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Kruger NP to Victoria Falls Road Trip

Phalaborwa - Kruger N.P. - Pafuri Gate - Masvingo - Bulawayo - Hwange N.P. - Victoria Falls - Livingstone

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Culture Culture
Historical sites Historical sites
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Road conditions Road conditions
Kruger NP to Victoria Falls Road Trip ACTIVATE MAP Stages7 km1,581 h/stage4.3

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Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a Kruger NP to Victoria Falls Road Trip in Republic of South Africa?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 324EUR drive & more 213EUR sleep & more 319EUR eat & more 288EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 820EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 1,144EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 486EUR drive & more 288EUR sleep & more 638EUR eat & more 432EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,358EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 1,844EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 864EUR drive & more 388EUR sleep & more 1,111EUR eat & more 576EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 2,075EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 2,939EUR
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self-catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 1,350EUR drive & more 425EUR sleep & more 330EUR eat & more 288EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,043EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 2,393EUR
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Kruger NP to Victoria Falls Road Trip Itinerary

This 6-day Kruger NP to Victoria Falls Road Trip is a great way to explore the stunning landscapes and nature of South Africa and Zambia. Starting in Phalaborwa, South Africa and ending in Livingstone, Zambia, the route covers a distance of approximately 1565 km and takes in the towns of Kruger National Park, Masvingo and Hwange National Park. The best time of year to drive this route is during the dry season from June to August, when the roads are in better condition and the temperatures are milder. Along the way, you will be treated to some of the most stunning landscapes in the world, including vast plains and grasslands, picturesque mountain ranges and lush forests. Wildlife spotting opportunities are plentiful, with a variety of species to be seen in Kruger National Park, Masvingo and Hwange National Park. Although the roads are generally in poor condition, this road trip is suitable for every driver. With a moderate budget, you can experience a high level of adventure and make some unforgettable memories.
number of days 6 number of days
route length 1,581 km route length
budget fair budget
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traffic direction on the left traffic direction
accident level fair accident level

START Phalaborwa

Distance 1,581 km Driving time 30.0 h Pace: modest 411.1 kWh Airports PHW
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Phalaborwa is a great starting point for the "Kruger NP to Victoria Falls Road Trip". Located in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, it is the gateway to the Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa. Within the town, visitors can explore the many shops, restaurants, and markets, as well as the beautiful landscapes. From Phalaborwa, travelers can easily access the Kruger National Park and its many attractions, including the Big 5 animals and some of the most beautiful landscapes in Africa. For travelers arriving by air, the closest international airport is Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (IATA code: KIM). The airport is located 70 kilometers away from Phalaborwa, and is well-serviced by car rental companies. Once in Phalaborwa, visitors can explore the town's many attractions. The town is home to the Phalaborwa Gate, the main entrance to the Kruger National Park. In addition, visitors can explore the nearby Baobab Tree Forest, the nearby Kruger Dam Nature Reserve, and the spectacular Phalaborwa Copper Mine. For those looking for a more cultural experience, head to the nearby Makotopong Village, where you can learn about the local culture and history. No matter what your interests, Phalaborwa is an ideal starting point for the "Kruger NP to Victoria Falls Road Trip". With its many attractions and close proximity to Kruger National Park, it is the perfect place to begin your African adventure.

1 Phalaborwa - Kruger N.P.

Distance 110 km Driving time 2.5 h Pace: modest 28.5 kWh View map Itinerary
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Are you ready for an incredible road trip from Phalaborwa to Kruger National Park? This 110 km journey will take you less than 3 hours and will be an unforgettable experience! Your first stop should be at the Phalaborwa Gate, the main entrance to the Kruger National Park. Here you can visit the Information Centre and get all the information you need about the park. The next stop should be at the Letaba Rest Camp. Here you can observe wildlife from a viewing platform, take a stroll along the Letaba River, and enjoy the beautiful scenery. You should also make a stop at the Olifants Rest Camp. This camp is situated on the banks of the Olifants River and offers a variety of activities, such as game drives, bird watching, and guided walks. The last stop before reaching Kruger National Park is the Satara Rest Camp. Here you can explore the bushveld on a game drive and get up close and personal with the Big Five. Finally, you will arrive at Kruger National Park. Here you can explore the park's vast wilderness, take part in guided game drives, and enjoy the beauty of the African bush. This is just one of the many stages of your journey, and more information about the attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route is available in the "Itinerary" of this stage. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable road trip!

2 Kruger N.P. - Pafuri Gate

Distance 157 km Driving time 3.3 h Pace: modest 40.8 kWh View map Itinerary
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Are you ready for an incredible 157km road trip from Kruger National Park, Republic of South Africa to Pafuri Gate? This is one of the most scenic and rewarding stages of the tour. Get ready to be amazed by the incredible landscapes and wildlife of the area. Start your journey in Kruger National Park, the largest game reserve in South Africa. Here you can observe the Big Five (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, and leopard) in their natural habitat. You can also visit the wilderness trails and various viewpoints. The next stop is the Makuleke region, home to the Makuleke people. Here you can visit the Crooks Corner, a historical site where the borders of South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique meet. Continue to the Punda Maria Gate, the northernmost entrance to Kruger National Park. Here you can explore the Northern region of the park, with its diverse wildlife and vegetation. Finally, arrive at the Pafuri Gate, the gateway to the northernmost tip of Kruger National Park. Here you can visit the Luvuvhu and Limpopo Rivers, the Pafuri Walking Trail, and the Crook’s Corner Viewpoint. This road trip will take you less than 4 hours and is sure to be an unforgettable experience. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please check the “Itinerary” of this stage.

