What to Expect at Kruger National Park Gates

There are eleven Kruger National Park gates. To get into the game reserve, you must enter through one of them.  Most gates are in the south-west of the park because this is the direction the majority of people travel from.

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Orpen Gate
Orpen Gate with its distinct design

Gates Map

The map below has all the park gates, rest camps and some local towns marked on it.  It may help you determine which is the best entrance gate for the part of the park you’re visiting.

Kruger National Park Map

Gates Closest to Towns

If you’re staying at a town near Kruger National Park and making day trips into the reserve, it’s handy to know how far you’ll be travelling to the park.  The following table lists local towns in Mpumalanga or Limpopo, as well as Johannesburg, and distances to their closest gates:

TownClosest GateDistance (km)Distance (miles)
KomatipoortCrocodile Bridge106
White RiverNumbi3522

Gates Closest to Rest Camps

If you’re heading to a rest camp in Kruger Park, the table below sets out which gates are closest to which rest camps.

GateRest Camp
Crocodile BridgeBiyamiti, Crocodile Bridge, Lower Sabie
GiriyondoBateleur, Boulders, Letaba, Mopani, Shingwedzi, Tsendze
MalelaneBerg-En-Dal, Biyamiti, Malelane
OrpenBalule, Maroela, Olifants, Orpen, Roodewal, Satara, Talamati, Tamboti
Pafuri BorderPunda Maria
PafuriPunda Maria
Paul KrugerLower Sabie, Skukuza
PhabeniPretoriuskop, Skukuza
PhalaborwaBalule, Boulders, Letaba, Mopani, Olifants, Roodewal, Shimuwini, Tsendze
Punda MariaBateleur, Punda Maria, Shingwedzi, Sirheni

Gate Hours

Kruger Park gates open at variable times depending on the season, with shorter hours in winter and longer hours in summer.  The following table lists the gate times in full details.

It also includes gate hours for rest camps, which from November to January, open an hour before entrance gates.  Click here for full information about opening times.

Entrance gates open (am)5:305:305:306:006:006:006:006:006:005:305:305:30
Rest Camp gates open (am)4:305:305:306:006:006:006:006:006:005:304:304:30
All gates close (pm)6:306:306:006:005:305:305:306:006:006:006:306:30
Note that the entrance gates have different working hours to the rest camp gate times.

Border Post Gates

Two of the gates act as border posts with Mozambique.  If you enter via the Giriyondo and Pafuri Border gates, you will have come from Limpopo National Park in Mozambique which adjoins Kruger National Park.

Of course, you’ll need your passport to get through either of these two gates!

Entrance Fees and Advance Bookings

You must pay the game reserve entrance fee at a gate, unless you have a Wild Card.

Day visitors may need to book their entry in advance as their is a certain quota of visitors allowed into Kruger National Park each day.

Nearby Accommodation

If you’re looking for accommodation outside the park near one of the Kruger National Park gates, there’s plenty to choose from for all budgets.

Many places are just a stone’s throw away from one of the gates – from backpackers’ to B&Bs, hotels to luxury lodges – check out the range on Booking.com.