A Travel Price Comparison for South Africa Pretoria vs. Kruger National Park for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Pretoria or Kruger National Park?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Should I visit Pretoria or Kruger National Park? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Pretoria or Kruger National Park?

Pretoria

Located in Gauteng Province, Pretoria is the administrative capital city of South Africa, making it home to many government buildings and three universities. It is actually one of three capital cities, being home to the executive branch, with Cape Town as the legislative capital and Bloemfontein as the judicial capital. Within South Africa, Pretoria is also known as the "Jacaranda City" due to the thousands of jacaranda trees lining its streets, parks, and gardens.

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park, in northeast South Africa hugs the border of Mozambique in the east, Zimbabwe in the north, and the Crocodile River to the south. Covering nearly 20,000 square kilometers, it hosts a variety of habitats with a thriving population of wildlife and indigenous plant species, making it a safari destination like no other.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Eco Tours in South Africa, The Best Sightseeing Tours in South Africa, The Best Vineyard & Wine Tours in South Africa, and The Best Food and Culinary Tours in South Africa.


Which place is cheaper, Kruger National Park or Pretoria?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Pretoria is $50, while the average daily cost in Kruger National Park is $82. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Pretoria and Kruger National Park in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Pretoria $25
    Kruger National Park $48
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Pretoria $50
    Kruger National Park $96
Compare Hotels in Pretoria and Kruger National Park

Looking for a hotel in Pretoria or Kruger National Park? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Pretoria


Hotels in Kruger National Park


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Kruger National Park Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Pretoria $12
    Kruger National Park $25

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Pretoria

Also for Pretoria, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Shuttle Transfer from Gauteng to Greater Kruger: $60
  • Airport transfers,door to door shuttle: $38

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kruger National Park

Also for Kruger National Park, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Transfer - Skukuza Airport to Southern Sabi Sand Reserve: $185

Is it cheaper to fly into Pretoria or Kruger National Park?

Prices for flights to both Kruger National Park and Pretoria change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Pretoria $15
    Kruger National Park $16

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Pretoria

For Pretoria, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Feisty Food Tour : $73
  • Pan African Cooking Class & Organic food experience: $196

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kruger National Park

For Kruger National Park, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Sabie Game Reserve Sunset Safari Tour with Dinner: $136

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Pretoria $15
    Kruger National Park $21

Tours and Activities in Pretoria

For Pretoria, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Pretoria Tour - Voortrekker Monument, Union Buildings, Pretoria : $60
  • 2 Hours Bicycle Tour in Soweto(Johannesburg): $90
  • 4-Hours Pretoria Private History Tour : $81
  • 6 Hours Ultimate Pilanesberg Open Vehicle Day Tour : $190
  • Aerial Cableway Private Tour from Johannesburg : $81
  • Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre Half-Day Tour from Johannesburg: $195
  • Apartheid History of South Africa (Full day Experience with lunch: $100
  • Apartheid Museum Tour in Johannesburg, every FRIDAY afternoon: $51
  • Bicycle or Tuk Tuk Soweto Guided Experience : $76
  • Cheer on the Cheetah Run for Conservation Adventure: $190
  • City Tour of Pretoria: $135
  • Constitutional Hill and Apartheid Museum Half-Day Tour from ZAR R1 100 Private : $65

Tours and Activities in Kruger National Park

For Kruger National Park, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Kruger National Park Full Day Safari Tour: $190
  • Kruger National Park Sunrise Half-Day Safari Tour: $179
  • 3-Day Safari Tour and Treehouse Stay: $683
  • Kruger Safari Tour - Morning Half Day: $52

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Pretoria $31
    Kruger National Park $4.19


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Pretoria and Kruger National Park, we can see that Kruger National Park is more expensive. And not only is Pretoria much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Pretoria would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Pretoria and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Kruger National Park would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Kruger National Park than you might in Pretoria.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Pretoria Expensive? and Is Kruger National Park Expensive?.