Stunning camps and quiet - While the Northern Kruger is known for fewer animals, the camps are more beautiful, a lot quieter (we visited between Christmas and NewYear!) and peaceful. We stayed in Letaba and Tamboti and with a few early starts managed to see all the Big 5 and cheetah.
big 5 n more garden - We loved the place . enjoyed skukuza the swimming pool. The drving around the whole place it was zibabo.
GREAT!!!! - We had an absolutely lovely time in the Kruger. We went in at Malelane Gate and went out at Skukuza. We went to Hoedspruit and Graskop. It was an amazing week.
Not Child Friendly - The Kruger National Park is NOT child friendly at all. There is nowhere in the park where they can play and have fun. Not even a swing or a slide or a jungle gym. They are not allowed on game drives, they may not ride bicycles in the rest camps, they may not play around and laugh as it annoys the old age guests. My children hated every moment of our visit in the park. They are well behaved and obedient children in general, but they are busy boys and it was extremely difficult to keep them occupied without getting into trouble. They can only sit still and draw pictures for so long and then they have to get active and busy. After a game drive sitting in the car they need to get rid of their energy. This was frowned upon by most guests and the authorities at the park.
Other than that, I was disappointed with the maintenance and the standard of the facilities in the park. Where we were camping in Skukuza the ablutions were dirty, unkempt and many things are out of order. Taps are either not opening or not closing, toilet doors cannot lock, ice and water machines are not working, there are no plugs in the basins to wash dishes, the train restaurant has been closed after only four weeks and the place is dangerous with glass and rubble lying all over the floor of the platform. The shops at the rest stops are closed because the generators are not working, the restaurant in Skukuza is closed and apparently being renovated. The Skukuza day visitors area is closed because the swimming pool is 'broken'.
The Park is beautiful and it is lovely to be in nature but I am disappointed with the state of the facilities and the total disregard for children. How are we supposed to raise children with a love of nature if they are not welcome in the park?
National Park Entrance of North Kruger Park
Visiting Pafuri Rivercamp - What an awesome place with friendly hosts - everything was perfect and clean - not even footprints after the ground at the tent had been swept.
South Kruger is a gem - As a family we love South Kruger – there is lots to do for everyone and it’s very accessible.
Wildlife experience - Manyeleti Reserve is a nice place to discover wild animals.
yves frederic MAUPIN
National Park Entrance of Central Kruger Park
fantastic! - Efficient, helpful, a unique place.
Our bushveld paradise - Balule Nature Reserve, or better the part OLIFANTS WEST NATURE RESERVE is a private reserve, open to the central area of Kruger National Park.
With no fences wildlife roams freely throughout this area, creating what is known as the Greater Kruger Park.
Balule/Olifants West is easily accessible. The main gate is just 17 kilometres from Hoedspruit.
And that provides easy access to scenic destinations like Panorama Route and Blyde River Canyon as well as day trips to Kruger Park.
But there is so much to keep you busy in the reserve. Morning and evening game drives with professional guides will show you not only BIG FIVE, but also LITTLE FIVE and UGLY THREE. You don't know what that’s about? Come and find out!
Relax at a sparkling splash pool, watch animals from your private patio or book a game walk to explore the reserve on foot - this piece of earth will give you the true African bush feeling.
No tourist cars are allowed for game drives – that makes sure it’s only the Balule guests in a few open game viewing cars and mother nature at it’s best.
Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa Airports (each with daily flights from Johannesburg) are less than 45min. drive.
And Hoedspruit Airport offers trice-a week flight from and to Cape Town.
The best side to enter - It was great entering from there got to see the big five and its a great route through the Kruger
Very nice - Very nice and friendly!
Marloth Kruger Lodges - Kudu Lodge - Loved our stay here house has all you need and is beautiful, beds are SO comfortable- bathrooms need a little maintenance but a minor issue will return soon we hope. Kruger is our most favorite place on earth. Thank you
Tanya de Lima
Phalaborwa--passing through to Kruger - We stayed in Phalaborwa on the way to Kruger for a month. The airport is great and is easy to schedule from JoBurg. In Phalaborwa, one can find, fairly easily, good food shopping, a great butchery (Lood's) where they will custom cut and shrink wrap your meats (and will probably freeze them for you if you go in a day early). From the Kruger Gate, it is an easy trip with some good sightings to Letaba or to Mopani (also include in that Shimuwini bushveld camp).
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Fast and easy - Very clean, fast and efficient, thank you!
Easy to get to and heavily road marked - Didn't find much more than impala. Luck?
