Self-Drive Safaris in Kruger
Excellent Roads, Superb wildlife, and comfortable accommodation
The Kruger National Park is the premier self-drive safari destination in South Africa, with an unbeatable variety of wildlife and habitats to explore, an excellent infrastructure of roads, inexpensive accommodation options, and a feeling of huge, wide-open spaces.
Self-drive in Kruger is a truly wonderful experience - the thrill of driving along a road by yourself and coming across a pride of lions basking under a nearby tree, or waiting at a peaceful waterhole and having a sighting all to yourself is hard to beat.
Covering an area of nearly 8,000 square miles, the Park boasts an exceptionally rich mix of wildlife, including some 490 species of bird, 147 mammal species, 94 different reptile species, 33 types of amphibians and a magnificent array of over 200 different kinds of trees.
Kruger has very hot, wet summers and cool, dry winters. The winter months are possibly the best for game viewing - water is scarcer, so animals are more reliant on waterholes or rivers, which means greater game viewing opportunities around these areas. Although the vegetation around these areas remains lush, the grass elsewhere becomes much drier and shorter, making it easier to spot wildlife.
If you are planning a self-drive safari holiday to the Kruger National Park, make sure you read these all-important Facts for the Visitors, which includes gate opening and closing times, and gives more information about driving your hire car in the Park.
The Kruger Park is divided into 4 main regions - the Southern region, the Central region, the Northern region, and the Far Northern region.
Self-drive visitors have the choice of staying at one of the many National Park Rest Camps that are situated throughout the Park.
Kruger At A Glance
- Iconic Wildlife Destination
- Over 2 Million Hectares
- Oldest / Largest Park In South Africa
- Big 5 Safaris
- 147 Species of Mammals
- 517 species of Birds
- Wide Choice of Safari Lodges
- Self-Drive Safaris
- Malaria Area
- Good Transport Connections
It's great to have choice, however sometimes it can all be a litte confusing when you are planning your first trip to an unfamiliar area.
If you'd like to talk to one of our friendly experts, then please give us a call on +44(0) 1932 428380 or alternativley you can enquire via the website.
When to Visit
There is never a bad time to visit Kruger, but each of the two major seasons has it's advantages.
During the winter months of May to August, the temperature is cooler, and it is easier to find the animals as they tend to congregate around waterholes and rivers. This is also ofen the best time to find a special offer or lower price as a safari lodge.
During the summer months of October to April, heavy rain showers and storms are frequent. As a result of the rain, the grass is lush and green, and many animals give birth at this time as there is plenty of food and water around. The downside is that the lush green vegatation can make game viewing more difficult.
Find out more about when to visit kruger.
Getting There and Away
There are excellent flight connections from Johannesburg to a number of airports near the park, and there are also regular direct flights from Cape Town and Victoria Falls.
If you are staying at a lodge, you may also be able to take a shuttle flight directly from Johannesburg to an airstrip in the park. Please ask us for details if you are interested in doing this.
If you have a hire car you can drive to Kruger from Johannesburg - it is a strightforward drive, but you would need to allow up to 6 hours for the journey.
You can find out more about the travel options here.
Top Tip: If you book with Travel Butlers, we will ensure you have the most appropriate transport arrangements for your safari.
With attractions including the Blyde River Canyon, the well known 'Panorama Route', and some of excellent animal rehabilitation projects, there is plenty to do in the Lowveld area around Kruger.
The Greater Kruger Park is a malaria area, so we strongly advise that you check with your doctor to find out what malaria tablets you will need, and when you should commence the course.
If you do not want to have to take malaria tablets then have a look at our guide to safaris in malaria-free areas.
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