3 Pafuri Gate - Masvingo

Distance 442 km Driving time 6.6 h Pace: fast 132.5 kWh View map Itinerary
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Welcome road-trippers! Get ready for an amazing journey from Pafuri Gate in the Republic of South Africa to Masvingo. This 441 km journey will take you less than 6 hours. Start your journey by exploring Pafuri Gate, a nature reserve located in the far north of South Africa. Here you can explore the wildlife, including the Big Five, and the beautiful landscapes. Afterward, you can head to the Kruger National Park, where you can find a variety of wildlife and activities. Continue your journey to the town of Tshipise, located in the Limpopo province. Here you can visit the Tshipise Hot Springs and the nearby Tshipise Nature Reserve. The hot springs offer a unique experience, while the nature reserve offers a great opportunity to observe the local wildlife. Your next stop is the town of Beitbridge. Here you can visit the Beitbridge Museum, which houses a variety of artifacts and historical documents. You can also explore the nearby Beitbridge Falls, where you can find a great view of the river. Finally, you'll arrive at your destination, Masvingo. Here you can explore the city's many attractions, including the Great Zimbabwe Ruins and the nearby Chilojo Cliffs. You can also visit the Masvingo National Park and the nearby Lake Mutirikwi. This is just one stage of a larger tour. For more information on attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the "Itinerary" of this stage. Have a safe and enjoyable journey!

4 Masvingo - Bulawayo

Distance 287 km Driving time 6.1 h Pace: modest 74.7 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on a 287 km road trip from Masvingo to Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe. This scenic drive will take you fewer than 4 hours. Start your journey in Masvingo, the oldest city in Zimbabwe, and visit the Great Zimbabwe Monument, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterward, take a break for lunch at the Masvingo Balancing Rocks, a spectacular natural rock formation. On the way to Bulawayo, make sure to stop at Khami Ruins, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Matobo Hills, a region of fantastic granite formations. Finally, arrive in Bulawayo, the City of Kings, and explore the National Art Gallery, the Khami Prison Museum, and the Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe. For more information regarding attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the “Itinerary” of this stage. Enjoy your journey!

5 Bulawayo - Hwange N.P.

Distance 410 km Driving time 6.7 h Pace: fast 122.9 kWh View map Itinerary
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Are you ready for an exciting road trip from Bulawayo to Hwange National Park? This stage of the tour is 395 km long and takes less than 7 hours to complete. The trip starts in Bulawayo, a city full of history, culture and natural beauty. Make sure to visit the Khami Ruins, a World Heritage Site, and the Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe. The route then takes you to Dete, a small rural town with the Dete Hot Springs, a relaxing spot to take a break and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. From Dete you will drive through the Hwange National Park, a wildlife sanctuary with a variety of wildlife, including the Big 5. Make sure to visit the Painted Dog Conservation Centre and the Main Camp, where you can take a guided game drive. The final destination is Hwange National Park, home to the world-famous Victoria Falls. Here you can experience the breathtaking beauty of the falls, take a boat cruise on the Zambezi River and explore the nearby game reserves. This is just one of the stages of a larger tour. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the "Itinerary" of this stage. Pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable road trip from Bulawayo to Hwange National Park!

6 Hwange N.P. - Victoria Falls

Distance 162 km Driving time 4.4 h Pace: slow 37.4 kWh View map Itinerary
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Start your journey with a visit to the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe! This amazing park is home to the Big Five and many other species of wildlife. You could easily spend days exploring the park, but don't forget to make time to visit the nearby town of Victoria Falls. The 163 km journey from Hwange to Victoria Falls will take you less than 6 hours. Here, you can admire the spectacular Victoria Falls, one of the world's most impressive waterfalls. You can also take a boat ride on the Zambezi River, go on a game drive, or take a guided tour of the falls. In Victoria Falls, you can also visit the local markets and craft shops, or take a scenic flight over the falls. All these experiences will make your road trip unforgettable! For more information regarding attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please check the "Itinerary" of this stage.

7 Victoria Falls - Livingstone

Distance 13 km Driving time 0.3 h Pace: modest 3.3 kWh View map Itinerary
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Are you ready for an exciting road trip from Victoria Falls to Livingstone? This 12 km journey will take you less than an hour, so you can easily fit it into your itinerary. Start your journey in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and visit the magnificent Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Take a walk across the Victoria Falls Bridge and experience the thunderous roar of the cascading water. Get a bird's eye view of the falls from a helicopter ride or a bungee jump. Continue your journey to Livingstone, Zambia, and explore the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, home to some of the most amazing wildlife in the world. See the magnificent Victoria Falls from the other side and take a boat ride along the Zambezi River. Visit the nearby Livingstone Museum, a great place to learn about the area's history and culture. This is just one stage of your journey, and more information regarding attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route is available in the "Itinerary" of this stage. So, get ready to explore the wonders of Victoria Falls and Livingstone!

