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Kruger National Park Holidays

Kruger Safari holidays provide the ultimate game viewing experience. Known as one of the largest game reserves in Africa, prepare to cast your eyes upon unparalleled beauty and awe-inspiring landscapes; from mountainous backdrops and open savannah to riverbanks, undulating hills, glades of Fever Trees and plenty of wildlife.

The Kruger is a wilderness just waiting to be explored, drive through the dusty savannah, admiring the riverine forest as you look for Africa’s big 5 - elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and Cape buffalo – in their natural environment. See vast herds of impala and zebra as they congregate around a waterhole, venture past giraffes as they browse in the sun and prepare for every hair to stand on end as you watch a pride of lions, resting in the shade as their cubs play amongst the lofty outcrops. Every moment on a Kruger Safari holiday is filled with adventure, excitement and lots of unexpected surprises.

The ultimate safari experience

When it comes to a once in a lifetime safari experience Kruger Safari Holidays has it all and to top it off, why not enjoy it in style? With accommodation options that go beyond simple lodges, you can soak up all the action and adventure this location has to offer with the added luxury of a high-end safari lodge equipped with private pool and decking that looks out across the Savannah. After an enjoyably busy day on game drives, relax with a glass of fine wine and amazing food amongst natural surroundings.

Why stop there? See more of South Africa during your trip and include a city break in Johannesburg to enjoy a melting pot of art, history and culture or head to Cape Town and drive the Garden Route for a refreshing change in scenery. Your options are limitless, call one of our Destination Specialists and we'll tailor-make your perfect itinerary, just for you.

Destination Highlights
  • Drive through Greater Kruger on a sunrise or sunset safari and prepare to be spellbound as you encounter wild animals such as lions, elephants and giraffes in their natural habitat.
  • Home to over 350 different species of bird, cruise the waters of the great Olifants River on a ‘Kambaku’ houseboat and see how many birds you can spot.
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views of the stars above. Far from the city lights, you’ll enjoy some of the best stargazing in South Africa.
  • Stay in a luxury safari lodge at Sabi sands, one of South Africa’s most prestigious game reserves.

Our favourite hotels

There are a wide variety of luxurious Kruger lodges to choose from. Below we’ve listed some of our favourite places to stay on Kruger Safari Holidays. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like then we'd be more than happy to help.

Protea Hotel Kruger Gate

Protea Hotel Kruger Gate

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Protea Hotel Kruger Gate
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Jock Safari Lodge

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Jock Safari 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.
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Kruger National Park

The Greater Kruger is a great place to visit all year round, however, the dry season between April and October is usually the best time for a safari. The later you visit in the dry season, the better your chances of seeing wildlife, the bush becomes drier and animals seek out water holes so viewing is easier.

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27ºC
93mm

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26ºC
93mm

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25ºC
68mm

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23ºC
37mm

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20ºC
14mm

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16ºC
11mm

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17ºC
12mm

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18ºC
9mm

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21ºC
26mm

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23ºC
43mm

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24ºC
66mm

Average weather in December

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26ºC
94mm
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    Steph

    Destination Specialist

    Birdwatchers will love the Roberts Birds app, a very handy tool to help you keep track of every bird you see and identify any new sightings.

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    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

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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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