Kruger Tours from Nelspruit: Kruger Safari (options & specials)

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Last updated on June 14, 2024 10:57 am

South Africa is often voted as one of the best safari destinations in the world. The Kruger National Park is where nearly 2 million hectares of unrivaled diversity of life forms fuse with fascinating historical and archaeological sights. Take one of these Kruger National Park safaris from Nelspruit to immerse yourself in the real untouched Africa.

The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa, with tours and safaris on offer that meet any of your safari needs and expectations.

Choose to sleep like royalty and enjoy personalized game drives, all with the help of an expert guide who knows the bush like the back of their hand. If you would prefer a day trip, you can also just enjoy a beautiful day out in the pristine wilderness of the Kruger National Park with a full-day tour showcasing the incredible animals, flowers, and plants that call this piece of heaven home.

Whatever your preference, we are certain that the Kruger is a magical place, and that it’s impossible to leave without having created some special memories and taken some spectacular photographs. Read on to find out about tours from Nelspruit to experience the unparalleled serenity of the African wilderness.

Know before you book:

  • Minimum age may apply
  • Any and all dietary requirements must be made known during booking
  • Maximum & minimum of people per booking may apply
  • Adult pricing applies to all travellers
  • Game drives are in open-roofed game viewing vehicles
  • Bring your camera


  • Tour through a private game reserve
  • Meals provided
  • Small group size
  • Highly knowledgeable, expert guide
  • Luxury accommodation options
  • See the incredible wildlife in its natural habitat
  • Learn interesting facts about the flora and fauna


An African safari is highly recommended for anyone visiting South Africa, and you would be unfortunate to miss the opportunity to embark on a Kruger National Park safari when staying in Nelspruit.

These guided tours offer the opportunity to see over 140 spectacular mammals from the comfort of an open-roofed safari vehicle, with an incredibly informed expert guide who will share fascinating facts about the flora and fauna of the area, and share memorable stories about this incredible National Park and all of its’ magnificent inhabitants.

Prices 2021

The cost of the Kruger National Park safaris from Nelspruit start at about USD $65 for a day trip and increase when choosing the overnight safari options with accommodation and meals.

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Kruger tours from Nelspruit Times

The Kruger National Park gates are open from 05:30 am until 06:30 pm. The guided day tour and overnight safaris from Nelspruit begin with a 5 am pick-up and you will be through the Kruger National Park gates by 06:00 am.

Best time to go

The best time to visit Kruger National Park is at the beginning or end of the region’s dry season when it is not too hot and there is not so much water around that the animals are scarce. This falls somewhere between April and September. During Kruger’s dry season, temperatures are mostly pleasant, with cool temperatures in the evenings and warm weather during the day.


Kruger Safari options

There are a couple of options for Kruger tours from Nelspruit. These safaris can either be enjoyed as a full-day tour or a 3-days and 2-night stay that includes overnight stays in a private reserve lodge

One-day Kruger Park Safari from Nelspruit

This day safari out of Nelspruit is the best way to see all the animals and flora that the park has to offer. The trip starts nice and early at 05:00 am when you will be picked up from your hotel. You will then head to the park, arriving at about 06:00 am.

From the entrance, your very relaxed and leisurely adventure will begin. Considering the early start, you are bound to spot many animals on your trip, while they all awake, head for a drink, or some heading to sleep.

This is the perfect chance to check every one of the Big 5 off your list. These include the African lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and black/white rhino. Sightings are not guaranteed, but they are quite common. Furthermore, there are 140 different mammals for you to see, including zebra, hyena, giraffe, and buffalo.

You will then head for a picnic spot to enjoy a packed lunch, before heading out on the afternoon safari, which will eventually lead back to the exit. From there, the trip will conclude when you are dropped back off at your hotel in Nelspruit.

What we liked: Great for if you want a one-day safari experience

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off in Nelspruit
  • Expert guide and driver
  • Tea and coffee
  • Packed lunch

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Kruger Park entrance fees

This is a wonderful day tour that offers the opportunity to see some amazing animals in their natural habitat, and hopefully spot some of the majestic Big 5 animals.

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2-Nights Kruger Safari from Nelspruit/Johannesburg

This luxury safari is definitely for the more discerning guest, looking for comfortable luxury overnight stays to make the most of your safari experience. It is also perfect for anyone looking for exciting things to do from Joburg. 

Day 1 starts early at 05:00 as you are collected by your driver in a cozy vehicle to travel to the park. You will enjoy an early morning game drive before stopping at a scenic spot for breakfast. You will then head back to camp for some relaxation, and then another three-hour night safari awaits. On your return, you can enjoy a traditional braai for dinner, and then bed down for the night.

Day 2 starts with an early rise as the wilderness awakes. You will then embark on a 3-hour game drive, with your guide helping to find and spot any animals you may have missed the day before. You then head for a private lodge for a bit of relaxation. You can then enjoy another game drive, before a delicious dinner and then bedding down like royalty for the night.

Day 3 starts bright and early with another morning game drive or a bush walk. Once the game drive is complete, the leisurely drive back to Nelspruit will start, topping off an ultra luxurious game viewing and overnight safari experience.

What we liked: Great for if you dont want to make the most of your safari experience in luxury
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off in Nelspruit
  • Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • National Park fees
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • All activities

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

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8.8Expert Score
This open-vehicle safari is perfect for anyone looking to cross off one or a few of the Big 5 from their bucket lists. The Kruger truly is a spectacular place that rarely disappoints.
Value for money
  • Fully guide and in-depth tour
  • Small group size
  • Game reserve safari
  • Sometimes unavailable for extended periods of time
  • May have minimum age
  • May have limitations on group size

Specification: Kruger Tours from Nelspruit: Kruger Safari (options & specials)


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Driver, Entrance fees, Lunch, Professional guide


Gratuities, Souvenior photo (optional)


Pick-up and drop-off included

Suitable For

This trip is for anyone who wants to experience the wild and all the creatures that call it home

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    This tour was amazing!

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    Great day! Saw so many animals and Dave our guide was fantastic.Highly recommend this tour.

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