Heaven on Earth - What a beautiful place! We were very happy to be a guest of the animals in Sabi Sand Reserve.
Croc Bridge Gate - Love Crocodile Bridge. We are coming from Maputo and "running" to arrive at the gate ... paradise !!
Fazination - 3 Game Drives with Bert! Lot of animals (Lion, Giraffes, Elephants, Warthogs, Kudu, Impalas, Zebras and a perfect Sundowner
Phalaborwa Gate - Phalaborwa gate staff is very efficient, friendly and helpful. Booked a night drive which was done very professionally and very knowledgeable by our guide (Janet). The camp at Letaba is not very nice and the service in the restaurant was appalling, Mopani on the other hand was beautiful and service was excellent. Will definitely return again.
Only Gate we ever go in - Croc bridge is the only gate we go in. We drive all the way from Centurion & enter the park through Crocodile bridge. Service is professional and helpful.
Very satisfied - Phalaborwa gate is up North so it attracts fewer visitors than in the South, enabling shorter queues and quick entry into the park. The Northern part of the park has lots to offer. We would definitely return.
Altus van Tonder
Crocodile Bridge Gate - Friendly, efficient staff - great game viewing close by.
Phalaborwa Gate - Phalaborwa gate was a wonderful experience. Fast and efficient. The accommodation outside was also very nice and only 2 minutes from the gate, so we were able to enter the Park the moment the gate was opened,
National Park Entrance of North Kruger Park
PAFURI GATE HIDE AWAY - We could only rave about the hospilality and fantastic reception we had in Pafuri . we went onto a 4x4 trail into Mozambiue and needed a place to stay for ,pitty, one night before entering the Kruger Park .
this is one place in my life that I,and ,Marlene ,will visit again ! we will plan our journey around you , the road was good ,the setting at the river was to die for . we realy felt the closeness of God and nature in those earthy ,natural ,stunnig set-up . thanx once again for the helpfullness of Tracy and the camp staff . you got a piece af gold there deep in the bush , hope to see you soon .
Mossie & Marlene Mostert , Marlenes guesthouse , Carletonville .
Review - Theo Wilken - We made use of their cafeteria facilities. The breakfast is very good priced and the coffee taste great.
They need to implement a better process to assist the customers as I've waited about an hour in the queue to enter at the gate and more than half an hour in the queue to get coffee.
National Park Entrance of North Kruger Park
Pafuri Gate - When I think about Pafuri, I compare it to heaven. It is the most amazing place to be.I felt so relaxed and at peace ,its like going back to my rootes. There is no pressure, time does not matter and money is no object. The people are friendly and humble, I would not mind going back there. I became one with nature and reliased how great God is just looking at his creation. I feel inner peace at Pafuri ! love the place!
True South African Hospitality - We had an amazing experience and specially when it comes to hospitality. Thanks Frits and the rest of the team for making us feel like our own home! True and pure South African hospitality was present through out our whole trip. Just unlucky we did not get the chance to see that roaring lion!
vacation in Nov 2011 - my boyfriend and I stayed at Olifants and enjoyed every minute of it. The location was brilliant, the food was superb and the game drives were spot on. The staff from the reception through to the restuarant were all so polite. The accommodation was clean and nice to have a rondavel with everything one needed. If I ever found my self in Kruger Olifants is definately where I would stay and I would certainly recommend the resort.
Wild place with stunning vieuws. - We stayed at Amukela game lodge and saw Elephants, buffalo and the rare black rhino! At night we heard lions and jackals. Great vieuws over the bush, back to nature but relatively close to Hoedspruit. We loved it!
Corné Van Dongen
Close to home - As a lodge owner I have found the staff at Malelane gate very helpfull and freindly. The toilets and building surroundings area are neat and tidy.
Anna/Madelaine rio vista
Bush and nature at it's best - Private lodges, from simple to 5 star - no other tourist cars around, when you're on a game drive in open game viewing vehicles - wonderful landscape - birders paradise - and big 5 of course.
But you have to take your time to see them all. It's not a collared zoo .
Go for a guided game walk at the olifants river, watch elephants and hippos.
And again: take your time and relax. Then you will have a wonderful time.
Sssch Its a secret! - North KNP is the last refuge of the "Old Kruger Park experience". Time slows down, fewer people, no traffic jams, great game viewing if you are patient and best of all you can get bookings at short notice.
Balule Nature Reserve - This reserve straddles the Olifants River, known in the local venacular as the Balule River. It is conveniently located just north-east of Hoedspruit & south-west of Phalaborwa, making easily accessible by road or daily flights to these two towns.
