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You are looking for hostels in Kruger National Park? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Kruger National Park hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Kruger National Park.

All Cities in Kruger National Park

We list every single hostel in Kruger National Park and the world. In total, we have 4 cities in Kruger National Park for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Kruger National Park hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Kruger National Park. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Kruger National Park

World renowned Kruger National Park covers a massive 19,500 square kilometres in the north-east of South Africa, forming a large part of the border with Mozambique. It was established in 1926 from two former nature reserves and is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Game drives and various other trips can be arranged through the managing body Sanparks; (, and there is a variety of accommodation inside the park ranging from up scale resorts to campgrounds. It is easily possible to visit Kruger in your own vehicle. There are plenty of tarred roads through the park and the dirt roads are smooth and in excellent condition, so a 4WD shouldn't be necessary except during heavy rains. A guide will, however know the areas to see particular animals, especially the cats, and the tour guide drivers stay in touch with each other by radio during the drives, so get an alert when something interesting is spotted. A lot of tourists come here as one can spot all of the "Big 5" here; rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard and elephant. There's a great variety of birds here also and the hard to find African wild dog is also present.

Budget travellers usually stay outside the park, where accommodation is cheaper, and take their trips in from there. As the park is so huge, there are a number of excellent bases from which to do this. Komatipoort, south-east of the park on the border with Mozambique, has excellent hostel accommodation, whilst Nelspruit has many backpacker hostels and all are of very decent quality, but a little away from the centre. As you travel north along the western border of the park, there are options just outside Hazyview; in Sabie, a little further west, but handy also for the Blyde River Canyon and the Panorama Route, as is Graskop, which also has backpacker accommodation. There is also backpacker accommodation at the village of Moremela by the entrance to Bourke's Luck Potholes, on the Panorama Route between Graskop and Hoedspruit.

All these hostels, guesthouses and lodges organize trips into the park and the surrounding countryside and all the towns and cities mentioned here have supermarkets, international ATMs and reasonable public transport links. However, getting from Hazyview to Sabie and Sabie to Graskop takes a little patience, as there are not many minibuses between these towns.

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Travel Tips for Kruger National Park - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Kruger National Park. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Kruger National Park. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Kruger National Park

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Kruger National Park?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Kruger National Park here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Kruger National Park safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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