African Safari Essentials

Kruger Park South Africa is a true African safari experience boasting unrivalled game viewing. Kruger Park covers almost 2 million hectares where you can enjoy the animals, birds and plants on a Kruger Park Safari. Whether a luxury Kruger safari, Guided Kruger safari, Lion Safari, Elephant safari, Self drive safari, walking safari, birding safari or just to connect with nature Kruger Park is the place.

Africa and Indian Ocean Islands

Price Guide per person per night based on two people sharing.
R75 - R500 (includes camping)
R500 -R 2000
R2000 - R3500
R3500 -R 5000
R5000 or more

Places to stay inside Kruger Park

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SAN Parks
Main Restcamps
Camping, Self catering and chalets available
Berg en dal
Crocodile Bridge
Lower Sabie
Punda Maria

Bushveld Camps
Self catering and Chalets only

Luxury Lodges
Imbali Safari Lodges
Jock Safari Lodge
Lukimbi Safari Lodge
Rhino Walking Safaris
Shishangeni Lodge
Singita Lebombo Lodge
Tinga Game Lodge
Pafuri Camp

Accommodation Guide to Sabi Private Reserve Kruger
Includes meals and Game Drives

Lion Sands Lodge
1993 camp
Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge
Sabi Sabi Selati Camp
Leopard Hills Safari
Leadwood Lodge
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
Londolozi Founders Camp
Londolozi Pioneer Camp
Londolozi Tree Camp
Londolozi Varty Camp
Singita Lebembo Lodge
Singita Sweni Lodge
Singita Boulders Lodge
Dulini Safari Lodge
Exeter River Lodge
Kirkmans Kamp
Mala Mala Sable camp
Mala Mala Main camp
Rattrays Camp
Sabi Earth Lodge
Sabi Little Bush Camp
Savanna Lodge
Singita Ebony Lodge
Ulusaba Rock Lodge
Ulusaba Safari Lodge
Nkorho Bush Lodge
Nottens Bush Camp
Djuma Bush Lodge
Djuma Galago Camp
Djuma Vuyatela Lodge
Chitwa Chitwa Lodge
Arathusa Safari Lodge
Elephant Plains Lodge
Idube Game Lodge
Inyati Game Lodge

Accommodation Guide to Timbavati Private Reserve Kruger
Includes meals and Game Drives

Ngala Safari Lodge
Ngala Tented Camp
Kwa Mambili
Jackalberry Lodge
Royal Legends
Motswari Game Lodge

Accommodation Guide to Thornybush Private Reserve Kruger
Includes meals and Game Drives

» Kwa-Mbili Safari Lodge
» Jackalberry Game Lodge
Simbambili Lodge

Accommodation Guide to Klaserie Private Reserve Kruger
Includes meals and Game Drives

Gomo Gomo Lodge

Travel Guide to

Kruger South Africa
Victoria Falls


South Africa General Information

South Africa Time Zone: GMT + 2

South Africa Currency: Rand (ZAR; symbol R) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of R200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of R5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 cents.
Approximate exchange rate: US$ 1 = R7.8, Euro 1 = R12, £1 = R15.5

South Africa Official Languages: The official languages are Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. English is spoken in all areas of South Africa.

South Africa Power Supply: Electricity 220/240 volts AC; 50Hz.
Three-pin round plugs are in use.

Religion in South Africa: Most inhabitants profess Christianity of some form and belong to Catholic, Anglican, other protestant denominations, Afrikaner Dutch Reformed churches or African independent churches. There are also significant Hindu, Muslim and Jewish communities, and traditional beliefs are still practised widely, sometimes in conjunction with Christianity.

International Dialling code for South Africa: + 27

Kruger (South Africa)Weather & Climate

Kruger is a year-round destination in a vast and diverse area and wildlife is the major attraction.

South Africa's climate is generally sunny and pleasant. Winters are usually mild and summers pleasantly warm. In Kruger National Park the weather is generally a lot warmer than the rest of South Africa.

The tropic of Capricorn crosses the north end of Kruger park putting Kruger into a tropical weather region. Summers ( October to March) can get very warm in the Kruger while winter rarely gets cold during the day with evenings and nights getting chilly at worst.

The year can be roughly split into two seasons for Kruger National Park.

The Wet Season - which is the warmer months of November to March.
The grass can be long in some areas after the rains and everything is lush and green, and the birding is excellent. November and December are the calving months. The animals and birds are in good condition with ample supply of water and food.

The Dry Season – Which is the warm days but cooler nights of April to October. It is easier to spot game as the vegetation is less dense, grass is shorter and water is restricted to rivers and waterholes, where the wildlife congregates.

The optimum safari season is May to August and the hot months of September and October. The climate is comfortable in the dry winter months of May, June, July and August. Daytime temperatures are mild and the nights get a little cool.

Visas and Entry Requirements for South Africa

Passport valid for at least 30 days after the intended date of departure are required by all nationals visiting South Africa. Passport must have at least two blank pages for entry stamp which cannot include the 'endorsement' page at the back.

Tourists and visitors who also require a visa must have a passport with two blank facing pages, one for the visa and one for their entry stamp. Anyone attempting to enter South Africa without the required pages may be returned to their country of origin.

Most nationals visiting South Africa for business and tourist purposes will be granted a visa on arrival at the airport for stays of up to 90 days,


Nationals of Cyprus, Hungary, Poland and Slovak Republic who may stay for up to 30 days, and nationals of Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Slovenia who do require a visa obtained in advance. Transit passengers continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft provided holding onward or return documentation and not leaving the airport will not require a visa, although advance notice of overnight stay will still be required.