The reserve falls within the so-called Greater Kruger Park, meaning it is a continuous ecosystem with this magnificent natural area. Animals are able to move freely from Balule right through Kruger Park & even into Mozambique.
The land is privately-owned & this means that one can choose from a wonderful array of accommodation establishments, ranging from 5 star luxury to camping in the wild, depending on your choice.
There is a wide variety of habitats here, resulting in a vast array of wildlife - a huge assortment of mammals & birds in their natural habitat. Due to the reserve being open to such a huge area, encounters are diverse - depending on the time of year, massive herds of Elephants & Buffalo may be spotted & the resident prides of Lion are legendary.
Many of the Lodges have been operating here for 15 years or more, which benefits the photographers as animals are well acclimatised to the vehicles & guides are well experienced, leading to fascinating close encounters.
Traditional African game reserve without the commercial rubbish! - Beautiful, unspoilt game reserve, full of friendly people and untouched land! Game drives are spectacular and the animals and vegetation suggest a well maintained circle of life there!
Fabolus - I have been to park durring december 2010 with my girlfriend for 4 nigths and we booked at satari rest camp.to be honest,we have the amazing time of our lifes and would like to get back and experince other places within the park.it is quick and good for game viewing and enjoyed every moment.we would love to book for atleast 3(three) other places and explore more of the park.i would like to go and see the boundry border betwenn SA and Mozambique,skukuza,pafuri.all in all it is a good place for couples and or family gateway.
A safari worth saving for: - Ahhh, I had one of the best times ever on a safari thru Kruger. I enjoyed the morning view of the animals and a wonderful breakfast. I enjoyed getting close to the animals along the road. I love the location at the resort near Skukuza and look forward to returning again next year. I used to be a missionary in south africa now I return every other year and take some of the residents to Addos Elephant Reserve as I can't afford to bring them to Kruger and fly over too. The friends certainly can't afford to visit their own beautiful country so I try to save enough to make sure we stay at least a night or two at one game reserve.
I love the animals in their own natural habitat, I love watching them move around. I watched elephants at one watering hole until I fell asleep it was so peaceful and the weather was gorgous. I usually come in September for a month to travel with my friends and give them a vacation they couldn't otherwise afford.
It is a marvelous opportunity if it just didn't cost so much to see God's creation. Well I love the safari can you tell, would I do it again absolutely, someday when I save up. I plan to come again in 2013. Debora
Kruger National Park - We are from Italy but visiting South Africa every year. We have been in several parks, but Kruger is the best for game viewing. We have been there 1 week before Christmas, and spent 2 nights in the Berg en Dal Rest Camp and 4 nights in a private concession close to Skukuza. In general there were only few people around on the public roads and the last day in the lodge we were the only couple left, which made it a rather exclusive stay.
For me it was one of the most beautiful days in my life!
In the morning we went to Skukuza to play a round of golf with the ranger. A very nice and wild course which gives you a lot of adrenaline because it is not fenced and wild animals are crossing the fairway. On the last evening drive we remained in the concession area and were so lucky: 3 couples of lions around us making love. We remained there for at least 2 hours just watching them. For me it was the most impressive Safari we ever had, alone with the ranger and nobody else around. Fantastic !
Kruger National Park - We are from Italy but visiting Southafrica every year. We have been in several parks , but Kruger is the best for game viewing. We have been there 1 week before Christmas, and spent 2 nights in the Berg en Dal Rest Camp and 4 nights in a private concession close to Skukuza. In general there were only few people around on the public roads and the last day in the lodge we were the only couple left, which made it a rather exclusive stay.
For me it was one of the most beautiful days in my life!
In the morning we went to Skukuza to play a round of golf with the ranger. A very nice and wild course which gives you a lot of adrenaline because it is not fenced and wild animals are crossing the fairway.On the last evening drive we remained in the concession area and were so lucky: 3 couples of lions around us making love. We remained there for at least 2 hours just watching them. For me it was the most impressive Safari we ever had, alone with the ranger and nobody else around. Fantastic !
Nice Overnight Stay - Very nice stay there. Beautiful view and great lodge.
Benita Van Aardt
4 nights at Tsakane - Poor game area.
Crocodile Bridge Gate-the best game viewing - Crocodile Bridge gate is located in the south eastern corner of the Kruger National Park in close proximity to other tourist attractions, like Mozambique, Swaziland, Blyde river Canyon, numerous Golf courses and the opportunity to do Tiger fishing in the Komati river.
