Kruger National Park Accommodation: Tips inside and near the park

Kruger National Park where to stay: accommodation recommendations

There’s nothing like waking up in the Kruger Park! When I got up and went outside, I stood face to face with a … warthog! Super cute! Spending the night in the Kruger Park simply has something special. You drive out of the gate of the accommodation and you can just encounter a lion or rhino. Staying overnight in the park is not very cheap, but I would like to tell you more about your options!

Kruger park accommodation tips

Kruger Park of private game reserve?

We stayed two nights in a private reserve and two nights in the Kruger Park. For the ultimate safari experience, I think you should experience both. Spending the night in a private reserve does not have to be very expensive and the price-quality ratio is slightly better than in the Kruger Park itself.

Accommodations inside Kruger National Park

We opted for two nights in the park and stayed one night at Satara and one night at Crocodile Bridge. The official website is Sanparks. View the map below with the so-called rest camps and entrance gates. The white lines in the Kruger Park are the paved roads, the unpaved roads are not shown on the map.

Kruger park map rest camps

Orange: our choices. Red: entry gates. Blue: Kruger rest camps

There are many different rest camps in the Kruger Park. The northern part of the Kruger Park is not on this map because there are fewer animals in the north.

A spot at the campsite – from $18 a night

Your cheapest option is renting a camping place (Camp site). Of course, you have to provide a camper or car with a roof tent yourself! Most camps have camping places available. The prices are almost identical everywhere. You can visit the following rest camps:

  • Berg-en-Dal
  • Crocodile Bridge
  • Lebata
  • Lower Sabie
  • Pretoriuskop
  • Satara
  • Skukuza

You will pay between R240 to R355 ($18 and $27) for a camping spot!

Spend the night in a tent or cabin – from $28 per night

accommodation inside kruger park tent

If you do not have a camper or car with roof tent, then staying in a tent or cabin is one of the cheapest options. Some camps in the Kruger Park offer one of these options. For example, in the popular and beautiful camp Lower Sabie you can opt for a single cabin (from R385 / $28) or double cabin (from R410 / $30). These cabins even have air conditioning! You do not have your own bathroom or cooking facilities.

Crocodile Bridge provides the above mentioned tents for 2 people R640 ($49) without air conditioning or bathroom. For this cheap accommodation you can go to the following camps:

  • Crocodile Bridge
  • Lebata
  • Lower Sabie
  • Pretoriuskop
  • Skukuza
  • Tamboti Tented camp

Bungalows and Guest Houses- from $84 a night

Bungalow inside kruger national park

Our bungalow BD2N at Satara Rest Camp

All Rest Camps – except Tamboti – offer bungalows. There are many different types of bungalows. Most bungalows have air conditioning, a refrigerator, own kitchen and bathroom. The more luxurious the bungalow – or the better the location, the more you will pay. In addition, the prices in the high season are higher than the low season. Don’t expect too much luxury, but for two nights a bungalow is really great!

kruger park accommodation inside

Inside our bungalow

The bungalows are usually for 2 and sometimes for 3 persons. If you are with four, then you will have to move to a guest cottage or a family cottage. These cottages are suitable for families or groups of 4 or more persons. A family cottage for four persons costs around R2500 / $183 per night! Families and groups can visit the following rest camps:

  • Orpen
  • Berg-en-Dal
  • Lebata
  • Olifants
  • Lower Sabie
  • Pretoriuskop
  • Satara
  • Skukuza

Price range approximately from $84 to $202 per night!

Kruger Park Entrance Fee

Whether you take a day trip to the Kruger Park or stay overnight, you have to pay an entrance fee. The entrance fee is R372 ($26 per person) per day. If you spend the night outside the Kruger Park and you still want to visit the park for 2 days, you will have to pay an entrance fee twice.

If you stay overnight in the park, you will only have to pay an entrance fee once. On the day you’re leaving the park, you can still drive around all day without paying again. If you’re, like us, spending two nights in the Kruger Park (so 3 days and 2 nights), you will have to pay entrance twice.

Read more tips on Visiting the Kruger Park

Accommodations near Kruger National Park

Spending the night just outside the Kruger Park is also an option. There are many beautiful accommodations located around the park. The advantage of this is that these accommodations often provide better service, are cleaner, offer good food and more luxury.

Accommodation tip: Sabie River Bush Lodge

kruger park accommodation

Sabie River Bush Lodge is a popular accommodation just outside Kruger Park. From the swimming pool you can even look into the Kruger Park. The Phabeni Gate is located 10 M from the lodge. Sabie River Bush Lodge has luxury safari tents for around $73 per night. So if you stay here for two nights and enter the Kruger Park twice, you will pay around $247 including 2 days entrance.

Also nice: Jackalberry Ridge

accommodation near kruger park

All the way to the south, just outside Kruger Park is Jackalberry RidgeYou will get a beautiful safari tent with a private swimming pool for only $62 a night! Crocodile bridge gate is a 20-minute drive from the accommodation. Including two days admission to the park you will pay $225 in total here!

There are a lot of nice and cheap accommodations in and around the Kruger Park. Our experience in the private reserve at Isilimela Lodge is also highly recommended, but in a slightly higher price range.

Hopefully you have benefited from my tips! If you have any questions, ask them below!

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