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Kruger Park South Africa – Information – Entrance fees

A leopard laying in a big tree in the Kruger Park

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Species found in the Kruger Park

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As you can read above the Kruger Park has impressive numbers to show. The park is roughly half the size of The Netherlands and has an incredible variety of species. Although most visitors will be on the “hunt” for the Big 5 (Leopard, Rhino, Lion, Buffalo and Elephant). What animal will you be looking for when on safari in the Kruger Park?

2024/2025 Opening Hours

The opening hours/gate times of the Kruger Park vary with the seasons as the daylight hours also change. To make it easy we have put an easy table together down below to see what the applicable hours for your visit will be. 

Gate TimesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Entrance Gates Open05:3005:3005:3006:0006:0006:0006:0006:0006:0005:3005:3005:30
Camp Gates Open04:3005:3005:3006:0006:0006:0006:0006:0006:0005:3004:3004:30
All Gates Close18:3018:3018:0018:0017:3017:3017:3018:0018:0018:0018:3018:30

The 9 entrance gates to the Kruger Park

GateTelephone
Crocodile Bridge+27 (0)13 735 6012
Malelane+27 (0)13 735 6152
Numbi+27 (0)13 735 5133
Orpen+27 (0)13 735 0237/0238
Pafuri+27 (0)13 735 5574
Paul Kruger+27 (0)13 735 5107
Phabeni+27 (0)13 735 5890
Phalaborwa+27 (0)13 735 3547
Punda Maria+27 (0)13 735 6870

Note: Nomads Den is located in between Orpen and Phalaborwa gate. Both are a 45 minute drive from Hoedspruit

Entrance Fees

The prices of entering Kruger Park depend on your nationality, residency and age. We’ve put a useful table together below with the entrance prices for the Kruger Park in 2023-2024. The fees can be paid by card upon arrival. Pro tip: already have the Kruger National Park Entry Form filled in before arrival. It will save you a lot of time. More hours for safari!

1 November 2023 – 31 October 2024Adults (12+ years)Children (2 – 11 years)
South African Citizens and ResidentsR122R60
SADC NationalsR243R122
International (non-South African) CitizensR486R243

Frequently Asked Questions

How big is the Kruger Park?

The Kruger Park in South Africa is 19485 km2 big, which is roughly half the size of The Netherlands. 

GateTelephone
Crocodile Bridge+27 (0)13 735 6012
Malelane+27 (0)13 735 6152
Numbi+27 (0)13 735 5133
Orpen+27 (0)13 735 0237/0238
Pafuri+27 (0)13 735 5574
Paul Kruger+27 (0)13 735 5107
Phabeni+27 (0)13 735 5890
Phalaborwa+27 (0)13 735 3547
Punda Maria+27 (0)13 735 6870

Nomads Den is ± 45 minutes away from both Phalaborwa and Orpen gate. 

There is a number of places where you can overnight in the Kruger Park. This is a list of all camps in the Kruger Park:


Olifants, Letaba, Maroela, Orpen and Satara are the closest camps to Hoedspruit.

Yes, there is presence of Malaria in the Kruger Park. The disease is transmitted through mosquito bites. It is advised to use prevention (anti insect spray, long clothes). Please consult your local medical practitioner for the availability of Malaria prophylactics in your country.

Yes, you can ‘self-drive’ in the Kruger Park. That is one of the biggest advantages of the Kruger Park as you can fully make your own plan. Want to spend 30 minutes at sleeping lions? You could do it. Although it is common courtesy to make space for other visitors. 

Yes, there a guided day trips to the Kruger Park in South Africa. Most accommodations near Kruger Park are able to assist you with this.

Self-drive tips

You are ready to set out on your first self-drive safari in the Kruger Park but you are not sure about the safari-etiquette and the rules? We’ve got you! Here are the top 10 tips to have an enjoyable self-drive in the Kruger Park:

  1. Take it slow. The speed limit in Kruger Park is 50km/h on tar and 40km/h on gravel but we recommend to not go past 25km/h when looking for wildlife. The slower you go, the more time your eyes have to actually see an animal or bird.
  2. Don’t skip the little detours and loops. That lion can be behind every bush.
  3. See another vehicle stopped? Start looking for what they are looking for in advance. Perhaps your view of the animal is better.
  4. Don’t see the animal they are looking for? Politely have a conversation and inform about what they are seeing. Otherwise you wouldn’t be the first missing out on a leopard.
  5. The sightings boards in the camps are fun but very useless without context. Instead, have a chat with other visitors about what they have seen where. And also share your sightings.

And 5 more tips with a bonus

  1. The best times for safari are early morning and late afternoon (sunrise/sunset). The animals are most active and your photos will be the most beautiful. 
  2. Switch off your engine when you are at a sighting. That way you and others can enjoy the sounds of nature in stead of a rumbling diesel.
  3. Watch out for small animals and poop on the roads. Elephant dung contains a lot of insects that play an important role in the eco-system so it is better to not squash them. 
  4. Don’t miss out on the picnic sites in Kruger. They are located in the most beautiful spots of the park and you can even rent a ‘skottelbraai’ to make your bacon and eggs. 
  5. Relax. Enjoy the scenery. Most people won’t see the whole of the big 5 in one self-drive. 
  6. Bonus tip: spend time at the waterholes, especially in African winter. As it’s the ‘kitchen’ of all the animals, they will need water to stay alive. 

More advise on your Kruger Park visit?

We are very happy to help you get the most out of your visit to the Kruger Park. Keep an eye on this blog for more inside tips. Or book our accommodation close to Kruger Park where we can provide you with assistance or even book a guided safari to the Kruger Park.

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Pim van de Leur Travel Expert and Photographer
South Africa, Kruger Park and Hoedspruit Travel expert with many years of experience. Photographer and video creator for the hospitality sector.

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