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Distances & Directions

Gates to the Northern Region of the Kruger National Park

Recommended gate:

Phalaborwa 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 and the gate.
  • Allow between 6 to 7 hours for the trip to the gate.
  • Shimuwini Bush Camp is 50km away from the gate. Allow about 2 hours for the drive to the bush camp.
  • Olifants Main Rest Camp is 83km away from the gate. Allow about 3 hours for the drive to the camp.
  • Mopani Main Rest Camp is 74km away from the gate. Allow about 3 hours for the drive to the camp.
  • Letaba Main Rest Camp is 51km away from the gate. Allow about 2 hours for the drive to the camp.

Alternative Gates

Punda Maria 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 gate. Allow between 5 to 6 hours for the trip to the gate.
  • Punda Maria Rest Camp is 10km away from the gate. Allow about 20 minutes for the drive to the camp, however if you want to enjoy the game viewing possibilities give yourself more time!

Orpen 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 gate.
  • Allow between 4 to 5 hours for the trip to the gate.
  • Olifants Main Rest Camp is 102 km away from the gate. Allow about 4 hours for the drive to the camp

Airports to the Northern Region of the Kruger National Park

Eastgate Airport (Hoedspruit)

  • 74km from Phalaborwa Gate
  • 68km from Orpen Gate
  • 93km from Hazyview
  • 147km from Nelspruit

Kruger Park Gateway Airport

  • Situated in Phalaborwa, 3km from Phalaborwa Gate

Gates to the Central Region of the Kruger National Park

Recommended Gate

Orpen 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 gate
  • Allow between 4 to 5 hours for the trip to the gate.
  • Satara Main Rest Camp is 48km away from the gate. Allow about 2 hours for the drive to the camp.
  • Talamati Bush Camp is 30km away from the gate. Allow about 1 1/2 hours for the drive to the camp.
  • Orpen Main Rest Camp is at the gate.

Alternative Gates

Phalaborwa 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 and the gate.
  • Allow between 6 to 7 hours for the trip to the gate.
  • Satara Main Rest Camp is approximately 120km away from the gate. Allow about 5 hours for the drive to the bush camp.

Airports to the Central Region of the Kruger National Park

Eastgate Airport (Hoedspruit)

  • 74km from Phalaborwa Gate
  • 68km from Orpen Gate
  • 93km from Hazyview
  • 147km from Nelspruit

Gates to the Southern Region of the Kruger National Park

Recommended gate to Biyamiti and Berg-en-dal

Malelane Gate

  • Take the N4 to Nelspruit and head through Nelspruit to Malelane. Then turn left at Kruger National Park sign just outside Malelane and head towards the gate.
  • Allow between 4 to 5 hours for the trip to the gate.
  • Biyamiti Bush Camp is 39km away from Malelane. Allow about 2 hours for the drive to the bush camp.
  • Berg-en-Dal Main Rest Camp is 12km away from the gate. Allow about 30 minutes for the drive to the camp.

Recommended gate to Crocodile Bridge and Lower Sabie

Crocodile Bridge Gate

  • Take the N4 to Nelspruit, head through Nelspruit to Malelane and on to Komatipoort (about 110kms). Then turn left onto the R571 just after Komatipoort and head on to the gate.
  • Allow between 5 to 6 hours for the trip to the gate.
  • Lower Sabie Main Rest Camp is 34km away from the gate. Allow about 2 hours for the drive to the camp.
  • Crocodile Bridge Main Rest Camp is right at the gate.

Recommended gate to Pretoriuskop

Numbi Gate

  • Take the N4 to Nelspruit then take the R40 to White River. Just out side White River take the R538 to the gate.
  • Allow between 4 to 5 hours for the trip to the gate.
  • Pretoriuskop Main Rest Camp is 9km away from the gate. Allow about 20 minutes for the drive to the camp.

Recommended gates to Skukuza

Paul Kruger 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.
  • Allow between 5 to 6 hours for the trip to the gate.
  • Skukuza Main Rest Camp is 12km away from the gate. Allow about 30 minutes for the drive to the camp.

Alternative gate

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 trip to the gate.
  • Skukuza Main Rest Camp is 39km away from the gate. Allow about 1 and ¾ of an hour for the drive to the camp.
  • Pretoriuskop Main Rest Camp is 24km away from the gate. Allow about 1 hour for the drive to the camp.

Airports to the Southern Region of the Kruger National Park

Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport

  • KMIA is situated between Nelspruit and White River
  • Approximately 25km from Nelspruit
  • Approximately 15km from White River

Airport access to the Kruger National Park

Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA)

  • Situated between Nelspruit and White River
  • 22km from Nelspruit
  • 15km from White River

Paul Kruger Gate

  • 108km from Nelspruit on R40
  • 87km from White River on R40
  • 41km from Hazyview on R536

Phabeni Gate

  • 67km from Nelspruit on R40
  • 46km from White River on R40
  • 10km from Hazyview on R536

Numbi Gate

  • 31km from White River on R40
  • 52km from Nelspruit on R40

Malelane Gate

  • 64km from Nelspruit on N4

Crocodile Bridge

  • 125km from Nelspruit on N4 / R571

East Gate Airport

  • Situated in Hoedspruit
  • 74 km from Phalaborwa Gate
  • 68 km from Orpen Gate
  • 93 km from Hazyview
  • 147 km from Nelspruit

Kruger Park Gateway Airport

  • Situated in Phalaborwa
  • 3 km from Phalaborwa Gate

Note: All distances are approximate


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Did You Know?

  • The park was first proclaimed in 1898 as the Sabie Game Reserve by the then president of the Transvaal Republic, Paul Kruger. He first proposed the need to protect the animals of the Lowveld in 1884, but his revolutionary vision took another 12 years to be realised when the area between the Sabie and Crocodile Rivers was set aside for restricted hunting.

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