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When going through Google searches on questions about a Kruger Safari, it is never complete until you see this question.

“How much does a Kruger National Park Safari cost”?

A Kruger National Park Safari cost is determined by choice of accommodation, the number of days in the park, game viewing vehicles, chosen activities, interests/hobbies, excursions, and definitely budget.

There is so many kinds of Kruger Safari packages options to suit all manner of budgets from a Standard Safari package to a Luxury Africa Safari package.

The best way to enjoy a Kruger Safari is to book any Kruger Safari tour with any of the tour operators of your choice. (You can find a list of tour operators on my article on Kruger Safari). This way you get to pay precisely on whatever Kruger Safari packages you want without the hassle of figuring it out.

For example, a 3-Day basic package will cost about $400 USD while a full-blown Safari with all its luxury can cost up to $7,900 USD. You could also decide to embark on a self-drive Safari which would greatly reduce cost, give you flexibility and the thrill of spotting wildlife at your leisure.

Some examples of tour operators and some safari packages deal they offer;


  1. SAFARI PACKAGE: 3-Day Treehouse Kruger Park Safari (shared tour, maximum of 9 people per vehicle)
  2. OVERVIEW: The 3-day Treehouse Kruger National park Safari includes:  a 3hour sunset drive in Motlala Game Reserve, a full day in the Kruger National park on an open game viewer vehicle, a sunrise bush walk with an armed ranger, a Blyde River Canyon and Three Rondawels.
  3. SAFARI COST: $552 (USD)
  4. ACCOMMODATION: accommodation fee inclusive but additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost.
  5. SUITABILITY: The tour is suitable for children of all age groups

TOUR OPERATOR: Red Africa Safaris

  1. SAFARI PACKAGE: 5-Day Kruger National Park and Spectacular Panorama Route (Private tour).
  2. OVERVIEW: The amazing Panorama Route trip includes four different waterfalls like the most scenic of them all, the majestic Lone Creek Falls, the Pinnacle Rock, the Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and an exciting extra, the Sudwala Caves. You get to enjoy a Late Night, Sunrise and Two Sunset Game drives in open safari vehicles. Get close to nature on foot by going on an adrenaline-packed Bushwalk. Stay 3 nights at 3 popular Different camps Inside Kruger National Park in comfortable En-Suite Chalets.
  3. SAFARI COST: $1,020 to $1,107 (USD)
  4. ACCOMMODATION: accommodation fee inclusive but additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost.
  5. SUITABILITY: The minimum age for this tour is 6years.

TOUR OPERATOR: Elephant Herd Tours and Safaris

  1. SAFARI PACKAGE: 5-Day Exclusive Kruger & Private Game Reserve Experience (shared tour)
  2. OVERVIEW: Embark on an unforgettable safari experience with Elephant Tours & Safaris in one of our open safari vehicles for the ultimate safari feel. End of the safari with 2 nights in a luxury lodge within a private game reserve. This package includes 4-star B&B accommodation in Hazyview and accommodation with meals at a lodge in the private game reserve as well as return airport transfers via shuttle, dinner transfers in Hazyview and all Kruger National park and private game reserve entrance & conservation fees.
  3. SAFARI COST: $1,179 (USD)
  4. SUITABILITY: The minimum age for this tour is 10 years.

The above Tour package deals are just a few out of the hundreds of tour packages offered by different tour operators with their given safari cost, and you get the option to choose from these numerous packages based on your budget or the Kruger experience you look out for.

For those who may likely want to plan a Kruger self-drive Safari on a budget, a rough estimate on a self-drive will be from $102 per person per day which covers car hire, petrol, accommodation, park fees, and food.

Another bigger expense after accommodation will be the Kruger National Park entrance fee of $27 USD for adults and $14 USD for kids which is paid for each and every day you intend to spend in the game reserve. This fee is applicable to foreigners. For the SADC citizen, the fee is $14 USD for adults and $7 USD for kids.

 I would recommend you buy a South African National Park Wild Card for R1, 130 per couple or R1, 380 for families to reduce your Kruger National Park Safari Cost if you plan on spending longer in Kruger or also plan to visit other parks in South Africa. This Wild Card gives you access to all South African parks for a year. The Wild Card membership can be bought online or from some other gates.

Note: The South African Development Community (SADC) countries are Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

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Would you rather book a tour with a tour operator or do a self-drive safari when considering a Kruger Safari cost?

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