Kruger National Park Full Day Game Drives

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Take a journey through the vast and never-ending beauty of the Kruger National Park. Seek out the Big 5, wonder at the indigenous flora, and spot some of the unique birds that call this part of the world home.

Kruger National Park is an incredible wilderness wonderland, and a full-day tour is the best way to take it all in. We review different full-day packages so that you can find the best Kruger tour for you! Whichever you choose, it’s an unforgettable experience.


  • Discover the Big 5
  • Explore with an experienced guide
  • Bird watching
  • Find beautiful flora found only in South Africa

Know before you book:

  • Entrance and conservation fees not included
  • Bring sunglasses and hats

With hundreds of mammals, birds, and trees, many unique to Southern Africa, the Kruger National Park is an incredible place to explore! There’s so much to see, you’ll want to take one of the full-day tours just to take in everything you can.

Spot lions, leopards, elephants, rhino and buffalo as they interact around the watering holes, and go about their daily business! The experience is infinitely better than seeing them in a zoo. Connect with nature and enjoy the spectacular Kruger wilderness on a full-day safari tour.

The Kruger National Park day trips are the perfect safaris and a fantastic experience for everyone visiting South Africa. No one can leave Kruger unhappy!

Kruger National Park Safari Prices 2021

The cost of the full day tours starts at about USD $80 to $115 depending on additional amenities and services. A private tour starts at USD $320 for the day.  Compare prices across the ticket providers below:


The Kruger National Park opens at dawn, allowing you to see the animals as they feed and begin their day. The tours include a full day at the park, and you’ll leave before nightfall.

Monday – Friday: 6am – 5:30pm
Saturday – Sunday: 6am – 5:30pm

Best time to go

The best time for a Kruger National Park day visit is between April and September, during the region’s dry season. The weather is pleasant and you won’t likely experience rain. However, Kruger is a great year-round destination, and you can enjoy going at any time of year. The animals don’t disappear just because it’s raining!

Kruger National Park entrance fee

In order to properly maintain the Park, Sanparks conservation fees are asked from all Kruger National Park day visitors. The rate differs for South African citizens and international tourists, but the standard fare is USD $26. 

Some tours include the cost of Kruger National Park prices in their own tour price but many do not. Be sure to check when choosing your package!

Kruger National Park Packages

Choose between a classic Kruger National Park Game Drive, where you’ll join a small touring group and an enthusiastic, knowledgable guide, on a private Safari. Here your family/group will have the opportunity to curate your trip and enjoy a more private, individualized experience.

Find a tour that meets at the National Park, or includes hotel pick-up from Johannesburg or Hazyview. There are options for everyone!

Full Day Kruger National Park Game Drives

Journey through the vast reserve on the wildlife adventure of your dreams. Perfect for couples, solo travelers and families with older children, this day tour is one of the best nature-lovers will ever experience!

Your first stop is usually Crocodile Bridge, and even this early into the journey, it’s not uncommon to spot the Big 5. If not, there will definitely be some wildlife to see as they come for their morning drink.

At the midway point of your 10-hour safari, you can stop to have something to eat and relax to take in your surroundings, before hopping back into the vehicle for the rest of the safari.

Not only will you spot many different creatures during the safari, but your very experienced and knowledgeable guide will also help find many different creatures, show you some of the very unique flora found in the park, as well as help you spot many of the birds in the area.

What we liked: The perfect length of time to see everything, the tour is a sure winner.
  • Bottled water
  • Full day game drive tour
  • Professional guide
  • Entry fees

  • Gratuities
  • Meals and drinks
  • Conservation fees

On this tour you’ll enjoy a comfortable game drive and opportunities to spot many animals, like elephants and lions, from close-up. See how these African animals behave in their natural habitat, and enjoy panoramic views over the Kruger wilderness.

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Private Kruger Safaris

This tour is ideal for those looking for a more private, individualized safari adventure with family or friends. This special experience is made better by being able to watch the lives of the animals from dawn to dusk with your chosen group.

Your guide has an in-depth knowledge of animal-behaviour, and can answer all your questions! The tour is very flexible and the vehicle is comfortable. It’s more pricey, but perfect for group celebrations and family events.

What we liked: The tour allows you to experience this magical wilderness with only your loved ones.
  • Full day private game drive tour
  • Professional guide
  • Entry fees
  • Snacks, water, and tea/coffee
  • Blankets and rain ponchos available
  • Luxury private safari vehicle

  • Gratuities
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Conservation fees

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8.7Expert Score
With hundreds of species and the largest game reserve in the world, a full day tour of the Kruger National Park is a must.
  • Long, detailed journey
  • Experienced guide
  • Opportunity to spot the Big 5
  • Entrance fees not included
  • Food and drinks aren't provided

Specification: Kruger National Park Full Day Game Drives




10 hrs


10 hr game drive, Bottled water, Experienced guide, Hotel pick-up and drop-off


Entrance Fees, Extra drinks, Gratuities, Insurance

Meals & Drinks

Meals not included (unless specified), Self-catering


Pick-up and drop-off done

Suitable For

This trip is ideal for adults and children alike, who want to discover all the plants, flowers and wildlife South Africa has to offer, all found in their natural habitats.

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8 reviews for Kruger National Park Full Day Game Drives

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  1. Ian – South Africa

    Our guide Edward was fantastic, knowledgeable and a good communicator! We had a fantastic day. Edward collected us at 5.15am and we were in the Kruger Park when they opened at 6.00 am. We saw a buffalo within minutes and then Elephants and a Rhino within 30 minutes (3 of the big 5). Cats proved harder to find but we saw a lioness crossing the road by and then a group of lionesses with cubs by midday. Then in the afternoon we saw 4 young lions eating a buffalo kill, lots of Elephants crossing the road in front of us and much more. No leopard today, but who cares? I would recommend this tour to anyone!

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  2. Canan – Turkey

    Wonderful!! Bernard is the best guide. He bent over backwards to make the best of it for us. And the whole experience was wonderful. One down from the bucket list

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  3. Denise – France

    The guide Elvis is the best! We had an amazing day with our guide Elvis! He was funny, well spoken and he knew a lot about the animals! He was so passionated about his job as a ranger, that we couldn’t stop asking questions. Before 09.00 we saw 4/5 of the big five! Many conversations, good driver and a lot of fun! Ask for Elvis! Thank you a lot 🙂

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  4. Julian – Germany

    Very nice trip! The guide was very symphatic and we were really lucky- saw 4 of the big 5, so great day. Would 10 of 10 recommend this

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