  Livingstone

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Livingstone, Zambia, is the perfect end point for the "Kruger NP to Victoria Falls Road Trip". This vibrant city is located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe and is home to a wide variety of attractions, from the vibrant markets and nightlife to the beautiful Victoria Falls. Livingstone's most popular attraction is the majestic Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Here you can take a boat ride up the river to the falls and experience the raw power of the cascading waters. You can also take a guided tour of the falls and learn the local legends associated with them. Other popular attractions in Livingstone include the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, home to a variety of wildlife including elephants, zebras, and buffalo. You can also visit the Livingstone Museum, which houses an impressive collection of African artifacts and is a great place to learn about the culture and history of the region. For those traveling by car, the closest international airport is Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI), located just outside the city. From here you can take a shuttle or taxi to Livingstone. Livingstone is a vibrant and exciting city that offers travelers a wealth of attractions and experiences. Whether you're looking for a relaxing holiday, an adventure, or a chance to explore the culture and history of the region, Livingstone is the perfect destination.

Kruger NP to Victoria Falls Road Trip at a glance

Hopefully, the presented journey idea gave you numerous inspirations for your future holiday excursions.
The plan we’ve prepared can be used as a base that can be recreated in its entirety or only partially and that can be enriched with interesting beauty spots.
If travelling by car is your plan when moving around Republic of South Africa, there are a number of vital traffic regulations to follow and a bunch of things to be mindful of to make your trip smooth. These tips will also become useful for holidayers who are interested in vehicle rental or renting a camper in Republic of South Africa.
Sightseeing around Republic of South Africa in a vehicle requires you to pay attention to the local road rules. Avoiding spirits is the best way to ensure full safety of you and your passengers. The permitted consumption limit is very low and equals only 0.5‰. You are allowed to drive at the maximum speed of 60km/h when travelling around the urban areas. Around rural areas, travellers can travel at the maximum speed of 120km/h. The maximum car speed when it comes to motorways in Republic of South Africa is 120km/h. In order to stay safe, it is best to equip your car with a first aid kit and fire extinguisher and drive with your headlights on during the day.
One of the decisive factors when scheduling an itinerary is costs. Depending on the budget option that you go for, the total cost of the whole undertaking can vary. A wide range of budget possibilities is showed below.
The cost of gasoline for the cheapest option to cover the planned 8 stages while travelling around Republic of South Africa can equal as much as 213 EUR. Budget accommodation options will cost more or less 319 EUR. Holidaymakers who go for this option will spend more or less 288 EUR on restaurants and food. Travellers will have to pay approximately 324 EUR if they choose the cheapest car rental option as well. Thus, the estimated cost of the whole trip will amount to 820 EUR if you are interested in the option without vehicle rental and 1,144 EUR if you will hire a vehicle.
When it comes to the standard offer, you have to spend the maximum of 288 EUR on the gasoline needed to cover the tour. Cost amounting to 638 EUR can be expected by all travellers who are searching for standard accommodation. When opting for this option, take into consideration that the food and restaurants within this range will cost about 432 EUR. Travellers who want to cover the tour in a standard hire car should expect a cost of around 486 EUR. Summing up the standard offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total about 1,844 EUR for drivers who would like to try car rental and 1,358 EUR for those who are not interested in rental.
The available premium option has been prepared with the most demanding holidaymakers in mind. The whole estimated cost of the trip in this versions of services is 2,939 EUR with car hire and 1,358 EUR without a hire vehicle. Travellers who want to cover the trip in a premium hire vehicle can expect a cost of more or less 864 EUR. When it comes to the premium version of the adventure, you should expect the average cost of roughly 388 EUR when it comes to gasoline. Holidayers who opt for top services in all aspects of their road trip should expect to pay about 576 EUR for restaurants and food and roughly 1,111 EUR for accommodation options.
Our road trip will also be ideal for all camper enthusiasts, as it can be easily adjusted to their expectations. If you choose this mode of transport, the expenses are more or less 1,350 EUR. If you are wondering about the gasoline costs for the whole road trip, they will amount to approximately 425 EUR. Holidaymakers who opt for camper rental should expect to pay approximately 330 EUR for accommodation and more or less 288 EUR for expenses connected with food.
The Road Trip Costs section shows all the presented details in a simple manner.
The period between August and February is great to explore the part of Republic of South Africa mentioned in our itinerary idea. If Kruger NP to Victoria Falls Road Trip has inspired you, you should definitely check out other picturesque adventures that we offer on our website. The great variety of options will definitely match up the expectations of the most demanding drivers.

Facts for safer driving in Republic of South Africa

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0.5
max speed urban max speed urban 60 km/h
max speed rural max speed rural 120 km/h
max speed highway max speed highway 120 km/h
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime off
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher no
tolls tolls yes
seat belts seat belts yes

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