Our mini-van
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    Long drive from Johannesburg

    by Gypsystravels Updated Feb 6, 2014

    Included in the price of my safari tour to Kruger was the transporation pick-up from any location in Johannesburg. I was the first pick-up (long, long day for me) at my hotel at about 8:00 am and then subsequently stopping to pick up the other passengers.

    The drive to our hotel in Kruger was over a 5+ hours in an air-conditioned mini-van making a few rest stops and a stop for lunch.

    The drive to Kruger from Jo'burg is long and tiring, but the scenery can quite make up for that. We drove for a few hours along amazing landscapes before arriving at a designated lunch location. We were asked in advance of our lunch choice (picked from a menu) and the order was placed by the driver before arriving. Price for lunch is not included.

    The mini-van accommodates up to 12 passengers. The seats were comfortable enough, but I get quite restless and after a few hours I dying to arrive.

    I did use time to catch up on some writing, viewing photos and napping :)

    The roads are excellent and whether you decide to make your own way or have some one drive you there shouldn't be any concerns regarding safety. For those that drive on the left side, note that driving in South Africa is done on the right side.

    Our mini-van Driving on the right hand side I am getting good a selfies, lol
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    Getting there

    by lynnehamman Updated Nov 1, 2008

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    The road to the Kruger National Park is a good Freeway. We landed at Johannesburg Airport from Australia, and hired a car.Having ones own transport is prefarable, as it allows more flexibility. Roads to the park are in excellent condition. The drive took us about 6 hours- we stopped for tea along the way. Scenery is picturesque.

    Other options are: Flights from Johannesburg to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport(SAA) , hire car to Kruger Park

    Shuttle-Bus Transport to Kruger National Park can be arranged at Johannesburg Airport.

    On the Road Our Hire Car African Supermarket along the Way
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    A guided tour

    by Gili_S Written Sep 6, 2008

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    Once you already in the park a guided tour is recommended for many reasons and one of them is that they can follow the footsteps of an animal and find them for you.
    Groups can be small or larger depends on the day, one thing for sure, they usually do their work very well and it is very interesting experiences.

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    Entrance Fee

    by kzngirl Written Nov 18, 2005

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    There is an conservation/entrance fee to the Kruger National Park. The fee for all International Visitors is ZAR 120.00/person and South African residents pay ZAR 30.00.

    If you are a South African visiting the park, make sure you have proof of your nationality in order to qualify for the discount.

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    Let the adventure begin...

    by kzngirl Written Nov 18, 2005

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    Before entering the park, you will need to pay an entrance fee at the gate, in addition to this, your details and those of your car (registration) will be taken. It is a good time to buy a cold drink, snack at this point if you haven’t already brought some along. It could be a few hours before you reach your camp.

    You will be able to buy a route map from the reception point, which is vital for your trip around the park. This will help you plan which areas of the park you which to visit during your stay.

    Your car will also be checked – the boot and inside – for any illegal items, poaching equipment etc. This will also happen on your way out.

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    Gate Opening and Closing Times

    by kzngirl Written Nov 18, 2005

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    Don’t underestimate the amount of time it will take you to exit the park on your last day. The gates of the park close at different times in the summer and winter. Don’t be late! On one occasion, many years ago, we took a wrong turn and got lost…by the time we arrived at the exit gate, they were closed for the evening. The gates are locked by the game ranger, so we had to wait while he was called at his residence and then wait while he drove all the way to the camp gates to unlock them and let us out. He was not best pleased!

    Below are the opening and closing times of the main gates into Kruger and of the camps. I got this information from the official Kruger Park website. The link to which is on my Kruger home page.

    Kruger Park Gates open:
    Nov-Jan: 05:30
    Feb: 05:30
    Mar & Oct: 05:30
    Apr: 06:00
    May-July: 06:00
    Aug-Sept: 06:00

    Camp Gates Open:
    Nov-Jan: 04:30
    Feb: 05:30
    Mar & Oct: 05:30
    Apr: 06:00
    May-July: 06:00
    Aug-Sept: 06:00

    Park and Camp Gates Close:
    Nov-Jan: 18:30
    Feb: 18:30
    Mar & Oct: 18:00
    Apr: 17:30
    May-July: 17:30
    Aug-Sept: 18:00

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    Entrance Gates

    by MikeAtSea Updated Feb 17, 2005

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    The Kruger Park can be accessed via various gates that are open during day light:

    In the South:

    Malelane Gate (Close to Malelane Town)
    Crocodile Bridge (Close to Komatipoort)

    In the South West

    Kruger Gate (From Hazyview)
    Numbi Gate (From Hazyview)

    In the Center West

    Orpen Gate (From Hoedspruit)

    In the North West

    Phalaborwa Gate (From Pietersburg)

    Numbi Gate
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    THE BEST 4X4 TRAIL BY FAR

    by Braveheart.southafrr Written Aug 30, 2003

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    IN THE PARK THERE IS THE BEST 4 X4 TRAIL THAT ONE CAN GETIT HAS BEEN VOTED THE BEST 4 X4 TRAIL , THE ROUTE IS ROUGHLY 500 KM LONG AND ONLY 4X4 VEHICLES AND AGAIN ONLY 5 VEHICLES AT A TIME ARE ALLOWED ON THE TRAIL........

    4x4 trail

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    LARGE VEHICLE ONLY ON TAR ROADS

    by nora_south_africa Written Nov 25, 2011

    large vehicles with more than 25 seats or carrying capacity of 4 000 kg are restricted to tar roads, confirm with reception.

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    Plane Service to the Kruger Park

    by MikeAtSea Written Mar 14, 2005

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    Flights to the Kruger National Park with SAA would land in Nelspruit, Mala Mala or Hoedspruit, the flight connections can be found on SAA's web page below.

    South African Airways
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