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Frequently asked questions about Kruger National Park

It is a common sentiment among Kruger enthusiasts that the best time of year to visit the park is between the months of May to October. This is because the eastern region of Southern Africa receives most of its rainfall during our warmer Summer months (October to March). During the dry winter season, most of the vegetation dies back which allows for greater visibility, and consequently, better game viewing.  Furthermore, the drier winter months force animals to congregate around available water sources.

Despite popular opinion, Kruger National Park is a year-round destination. The summer months bring migratory birds, wildflowers, reptiles, lush green vegetation, newly born animals, and tropical storms that dazzle the horizon with spectacular displays of thunder and lightning. It is our opinion that any month you choose to visit the park will undoubtedly create unexpected moments of joy and lasting safari memories. It's always a win-win. 

What is the best time of year to visit the Kruger National Park?
What do Kruger National Parks entry fees cost?

South African Citizens and Residents (with ID):

R122 per adult, per day
R60 per child, per day

SADC Nationals (with passport):

R243 per adult, per day
R122 per child, per day

Standard Conservation Fee (Foreign Visitors):

R486 per adult, per day
R243 per child, per day

What time do Kruger National Park Gates open?


Summer Months (October - March)

All gates open: 05h30

Winter Months (April - September)

All gates open: 06h00


What time do Kruger National Parks gates close?


Summer (November - February)

All gates close: 18h30

Spring (March - April)

All gates close: 18h00

Autumn (August - September)

All gates close: 18h00

Winter (May - July)

All gates close: 17h30

Kruger National Park is home to a large biodiversity of birdlife. It is a hot spot for avitourists who flock in from around the world to come claim their next ‘lifer’. The park boasts over 550 bird species on its checklist and is a particularly good destination for large raptor sightings.  If twitching is your thing, then Kruger should definitely feature on your bucket list of places to go.

The more you visit the park, the more a birdwatcher you will become. We can help you spot, identify, explain their behaviour, and photograph the colourful birds of Kruger National Park. Come join us on a day safari and claim a few more birds on your checklist.

Kruge Park Birds
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