Kruger National Park Holidays

Experience the heart of African safaris at Kruger National Park, one of the world’s greatest.

With an incredibly high chance of seeing the Big Five in their natural environment, Kruger National Park also offers unparalleled beauty and iconic landscapes; from mountainous backdrops and open savannahs to tropical forests. Stay in a small, luxury lodge in the heart of the park for the ultimate intimate safari, and explore the South African wilderness with your eyes peeled as you look out for lion, African elephant, cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros. You might even spot the rare white lion if you’re lucky.

Don’t stop there: see more of South Africa during your trip by starting in Cape Town before taking a luxury train to Pretoria and combining with the Cape Winelands and Johannesburg before rounding off your once-in-a-lifetime holiday at Kruger National Park. Or, take a self-drive trip through the stunning countryside for an even more unique perspective. 

Destination Highlights
  • The Big Five
  • Luxury safari lodges
  • One of the best national parks in Africa and the world
  • Hot air balloon rides

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Protea Hotel Kruger Gate

Protea Hotel Kruger Gate

Kruger National Park

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Protea Hotel Kruger Gate
Swimming pool

Lion Sands River Lodge

Kruger National Park

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Lion Sands River Lodge
Bedroom

Jock Safari Lodge

Kruger National Park

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Jock Safari Lodge
Leopard in South Africa

Lion Sands Tinga Lodge

Kruger National Park

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Lion Sands Tinga Lodge

Time Zone

GMT +2 hours

Flight Time

Indirect flights from Ireland are available to Johannesburg with Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways and Air France.

Currency

ZAR - South African rand

Visa Information

Irish citizens do not need to obtain a visa for South Africa for stays of up to 90 days. Strict entrance policies apply for passengers traveling with children under the age of 18.

Language

English is widely spoken

Health Information

Special vaccines are required for travel to Kruger National Park.
  • Hot air ballooning in Kenya

    Hot air balloon

    Book a sun rise hot air balloon ride over Kruger, a beautiful way to start your day.

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Average weather in January

Good travel weather

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Kruger National Park
27ºC
93mm

Average weather in February

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Kruger National Park
26ºC
93mm

Average weather in March

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Kruger National Park
25ºC
68mm

Average weather in April

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23ºC
37mm

Average weather in May

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Kruger National Park
20ºC
14mm

Average weather in June

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Kruger National Park
16ºC
11mm

Average weather in July

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Kruger National Park
17ºC
12mm

Average weather in August

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Kruger National Park
18ºC
9mm

Average weather in September

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Kruger National Park
21ºC
26mm

Average weather in October

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Kruger National Park
23ºC
43mm

Average weather in November

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Kruger National Park
24ºC
66mm

Average weather in December

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Kruger National Park
26ºC
94mm
  • Steph

    Destination Specialist

    “Like an adventure? Be sure to book your stay within the Lion Sands Game Reserve. Pre-book a night in one of their exclusive tree houses and spend a night under the stars.”

  • Nick, Senior Destination Manager

    Nick

    Senior Destination Manager

    “Taking a walking safari is one of most exciting experiences – nothing will ever compare to the thrill of seeing the animals outside the safety of your safari vehicle.”

Types of Kruger National Park holidays

Lions Head and Cape Town

Kruger National Park Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, Kruger National Park is a year-round destination. The best time to visit for safaris is during winter, from May to September, when game is easier to spot. The summer months from November to February are great for migratory birdwatching and seeing the arrival of new-born animals. 

Yes, you have a good chance of seeing the Big Five – elephants, lions, buffalos, leopards and rhinos – in the Kruger National Park, depending on which game reserve you stay in. There is said to be a pride of at least 25 lions here, while the elusive leopard may be more difficult to spot. 

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