Kruger Park Game Viewing Routes


For the self-drive safari enthusiast visiting Kruger Park, this directory of game-viewing routes provides a detailed description of drive-times, stop-over points and picnic sites between the various Kruger Park camps and gates.
  • Shabeni Mountain

    Albasini Road

    One of the main features on the S3 is Shabeni Mountain, the largest undisturbed rock face in Kruger Park. One of the most exciting drives in Kruger

  • Photograph of Elephant looking at camera.

    Berg-en-Dal Loop

    The drive to Berg-en-Dal (S110) takes you into the granite koppie region of the south, where you will be surrounded by some of the oldest rocks in the

  • Hyena and Lion eating prey.

    Biyamiti, Bume, Randspruit

    A more scenic alternative from Crocodile River Road is to drive towards Bume Road (S26). This region is defined by low hills with rough and sandy soil on

  • Bataleur.

    Crocodile Bridge Gate

    Crocodile Bridge Gate is the most eastern entrance to Kruger National Park. It is one of the hottest areas, going over 40 degrees C (104 degrees F) in

  • Baboon on sign.

    Joburg Int to Kruger

    The drive from Johannesburg International Airport to Kruger National Park is 4 to 5 hours long, which can be seen as tiresome, but this is South Africa

  • Shingwedzi Camp.

    Kanniedood Dam

    Kanniedood Dam is situated southeast from Shingwedzi Camp on the S50. This drive is one of the best in northern Kruger as it follows the Shingwedzi River

  • Zebra herd.

    Letaba Routes

    Letaba is one of the most delightful camps in the Park. It offers spectacular views of the Letaba Rive, prolific bird life and a few tame bushbuck that

  • Deck at Lower Sabie Restcamp.

    Lower Sabie Routes

    Lower Sabie Rest Camp is the perfect base from which to see game and birds in southern Kruger National Park. The camp overlooks Lower Sabie Dam

  • Baobab Tree near Punda Maria

    Mahogany Loop

    The Mahogany Loop is about 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) long and is named after the pod Mahogany tree which can be found throughout the area. On this route

  • Rock formation near Malelane.

    Malelane Gate Routes

    Entering Kruger National Park through Malelane Gate gives you a feeling that you stepping back in time. Behind you is South Africa's subtropical export

  • Masorini to Mopane

    The Mopani Phalaborwa Road (H14) passes through Shikumba Mountain. This mountain used to be occupied by the same 19th century iron making communities

  • This camp offers the most stunning views of the Pioneer Dam, a dam rich in birdlife

    Mopani Camp Routes

    Mopani is a recently built camp that has thatched buildings which blend into the bushveld surroundings. The only disadvantage is that Mopani is not

  • Buffalo herd.

    Mphongolo Loop

    The Mpholongolo Loop is an imperative route to take if you are traveling between Shingwedzi and Punda Maria. The Mpholongolo Loop offers one of the best

  • Kudu browsing.

    Numbi Gate Routes

    Numbi Gate is one of the loveliest entrances to the Kruger Park because its higher altitude gives one a sweeping vista over the lowveld to the east and

  • Guinea Fowl.

    Nwatimhiri Road

    Nwatimhiri Road (S21) traverses along Nwatimhiri River past Siyalu Koppie (341m), and onto Nhlotini and the Nwatimhiri pans. Black and white Rhino

  • Kudu.

    Nyala Drive

    Nyala Drive is to the right of the H1-8 (the main road between the Luvuvhu River and Punda Maria). There is a good chance of spotting Nyala, Eland, Kudu

  • Elephant browsing.

    Olifants Routes

    Oliphants Camp offers the most breathtaking river views similar to that of Letaba. A delightful restaurant, cafe and verandah sit on top of a cliff and

  • Waterhole near Satara.

    Orpen Gate Routes

    Lions abound once you have driven through Orpen Gate in Kruger National Park. The open grasslands that stretches through Satara and N'wanetsi is where

  • Lanner Gorge.

    Pafuri Gate Routes

    Pafuri is easily accessible from Johannesburg (about 6 and a half hours), but Punda Maria gate is the usual option for visitors coming from the south

  • Phabeni Gate is the best way to get into Skukuza from Gauteng

    Phabeni / Paul Kruger

    Phabeni Gate is the best way to get into Skukuza from Gauteng. Phabeni Gate was constructed in 2002 to ease entrance into the Park for people coming from

  • Elephant at waterhole.

    Phalaborwa Gate

    Phalaborwa Gate offers an interesting landscape; granite stands forms a series of kloppies that have been used as navigational landmarks for centuries

  • Baboons.


    Pretoriuskop is the oldest camp in Kruger National Park, and the only one that contains non-indigenous plants. The nice temperatures of Pretoriuskop

  • Elephants at a waterhole.

    Punda Maria and Pafuri

    The far north of Kruger is indeed a unique place due to its geological features. Punda Maria is the most accessible entrance to the Pafuri area of the

  • Luvuvhu River.

    Red Rocks Loop

    This route traces the Shingwedzi River into the Mopane woodlands. It can also be reached through the main road to Mopane which runs parallel to the

  • Satara Camp

    Satara Routes

    Satara offers good Lion viewing due to its abundance of game and water. Sightings of Lion are likely on any of the roads that lead to the camp

  • Lion and Leopard are active around Shingwedzi.

    Shingwedzi Routes

    Shingwedzi provides a rugged, bushveld atmosphere. It is situated close to 3 major rivers. This camp offers panoramic views over the floodplains of

  • Leopard sightings are common around Skukuza.

    Skukuza and Surrounds

    Skukuza is the capital and biggest camp of Kruger National Park. Skukuza is perfect for the first time visitor to Kruger Park; at Skukuza you can learn

  • Sabie River near Skukuza.

    Timbavati Road

    This is one of the best routes in the Park. Get to see the famous White Lion of Kruger drinking at the Leeubron waterhole or keep an eye out for the

  • Fever tree.

    Voortrekker Road

    The Voortrekker Road (H2-2) descends from the mountainous Pretoriuskop sourveld into the rolling hills of mixed bushwillow woodland. If you want to get

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