Travel Budget for Kruger National Park

Mpumalanga, South Africa

How much does it cost to travel to Kruger National Park?

How much money will you need for your trip to Kruger National Park? You should plan to spend around R1,211 ($81) per day on your vacation in Kruger National Park, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, R234 ($16) on meals for one day and R367 ($25) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Kruger National Park for a couple is R1,429 ($96). So, a trip to Kruger National Park for two people for one week costs on average R16,948 ($1,140). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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A vacation to Kruger National Park for one week usually costs around R8,474 for one person. So, a trip to Kruger National Park for two people costs around R16,948 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs R33,897 in Kruger National Park. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Kruger National Park can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Kruger National Park? How much money do I need for Kruger National Park?

How much does a trip to Kruger National Park cost? Is Kruger National Park expensive? The average Kruger National Park trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Kruger National Park prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Kruger National Park
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The average price for one person for accommodation in Kruger National Park is R714. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Kruger National Park is R1,429.

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  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Vacation Rental Prices in Kruger National Park

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Food Budget in Kruger National Park
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  • While meal prices in Kruger National Park can vary, the average cost of food in Kruger National Park is R234 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Kruger National Park should cost around R94 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Kruger National Park is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

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Transportation Budget in Kruger National Park
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Kruger National Park is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent R367 per person, per day, on local transportation in Kruger National Park.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Kruger National Park
How much does it cost to go to Kruger National Park? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all airlines.

Rental Cars in Kruger National Park
The price of renting a car in Kruger National Park will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Entertainment Budget in Kruger National Park
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  • Entertainment and activities in Kruger National Park typically cost an average of R314 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Alcohol Budget in Kruger National Park
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  • The average person spends about R62 on alcoholic beverages in Kruger National Park per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Kruger National Park On a Budget
Kruger National Park Kruger National Park, South Africa
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.
As one of Africa's largest game reserves, Kruger National Park is home to a dense population of wildlife, including the "big 5" - lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo. Hundreds of other mammals like zebra, giraffe, and hippo inhabit the area, as well as diverse bird species including vultures, eagles, and storks. Day or night, the reserve is humming with wildlife. The southern part of the park features some of the best flora and fauna, while the northern reaches offer more of a birding paradise.

Park Areas
Kruger National Park hosts a number of northern camps, central camps, and southern camps, depending on the part of the park one wishes to explore. Lower Sabie, Punda Maria, and the Crocodile Bridge rest camps are probably the most popular with visitors. Lower Sabie Rest Camp is situated on the banks of the Sabie River and surrounded by leafy riverine vegetation and set against the backdrop of the Lebombo-Mountain-skyline. Punda Maria in the northern reaches of the park is terraced with white bungalows and equipped with safari tents amidst a wealth of indigenous vegetable and opportunities for bird watching. Crocodile Bridge, at the park's most southern end, is noted for the population of lions that hunt in the area around the banks of the Crocodile River. There are many more camps scattered throughout the park as well as lodges both within and outside the borders. Some of the top luxury lodges include the Kapama River Lodge, Jock Safari Lodge, and Rhino Post Safari Lodge. No matter where you stay, there will be plenty of opportunities for spotting wildlife.

One way of experiencing the park's wildlife is to tour the park by car during daylight hours. Other activities are run by rangers, some of which include bush drives and night drives. Both offer a more guided experience and great opportunities to learn more about the native wildlife and how to spot it. The night drive is an especially unique experience to see nocturnal animals, as the roads are closed to visitors after hours.

There are also a number of trails, either ranger-led or check-in necessary, that are great for getting up close to the native species. One of the most immersive is the Wilderness Trail—a ranger-led hiking tour that lasts a total of three days in the park's wilderness, each night returning to the safety of a camp.
Food and Dining
There are a number of picnic areas within the park for those bringing in their own food, each with "braai" or barbeque facilities and tables. There are also camp shops which sell, food, drinks, and firewood for those staying in the park, and many of the camps have small restaurants, though the menus are generally limited. A staple meal of South Africa is mieliepap (a kind of porridge or polenta made from ground maize), though meats are also central to the diet. Some South African specialties include things like wart hog sausage, springbok tenderloin, ostrich steak, and biltong (dried and preserved meat) made mostly from game animals. Those staying in the camps will generally cook their own food, while lodges in and around the park will have restaurants.

By plane, there are three commercial airports with flights near Kruger National Park. All three are served by South African Airlines and have car rental services available. Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport at Nelspruit receives flights from Johannesburg International Airport, Durban, Cape Town, Livingstone, and Vilanculos. Depending on the entrance gate you wish to pass, the drive from here to the park can be anywhere from 1 to 4 or more hours.

Eastgate Airport at Hoedspruit has a couple of flights a day to Johannesburg. Hoedspruit is fairly centrally located in relation to the north-south orientation of the park.

Phalaborwa Airport is located about 2 kilometers from the Phalaborwa gate of Kruger National Park and serves as an entry route to the northern camps, including Letaba, Olifants, Punda Maria, and Shingwedzi. Phalaborwa is well connected to Johannesburg International Airport with two flights per day during the week and a single flight on Saturday and Sunday.

By car from Johannesburg, take the N4 highway. Upon reaching Nelspruit, continue on to any one of 9 entrance gates. From here, the journey will be anywhere from 1 to 4 or more hours. The gates from the southern end to the north are Crocodile Bridge, Malelane, Numbi, Phabeni, Paul Kruger gate, Orpen, Phalaborwa, Punda Maria, and Parfuri.


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2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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