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South Africa

Overview

Most of our favourite lodges are on reserves to the west, like Sabi Sands, Timbavati, and Thornybush. And being private reserves, you can break all the rules you have to follow when you’re in the national park.

Your guide can go off road, meaning if a leopard is 100 metres from the main route they can drive right to it. You can go on night drives, when most animals hunt. And you can always get the perfect photograph. Rangers are often great photographers and know where to position vehicles, as well as how to predict photo opportunities.

Prepare yourself for some big names, as well as a few newcomers and more intimate, boutique lodges. You won’t be roughing it. Private reserves were the birth place of bush dinners, Champagne pit stops and outdoor free-standing bath tubs.

The Kruger’s private reserves are the perfect place to start if you’re new to safari. Because if the thought of witnessing a lion hunt doesn’t get your pulse racing, the show-stopping splendour of the lodges surely will.

The Kruger is where you’ll find all of Africa’s iconic safari species – elephant, lion, cheetah, rhino, buffalo, giraffe, hippo and zebra. (We’re not making any promises, but your chances of seeing leopards are higher here, too.)

Places to stay

  • Rattrays on MalaMala

    Kruger - MalaMala Game Reserve

    When it comes to safari, size matters. And that's where Rattrays really raises the bar. It has one of the...

  • AndBeyond Ngala

    Kruger - Ngala Private Game Reserve

    AndBeyond Ngala opens out onto the Kruger National park – ideal for spotting leopards, elephants and lions. There are two...

  • Savanna Private Game Reserve

    Kruger - Sabi Sand Game Reserve

    If you’d like to sleep beneath canvas but worry about going full tent, Savanna is for you. Your friends need never...

  • Chitwa Chitwa

    Kruger - Sabi Sand Game Reserve

    Fine food; awe-inspiring wildlife; spacious suites: Chitwa Chitwa is old-school safari hosting brought bang up to date. From the exceptional...

  • Leopard Hills

    Kruger - Sabi Sand Game Reserve

    The clue's in the name: Leopard Hills is renowned for its sightings of the most camera shy of all the...

  • Londolozi Tree Camp

    Kruger - Sabi Sand Game Reserve

    Although it isn’t technically a treehouse, the main area of Tree Camp is so high you feel as though you’re...

  • Royal Malewane

    Kruger - Thornybush Game Reserve

    The game might not be as prolific at Royal Malewane. But when you have such exceptional guides, it really doesn't...

  • Singita Boulders

    Kruger - Sabi Sand Game Reserve

    Boulders is located in Singita’s privately owned reserve, within Sabi Sands. The lodge melds beautifully with its surrounding landscape. With...

  • The Dulini Collection

    Kruger - Sabi Sand Game Reserve

    Honeymooners, listen up: every single suite at The Dulini Collection comes with its own plunge pool. The collection comprises three...

  • Ulusaba

    Kruger - Sabi Sand Game Reserve

    It’s a tough decision: do you stay at Rock Lodge, perched 800-feet above the wilderness, or Safari Lodge, tucked in...

How

There are almost as many ways of getting to and from the Kruger Park, as there are predators to view.  Our ‘rock star’ method involves flying directly into the lodge airstrips with direct flights from Johannesburg Airport. We can also arrange direct flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport, Skukuza and Hoedspruit, and from these little airstrips it is a quick shuttle flight (in a small plane) or a road transfer to your lodge. We have some fantastic tricks up our sleeve with our ability to combine the Kruger with Botswana and Victoria Falls. Chartered flights from Maun mean you can be in the Okavango Delta in the morning and on safari in the Kruger in the afternoon.

When

The Kruger Park is an all year round destination. November to April are hotter months with rain turning the bushveld lush and filling the rivers and waterholes. Newborns start to be spotted around November to December.   
The dry winter months from June to November are best for game viewing with the bushveld sparse and waterholes dry. Watch out, it can get really chilly at night.

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