How A lot Does a Kruger Nationwide Park Self-Drive Safari Value?

When you’re visiting the Higher Kruger space in South Africa you will have three fundamental choices for occurring safari to see the various wildlife that features lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and far more. You possibly can keep in a lodge in a personal sport reserve, self-drive throughout the Kruger Nationwide Park, or take an organised tour. I’ve already in contrast our experiences of staying in lodges vs self-driving and written an in depth information that will help you plan a Kruger self-drive safari on a price range. On this put up I break down precisely how a lot a self-drive journey prices.

As at all times, we tracked our bills in our journey price range app, Path Pockets, which allowed us to enter bills in South African rand and see how a lot we have been spending in our house forex kilos.

That is what our Kruger self-drive value for 2 individuals staying three nights in relaxation camps (in South African rand, US , and British kilos):

Kruger National Park self-drive cost - a detailed breakdown of a self-drive safari budget

This works out at US $102 (£80) per particular person per night time. Right here’s what we spent it on:


Kruger National Park self-drive costs - getting up close to a giraffe

You get very near a few of the animals on a self-drive safari

We rented a automotive at Johannesburg airport, which is a four–5 hour drive from Kruger Nationwide Park. You don’t want a 4WD as most roads are tarmac, so we rented the most affordable, compact automotive with air con.

You possibly can search on Rental Vehicles or Kayak for the perfect offers. We booked with Round About Vehicles who use Tempest in Johannesburg and paid R5508 ($430/£334) for a 36-day rental (we visited Kruger as a part of a highway journey to Cape City). Should you ebook far sufficient prematurely you possibly can nonetheless get an identical day fee for a four-day rental.

We crammed up with petrol once we entered the park and that is the price that I included above. Petrol value R13.50 ($1.12/£zero.82) a litre within the park and a bit much less outdoors the park. I haven’t included the gas value of driving from Johannesburg to Kruger as some individuals fly to the park and hire a automotive there. 


Our outdoor kitchen at Olifants in Kruger National Park

Our out of doors kitchen at Olifants

We stayed within the government-run SAN Parks relaxation camps—one night time in Olifants and two nights in Decrease Sabie. We selected the most costly lodging (aside from household cottages)—bungalows with air-conditioning, ensuite rest room, kitchen, terrace and a view. The lodging is primary however purposeful and doesn’t examine to the beautiful rooms we stayed in at Umlani and Klaserie Sands lodges.

Kruger safari self-drive: Our bungalow at Olifants Rest Camp

Our bungalow at Olifants Relaxation Camp

There are cheaper lodging choices in Kruger Nationwide Park. Campsites for 2 individuals value R285 ($22/£17), so if we had camped we’d have diminished our day by day price range to $61 per particular person and even much less if we had self-catered. We’d have wanted to purchase or hire a tent although.

Huts with shared bogs and kitchens value round R520 ($41/£32), so if we had stayed in these our day by day bills would have been $70 per particular person or much less if we had self-catered.

Learn my detailed Kruger self-drive safari information for extra details about the park lodging and learn how to ebook it.

Entrance Charges

A rare African wild dog sleeping by the side of the road in Kruger National Park on a self-drive safari

A uncommon African wild canine sleeping by the facet of the highway

Our greatest expense after lodging was the Kruger Nationwide Park entrance price of R304 ($24/£18) every per day for worldwide guests.

In case you are spending longer in Kruger or additionally visiting different parks in South Africa, it may well work out cheaper to purchase a South African Nationwide Parks Wild Card for R3455 per couple which supplies you entry to all South African parks for a 12 months. You should buy a Wild Card membership on-line or from some gates.

Meals & Espresso

Kruger self-drive guide- Toasted sandwich and salad at Mugg & Bean restaurant

Toasted sandwich and salad at Mugg & Bean restaurant

We purchased some snacks earlier than we entered the park and bananas in a camp store for breakfast. We ate lunch and dinner in the remaining camp eating places—Debonairs pizza for one meal and the others on the Mugg & Bean eating places (toasted sandwiches, soup, salad, wraps, or nachos). The meals isn’t superb however parts are massive and it was extra reasonably priced than we anticipated—our common meal for 2 value R162 ($13/£10) together with a number of drinks. We’re vegetarian and meat dishes would have been dearer.

Faucet water is drinkable in South Africa so we crammed up our water bottles. We did purchase Appletiser drinks every single day (a scrumptious South African glowing 100% apple juice). Simon purchased a espresso on the primary few days then made his personal AeroPress espresso and crammed up a flask for our 5 am drive on day three.

Self-catering may scale back meals prices. All lodging in the remaining camps has entry to a personal or shared kitchen and braai (barbeque). Utensils and plates aren’t at all times supplied although.

Information Ebook

We purchased Andy and Lorrain Tinker’s Kruger Nationwide Park Information and Map for R115 ($9.50/£7) on the Orpen camp store once we entered the park. It was undoubtedly price it with detailed maps, steered itineraries, and footage of animals and birds the place you’ll be able to mark off what you’ve seen.


Elephants in road on self-drive safari in Kruger National Park

Elephants within the highway on our self-drive safari

We didn’t spend something on actions as we solely went on self-drive safaris and didn’t do any of the guided drives or walks that the Kruger relaxation camps provide. You may need to contemplate doing one among these in the event you aren’t additionally staying in a lodge. A morning stroll prices R500 ($41/£30) and a sundown drive prices R280 ($23/£17).

Kruger Self-Drive vs Lodge Value

Terrace at Klaserie Sands River Camp, South Africa

The gorgeous terrace at Klaserie Sands

We liked our stays in non-public sport reserve lodges, however they’re much dearer that self-driving in neighbouring Kruger Nationwide Park. Right here’s what to anticipate from lodge prices in off-season (once we visited in January). Costs are per particular person per night time and embrace all meals, two sport drives and a bush stroll every day, and generally alcoholic drinks.

  • Shindezla Tented Camp in Timbavati – R1950 ($152/ £118). That is the most affordable lodge I discovered with lodging in primary tented rooms. 
  • Umlani Bushcamp in Timbavati – R3050 ($237/ £185). We liked this reasonably priced, off-the-grid eco-lodge.
  • Klaserie Sands River Camp in Klaserie – R4100 ($318/ £248). An intimate luxurious lodge and the perfect place we’ve ever stayed.
  • Singita Boulders Lodge in Sabi Sands – R21,634 ($1678/ £1309). One of the luxurious lodges in Kruger with a price ticket to match.

As you’ll be able to see, $102 per particular person per night time for a Kruger self-drive safari is far more reasonably priced.

In case you are on the lookout for a price range safari, a Kruger Nationwide Park self-drive journey is the most affordable choice, particularly in the event you camp and scale back your bills to $60 a day. Be sure to learn my Kruger self-drive information for every little thing you might want to know to plan an incredible journey.

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