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All The Kruger National Park Gates Opening & Closing Times

Kruger National Park Gate Times

Kruger Gates

There are 11 Kruger Park gates, including 2 border gates: Pafuri & Giriyondo. Knowing the gate times and the traveling distances to each camp and other gates is vital. The last thing you want to do is arrive late at your destination. Arriving late may lead to penalties that have to be paid. These gates are your point of entry to over 3000 kilometers of road! The Kruger National Park is one of the best places to explore on these roads…

Distances to the Kruger Park gates from major Cities:

Seasonal Kruger Park gate opening and closing times:

Here we will list all the Kruger National Park gates, with a few photographs, and distances to each of the camps and other gates in the Park. They are listed from North to South.

Kruger Park Distances From Camps To Gates

Pafuri Gate Kruger Park

Pafuri Gate

Pafuri Gate

Pafuri is the most northern gate in the park and definitely the quietest, sometimes only seeing 5 visitors a day. It is a long drive from Johannesburg (Roughly 10 hours).

  • Balule: 243 kms
  • Bateleur: 147 kms
  • Berg-en-dal: 434 kms
  • Biyamiti: 408 kms
  • Boulders: 204 kms
  • Crocodile Bridge & Crocodile Bridge Gate: 406 kms
  • Giriyondo Border Gate: 221 kms
  • Letaba: 217 kms
  • Lower Sabie: 371 kms
  • Malelane & Malelane Gate: 431 kms
  • Mopani: 173 kms
  • Numbi Gate: 426 kms
  • Olifants: 244 kms
  • Orpen & Orpen Gate: 326 kms
  • Pafuri Border Gate: 42 kms
  • Paul Kruger Gate: 390 kms
  • Phabeni Gate: 418 kms
  • Phalaborwa Gate: 249 kms
  • Pretoriuskop: 439 kms
  • Punda Maria & Gate: 78 kms
  • Roodewal: 252 kms
  • Satara: 288 kms
  • Shimuwini: 260 kms
  • Sirheni: 89 kms
  • Shingwedzi: 110 kms
  • Skukuza: 380 kms
  • Talamati: 340 kms
  • Tsendze: 169 kms
Pafuri entrance gate

Pafuri Border

Pafuri Border Gate

Open between 8am and 4pm, the Pafuri border post is a fairly quiet gate and crosses the Limpopo River into Mozambique.

  • Berg-en-dal: 448 kms
  • Crocodile Bridge & Crocodile Bridge Gate: 410 kms
  • Giriyondo Border Gate: 216 kms
  • Letaba: 213 kms
  • Lower Sabie: 375 kms
  • Malelane & Malelane Gate: 439 kms
  • Mopani: 167 kms
  • Numbi Gate: 429 kms
  • Olifants: 245 kms
  • Orpen & Orpen Gate: 330 kms
  • Pafuri Gate: 42 kms
  • Paul Kruger Gate: 387 kms
  • Phabeni Gate: 413 kms
  • Phalaborwa Gate: 241 kms
  • Pretoriuskop: 433 kms
  • Punda Maria & Gate: 71 kms
  • Satara: 282 kms
  • Shingwedzi: 104 kms
  • Skukuza: 375 kms

Punda Maria Gate

The Punda Maria Gate is 9 kilometers from the rest camp. The last 100 kilometers or so can prove to be a long drive before you reach the gate, so allow yourself an extra hour to make sure you reach the gate on time.

  • Balule: 207 kms
  • Bateleur: 102 kms
  • Berg-en-dal: 402 kms
  • Biyamiti: 374 kms
  • Boulders: 166 kms
  • Crocodile Bridge & Crocodile Bridge Gate: 372 kms
  • Giriyondo Border Gate: 173 kms
  • Letaba: 179 kms
  • Lower Sabie: 337 kms`
  • Malelane & Malelane Gate: 397 kms
  • Mopani: 132 kms
  • Numbi Gate: 397 kms
  • Olifants: 210 kms
  • Orpen & Orpen Gate: 300 kms
  • Pafuri Border Gate: 71 kms
  • Pafuri Gate: 78 kms
  • Paul Kruger Gate: 347 kms
  • Phabeni Gate: 372 kms
  • Phalaborwa Gate: 202 kms
  • Pretoriuskop: 383 kms
  • Punda Maria: 9 kms
  • Roodewal: 217 kms
  • Satara: 239 kms
  • Shimuwini: 172 kms
  • Sirheni: 51 kms
  • Shingwedzi: 69 kms
  • Skukuza: 332 kms
  • Talamati: 299 kms
  • Tsendze: 133 kms

Giriyondo Border Gate

Giriyondo is an entrance gate that separates visitors from South Africa and Mozambique. It is a border post and is open between 8am and 3pm every day throughout the year.

