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Kruger National Park Area

The Sabi Sands in the Kruger Area is famous for leopard sightings The Sabi Sands in the Kruger Area is famous for leopard sightings
A brave local tracker and lion on safari in the Kruger Park A brave local tracker and lion on safari in the Kruger Park
The future king of Africa - a lion cub and his dad The future king of Africa - a lion cub and his dad
Be very very quiet. On safari in the Sabi Sands. Be very very quiet. On safari in the Sabi Sands.
A cheetah scans for prey in the Kruger Concessions. A cheetah scans for prey in the Kruger Concessions.
Make sure you try a walking safari in the Sabi Sands Make sure you try a walking safari in the Sabi Sands
Prehistoric river predators. Crocs in the Kruger Private Reserves Prehistoric river predators. Crocs in the Kruger Private Reserves
Sibling elephants playing together Sibling elephants playing together
Bourkes Luck Potholes in the Kruger Surrounds Bourkes Luck Potholes in the Kruger Surrounds
Blyde River carving its way through the canyon, Kruger Surrounds Blyde River carving its way through the canyon, Kruger Surrounds
African sunsets have a timeless magic about them African sunsets have a timeless magic about them

Safaris in the lap of Luxury

The Kruger National Park and adjoining Private Game Reserves are the highlight of any visit to South Africa. This world renowned wildlife sanctuary is unrivalled in the sheer diversity and numbers of its animals while the safari lodges contained within the borders are amongst the top luxury safari lodges in Africa. The Kruger Park epitomizes the iconic African safari – a dramatic landscape of forest, savannah, river and mountain rich in lion prides, elephant herds and thousands of other animals whose secrets are revealed by expert game rangers.

Covering an area of well over 2 million hectares (that’s the size of Wales in the United Kingdom), with some of the highest concentrations of the Big Five animals in the world, the top safari areas in the Kruger National Park area are broken up into the Sabi Sands, the Kruger Private Reserves and the Kruger Concessions. Outside the Kruger Park is an area named the Kruger Surrounds which is filled with natural wonders and geological marvels.

The Kruger National Park is only a short one hour flight from Johannesburg International Airport. The Kruger Private Reserves, Kruger Concessions and Sabi Sands have their own landing strips and your safari begins when you board the plane. Not long after take-off you’ll be viewing the wildlife from your window, before being whisked away from the landing strip in a 4x4 safari vehicle, civilization a distant memory as the sights, sounds and smells of the bush take over.

The Kruger National Park and adjoining Private Game Reserves are the highlight of any visit to South Africa. This world renowned wildlife sanctuary is unrivalled in the sheer diversity and numbers of its animals while the safari lodges contained within the borders are amongst the top luxury safari lodges in Africa. The Kruger Park epitomizes the iconic African safari – a dramatic landscape of forest, savannah, river and mountain rich in lion prides, elephant herds and thousands of other animals whose secrets are revealed by expert game rangers.

Covering an area of well over 2 million hectares (that’s the size of Wales in the United Kingdom), with some of the highest concentrations of the Big Five animals in the world, the top safari areas in the Kruger National Park area are broken up into the Sabi Sands, the Kruger Private Reserves and the Kruger Concessions. Outside the Kruger Park is an area named the Kruger Surrounds which is filled with natural wonders and geological marvels.

The Kruger National Park is only a short one hour flight from Johannesburg International Airport. The Kruger Private Reserves, Kruger Concessions and Sabi Sands have their own landing strips and your safari begins when you board the plane. Not long after take-off you’ll be viewing the wildlife from your window, before being whisked away from the landing strip in a 4x4 safari vehicle, civilization a distant memory as the sights, sounds and smells of the bush take over.

The safari and game lodges range from the artistically elegant to the super-luxurious. Expert game rangers take you on early morning and evening safaris in open-topped 4x4’s. Trackers sit bravely on special tracking seats positioned on the bonnet (hood) of the vehicle, their keen eyes taking in the invisible signs left behind by the elusive wildlife. If you have never been on a safari before then expect to be completely amazed. You will be taken to within feet of Africa’s most deadly, most beautiful, and most enormous animals. It is impossible to describe the feeling of sitting next to a fully grown male lion and staring into his yellow eyes – it takes you to a place that you never knew existed. People’s lives have literally been changed forever after this humbling, mind-expanding experience.

The more adventurous among you may want to experience the thrill of a walking safari. This is the closest you will ever get to nature. Accompanied by an armed ranger you will silently walk through the bush, tracking herds of buffalo, elephant and yes… if you are lucky (?) enough then even sneaking up on a pride of lions. You need have no fears though – the rangers are handpicked from the best in the world and are highly trained in wild animal behavior and in how to make sure nothing happens to you while you are in their care.

