Safaris in the Greater Kruger

Safaris in the Greater Kruger

Kruger National Park is South Africa's largest national park and one of Africa's largest game reserves. The size of Wales, it is home to 147 large mammal species, which makes it the most diverse reserve in Africa. Many of the best safari camps in the area are in private conservancies adjoining the National Park, such as Sabi Sands, Mala Mala and Timbavati (read more about the pros and cons of the different Kruger reserves). Wildlife moves freely between the reserves and the National Park, the big advantage of the private reserves is the feeling of wilderness (with very few other visitors and a handful of superb small discrete camps).

Safari in Kruger combines well with Cape Town and if you have time, the Garden Route. Our recommendations will depend very much on your budget and preferred level of comfort. We are spoilt for choice in this region, but some of our favourite camps include; Nottens Bush Camp (good value high quality safari), Garonga (just so), Motswari & Londolozi for families and of course the legendary Singita stable.


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Itineraries

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Three nights safari in Sabi Sabi reserve in the Greater Kruger, followed by four nights in Cape Town.

Tailor-made 8 days

Adults from $2,530 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,578 per person economy class from London

Explore Cape Town, relax on the beautiful Garden Route Coast and enjoy world class safari in Sabi Sands in the Greater Kruger.

Tailor-made Luxury 12 days

Adults from $2,708 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,288 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,885 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,288 per person economy class from London

Experience Cape Town, Kruger and Victoria Falls in this spectacular once in a lifetime tailor-made itinerary.

Tailor-made Luxury 11 days

Adults from $3,657 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,678 per person economy class from London

Families from $2,818 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,678 per person economy class from London

Climb Table Mountain, explore Cape Town and enjoy a walking safari in the only wilderness concession in the Kruger National Park.

Tailor-made Classic 10 days

Adults from $2,286 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,115 per person economy class from London

A holiday of a lifetime. Spend 4 days exploring the best of Cape Town, before heading to Kruger for world class safari.

Tailor-made Luxury 8 days

Families from $1,436 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,446 per person economy class from London

Discover waterfalls & hidden canyons with a local guide in Blyde Canyon, before heading off on safari in the Kruger area.

Tailor-made Luxury 1 week

Adults from $2,006 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,118 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,700 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,118 per person economy class from London

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Accommodation

Mount Anderson Ranch

Greater Kruger

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Exclusive-use
- Designed for families
- Horse riding and fly-fishing
- Incredible location in Mt. Anderson

Kirkmans Camp

Greater Kruger

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Colonial Homestead
- Sabi Sands
- Pool, tennis & croquet
- Manicured gardens

Singita Ebony Lodge

Greater Kruger

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Big Five
- Luxurious living
- River Bank Location
- Private Game Reserve

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Big Five
- Private Game Reserve
- Luxurious Living
- Great Facilities

Singita Castleton

Greater Kruger

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Exclusive homestead
- Only six rooms
- Personal team of staff
- 'Big Five'

Jock Safari Lodge

Greater Kruger

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Well appointed lodge, Kruger National Park
- Game rich area, home to Big 5
- Swimming pools, spa, and gym
- Golfing nearby

Pafuri Camp

Greater Kruger

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Located in Kruger NP
- Luxury tents over Luvuvhu River
- Family-friendly
- Game-spotting from camp

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Upmarket retreat, contemporary architecture
- 13 deluxe suites with plunge pool
- Butler service
- Excellent 'Big 5' location

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Small, elegant, upmarket camp
- Private reserve, home to 'Big 5'
- Lovely riverine woodland
- 6 stylish suites with private Jacuzzis

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Deluxe safari lodge in private reserve
- 7 colonial-style thatched suites
- Select hosting and guiding
- High impact 'Big 5' game viewing

Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

Greater Kruger

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Upmarket lodge in private reserve
- 25 tastefully appointed suites
- 2 swimming pools, spa, boutique, boma
- Babysitting and child activity programmes

Ulusaba Safari Lodge

Greater Kruger

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- 11 luxury rooms with private decks
- Some treehouse-style rooms with swing bridge access
- Gym, pool, spa, tennis courts
- Bush observatory

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Family Friendly Lodge
- Swimming pool & play area
- Superb family accommodation
- 2 Game Drives each day

Motswari Game Lodge

Greater Kruger

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Family run
- Big five
- Guided bush walks
- Child friendly

Garonga Safari Camp

Greater Kruger

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Open air bush bath
- Exceptional food and service
- Intimate camp
- Low malaria risk

Nottens Bush Camp

Greater Kruger

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Simple, honest camp
- Genuine bush experience
- Great value
- Year-round game spotting

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Fantastic for families
- Year round ‘Big Five’ viewing
- Traditional atmosphere
- Sabi Sands

Londolozi Varty Camp

Greater Kruger

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Very Family Friendly
- ‘Big Five’
- Private plunge pools
- Prime location

Ngala Tented Camp

Greater Kruger

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Luxurious tents
- ‘Big Five’ and Wild Dog
- Timbavati Reserve
- &Beyond property

Mala Mala Main Camp

Greater Kruger

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Exceptional Big Five viewing
- Family friendly
- Specialist rangers
- Traditional luxury safari

Ngala Safari Lodge

Greater Kruger

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Big Five
- Private watering hole
- &Beyond Property
- Timbavati Reserve
- Exclusive family suite

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Big Five
- Private Reserve
- Authentic Safari feel

Kambaku River Sands

Greater Kruger

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Stylish owner-run safari camp
- Tranquil location in private reserve
- Pool, spa, gym, and wine cellar
- Good game viewing including Big 5

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Overview of the Greater Kruger Conservancies

Sabi Sands (65000 hectares unfenced to Kruger NP) is the best known and original private game reserve in the Kruger area and the place to go if you want exclusive accommodation (which comes at a price). Whilst the reserve is unfenced, not all lodges give each other traversing rights, so vehicles can't always go outside of their patch. That said, it is known to be the premier safari destination with perhaps the best game viewing potential, especially good for leopards.

Timbavati (53000 hectares unfenced to Kruger NP) is a slightly less well-known reserve, but as a consequence the lodges are not as expensive. As anywhere, game viewing is always down to chance, but with the diversity of vegetation (a good mix of lowveld grasses and bushes) the chances of spotting the big 5 are good. There is also a resident pride of the very rarely seen white lion which is currently based in the Timbavati reserve. Timbavati offers some excellent safari at sensible prices for couples and families alike.

Mala Mala (13300 hectares unfenced to Kruger NP) is something of an institution that pioneered the high end safari in South Africa back in 1927. The location and wildlife here is superb on this prime spot of land between Kruger and Sabi Sands. The camps are not offering quite as cutting edge nowadays, but new management is bringing a new lease of life to the reserve.

Thornybush (14000 hectares fenced to Kruger NP) is a smaller reserve with slick (if a little commercial) lodges with great family friendly accommodation. The reserve is small, so not quite the wild feel of Timbavati, but it does heighten the likelihood of spotting wildlife. This is a good option for younger / lively families who won't feel too self-conscious if the children splash around in the pool. There are often good offers available at Thornybush.

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