Frequently Asked Questions About Kruger National Park Safaris

The Kruger National Park is one of the top safari destinations in South Africa. It covers over 19,000 square kilometres and is home to the famous Big Five and many other wildlife species. Read below for answers to some of our most frequently asked safari-related questions.

1. When is the best time to visit the Kruger National Park?

The Kruger Park is great to visit at any time of the year. During the summer rainy seasons (September to April), the bush is green and lush, making for stunning landscapes & breathtaking photo opportunities. The dry winter seasons (May to August) are the most popular times to visit since animals are more likely to be spotted as they wander to watering holes.

2. What should I pack for the safari?

Be sure to pack your ID documents or Passport, a hat, sunscreen, and snacks. Bring along a camera or smartphone and a portable battery to capture moments and memories while on safari! Watch our video here for more tips on what to pack for your safari game drive.

3. Should I be worried about Malaria in the Kruger Park?

The Kruger Park is a Malaria risk area, with the highest risk during the rainy summer season (September to April). We recommend using mosquito repellent as well as discussing with your doctor regarding antimalarial tablets.

4. What are Conservation Fees?

Conservation fees are the entry fees that every visitor must pay each day that they enter the Kruger National Park. These funds as used to contribute towards conserving the Park’s natural & cultural heritage, as well as maintaining roads, viewing hides, and other facilities in the Park.

5. When do I pay Conservation Fees?

Conservation fees are payable upon arrival at the Kruger Park Gates. We recommend bringing cash to pay the fees, as the card machines can be faulty at times.

6. Can we bring our own food to the Kruger?

You are welcome to pack a picnic or bring along snacks for the safari. Bottled water will be provided. Please note, that no alcohol is allowed to be brought into the Kruger National Park, as per the SANParks regulations.

7. Will I have mobile phone reception in the Kruger Park?

There is limited mobile phone reception within the Kruger National Park, however, there is usually signal at most of the main rest camps. The limited signal is part of the Park’s charm – unplug and take a break from the hustle of life and enjoy your surroundings in nature!

8. What is a Private Kruger Park Safari?

A private Kruger Park safari is just that – a private safari experience for you and your family. Our private vehicles seat a maximum of 10 guests, and you will share the vehicle exclusively with your group (no other guests will be in the vehicle) with your own professional safari guide. This provides you with a more flexible and intimate safari that will allow you to enjoy it to the fullest!

9. What are the Kruger National Park Gate times?

During the summer months (October to March) the gates open at 05:30 AM and close at 6:30 PM. During the winter months (April to September) the gates open at 06:00 AM, and close between 5:30 PM & 6:00 PM.

10. What makes Kruger National Park safaris so special?

The Kruger National Park is a free-roaming area, meaning that there are no fences and that animals can roam wherever they wish. This provides for special encounters of animals and that no two safaris will be the same. The Kruger Park is home to thousands of animals, lush vegetation, and stunning landscapes.

11. Why go to the Kruger National Park with Tours & Tickets SA?

At Tours & Tickets South Africa, we offer top-quality safaris, with well-trained guides. We have a variety of safari options available, including half and full-day safaris, in order to suit every guest’s needs. Our qualified guides are friendly and professional, and will share useful information regarding animals and plant life in the Kruger Park and much more!

12. If lunches are at our own expense, where will we be stopping and what will be available for us to buy?

Our safaris usually stop at the Skukuza Rest Camp for a break, and when doing a full-day safari we usually stop at Lower Sabie Rest Camp for a lunch break. These main Rest Camps have a deli as well as a restaurant, where guests can purchase meals & drinks at their own account. We also offer on request a stop at a picnic site when you book a private vehicle safari – click here to read more about the best picnic sites in the Kruger National Park.

13. Is there a recommended type of dress code for Kruger Park safaris?

We recommend wearing comfortable, neutral-coloured clothes & sturdy shoes, as well as bringing along a jacket as the mornings & late afternoons in the park can be chilly.

14. What is the likelihood of seeing the Big 5?

Since animals in the Kruger Park are free roaming, we cannot guarantee that you will see all members of the Big 5. Our guides do however use an internal comms system to find the best animal sightings, and will do their best to ensure that you receive WOW animal encounters during your safari for all animals great and small.

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