Although a safari in the Kruger National Park is the main drawcard to the area the Kruger Surrounds have wealth of experiences to offer you. Breathtaking scenery and a host of outdoor activities make this area a favourite side trip to those going on a Kruger safari. Massive canyons, river gorges and view points from the rooftop of the world are easily accessible. Blyde River Canyon is said to be the third deepest in the world, the numerous waterfalls en-route have been combined into a Waterfall Route safari, Bourke’s Luck Potholes are simply a geological surprise, and the fishing, horse riding, hiking and clean outdoor living will put the wind back into anybody’s sails.

With such a wealth of experiences on offer in the Kruger Park area it is imperative that you research your trip sufficiently. Have a read through our Globetrotter Travel Guide, and spend some time looking through the photos of the Sabi Sands, Kruger Private Reserves and Kruger Concessions, and then look through the accommodation on offer in the areas you like.

Our Travel Experts have all travelled extensively in the Kruger region and have stayed in all the lodges, both in the reserves and in the surrounding area. Each lodge is unique. Each caters for certain tastes – though all are of a luxury to superior standard they offer different experiences so contact one of our Experts to find out which lodge will best be suited to fulfill your dreams of how a safari should be. They will also help you to create an amazing itinerary and suggest other areas of interest in South Africa and beyond should you so wish.

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Private Game Reserves »

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A Southern Africa safari captivates everyone who has been lucky enough to experience its magic and power. Visiting one of the Kruger Private Reserves is a  must when visiting South Africa. The Kruger boasts the greatest species diversity in Africa and is known for its excellent sightings of the big five, namely, lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant. Make sure to enjoy a night drive safari or the thrill of a walking safari.

Sabi Sands »

Leopard relaxing on a tree

Probably the most famous and luxurious of the Private Game Reserves is the the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, a 65 000 hectare (153 000 acre) wildlife sanctuary which forms part of the greater 2,3 million hectare (5,7 million acre) Kruger National Park game preservation area. The Sabi Sand is famous for the hiigh concentration of leopards and amazing leopard and big cat sightings that lucky guests experience on safaris in this area.

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Recommended Kruger Region Accommodation

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Royal Malewane »

The joys of a bygone era await you at Royal Malewane, situated on a private reserve within the greater Kruger Area. Accommodating only 20 guests in the utmost colonial splendour, Royal Malewane is an exclusive getaway for those who value privacy, personalised service and the best game viewing.

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Summerfields River Lodge »

Summerfields River Lodge & Spa is nestled on a working farm in a secluded valley near Hazyview. Twelve exclusive tented suites are suspended above the Sabie River. Summerfields provides the ideal setting to reconnect with nature through the soothing sounds of the gently flowing river and bird calls.

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Lion Sands Ivory Lodge »

The international award winning Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is an ultra luxurious, yet simple and uncluttered safari lodge. The lodge offers overriding exclusivity with complete privacy, where each suite is operated as a private villa and your recluse is arguably the world’s finest suite.

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Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge »

Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge symbolizes a new era in luxury African safari lodges. Sculpted into a slope of the earth, almost invisible in the landscape, the lodge uses texture, light and space to present a lodge like no other. Earth Lodge is described as the most environmentally sensitive lodge in Africa.

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Camp Jabulani »

Camp Jabulani represents the epitome of style, luxury, gastronomic excellence and warm hospitality. The sole objective of the team is to meet the needs of their valued guests. To indulge, spoil and entertain. But most importantly - to share with them the story and the experience of the elephants.

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Leopard Hills »

Leopard Hills is situated in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. The five star luxury lodge, with fine dining, outstanding cuisine and extensive wine cellar, is situated on a hilltop sanctuary overlooking a waterhole. Each of the eight suites with private pools have spectacular views out into the bush.

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Ulusaba Safari Lodge »

Ulusaba Safari Lodge is built along the banks of the dry Mabrak riverbed. The rooms are built 'tree house' style and you really get the feeling of being at the heart of life in the bush. Your room provides fascinating views of the animals as they stroll past on their way to the nearby watering hole.

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Tinga Private Game Lodge »

Tinga Private Game Lodge is situated next to the Sabie River, in a prime game-viewing area of the Kruger Park. Tinga has two luxury lodges, Narina and Legends. Both have been developed to the same standard and have similar facilities. The suites each have their own game viewing deck and plunge pool.

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