Kruger / South African Cuisine

A thriving agricultural sector yields excellent meat, fruit and wines and the long coastline produces very fresh and cheap seafood. South Africans like to eat out so there is an excellent and diverse range of restaurants. This is especially so in cities, where all international cuisines are represented. Fruity and sweet Cape Malay cuisine can be found in Cape Town, while the Indian influence in Durban provides some authentic Asian food on the KwaZulu-Natal coast, and Mozambique peri peri spicy chicken and prawns are popular all over the country.

Braais (barbeques) are hugely popular and every campsite, self-catering accommodation and picnic spot has a braai pit. Meat is a well-loved staple in South Africa, although vegetarians are offered at least a couple of dishes in even small-town eateries.

National specialities

• Sosaties (a type of kebab).
• Bobotie (a curried mince dish, of which waterbolmmetjiebredie, made with a local water plant, is particularly good).
• Potjiekos (a casserole cooked for hours in an iron pot, usually outside).
• Bredies (meat, tomato and vegetable casseroles).
• Biltong (seasoned dried meat).

National drinks

• Umqombothi, a home-brewed sorghum beer.
• Excellent local red and white wines (including chardonnay), sherries and brandies.
• Rooibos, a red-leafed tea grown in the Western Cape.
• Amarula Cream, a sweet creamy liqueur made from the fruit of the Marula tree.

Legal drinking age: 18

Tipping: Normally 10 to 15% if service is not included. It is customary to tip waiters. By law, hotel rates do not include a service charge.

South Africa History, Culture & People

South Africa has a population of approximately 19 million people.

Handshaking is the usual form of greeting. Normal courtesies should be shown when visiting someone's home. Casual wear is widely acceptable. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings and on public transport, and restaurants have enclosed or outdoor smoking sections.

South Africa is a republic that gained Independence from the United Kingdom in 1910. The Republic of South Africa lies at the southern end of the African continent. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and is bordered to the north by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland and totally encloses Lesotho.

South Africa has three major geographical regions, namely plateau, mountains and the coastal belt. The high plateau has sharp escarpments which rise above the plains, or veld. Despite two major river systems, the Limpopo and the Orange, most of the plateau lacks surface water.

Along the coastline are sandy beaches and rocky coves, and the vegetation is shrub-like. The mountainous regions that run along the coastline from the Cape of Good Hope to the Limpopo Valley in the northeast of the country are split into the Drakensberg, Nuweveldberg and Stormberg ranges.

Following the 1994 elections, South Africa was organised into nine regions. These comprise;

  • the Western Cape with its provincial and national capital of Cape Town,
  • the Eastern Cape with its provincial capital of Bisho,
  • the Northern Cape with its provincial capital of Kimberley,
  • KwaZulu-Natal with its provincial capital of Pietermaritzburg,
  • the Free State with its provincial capital of Bloemfontein,
  • the North West Province with its provincial capital of Mmabatho,
  • Limpopo (formerly called the Northern Province) with its provincial capital of Polokwane (formerly called Pietersburg),
  • Mpumalanga with its provincial capital of Nelspruit, and
  • Gauteng with its provincial capital of Johannesburg.


    Photography on Safari

    You will have the opportunity to take some amazing photo's while on your safari.

    On guided Kruger Safaris talk to your Ranger before the Game drives and bush walks and he can guide you as to what you are likely to see and help position you best on the drives for light and angles.

    It is helpful to know the behaviour of the animals and birds you're trying to photograph. By understanding their behaviour you will have a better chance of finding them and you will be able to predict their actions.

    Never interfere with the natural behaviour of the animals in order to take a better photo! Please be courteous when taking pictures.

    For more information on Safari Photography see our professional photographers Safari Photography tips by clicking here...

    What to wear on Safari

    On safari, most people wear shorts and a T-shirt during the day and put on long sleeved shirts and long pants in the evening. Different lodges have different etiquette when it comes to dressing for dinner, at many of the lodges the atmosphere is very informal and you can happly wear a clean set of shorts and T-short and feel comfortable while at other lodges there is an expectation of long trousers and shirt - which you will probably be more comfortable in anyway as this will protect against mosquito bites, dusk and early evening is when the mosquitoes are most active.

    Should you be particularly sensitive to the sun a loose cotton shirt is essential during the day. Khaki, brown, olive and beige colours are best for and safaris and game walks.

    White is not a suitable colour for these activities, as it increases your visibility to wildlife you want to get a closer look at and it will get dirty very quickly. Fleece or sweater and a windbreaker for game drives, because it is highly possible that you may go out on a hot day, but be faced with a chill evening on your return. Remember that layering your clothing will keep you warmer than relying on one thick item.

    For more advice on Safari cloting and suggestions on what to pack see our What to wear on Safari section by clicking here...

    And Please

    Litter tossed on the ground can choke or poison animals and birds and is unsightly. Refrain from smoking on game drives. The dry African bush in Kruger Park ignites very easily, and a flash fire can kill many animals.

    At many of the Kriger lodges and campsites you will find animals (typically warthog, the usually shy bushbuck and other impala) taking advantage of the lush green lawns and water supply. These animals have become accustomed to human visitors and may seem very tame. Never attempt to feed or approach any of these animals, they are still wild animals and can be dangerous if they feel threatened in any way.