"Hazyview - The Gateway to Kruger National Park" Hazyview by mikelisaanna

Hazyview Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 47 photos

Hazyview is a town that lies about 10 miles west of two of the entrances to Kruger Namtional Park. If you have a car, you can drive to the Numbi or Phabeni Gates of Kruger in less than 20 mintutes from Hazyview.

There is not much of a downtown in Hazyview - its downtown is basically a collection of strip shopping centrs with a main road running between them. However, Hazyview is a good place to stay when visiting Kruger, because it offers accomodations that are cheaper than what you can find in Kruger, and has plenty of places to eat, shop, and take care of your day-to-day needs (banks, laundry, groceries, etc).

The one tourist attacion in Hazyview that we did visit was the Hazyview Elephant Sanctuary, where you can touch and ride elephants. It's great fun for children.

If you are staying in Hazyview, make sure that, in addition to visiting Kruger, that you also take a day and drive west up into the mountains outside of Graskop, where God's Window, Wonder View, Blyde RIver Canyon, and the Three Rondavels offer some of Africa's best scenic views. In taht same area, there are also a number of 200 foot+ high waterfalls.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Convenient to Kruger National Park
  • Cons:The town is not very scenic
  • In a nutshell:A convenient base camp for Kruger NP and Blyde Canyon
  • Last visit to Hazyview: Aug 2009
  • Intro Written Sep 27, 2009
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    Oct 13, 2012 at 5:42 AM

    Hi, thanks for sharing. I am considering staying outside of Kruger NP as well. I wonder if you felt this was a good option for you? I am afraid that I might be missing out on a unique experience. Regards, Ruffled

    • mikelisaanna's Profile Photo
      Oct 13, 2012 at 11:19 AM

      An advantage of staying outside of Kruger is that it gives you the flexibility to visit other places, such as the Panorama route or historic towns like Pilgrim's Rest. We spent 3 days driving around Kruger and 2 days doing the other non-Kruger sights. One thing to be aware of is that Hazyview itself doen't have much to see and do. It is a collection of hotels and stores that cater to the Kruger tourists.

    • ruffled's Profile Photo
      Oct 13, 2012 at 9:49 PM

      Great to know! I think we might do the same. We might spend our days in Kruger, and nights on a night drive or just recuperating! :) Thank you for sharing


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