Kruger National Park Reservations – Book your Safari Today

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.

Luxury Bookings

There are several 5 star, privately run lodges within the Kruger National Park borders.

CAMP SHAWU
30 mins from Crocodile Bridge Gate (Southern Kruger Park)

CAMP SHONGA
30 mins from Crocodile Bridge Gate (Southern Kruger Park)

HAMILTON’S TENTED CAMP
2 hrs from Orpen Gate (Central Kruger Park)

HOYO HOYO SAFARI LODGE
1.5 hrs from Orpen Gate (Central Kruger Park)

IMBALI SAFARI LODGE
1 hr from Orpen Gate (Central Kruger Park)

JOCK SAFARI LODGE
1 hr from Malelane Gate (Southern Kruger Park)

LION SANDS TINGA LODGE
15 mins from Paul Kruger Gate (Southern Kruger Park)

LUKIMBI SAFARI LODGE
45 mins from Malelane Gate (Southern Kruger Park)

THE OUTPOST
30 mins from Pafuri Gate (Northern Kruger Park)

PAFURI CAMP
45 mins from Pafuri Gate (Northern Kruger Park)

RHINO POST SAFARI LODGE
45 mins from Paul Kruger Gate (Southern Kruger Park)

SHISHANGENI PRIVATE LODGE
30 mins from Crocodile Bridge Gate (Southern Kruger Park)

SINGITA LEBOMBO LODGE
3 hrs from Paul Kruger Gate (Southern Kruger Park)

SINGITA SWENI LODGE
3 hrs from Paul Kruger Gate (Southern Kruger Park)

Standard Bookings

Orpen cottage at nightStandard 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.

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:

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!

BuffaloIn 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!