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Kruger National Park Holidays

The true Africa

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
Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT +2 hours
  • 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
  • Flight Time Indirect flights from Ireland are available to Johannesburg with Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways and Air France.
  • Health Information Special vaccines are required for travel to Kruger National Park.

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

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Protea Hotel Kruger Gate
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Lion Sands River Lodge

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Lion Sands River Lodge
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Jock Safari Lodge

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Jock Safari Lodge
Leopard in South Africa

Lion Sands Tinga Lodge

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Lion Sands Tinga Lodge

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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