The massive Kruger National Park straddles the Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces in north-eastern South Africa. It offers you the African safari experience with its high density of wild animals, including hundreds of birds, mammals, reptiles and numerous fish and amphibian species. Attractions include game drives at Phalaborwa Gate, Tshokwane Picnic Site and Nyalaland Wilderness Trail.
Get ready for an adventure into the African wilderness, because cheap flights to Kruger National Park are now available for a limited time! Kruger National Park is home to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP), which is a 50-minute drive from Kruger National Park’s Numbi Gate. MQP serves several airlines, including South African Airways and British Airways. Direct flights to Kruger National Park depart from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park is approximately 50 minutes.
Popular flights to Kruger National Park
* Please note that the prices are subject to availability and block out dates do apply over peak season.
Why visit Kruger National Park
Variety of Wildlife
Whether you’re a fan of birds, lions or elephants, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to catch sights of all these and more. Take advantage of the tours offered to get you close to some of the greatest treasures of Africa.
While the wildlife is the park’s main attraction, you will find incredible views of the surroundings, which show off yet another side of this continent’s iconic beauty. Refresh your senses with these stunning and exotic landscapes.
Many Outdoor Activities
It may surprise you, but besides game drives around the park, you’ll find wonderful outdoor activities to enjoy, like guided walks, exploring the wilderness, backpack and mountain biking trails, and playing a round of golf!
Essential details you need to know before your trip
South African Rand
SiSwati / iSiZulu / iSiNdebele / English
Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP)
South African Airways
GMT + 2
Type C / D / M / N
Best time to visit Kruger National Park
Deciding when to travel to the Kruger National Park is largely dependent on what you plan to do while in the park. Plenty of travellers visit this attraction during the dry winter months (April – September). This is the best time to view the wildlife, as the various species will visit the waterholes more often. Days are warm while the nights range from cool to cold.
For birdwatchers and lovers of flora, visit between November and February (wet season). Temperatures will be hot while there will be a greater volume of rainfall. These conditions make it easier to catch sights of the migratory birds and the chance to admire wildflowers in bloom. Do note, however, that foliage will be denser.
To avoid the crowds, visit between February and November. Should you visit during December and January, try and avoid the southern and central parts of the park.
Weather & Climate in Kruger National Park
Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month
Seize this opportunity to discover one of South Africa’s greatest attractions, the Kruger National Park. It is South Africa’s largest game reserve and the fifth largest in Africa. This park offers you a breath-taking location, with the distant, majestic Lebombo Mountains, incredible bush plains and dense tropical forests.
The Kruger National Park will treat you to sights of a multitude of various animals and plant life, with 147 mammals, 507 birds, 114 reptiles, 49 fish, 34 amphibians and 336 trees. Get ready to meet the Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and the buffalo) and even the Little 5 (buffalo weaver, elephant shrew, leopard tortoise, ant lion and rhino beetle)! For birdwatchers, there is the Birding Big Six, which includes the ground hornbill, kori bustard, lappet-faced vulture, martial eagle, Pel’s fishing owl and the saddle-bill stork. For tree lovers, check out the Five Trees, which are Baobab, Fever Tree, Knob Thorn, Marula and Mopane.
Besides the incredible game drives around the Kruger National Park, other activities that you can enjoy include exploring wilderness trails, guided walks, backpack trails, and adventures along mountain biking trails. The park even includes a golf course, offering enthusiasts the exceptional experience of viewing wildlife as they play!
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Should you be visiting from abroad, you will need a tourist visa to enter South Africa. This type of visa is valid for 90 days. Check your local consular website to determine if your country is exempt from this visa.
For more information, contact the Department of Home Affairs.
Before you depart from your home country, make sure to visit your doctor to find out about all the routine vaccinations. There is no risk of yellow fever in South Africa, but the government does require you to provide proof of immunisation should you be coming from a country where this disease is a risk. You may also need to get vaccinations and medication for other diseases, but this is dependent on what you plan to do in the park. These diseases include:
• Hepatitis A and typhoid (spread through contaminated food and water)
• Hepatitis B (spread through sexual contact and contaminated needles)
• Rabies (spread through the bites of infected mammals)
• Malaria (spread through mosquito bites)
Should you be driving through the park, make sure to respect the speed limit as big game (like elephants, rhinos and giraffes) do cross the roads and an accident can be lethal to both animal and driver. Speed limits are restricted to 50 km/h on tarred roads and 40 km/h on gravel roads.
Visitors are not allowed to drive around at night.
Do not exit a vehicle while in the park, unless you are in a designated area such as viewpoints and between yellow lines on high water bridges.
Should you be carrying a firearm, make sure to have it declared and sealed at the entrance gate.
Do not feed the animals for your own safety and for the well-being of the animals.
Meal (inexpensive restaurant)
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught)
Taxi 1 km (normal tariff)
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)
Kruger National Park accommodation - these include top-class hotels, cosy guesthouses, lodges in serene settings, and private camps wonderfully surrounded by nature. Features of some of these establishments include pools, Wi-Fi internet (free in some cases), golf courses, game drives, gourmet meals and so much more.
The cost of staying taking up one of these accommodation packages ranges from under R 400 to under R 30,000. Visit our hotel page to select an accommodation offer suitable to your preferred dates and budget.