  • Berg-en-dal: 271 kms
  • Crocodile Bridge & Crocodile Bridge Gate: 233 kms
  • Letaba: 37 kms
  • Lower Sabie: 199 kms
  • Malelane & Malelane Gate: 263 kms
  • Mopani: 49 kms
  • Numbi Gate: 253 kms
  • Olifants: 77 kms
  • Orpen & Orpen Gate: 154 kms
  • Pafuri Border Gate: 216 kms
  • Pafuri Gate: 221 kms
  • Paul Kruger Gate: 210 kms
  • Phabeni Gate: 237 kms
  • Phalaborwa Gate: 88 kms
  • Pretoriuskop: 248 kms
  • Punda Maria & Gate: 173 kms
  • Satara: 106 kms
  • Shingwedzi: 112 kms
  • Skukuza: 199 kms

Phalaborwa Gate

The Phalaborwa Gate is the central gate into the Kruger in-between Orpen (167 kms) and Punda Maria (202 kms). It is a nice way to enter the Park to avoid waiting in line.

  • Balule: 84 kms
  • Bateleur: 131 kms
  • Berg-en-dal: 280 kms
  • Biyamiti: 249 kms
  • Boulders: 53 kms
  • Crocodile Bridge & Crocodile Bridge Gate: 250 kms
  • Giriyondo Border Gate: 88 kms
  • Letaba: 52 kms
  • Lower Sabie: 212 kms
  • Malelane & Malelane Gate: 275 kms
  • Mopani: 74 kms
  • Numbi Gate: 267 kms
  • Olifants: 86 kms
  • Orpen & Orpen Gate: 167 kms
  • Pafuri Border Gate: 241 kms
  • Pafuri Gate: 249 kms
  • Paul Kruger Gate: 222 kms
  • Phabeni Gate: 249 kms
  • Pretoriuskop: 260 kms
  • Punda Maria & Gate: 202 kms
  • Roodewal: 96 kms
  • Satara: 119 kms
  • Shimuwini: 51 kms
  • Sirheni: 167 kms
  • Shingwedzi: 135 kms
  • Skukuza: 211 kms
  • Talamati: 179 kms
  • Tsendze: 70 kms

Orpen Gate

The Orpen Gate is already inside the Kruger, so you might be lucky enough to spot Elephants or one of the resident Leopards before you even reach the gate, which is also a rest camp. Wildlife is prolific in the area.

  • Balule: 94 kms
  • Bateleur: 222 kms
  • Berg-en-dal: 185 kms
  • Biyamiti: 174 kms
  • Boulders: 169 kms
  • Crocodile Bridge & Crocodile Bridge Gate: 175 kms
  • Giriyondo Border Gate: 154 kms
  • Letaba: 115 kms
  • Lower Sabie: 137 kms
  • Malelane & Malelane Gate: 180 kms
  • Mopani: 165 kms
  • Numbi Gate: 174 kms
  • Olifants: 100 kms
  • Pafuri Border Gate: 330 kms
  • Pafuri Gate: 326 kms
  • Paul Kruger Gate: 150 kms
  • Phabeni Gate: 156 kms
  • Phalaborwa Gate: 167 kms
  • Pretoriuskop: 188 kms
  • Punda Maria & Gate: 300 kms
  • Roodewal: 76 kms
  • Satara: 46 kms
  • Shimuwini: 142 kms
  • Sirheni: 255 kms
  • Shingwedzi: 223 kms
  • Skukuza: 118 kms
  • Talamati: 28 kms
  • Tsendze: 157 kms
Paul Kruger Gate

Paul Kruger Gate

Paul Kruger Gate

The Paul Kruger gate was named after the former president, who established (The then) Sabie Game Reserve, which was made up of the entire southern section of the Kruger. This is how the Park got its name. It was the first gate to be opened up to the public in the Park.

  • Balule: 149 kms
  • Bateleur: 277 kms
  • Berg-en-dal: 80 kms
  • Biyamiti: 72 kms
  • Boulders: 224 kms
  • Crocodile Bridge & Crocodile Bridge Gate: 90 kms
  • Giriyondo Border Gate: 210 kms
  • Letaba: 170 kms
  • Lower Sabie: 57 kms
  • Malelane & Malelane Gate: 75 kms
  • Mopani: 220 kms
  • Numbi Gate: 48 kms
  • Olifants: 156 kms
  • Orpen & Orpen Gate: 150 kms
  • Pafuri Border Gate: 216 kms
  • Pafuri Gate: 390 kms
  • Phabeni Gate: 42 kms
  • Phalaborwa Gate: 222 kms
  • Pretoriuskop: 55 kms
  • Punda Maria & Gate: 347 kms
  • Roodewal: 145 kms
  • Satara: 104 kms
  • Shimuwini: 235 kms
  • Sirheni: 310 kms
  • Shingwedzi: 278 kms
  • Skukuza: 12 kms
  • Talamati: 95 kms
  • Tsendze: 214 kms
Phabeni Gate Kruger National Park

Phabeni Gate

Phabeni Gate

Phabeni is close to Hazyview and has some great routes as soon as you enter the Park, such as the S1 and S3, very good roads to see Wild Dogs on.

