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Kruger Day Trips

4.4/5  –  356 Kruger Reviews

Kruger National Park ranks highly on most lists of South Africa’s must-visit attractions. In fact, many wildlife enthusiasts would rate Kruger as their favorite destination anywhere in the country. It’s not difficult to see why. Kruger is one of the most expansive national parks in Africa, with a total area of 19,485km²/7,523mi². What’s more, a checklist of 150 mammal species includes sustainable breeding populations of all the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) and many other iconic safari favorites. A 1-day Kruger safari provides you with an opportunity to glimpse some of this park’s biodiversity and wildlife. Be warned, though: at the end of that magical day, you might well find yourself wanting to return for more!

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5 Questions About Kruger Day Trips


5 Questions About Kruger Day Trips

Answered by Philip Briggs

How can I find a reliable tour operator for a 1-day Kruger safari?

“A good place to start is SafariBookings’ dedicated list of operators specializing in Kruger. These include company profiles and average ratings and reviews given by previous customers, all of which will help you choose the operator best suited to your requirements. Once you find a suitable operator, click on the orange box on the right-hand side of the screen to get a free quote for a custom trip. Alternatively, search for existing trips on SafariBookings, narrowing down the duration to 1 day using the slider on the left-hand side of the screen. If you prefer to look for an operator locally once you’re on the road, most hotels and lodges situated within day-tripping distance of Kruger will be able to make a recommendation. Indeed, many of these hotels will offer their own day trips to Kruger, often with the possibility of joining other guests, which may also reduce the price if you are cost conscious.”

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What are the options for a day trip in Kruger?

“Your first decision is whether to opt for a half-day or full-day safari. Many people will find a full-day safari quite tiring, but in most cases the itinerary will include a lunch break at a rest camp or picnic site, and it doubles your chances of seeing the likes of lion, leopard, cheetah or rhino. Where possible, we’d recommend an open-sided high-clearance vehicle over a closed car or minibus. The added elevation will allow you to see deeper into the bush, and open sides make for a more immersive safari experience. Nervous first-time safari-goers might understandably prefer to be in a closed vehicle, on the basis it makes them less vulnerable to potentially dangerous animals. In reality, however, the additional risk associated with an open vehicle is negligible. Which part of the park you visit on a day trip will be dictated largely by where you’re staying outside the park. If you have the choice, however, I would tend to avoid gates close to Skukuza, as this part of the park carries the most tourist traffic. In my experience, two particularly rewarding routes for relatively traffic-free day safaris run between Crocodile Bridge Gate and Lower Sabie Rest Camp, or between Orpen Gate and Satara Rest Camp.”


What can I expect from a day trip in the park?

“Your guide will probably aim for the earliest possible start, ideally to be at the entrance gate just before it opens. This is because big cats and other carnivores tend to be most active at night and in the early morning. Lions, in particular, often rest up overnight on roads, but tend to move deeper into the bush as the day progresses. Two other good reasons to be out at sunrise are the soft photographic light and prolific bird activity. Once you’ve been out for a couple of hours, you’ll most likely stretch your legs and have coffee or a snack at one of the park’s many picnic sites and rest camps. On a full-day trip, you’ll probably stop for lunch at one of the rest camps, most of which have affordable restaurants. A lunch stop in Kruger doesn’t necessarily equate to a break in wildlife viewing. Many rest camps and picnic sites face a river or waterhole that attract thirsty wildlife in the heat of the day. They are also generally good for bird watching. After lunch, you’ll go on another game drive, heading out toward one of the entrance gates. For logistical reasons, this may well be the same gate through which you entered, but that doesn’t mean you’ll only see what you did on the way in, as animals are constantly on the move. We recommend asking your guide to stay in the park until the gates close, as cats and other predators tend to become active again toward sunset, and the late afternoon light is usually great for photography.”


Which animals can I expect to see on a 1-day Kruger safari?

“There are few certainties when it comes to wildlife viewing, but you can be pretty sure of seeing hippo, giraffe, crocodile, zebra, warthog, wildebeest, waterbuck, greater kudu and impala on a day trip to Kruger. Elephant, buffalo, white rhino and lion probably fall into the ‘more likely than not’ category, but you’d be very fortunate indeed to see all four in one day. Leopard and cheetah are possible but less likely, and African wild dog and black rhino very unlikely with just one day in the park. Don’t allow the hype surrounding the Big Five to distract you from the smaller stuff. Look out for colorful agama lizards, terrapins sunning themselves on the side of waterholes, and dung beetles rolling balls of elephant dung along the road. And you can hardly fail to notice the park’s spectacular birdlife. Kruger’s avian stars include the dazzling lilac-breasted roller, imposing martial eagle and massive ostrich, but more than 500 bird species have been recorded in total.”


Should I consider booking a day trip to Kruger if I’m on a self-drive safari?

“Definitely. On a day trip to Kruger, you’ll travel with a driver-guide who knows the relevant part of the park intimately and is vastly experienced when it comes to spotting wildlife. In addition, most organized safaris operate high-clearance open-sided vehicles, which are better suited for looking at animals deep in the bush than a normal saloon car. All of which means you’re likely to see a far greater variety of wildlife than you would on your own. Something else worth thinking about for self-drivers are the guided drives offered at most of the park’s rest camps. These are more affordable than a private day tour, but have similar advantages, particularly when it comes to spotting big cats. Most of the rest camps also now offer guided night drives, which offer a unique perspective on the bush, since self-drivers are not allowed out of camp after dark. At the risk of stating the obvious, you can only realistically book onto these guided safaris if you’re staying at one of the appropriate rest camps.”


Kruger Reviews

4.4/5 356 Reviews
Anthony Ham  –  
Australia AU

Anthony is a photographer and writer for travel magazines and Lonely Planet, including the guides to Kenya and Botswana & Namibia.

Kruger: South Africa’s Most Prolific Park

Kruger belongs in the elite of African wildlife parks and experiences. At once a byword for abundance and hugely accessible, Kruger is a brilliant place for first-time safari-goers. The infrastructure of paved roads is classic South Africa,...

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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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Ilka Rivera G.  –  
Mexico MX
Reviewed: Jul 9, 2023

The guides were very good at finding animals, which gave us an excellent experience. We managed to see elephants, rhinos, giraffes, lions, hyenas, pumbas, baboons, zebras, and many other animals. It was an excellent experience.

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Perpetua  –  
Singapore SG
Reviewed: Jun 24, 2023

The wildlife and beauty of the place is unmatched but there were many other tourists as well, which made us feel that we had a more intimate experience at Milima. Nonetheless, the variety of animals and the fact that they exist in much...

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Wojciech Koziołek  –  
Poland PL
Reviewed: May 21, 2023

Beautiful scenery, amazing bush vibe, lots of animals but unfortunately no predators at all during our 2- days visit. We only saw 2 out of 5 from the Big Five (elephants and buffalos). Birding was excellent- we saw lots of very interesting...

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Arturo Mora  –  
Ecuador EC
Reviewed: May 19, 2023

Kruger National Park is full of species (only in our second day of tour I counted at least 16 mammal species and many birds and other species). The landscapes are beautiful in particular in the South part of the Park and is very accesible...

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