Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park, Nelspruit: Hours, Address, Kruger National Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Kruger National Park
4.5
5:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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Malalan Gate, Nelspruit 1350 South Africa
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Sara A.
2 contributions
May 2022
What a disappointment. Don’t think about going to Kruger. The animals appear to be virtually non existent. We only saw one of the big five and having to stay on the road means you can’t really see the animals at all; unless they decide to also walk on the road which is rare.

Sabi Sands however, is a different story but you have to stay in a lodge. Staying at “Idube” was wonderful. Great food, staff, accomodation and ANIMALS galore easily found by awesome tracker and driver.
Written 16 May 2022
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Steve K
Chelmsford, UK2 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
The 3 days myself and my wife spent in Kruger was brilliant we had a wonderfull time our guide was really nice and from the minute he picked us up at nelspruit airport we felt at ease he was a lovely man and very knowledgeable.We saw all the big five and much more.We stayed at lower Sabie rest camp .The bungalow we stayed in was perfect.The trip was organised by Sue Garson at safaris for Africa We have done various day trips, and a 9 day trip to Namibia a few years ago with Safaris for Africa.I would highly recommend this company.
Steve Kelly
Written 30 April 2022
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Allan Mc Murtrie
10 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
Tamboti camp needs some maintenance. No hot water in the kitchen. Poor drainage in the showers. Tents need maintenance and some need to be closed off until maintained and revamped.
Written 12 April 2022
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Mienie
Harker Heights, TX13 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
I used to be a big fan of Kruger and visited the park multiple times over the past 30 years, so it is with great sadness that I write a bad review about one of my favorite places in the world. My review pertains to the accommodations, general upkeep, and game drives (nature is as gorgeous as ever).

We stayed in Satara and the units are falling apart. Many appliances are old or not in working condition and the units were filthy. It is clear that there has been no maintenance for several years/decades. After a few nights, we changed to Onder-Sabie and was delighted to see that some of the units were updated. Unfortunately, the public bathrooms were filthy with no lights (see picture for missing bulb) and the a/c unit had no cover (see picture). It was clear that the a/c unit was probably not up to code, so we decided not to use it (even though it was 38 degrees Celsius). We went on a bush walk and a game drive and were disappointed in the unprofessional demeanor of the rangers. One participant on the game drive was watching videos on his cell phone and receiving messages during the whole drive (even when we stopped to look for a lion) and the ranger said nothing. I do not recommend the over-priced game drives or bush walks. During the bush walk the rangers promoted pseudo-science and stated untrue facts backed up by anecdotes. The roads inside the park are not too bad, but the South African roads, in general, are in terrible shape (see the picture as an example of a few of the many potholes we encountered on our way to the park). I am hopeful that the management of Kruger National Park will take the many complaints to heart and improve the terrible state of affairs.
Written 8 January 2022
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André K
Uitenhage, South Africa181 contributions
Dec 2021
It is always an amazing experience to visit the Kruger Park. Every time we are surprised, this time the bush was lush and green and we were very fortunate to see so many wild and bird life.
Written 5 January 2022
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334raven
Durban, South Africa31 contributions
Dec 2021
Day visitor did not get to see to many animals. Entered Malalane and exited at Numbi. R110 adults and R55 under 12, SA citizens.
Written 3 January 2022
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Dewald R
Cape Town Central, South Africa2 059 contributions
Sep 2021
The Kruger National Park is one of those places that needs to be on everyone's bucket list. It is difficult to express in words how special this place is. Not only do you have awesome wildlife sightings and amazing natural beauty surrounding you, you also have other attractions such as archaeological sites, museums, curio shops, restaurants and picnic spots. The park is filled with wildlife, big and small, and you are almost guaranteed to see some of the Big 5 (we were fortunate enough to see the Big 5 five times over during our stay). There are various different camps (with fences surrounding them) where you can stay with each of them having its own unique style and atmosphere. We started at one of the northern camps, Letaba, and worked our way down south ending with Berg-en-Dal. All the larger camps also have swimming pools which come in handy during the warmer days while you are relaxing in between game drives. A highlight for me is you can self-drive in the park so you can spend as much time at a sighting as you want, however they also have guided game drives available as well as bush walks which I can highly recommend. Another special element about the park is the picnic spots where you can get out of your vehicle and grab something to eat. You are also able to rent a "skottel-braai" (a concave metal dish heated by gas fire) at these picnic sites where you can make some breakfast in the bushveld. In most of the camps there are curio shops where you can not just buy curios, but also food, beverages (alcoholic & non-alcoholic), spices, wood and more - even some camping necessities you may have forgotten to bring with you. In the evenings when people start lighting their fires and talking about the days' sightings, you start to really feel in-touch with the bush. To top it all off you have a range of animals noises such as the hippos, lions and hyenas surrounding you, and the sky filled with stars. The Kruger National Park will always hold a special place in my heart and I hope that you also get the opportunity to visit it.
Written 28 December 2021
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ayesha_rsa
Auckland Central, New Zealand7 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Mindblowing! We visited the park on two occasions and were please on both times! The first day we did a self drive from phabeni gate to crocodile bridge and exited at the numbi gate. We saw a pack of wild dog, 3 hyena dens with pups and a lion who was relaxing under the trees - we had just missed it kill a hyena on the road. We spotted leopard on 3 occasions but at a distance. We also saw the usual impala, hippo, crocs, and elephants etc.

