Make your Kruger National Park reservations early to make sure you get the accommodation you want. The park is incredibly popular and can be booked out months in advance.
Standard accommodation, which makes up most of the places to stay in Kruger Park, are made through South African National Parks (or SANParks). Their website is the most convenient way to book. You can see which accommodation is available at each rest camp for the days you plan to be in the park. You can also phone their central reservations number on +27 (0)12 428 9111.
Plan your safari and check out the SanParks rest camps you’re interested in staying at. We use TripAdvisor, a well-known global travel company, with a huge collection of travellers’ reviews. Find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travellers have to say at TripAdvisor about Kruger National Park.
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We’ve set out all the rest camps by region, either southern, central or northern. Clicking on the links will take you directly to TripAdvisor’s site where you can read and consider in-depth traveller reviews for each one.
Southern Rest Camps
Berg-En-Dal Rest Camp, in the area known as rhino spotting territory, has the Rhino Perimeter Trail within its boundaries . It’s also the starting point for two 4 day hikes, namely the Bushman’s Trail and Wolhuter Trail. Check out Berg-En-Dal’s rating on TripAdvisor.
Berg-En-Dal is about 20 mins drive from Malelane Gate, which is the closest park entrance gate if you’re driving from Johannesburg.
Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp is highly accessible being just beyond Crocodile Bridge Gate.
Lower Sabie Rest Camp is about an hour’s drive from Crocodile Bridge Gate.
Pretoriuskop Rest Camp, the oldest camp in Kruger National Park, is 15 mins from Numbi Gate.
Skukuza Rest Camp is the “capital” of Kruger National Park, being the biggest camp and the administrative centre. Paul Kruger Gate is about 15 mins away.
Central Rest Camps
Go to Balule Rest Camp and go back to nature. There is no electricity at this camp situated on the banks of the Olifants River.
Letaba Rest Camp, home of the mighty Elephant Hall, is about 70 mins drive from Phalaborwa Gate if you’re coming from within South Africa. Otherwise, Giriyondo Gate, on the border of South Africa and Mozambique, is under an hour’s drive.
Mopani Rest Camp is about 2 hours’ drive away from Phalaborwa Gate or 1.5 hours if you’re coming from Giriyondo Gate, on the border of Mozambique.
Olifants Rest Camp high up on a hill, has a magnificent sweeping view over Olifants River. It’s quite some distance from the closest South African entrance gate, being about 3.5 hours from Phalaborwa Gate.
Beautifully peaceful Orpen Rest Camp is just beyond Orpen Gate.
Centrally located Satara Rest Camp is about 75 mins drive from Orpen Gate.
Northern Rest Camps
Punda Maria Rest Camp, at the very top of the park, is just 15 mins drive from Punda Maria Gate.
Shingwedzi Rest Camp is at least 2 hours’ drive south from Punda Maria Gate.
There is a selection of private reserves, known as concessions, within the Kruger Park borders. Check out these inspiring, stylish and beautifully presented luxury lodges. Clicking on each link will take you to the Booking.com website, which has:
- No booking fees
- 24/7 customer support
- Free cancellation for most properties
Hamiltons Tented Camp
Hamiltons Tented Camp in central Kruger Park, is 2hrs from Orpen Gate.
Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge
Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge in central Kruger Park, is 1.5hrs from Orpen Gate.
Imbali Safari Lodge
Imbali Safari Lodge in central Kruger Park, is 1hr from Orpen Gate.
Jock Safari Lodge
Jock Safari Lodge in southern Kruger Park, is 1hr from Malelane Gate.
Lion Sands Tinga Lodge
Lion Sands Tinga Lodge in southern Kruger Park, is 15mins from Paul Kruger Gate.
Lukimbi Safari Lodge
Lukimbi Safari Lodge in southern Kruger Park, is 45mins from Malelane Gate.
The Outpost Lodge
The Outpost Lodge in northern Kruger Park, is 30mins from Pafuri Gate.
Pafuri Camp in northern Kruger Park, is 45mins from Pafuri Gate.
Rhino Walking Safaris
Rhino Walking Safaris in southern Kruger Park, is 45mins from Paul Kruger Gate.
Rhino Post Safari Lodge
Rhino Post Safari Lodge in southern Kruger Park, is 45mins from Paul Kruger Gate.
Shishangeni Private Lodge
Shishangeni Private Lodge in southern Kruger Park, is 30mins from Crocodile Bridge Gate.
There are many travel agents which also make Kruger National Park bookings for you. Ask your nearest travel agent about it.
Can’t find suitable accommodation within Kruger National Park? Look outside the park to make a reservation at one of the hotels or lodges on its borders. They’re probably going to be a lot more expensive than staying in the park though. This is because many of them are super luxurious!
When you make your reservation, consider travelling times and distances between:
- Entrance gates and rest camps
- Different rest camps
You need to consider travelling times while booking because the speed limit is only 50km (31 miles) per hour on tar roads and 40km (24 miles) per hour on gravel roads. If you’re game watching you’ll probably be driving even slower anyway.
On top of this, you might be held up by wildlife, like buffalo crossing the road, and interesting sightings where you’ll want to hang around for a good 20 minutes. Of course, you’ll also want to stop for lunch on the way 😉 A rule of thumb is to travel less than half the vertical distance of the park in a day. That only gives you about 160km (100 miles) to play with!
In addition to accommodation costs, you’ll need to pay an entry fee at the park gates. It’s a conservation fee for every day you spend in the park. If you have a Wild Card (a SANParks loyalty card) which covers Kruger National Park, you won’t have to pay the conservation fee.
Kruger Park is in a malaria area. Remember to visit your doctor or a travel clinic to get anti-malaria medication before going to the park. There are different types of medication and your doctor will prescribe the best one for you.
When to Visit
There are different points of view about the best time of year to visit Kruger National Park. Winter has warm to hot days averaging 26°C (79°F) in the day. It’s dry, meaning the savannah is less bushy. This in turn means you’re more likely to see animals deeper in the bush than in summer.
Summer is very hot averaging 34°C (93°F) and is the rainy season. It hasn’t actually rained much though in our experience. If it does rain, it probably won’t last long and will be in the evening.
In hot weather, make your Kruger National Park booking with air conditioning in mind!