Crocodile Bridge Gate has been totally revamped and re-Furbished, clients now entering the park through this gate have now only to drive up to the gate and gain access from the comfort of their vehicle, the experienced and friendly staff compliant the recent upgrades.
Further to that the bridge has been elevated over the crocodile river and access can be made all year round.Crocodile Bridges location allows for a diverse habitat, open grass lands, mixed woodlands, thorn thickets and riven's.
The open Grass lands give you diversity of plains game in large herds being Impala, Zebras, Buffalo which are common prey animals for Cheetah, Lions and Leopard. With the concentration of all these prey animals predators have smaller territories.
The mixed woodlands and thorn thickets results in regular viewing of Giraffe, Kudu and Elephant in close quarters, black Rhino also roam these areas due to the vegetation.
With the river frontage and vegetation diversity the viewing of animals fauna and flora make for exciting game viewing opportunities!
The above explained vegetation makes for exciting bird viewing opportunities of the 400 or so species of birds found in the Kruger National Park.
Crocodile Bridge allows for easy traveling to Lower Sabi, Skukuza, Satara and Tshokwane, with amazing Panoramic views and frequent view points showing you the real scale of Kruger National Park.
Phalaborwa Gate, Kruger National Park - Phalaborwa, the place of two summers.
Staying in one of the Bed & Breakfast establishments and driving to the Kruger National Park is really easy. The gate is close to town (1km) with friendly staff, within minutes you are inside the Park and when you feel like an afternoon nap you could exit and still have enough time to go on a late afternoon drive back into the Park. No other town is closer to the Kruger Park than Phalaborwa.
Gateway to the Wild Frontier - The Crocodile bridge gate area is ideally situated for those adventurous travellers who want to discover Africa.
Easy access to the Kruger National Park, one of the finest game reserves on the planet. The Southern Kruger where over 380 species of bird have been identified has the highest concentration of wild game in the Park and an extremely diversified topography. Big 5 sightings are almost a daily occurrence.
A new and exciting activity in the area is tiger fishing. This is done in the Komati River which joins up with the Crocodile River and is teeming with these fantastic sports fish. Fishing is strictly catch-and-release and part of the excitement is looking out for crocodiles and hippos lurking in the water and elephant and buffalo on the bank beside you!
The area also has some great golf courses. Play golf in Kruger or on the banks of the Komati river in Komatipoort.
For those wanting to explore a little more it’s only 15 minutes to the Mozambique border... a simple crossing and you’re in vibrant Maputo the Mozambique capital which is a wonderful experience. Visit the capitol of Mozambique and enjoy a day in the city viewing the Portuguese architecture of the Colonial days - visit the Maputo station designed by Gustaf Eiffel (designer of the Eiffel Tower), the waterfront and harbor. Craft markets are abundant, the local Mozambicans use exotic hard woods for different types of carvings and curios, batiks and other fabrics are also available at the markets. Lunch is normally eaten at the Costa do Sol restaurant, a traditional Portuguese seafood restaurant overlooking the sea, which has become a landmark in Maputo. Enjoy wonderful seafood dishes and a vibey atmosphere all served up at amazingly low prices.
Swaziland is also just an hour away and this day trip offers a different experience but equally enjoyable. Visit traditional cultural villages, bushman paintings, art and craft centres, and view the beauty of one of Africa's last remaining Kingdoms.
Best game lodge at Krüger Park - Balule was the best accommodation and best destination for our trip in South Africa.
Best game lodge at Kruger Park - Relax with view of all Big 5 animals. Elephants, lions... just on the other side of the river. Hippos at night are great. It's just wonderful. Insider tip for people who love nature and good service - be aware of the non tared road it is a challange without 4x4 but is worth it.
Phalaborwa Gate - They care for people. Good atendance person and clean area.
Good - We go there often, very good destination.
Game drives - You have to see Kruger Park from a proper game vehicle unless you have a 4x4 to take you down the dirt roads. The southern part has a vast amount of wildlife and each day something new appears. You will never be bored in the park but children may suffer from the heat and get bored driving around as sometimes you will travel down a road and see nothing at all. It helps to be friendly and stop vehicles going in the opposite direction to ask what is down the road and mostly that's how you find the extraordinary - mating pair of lions and one week old baby elephant.
Perfect safari - Very beautiful location - many animal views in three days - unfortunately there were many sideroads closed because of heavy rains - perfect safari.
Good service and very affordable breakfast - We only made use of the Park Shop Breakfast and do recommend it. It is very affordable and we love to have breakfast there over the weekend.