Entrance Gates to the Kruger National Park

Lions are often on the road in Kuger park

This help guide to the Entrance Gates of the Kruger National Park includes info on the Southern, Central and Northern entrance gates, as well as gate opening and closing times.


Malelane Entrance Gate
  • Take the N4 to Nelspruit and head through Nelspruit to Malelane
  • Turn left at Kruger National Park sign just outside Malelane and head towards the Gate
  • Allow between 4 to 5 hours for the drive
Crocodile Bridge Entrance Gate
  • Take the N4 to Nelspruit, head through Nelspruit to Malelane and on to Komatipoort (about 110kms)
  • Turn left onto the R571 just after Komatipoort and head on to the Gate
  • Allow between 5 to 6 hours for the drive
Numbi Entrance Gate
  • Take the N4 to Nelspruit, then take the R40 to White River
  • Just outside White River take the R538 to the Gate
  • Allow between 4 to 5 hours for the drive
Paul Kruger Entrance Gate
  • Take the N4 to Nelspruit, then take the R40 to White River, Hazyview
  • From Hazyview, take the R536 to the Gate
  • Allow between 5 to 6 hours for the drive
Phabeni Gate
  • Take the N4 to Nelspruit, then take the R40 to White River, Hazyview via the R40
  • From Hazyview, take the R536 to the Gate - Gate is 10kms outside Hazyview
  • Allow between 5 to 6 hours for the drive
Orpen Entrance Gate
  • Head toward Nelspruit on the N4, take the R540 Belfast turn off
  • At Lydenburg turn left onto the R36 heading north
  • 30kms before Hoedspruit turn right onto the R531 and head to the Orpen Entrance Gate
  • Allow between 4 to 5 hours for the trip
Phalaborwa Entrance Gate
  • Take the N1 toll-road to Polokwane (Pietersburg)
  • 40kms before Polokwane turn right onto the R71 and head for Tzaneen
  • After Tzaneen, head towards Phalaborwa
  • Allow between 6 to 7 hours for the trip
Phalaborwa Entrance Gate
  • Take the N1 toll-road to Polokwane (Pietersburg)
  • Before reaching Polokwane turn right onto the R71 and head for Tzaneen
  • After Tzaneen head towards Phalaborwa
  • Allow between 6 to 7 hours for the trip
Punda Maria Entrance Gate
  • Take the N1 to Polokwane (Pietersburg)
  • At Makhado (Louis Trichard) link up with the R524 and follow this route for 140km
  • That will take you to the Punda Maria Entrance Gate, approximately a 5 - 6 hour drive
Entrance Gates Opening Times:
  • Oct - Mar: 05:30
  • Apr - Sep: 06:00
Camp Gates Opening Times:
  • Oct: 05:30
  • Nov - Jan: 04:30
  • Feb - Mar: 05:30
  • Apr - Sep: 06:00
Camp Gate Closing Times:
  • Aug - Oct: 18:00
  • Nov - Feb: 18:30
  • Mar - Apr: 18:00
  • May - Jul: 17:30


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