Good To Know


The vision of Paul Kruger, once president of the former Transvaal Republic, the Kruger National Park was proclaimed as early as 1898 as the Sabie Game Reserve. At the time President Kruger believed that the animals of South Africa’s Lowveld needed to be protected, but it took another 12 years for the expanse between the Sabie and Crocodile rivers to be declared an area of restricted hunting, with James Stevenson-Hamilton appointed the park’s first warden in 1902.

The first tour including an overnight stop at the Sabie Bridge (now Skukuza) organised by the South African Railways in 1923. Tourists visiting the park slept on the train and a game ranger would spend an evening with them around a campfire sharing interesting anecdotes about the bush.

The popularity of this tour gave rise to a range of tourist facilities in the park, including rest huts at Satara, Pretoriuskop, Letaba, Malelane and Skukuza, among other camps.  Roads were built in the 1930s to allow self-drive tourists to enjoy the park at their leisure and by 1934 about 1 200km of road were completed.

For almost 100 years, local and international visitors have had access to the park and enjoyed one of the world’s premier game-viewing destinations. Kruger is home to an estimated 1 500 lion, 12 000 elephant, 2 500 buffalo, 1 00 leopards and white and black rhino. Big Five aside, there are a myriad of other wildlife species to be admired with some 145 mammal species occurring in the park, including hippo, giraffe, zebra, cheetah and wild dog, among others.

Keen birders will adore a visit to the Kruger National Park with almost 500 bird species on the park’s list. From the brilliantly colourful displays of the Kingfisher and the distinct call of the Fish Eagle, to the Giant Eagle Owl perched in a bare Leadwood tree, you could spend your days admiring our feathered friends.

But there’s more to the Kruger than its wildlife, with almost 254 known cultural heritage sites, including 130 recorded rock art sites, 300 archaeological sites of Stone Age man and San Rock Art.  Imbali Safari Lodge was in fact built on the site of an ancient African settlement.

Guest staying at Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge will be charged a once off access fee of R 83.00 per person per stay as of the 1 January 2019. The fees are payable at the gate of entry and will be required to hand back your receipt to the gate attendant upon your departure.

Please be aware of gate entrance times into the Kruger National Park as they vary throughout the year, depending on the season. Entrance into the park via Orpen Gate should be no later than two hours prior to gate closure time and via Kruger Gate should be no later than three hours prior to gate closure times.

Kruger Park gate opening times: Kruger Park gate closing times:
October – March 05h30 November – February 18h30
April – September 06h00 March – April 18h00
May – July 17h30
August – October 18h00

12 Month Gate Times:

Gate Times Jan Feb Mar April May June Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Entrance Gates Open 05:30 05:30 05:30 06:00 06:00 06:00 06:00 06:00 06:00 05:30 05:30 05:30
Camp Gates Open 04:30 05:30 05:30 06:00 06:00 06:00 06:00 06:00 06:00 05:30 04:30 04:30
All Gates Close 18:30 18:30 18:00 18:00 17:30 17:30 17:30 18:00 18:00 18:00 18:30 18:30

While driving within the Kruger National Park, please adhere to the legal speed limit of 50km per hour on tar roads and 40km per hour on dirt roads.

Please adhere to the Kruger National Park safety precautions, and do not disembark from your vehicle unless you are in a designated area.

Cellphone signal is only available at the entrance gates and close to Skukuza, it is therefore recommended to make any necessary calls at the gate upon entry.

The water at the lodge is safe to drink, however, for your convenience we also provide complimentary bottled water in the suites.

As the lodge does not have fences, it is not advisable to walk around alone after dark. Our guides will escort you to and from dinner.

Children 12 years and older are permitted at the lodge and occupy their own room at full rate.

Please note that we allow a maximum of 2 children per suite. No THIRD adult or child can share the suites at Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge.

  • Tight fitting sun hat, cap or beanie in winter (it gets quite windy on an open safari vehicle)
  • Light jacket (and fleece in winter)
  • Lightweight cotton or linen shirts and shorts Tracksuit or warm longs
  • Closed shoes and socks
  • Comfortable open sandals
  • Camera, spare batteries and memory card
  • Binoculars
  • A stick of mosquito repellent

Take note of our sister camps Imbali Safari Lodge and Hamiltons Tented Camp based on the same concession. Imbali Safari Lodge is the ONLY one that offers telephone and wi-fi. Therefore all outside contact is via this property. Should you require to contact the lodge directly use The Lodge details below.