  • Balule: 176 kms
  • Bateleur: 305 kms
  • Berg-en-dal: 105 kms
  • Biyamiti: 98 kms
  • Boulders: 152 kms
  • Crocodile Bridge & Crocodile Bridge Gate: 108 kms
  • Giriyondo Border Gate: 237 kms
  • Letaba: 198 kms
  • Lower Sabie: 84 kms
  • Malelane & Malelane Gate: 100 kms
  • Mopani: 248 kms
  • Numbi Gate: 21 kms
  • Olifants: 183 kms
  • Orpen & Orpen Gate: 156 kms
  • Pafuri Border Gate: 413 kms
  • Pafuri Gate: 418 kms
  • Paul Kruger Gate: 42 kms
  • Phalaborwa Gate: 249 kms
  • Pretoriuskop: 18 kms
  • Punda Maria & Gate: 371 kms
  • Roodewal: 170 kms
  • Satara: 130 kms
  • Shimuwini: 263 kms
  • Sirheni: 336 kms
  • Shingwedzi: 304 kms
  • Skukuza: 38 kms
  • Talamati: 121 kms
  • Tsendze: 238 kms
Numbi Gate

Numbi Gate

Numbi Gate

Numbi is the closest gate to Johannesburg, which also makes it very busy with Kruger visitors. It is one of our favourite gates to enter the Kruger and we often get there 30-45 minutes before the gates open to avoid a long wait.

  • Balule: 195 kms
  • Bateleur: 321 kms
  • Berg-en-dal: 75 kms
  • Biyamiti: 90 kms
  • Boulders: 269 kms
  • Crocodile Bridge & Crocodile Bridge Gate: 105 kms
  • Giriyondo Border Gate: 253 kms
  • Letaba: 215 kms
  • Lower Sabie: 102 kms
  • Malelane & Malelane Gate: 67 kms
  • Mopani: 264 kms
  • Olifants: 200 kms
  • Orpen & Orpen Gate: 174 kms
  • Pafuri Border Gate: 429 kms
  • Pafuri Gate: 434 kms
  • Paul Kruger Gate: 48 kms
  • Phabeni Gate: 21 kms
  • Phalaborwa Gate: 267 kms
  • Pretoriuskop: 9 kms
  • Punda Maria & Gate: 397 kms
  • Roodewal: 188 kms
  • Satara: 148 kms
  • Shimuwini: 280 kms
  • Sirheni: 357 kms
  • Shingwedzi: 325 kms
  • Skukuza: 56 kms
  • Talamati: 135 kms
  • Tsendze: 255 kms
Malelane Gate Kruger National Park

Malelane Gate

Malelane Gate

Malelane is situated close to Berg-en-dal and is just a kilometer or 2 away from the Malelane satellite camp. Congestion can be a problem at times into this gate situated in the southern part of the Kruger, so make sure you get to the entrance as early as possible.

  • Balule: 195 kms
  • Bateleur: 327 kms
  • Berg-en-dal: 10 kms
  • Biyamiti: 41 kms
  • Boulders: 274 kms
  • Crocodile Bridge & Crocodile Bridge Gate: 57 kms
  • Giriyondo Border Gate: 263 kms
  • Letaba: 220 kms
  • Lower Sabie: 65 kms
  • Mopani: 270 kms
  • Numbi Gate: 67 kms
  • Olifants: 206 kms
  • Orpen & Orpen Gate: 180 kms
  • Pafuri Border Gate: 439 kms
  • Pafuri Gate: 444 kms
  • Paul Kruger Gate: 75 kms
  • Phabeni Gate: 100 kms
  • Phalaborwa Gate: 275 kms
  • Pretoriuskop: 68 kms
  • Punda Maria & Gate: 397 kms
  • Roodewal: 195 kms
  • Satara: 154 kms
  • Shimuwini: 285 kms
  • Sirheni: 361 kms
  • Shingwedzi: 329 kms
  • Skukuza: 62 kms
  • Talamati: 145 kms
  • Tsendze: 263 kms
Crocodile Bridge Gate

Croc Bridge

Crocodile Bridge Gate

Crocodile Bridge in 9 kilometers from Komatipoort. It is a gate as well as a rest camp. It is a very busy gate due to the abundance of wildlife in the region. We have waited 2 hours to get into the park here, so make sure you arrive very early, especially during school holidays and long weekends.

  • Balule: 173 kms
  • Bateleur: 302 kms
  • Berg-en-dal: 65 kms
  • Biyamiti: 26 kms
  • Boulders: 253 kms
  • Giriyondo Border Gate: 233 kms
  • Letaba: 199 kms
  • Lower Sabie: 35 kms
  • Malelane & Malelane Gate: 57 kms
  • Mopani: 245 kms
  • Numbi Gate: 105 kms
  • Olifants: 180 kms
  • Orpen & Orpen Gate: 175 kms
  • Pafuri Border Gate: 410 kms
  • Pafuri Gate: 406 kms
  • Paul Kruger Gate: 90 kms
  • Phabeni Gate: 108 kms
  • Phalaborwa Gate: 250 kms
  • Pretoriuskop: 110 kms
  • Punda Maria & Gate: 372 kms
  • Roodewal: 168 kms
  • Satara: 128 kms
  • Shimuwini: 264 kms
  • Sirheni: 341 kms
  • Shingwedzi: 304 kms
  • Skukuza: 80 kms
  • Talamati: 141 kms
  • Tsendze: 240kms

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