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Pafuri Gate

Pafuri Gate

Pafuri Gate is about six-and-a-half hours’ drive from Johannesburg and is the most northerly entrance to Kruger. It is situated in mopane woodland between the Limpopo and Luvuvhu Rivers near Mabyeni Koppie (386m)

 

Punda Maria Gate

Punda Maria Gate

Punda Gate

Punda Maria Gate is the direct access point into far northern Kruger from Gauteng. Set in mixed sandveld woodlands below Thulamila Koppie (not to be confused with Thulamela Heritage Site near Pafuri), Punda Gate has been upgraded to cater for the increase in tourist traffic to the north.

Phalaborwa Gate

Phalaborwa Gate

The Phalaborwa Gate opened in June 1961. An average of 180,000 visitors (approximately 55,000 vehicles) per annum, enter the Park via the Phalaborwa Gate. This means about 15,000 visitors per month but these figures fluctuate during season.

Orpen Gate

Orpen Gate

Western Gate

Orpen gate is 490km from Johannesburg and provides immediate access the Central region of the Kruger National Park. The open grasslands in this region of the Kruger support huge herds of antelope, which in turn, support many predators. Lion sightings are common in this Central stretch, as half of the Kruger National Parks lions live here.

Because driving over 40kmph is not permitted in the park, a journey from North to South takes in the region of 10hours of driving time. This makes it crucial to plan trip carefully. The gates close at dusk, as driving is not permitted inside the park after dark. For animal safety, driving inside the park is at a snails pace, and injuring an animal is not taken lightly.

Paul Kruger Gate

Paul Kruger Gate

Paul Kruger Gate is the closest entrance to Skukuza and the quickest way to get in and out of the Park from Kruger’s “capital”. One is confronted by the large, somewhat controversial bust of Paul Kruger by sculptor Coert Steynberg as one crosses the Sabie

Phabeni Gate

Phabeni Gate

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 Johannesburg or Pretoria via Hazeyview.

Its African architectural style embodies new South Africa ambience and the 3 indigenously themed rondavels (huts) at the gate are an interesting contrast to the usual thatch and brick aesthetic of most buildings in the Park

Numbi Gate

Numbi Gate

Numbi Gate is one of the loveliest entrances into the Kruger Park because its higher altitude gives you a sweeping vista over the lowveld to the east and the granite foothills to the north and south.

Numbi gate in the South West of the Park and is one of the most convenient ways to access the park from nearby Nelspruit. Numbi gate is only 428km from Johannesburg.

Although the Southern Region of the Kruger Park is relatively small, it is the busiest section of the national park.  The Southern Kruger's popularity is often said to be simply because it is the most accessible region of the reserve, but the truth is that this is also where the best game viewing is to be had. This region, easily accessed via the Numbi Gate, is greener than  the northern Kruger and sustains a wide variety of game in great numbers.

For animal safety, all driving inside the Kruger Park is at a snails pace, and injuring an animal is not taken lightly. Because driving over 40kmph is not permitted in the Kruger National Park, a journey from North to South takes about 10 hours of driving time. This makes it crucial to plan your trip into the Kruger very carefully. All gates close at dusk, including Numbi, and no driving is permitted inside the park after dark.

Malelane Gate

Malelane Gate

South Western Gate

When you drive through Malelane Gate, you will be entering the core original reserve, where Kruger Park’s first warden, Colonel James Stevenson-Hamilton was placed in 1902. It was his job to create a home for the wildlife where no one could hunt them. There are a few routes you can follow. These routes will guide you to restcamps and some game viewing spots.

Crocodile Bridge Gate

Crocodile Bridge Gate

South Eastern Gate

Crocodile Bridge Gate is the most eastern entrance to Kruger National Park. Crocodile Bridge Gate can be entered in from the N4 road. The N4 travels along Nelspruit and Malelane into Komatiepoort. It is one of the hottest areas, going over 40 degrees C (104 degrees F) in summer. It’s also in close proximity to the border gate between South Africa and Mozambique.