Top Spots for Kruger National Park Reservations Rated by Fellow Travellers

Make your Kruger National Park reservations early to make sure you get the accommodation you want.  Accommodation in and around the park is incredibly popular and can be booked out months in advance.

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There’s a variety of accommodation styles around Kruger National Park, ranging from pleasant backpackers to inspiring and beautifully presented luxury lodges.

Check out these favourite options on Booking.com, where you’ll find pictures, availability and reviews:

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Foxy Crocodile Bush Retreat

Foxy Crocodile Bush Retreat, Marloth Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa

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Foxy Crocodile Bush Retreat accommodation
Foxy Crocodile Bush Retreat – photo credit: Foxy Crocodile Bush Retreat

HomeBase Kruger

HomeBase Kruger, Marloth Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa

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HomeBase Kruger – photo credit: HomeBase Kruger

Jock Safari Lodge

Jock Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa, is named after the famous story, Jock of the Bushveld, published in 1907.

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Jock Main Lodge – photo credit: Jock Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park

Mvuradona Safari Lodge

Mvuradona Safari Lodge, Marloth Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa

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Mvuradona Safari Lodge – photo credit: Rihann van Wyk, Awesome Photos

Lion Tree Bush Lodge

Lion

Lion Tree Bush Lodge with family-sized, self-catering thatched accommodation

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Kruger Riverside Lodge

Crocodile River near Malelane Gate

Kruger Riverside Lodge with Crocodile River and Kruger National Park views

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Sabie River Bush Lodge

Elephants

Sabie River Bush Lodge is set on the banks of the Sabie River overlooking Kruger National Park

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African Bush Backpackers

African buffalo

African Bush Backpackers in Marloth Park, bordering Kruger National Park

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SANParks Bookings

Standard accommodation, which makes up most of the places to stay within the official boundaries of 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 review 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’ ratings.  Find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travellers have to say at TripAdvisor about Kruger National Park.

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What are Travellers Thinking?

We’ve set out the rest camps run by SANParks in Kruger Park. They’re sorted 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 Camps

Berg-en-Dal

Berg-En-Dal Rest Camp gate

Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp, in renowned rhino spotting territory, has the Rhino Perimeter Trail within its boundaries. Check out Berg-en-Dal on TripAdvisor.

Biyamiti

Green (red-billed) wood-hoopoe

Biyamiti Bushveld Camp is a beautiful woodland escape 30 mins drive from Crocodile Bridge Gate. Check out Biyamiti on TripAdvisor.

Crocodile Bridge

Kudu

Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp is highly accessible being just beyond Crocodile Bridge Gate. Check out Crocodile Bridge on TripAdvisor.

Lower Sabie

Lower Sabie Rest Camp

Lower Sabie Rest Camp is about an hour’s drive from Crocodile Bridge Gate. Check out Lower Sabie on TripAdvisor.

Malelane

Cheetah

Malelane Rest Camp is a short way beyond Malelane Gate.  A good choice to stay at if you’re arriving near gate closing time. Check out Malelane on TripAdvisor.

Pretoriuskop

Pretoriuskop Rest Camp huts

Pretoriuskop Rest Camp, the oldest camp in Kruger National Park, is 15 mins from Numbi Gate. Check out Pretoriuskop on TripAdvisor.

Skukuza

Skukuza Rest Camp bungalow

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. Check out Skukuza on TripAdvisor.

Central Camps

Balulue

Kruger National Park river

Go to Balule Satellite Camp and go back to nature.  There is no electricity at this camp situated on the banks of the Olifants River. Check out Balule on TripAdvisor.

Letaba

Bushbuck, Letaba Rest Camp

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. Letaba on TripAdvisor.

Mopani

Mopani Rest Camp cottage

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. Check out Mopani on TripAdvisor.

Maroela

Zebra

Maroela Satellite Camp in the vicinity of Orpen Rest Camp. Check out Maroela on TripAdvisor.

Olifants

Olifants River from Olifants Rest Camp

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. Check out Olifants on Trip Advisor.

Orpen

Orpen Rest Camp cottage verandah

Beautifully peaceful Orpen Rest Camp is just beyond Orpen Gate. Check out Orpen on Trip Advisor.

Sable

Sable antelope

Sable Sleepover Hide, a secluded spot for a basic night’s lodging overlooking Sable Dam, is 15 mins from Phalaborwa Gate. Check out Sable on TripAdvisor.

Satara

Sunset game drive

Centrally located Satara Rest Camp is about 75 mins drive from Orpen Gate. Check out Satara on TripAdvisor.

Shimuwini

Hippopotamus

Shimuwini Bushveld Camp, over an hour’s drive from Phalaborwa Gate, exclusively has cottage accommodation for travellers fully prepared to self-cater (there are no shops in this camp).  The camp is the departure point for the Lonely Bull Backpacking Trail. Check out Shimuwini on TripAdvisor.

Talamati

Dwarf mongoose

Talamati Bushveld Camp is close to Orpen Gate. Check out Talamati on TripAdvisor.

Tamboti

Elephant

Tamboti Satellite Camp is just near Orpen Rest Camp. Check out Tamboti on TripAdvisor.

Tsendze

Southern yellow-billed hornbill

Tsendze Bushveld Camp, a camper’s haven, is about 10 mins from Mopani Rest Camp. Check out Tsendze on TripAdvisor.

Northern Camps

Bateleur

Bateleur

Bateleur Bushveld Camp, named after the bateleur eagle, is only for travellers self-catering. Check out Bateleur on TripAdvisor.

Punda Maria

Baboons

Punda Maria Rest Camp, at the very top of the park, is just 15 mins drive from Punda Maria Gate. Check out Punda Maria on Trip Advisor.

Shingwedzi

Shingwedzi Rest Camp gate

Shingwedzi Rest Camp is at least 2 hours’ drive south from Punda Maria Gate. Check out Shingwedzi on TripAdvisor.

Sirheni

Village (spotted-backed) weaver

Sirheni Bushveld Camp is over an hour’s drive from Punda Maria Gate. Check out Sirheni on TripAdvisor.

There are many travel agents which also make Kruger National Park bookings for you. Ask your nearest travel agent about it.

When you make your reservation, consider travelling times and distances between:

Orpen cottage at night

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!

Buffalo

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!