Paul Kruger, a passionate big game hunter and President of the Republic of Transvaal, placed the area between the Sambie River and the Crocodile River under conservation in 1898. This gave rise to the Sambie Game Reserve. In 1926 the Sambie Game Reserve and the neighboring Shingwedzi Game Reserve were merged with other areas. The national park was opened in 1927 and named after Paul Kruger. The Kruger National Park borders Limpopo National Park in Mozambique and Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe. The three parks merged into Limpopo Transfrontier Park in 2002.
The Kruger National Park is about 400-600 km from Johannesburg. If you stay in the park, you should pay attention to the opening times of the gates on arrival. These open between 5:00 am and 6:00 am in the morning and close between 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm in the evening. The opening times change depending on the season (check the Link below). The speed in the park is limited to 50 km / h. Tip: If you drive your own car, you should fill up in front of the park. The gasoline is more expensive in the park and there are few petrol stations.
There are flight connections from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Mpumalanga Kruger International Airport (MKIA). The airport is north of Nelspruit / Mbombela. Another airport is the Kruger Park Gateway Airport in Phalaborwa.
There are bus connections from Johannesburg to Nelspruit / Mbombela.
Those wishing to stay in the Kruger National Park can make reservations through the South African National Parks Central Reservation Office.