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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

  • 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...

  • Rockfig Safari Lodge

    Kruger - Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

    Creating a contemporary lodge that sits in perfect harmony with pristine wilderness isn’t always easy, but the designers of Rockfig...

  • andBeyond Tengile River Lodge

    Kruger - Sabi Sand Game Reserve

    Unfenced and unforgettable: andBeyond Tengile River Lodge is the newest Kruger lodge from renowned safari operators andBeyond. The accommodation is made...

  • 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...

  • MalaMala Rattray's Camp

    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...

  • Waterside at Royal Malewane

    Kruger - Thornybush Game Reserve

    Waterside is the newest edition to the Royal Portfolio’s exclusive lodge collection at Royal Malewane.  Here you’ll find all the opulence...

  • 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...

  • Singita Lebombo


    Singita Lebombo is like an eagle’s nest, perched on cliffs above the Sweni and N'wantetsi rivers. Its private-use villa and...

  • 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...

  • Kubili House

    Kruger - Thornybush Reserve

    This is not ‘just’ a safari: guests of exclusive Kubili House will get to enjoy the whole safari lifestyle because...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Lion Sands Treehouses

    Kruger - Sabi Sand Game Reserve

    In our opinion these are the ultimate bush bedrooms. You simply haven’t experienced the vastness of the landscape until...

  • Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

    Kruger - Sabi Sand Game Reserve

    Put simply, Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is spectacular. It’s an architectural masterpiece and perfect fusion of steel, wood, thatch and...

  • Cheetah Plains

    Kruger - Sabi Sand Game Reserve

    Cheetah Plains is where ultra-modern design meets pure, raw nature. It’s a collection of three large, state-of-the-art bush homes in...

  • 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 an ideal choice. The draped canvas...

  • AndBeyond Ngala

    Kruger - Ngala Private Game Reserve

    AndBeyond Ngala sits in it's own private reserve which opens out onto the Kruger National Park – this puts it in...

  • Chitwa Suites

    Kruger - Sabi Sand Game Reserve

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

  • Lion Sands River Lodge

    Kruger - Sabi Sand Game Reserve

    Lion Sands River Lodge was the first Lion Sands lodge to welcome guests. It’s an old favourite of ours, and...

  • Singita Ebony

    Kruger - Sabi Sand Game Reserve

    This was the original Singita lodge and from the beginning it set the standard.  It reflects the history of Singita and...

  • Singita Sweni


    Singita Sweni is made up of six suites, strung along the banks of the Sweni river. Being near the water...

  • Kruger - Sabi Sand Game Reserve

    Silvan Safari opened its doors towards the end of 2017, and has been regularly crowned the leading luxury lodge in...


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.


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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