Drive from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park

© Jacques Marais
The drive from Johannesburg to the Kruger National Park is 4-5 hours long. The quickest route to Kruger Park from Johannesburg is 392 km via the N12 and N4.

Driving to Kruger Park

The drive from Johannesburg International Airport to Kruger National Park is 4-5 hours long (without stopping along the way). Leaving Johannesburg and entering Witbank is like stepping into another world. One moment you are in a very busy city and the next you are driving through well cared for farm land. There are some petrol/gas station stops along the way, so make use of them; you don't want to run out of fuel along the way.

Just before you enter Nelspruit there will be some really amazing scenic wonders. Keep your camera at hand so that you can collect these memories. Nelspruit itself hosts the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and some businesses.From Nelspruit you drive on to White River. White River has some shops, gas stations and tourist accommodation. Not a lot of construction has taken place, so the area is still filled with trees and there are stunning views of the hills in the distance.

Welcome to Kruger

Kruger National Park is an experience. No one can tell you what it's like. You hear stories and watch movies, but the experience you will make at Kruger Park is one that you won't easily forget. Here you are away from the city life.Remember that you are not only here to see the famous Big Five, but there are many interesting creatures, trees and plants with something unique to offer, stunning birds, lovely scenery and an original breathtaking African sunset. The various road routes throughout the Park, will lead you to waterholes, vantage points and some historical sites of interest.

Driving Directions from JHB to Kruger Park

Via N12 and N4 - 4 hr 21 min (392 km)

  • Get on R21 from OR Tambo Parking 4 min (2.2 km)
  • Follow N12 and N4 to R36 in Mpumalanga. Exit from N4/R36 2 hr 17 min (233 km)
  • Take R539 to N4 40 min (60.9 km)
  • Turn left onto N4 (Toll road) 1 hr 9 min (92.2 km)
  • Slight left onto R570 3 min (3.1 km)
  • Arrive at Malelane Gate Kruger National Park

Via N12 and R38 - 4 hr 43 mins (419 km)

  • Get on R21 from OR Tambo Parking 4 min (2.2 km)
  • Follow N12 and N4 to Mpumalanga 1 hr 44 min (183 km)
  • Turn right 16 min (26.1 km)
  • ake R38 to R570 in Malelane 2 hr 29 min (204 km)
  • Slight left onto R570  3 min (3.1 km)
  • Arrive at Malelane Gate Kruger National Park

Malelane Gate GPS Coordinates
-25.461537
31.533238

Johannesburg to Kruger Park Road Map

A detailed Johannesburg to Kruger National Park route map. To reach Kruger Park by road from Johannesburg, follow N4 to Nelspruit. Follow signage directions...more

Kruger National Park Gate Times & Travel Distances

A useful table of distances between gates and camps in Kruger National Park, South Africa. If you are planning to self-drive to Kruger...more
Kruger National Park - South African Safari