Undoubtedly the best way to experience the Kruger Park is with your own vehicle. A Kruger Park self-drive safari gives you the freedom to plan for your own interests and move at your own pace. Here are some practical information that you might find useful to plan your self-drive safari.
Plan your trip – do not try and cover too great a distance. The Kruger National Park is a massive tract of land and frequently visitors try to cover too much ground. Slow travel and regular stopping produces much more action than covering a lot of ground.
Early mornings and evening time are usually the most productive game viewing periods. Remember to bring a camera, binoculars, bird and wildlife reference books, a hat and sunscreen lotion. Also remember to take along medicines such as anti-histamine and lotion for insect stings and bites.
The subtropical climate has hot rainy summers starting in October and ending around March. The summer rains transform the arid park into a lush flowering paradise, but the increased foliage does make animals harder to see.
The winter months from April to September are extremely pleasant with warm dry days and cold nights. Traditionally, the best game viewing is in the winter as the vegetation becomes sparse and water is restricted to rivers and water holes.
|Gate Hours Gate Times||Jan||Feb||Mar||Apr||May||Jun||Jul||Aug||Sep||Oct||Nov||Dec|
|Entrance Gates Open||05:30||05:30||05:30||06:00||06:00||06:00||06:00||06:00||06:00||05:30||05:30||05:30|
|Camp Gates Open||04:30||05:30||05:30||06:00||06:00||06:00||06:00||06:00||06:00||05:30||04:30||04:30|
|All Gates Close||18:30||18:30||18:00||18:00||17:30||17:30||17:30||18:00||18:00||18:00||18:30||18:30|
Day Visitors & Advanced Bookings
Day visitors are welcome to the Kruger National Park. There is a maximum threshold of visitors that can enter the park daily. If this threshold is reached only visitors with pre-booked overnight accommodation will be permitted access. Such situations tend only to arise in extreme cases such as public holidays and long weekends. Kruger National Park allows advance reservations for day visits, in addition to the conservation fees payable via various Reservation Offices. Pre-booked day visits must be paid in advance, on or before the deposit due date. Guests who book one day in advance must pay when the booking is made. For more information, please contact Central Reservations at tel: (012) 428 9111.