Kruger Park entry fees – be ready to pay them whether you’re visiting the game reserve just for one day or for longer.
This admittance charge goes towards the park’s conservation and you’ll pay it up front at the entrance gate, for each day you’re booked into the park.
The entry cost for South African citizens and residents (permanent and temporary) is much less than for foreigners. (We could have a whole discussion as to why, but this isn’t the place for it.)
Current ticket prices, until 31 October 2017, are:
If you’re travelling with an infant under 2, there’s no charge for them, no matter how long your safari is.
If you’re a South African resident and also a pensioner or over 60, there are no discounts on the entry tickets. Instead, there are often specials on accommodation. Be sure to ask about any when you make your booking.
Don’t forget to take ID to prove your South African citizenship or residency. Officially, this means having your passport or South African ID book with you. But, we know people who’ve gone into Kruger National Park with other documents indicating residency, such as a medical aid membership card.
If you’re staying in Kruger National Park for a few days or more, or one of the other reserves run by SANParks, it may be worthwhile getting a Wild Card. Compare the cost of this card with the Kruger Park entry fees to see what’s best for your circumstances.
If you’re going to spend a lot of time in Kruger National Park or any of the reserves in the list further down the page, think about getting a Wild Card:
- They’re loyalty cards
- They give you unlimited access to a range of parks
- They’re valid for a year from the purchase date
There are two different types of Wild Card which give you access to Kruger National Park.
One type is the SANParks Cluster card, but this card is not available to foreigners. On top of Kruger National Park, the SANParks Cluster card also gives you access to:
- Addo Elephant National Park
- Agulhas National Park
- Augrabies Falls National Park
- Bontebok National Park
- Camdeboo National Park
- Golden Gate Highlands National Park
- Karoo National Park
- Kgalagadi National Park
- Knysna National Lake Area
- Mapungubwe National Park
- Marakele National Park
- Mokala National Park
- Mountain Zebra National Park
- Namaqua National Park
- Richtersveld National Park
- Table Mountain National Park
- Tankwa Karoo National Park
- Tsitsikamma National Park
- West Coast National Park
- Wilderness National Park
The other type of card is the All Parks Cluster card. If you get it, you’ll have access to a vast array of parks, reserves and resorts.
You’ll pay a once off fee for a yearly Wild Card. Their prices, which expire on 31 October 2017, are:
Just like the entry fees to Kruger Park, you can pay for a Wild Card at the gate. The same principles apply about the ID you provide.
If you want to get a Wild Card in advance, they’re available to buy on the internet. If you do get one online, you will need to provide an ID book or passport number.