We visited the lower Sabie camp - its beautiful on the deck. You can order a meal at mugg and bean and shop in the curio store

On the second visit we went on an early morning game drive with Pascalina from DSL Safaris, we were super lucky to see a pride of about 18 lions including cubs! We also saw a young leopard in a tree

We visited the Skukuza Camp which is beautifully maintained. You can also order a bite and sit on the deck, we saw a HUGE croc going downstream as well as a baby hippo. We also stopped at the new cafe which is to the left of the camp when driving in, its train station inspired with a restaurant in a train that you can eat at but need to make a booking, sadly we didn’t make one. Theres also a clean and neat play area for the kids to play with probably the newest and cleanest toilets in the park

We travelled with a 9 month old and a 4 year old. Id suggest packing lots of snacks and opting for a self drive. We did the game drive without the baby which was the best idea as she is noisy and although we booked the vehicle out she would not have managed with the weather conditions too as it was overcast with a light drizzle
Written 27 December 2021
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Danie92
Johannesburg, South Africa284 contributions
Sep 2021
My 55th visit since 1998 and being my 80th birthday we decided to do all the roads accessible to the public in one single trip. Every single meter was covered and it took us 15 days and 3816 km. Started in Pafuri and stayed in cottages in Punda Maria, Shingwedzi, Mopani, Letaba, Satara, Skukuza and Lower Sabie. Out on the road on average 10 hours each day. Condition of the roads the best it has ever been and accommodation good except for small niggling things which can be attributed to lack of control by managers. Sightings as usual excellent. For KNP lovers a trip like this will give you pleasure and satisfaction par excellence so go ahead put it on your bucket list.
Written 10 November 2021
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Kloffusjohn
Johannesburg, South Africa175 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
This time it’s special.

While staying close by no one can refuse
any opportunity to break away and visit the Kruger.
With our day passes checked we are ready to face the unknown the very first thing we see is a hi henna walking right on the road we closed up behind to see and take some pictures as it moved along stopping occasionally to call to its mates, smelling the air looking in all directions, suddenly it know by instinct we’re it was and started to run , heading off into the thick dead bush, what would be our next visitor within seconds more animals appear some very close others a way into the undergrowth… it takes your time to look gather info at places you can stop, find out what other people have seen, close up or lying down… be ready
Throughout this day we saw a lot not always the big five and not always big don’t forget the small wonderful animals all waiting to see you.
We saw an average of 80 different type, plus Lion, verit money families, even a leopard tortoise plus many people in cars being silly, so be very careful we’re you are. Enjoy this wonderful place open for you.
Written 26 October 2021
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