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3-Day Kruger From Johannesburg - Compare 51 Safaris

4.5/5  –  331 Kruger Reviews

Kruger National Park is one of the best parks anywhere in Africa and going there on a 3-day safari from Johannesburg is a terrific way to visit. Yes, it would be good to have more time, because Kruger is a large and diverse park that rewards those who stay for longer. But with 3 days you can certainly get a taste of what the park and its surroundings have to offer, and with careful planning you can really make the most of your visit. No matter how long you stay in the park, you’re sure to see lots of amazing wildlife and fall in love with the park and its wide variety of classic southern African landscapes.

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5 Questions About 3-Day Kruger Safaris From Johannesburg


5 Questions About 3-Day Kruger Safaris From Johannesburg

Answered by Anthony Ham

Is 3 days enough time for a Kruger National Park safari from Johannesburg?

“It would always be good to have more time in and around Kruger. In fact, the more time you can spend there the better. But I would consider 3 days to be the minimum amount of time for a Kruger safari out of Johannesburg. It’s important that you understand what exactly a 3-day Kruger safari from Johannesburg means. On a 3-day safari, you will travel to Kruger from Johannesburg on day 1 and return on day 3. You will, therefore, sleep for 2 nights in the park and have 1 full day to enjoy it. If you leave Johannesburg early on day 1 and return late on your final day, you can really add some extra time to your safari. Either way, on a 3-day safari you will have time for at least four game drives at the best times for seeing animals: early morning and late afternoon, when the wildlife is at its most active.”


How do I get to Kruger from Johannesburg?

“There are two ways to get from Johannesburg to Kruger: by road and by air. If you’re only on a 3-day safari, traveling by air is definitely the best option, unless you want to spend 2 out of the 3 days traveling, rather than actually being on safari. If you do fly, one option is to fly to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (which is just outside the southwestern corner of the park). If you do this, you’ll be well placed for exploring the southern section of the park but won’t be able to see much beyond that. The other flying option is to take a charter flight from Johannesburg into one of the airstrips belonging to private accommodation places in Kruger, or into one of the private reserves (such as Sabi Sand Game Reserve) just outside the park. Once there, you’ll be restricted to exploring the area close to where you’re staying. Driving is a possibility, and it’s certainly a better option if you’re looking for a cheap or affordable safari. It’s a 375km/235mi drive to Kruger from Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport, which should take 4 to 6 hours. If you are traveling in this way, you could be in Kruger by lunchtime on day 1 if you leave Johannesburg early.”


What animals can I see on a 3-day Kruger safari?

“Kruger is a fantastic park for seeing animals, and you should be able to see many of the park’s signature species on your 3-day safari. Kruger is one of the best places in Africa for seeing the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo), and all five species are commonly seen. Rhino poaching remains a problem, but the park still has a healthy population of white rhino. Other highlights might include zebra, giraffe, cheetah, hippo, wildebeest, impala, greater kudu and spotted hyena. Remember also that it doesn’t matter whether you’re staying and exploring inside the park or in one of the private reserves around the perimeter. There are no fences between the park and the reserves, so they share the same wildlife. I once saw the Big Five on a single afternoon game drive in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.”


Should I choose a self-drive, private or group tour for a 3-day Kruger safari?

“Kruger is an excellent place whichever kind of safari you’re on. The only drawback with a self-drive 3-day Kruger safari from Johannesburg is that you will spend 4 to 6 hours driving to get to Kruger on the first day, and another 4 to 6 hours returning on the last day. Inside Kruger, you’ll love having your own vehicle and the freedom it brings, but it does mean overall that you’ll have less time to enjoy the park. Both group and private safaris can be excellent. A private safari (which means you have your own vehicle, guide and driver) is a wonderfully intimate and exclusive way to get around. You’ll have the guide all to yourself and much more control over what you see and where you go. At the same time, a private safari can be really expensive, and you won’t get to enjoy the camaraderie of sharing your safari with a group of like-minded safari enthusiasts.”


What is the cost of a 3-day Kruger safari from Johannesburg?

“You will find that there are lots of different tours and packages on offer for a 3-day Kruger safari from Johannesburg, as well as lots of differences in the prices you can pay. As a general rule, you might be able to get a budget camping safari in Kruger for as little as US$100 per person per day. For this price, you may be expected to help out with chores around camp, but not necessarily. At the higher end of the market, you could pay US$500 per person per day or even more. Factors that can affect the cost of your safari include the type of accommodation, the type of safari (private safaris are more expensive than self-drive or group safaris) and the season when you travel. Always make sure that you understand what is included in any price quoted to you by a safari operator. Standard inclusions (unless you’re on a self-drive safari) are transfers, accommodation (including camping equipment where needed), guide, driver, vehicle, game drives, park entry fees, meals and some drinks.”


Kruger Reviews

4.5/5 331 Reviews
Mike Unwin  –  
United Kingdom UK

Mike is an award winning wildlife writer, editor of Travel Zambia magazine and author of the Bradt Guide to Southern African Wildlife.

Safaris for everyone

I love the Kruger. But I admit that this sometimes puts me in a minority. Many safari purists scorn the tarred roads and large public camps of South Africa’s premier park as a travesty of ‘real’ wilderness. And they have a point: the...

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Lizzie Williams  –  
South Africa ZA

Lizzie is a reputed guidebook writer and author of the Footprint guides to South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

South Africa’s flagship park with excellent facilities and unrivalled game-viewing

South Africa’s largest park most certainly fulfils most visitors’ expectations of seeing magnificent herds of game roaming across acacia-studded savannah. After countless visits at different times of the year, I have found it can get a...

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Tyler W.  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Dec 1, 2022

On the particular day that we went, we didn't see much wildlife, however on other days, some Safari members mentioned they saw a lot of animals. The landscape was fairly uniform without much variation.

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Emily Ward  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Mar 2, 2020

Kruger is enormous, and the size of the park and its openness to all kinds of vehicles makes for more potential animal sightings. It also makes for more potential traffic jams. Sightings rely on animals being close to the roads, but there...

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James Arnold  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Feb 27, 2020

Had to stay on paved, rather wide roads. other than a lion that was laying next to the road, there was no way to really get close to nature. however, there were many animals sighted and i still had a nice time

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Mrs Ella Coates  –  
United Kingdom UK
Reviewed: Nov 8, 2019

I have previously seen a great deal more wildlife - maybe the weather affected where the animals were to be found! Also there had been a fair amount of controlled burning and so there was little feeding for much of the wildlife, and given...

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