Baffling in both its scale and detail, Kruger National Park is justifiably one of Africa's most famous destinations. Stretching for over 7,500 square miles and home to over half the world's rhinos, it offers a sublime range of safari reserves and experiences. Whatever you're looking for in a safari, we'll know somewhere in Kruger to make it happen.
Home to a variety of private reserves.
The southern half of Kruger receives 90% of its visitors. This is where South Africa's premier private reserves are located, most sharing unfenced boundaries with the southwest of the national park. Spending a couple of days in one of these compact private reserves is an iconic introduction to an African safari.
Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, adjacent to Kruger National Park, offers luxurious lodges with year-round warm temperatures, whilst Kapama Private Game Reserve offers truly unspoilt, verdant landscapes abundant in mammals and birdlife. Those hoping to discover South Africa’s incredible conservation efforts will love visiting Timbavati, whilst travellers looking for intimacy and barely any crowds will relish in Motswari’s peacefulness. Perhaps the most celebrated is Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, home to hundreds of one of the most sought out animals on an African safari– the elusive and elegant leopard.
Spot the big five.
From elephants to leopards to buffalo, we love how you can sometimes see the big five on a single three hour experience. If you're only planning one luxury safari destination then these reserves are as good as it gets. Visitors are carefully limited which adds exclusivity; sometimes it feels like it's just you and the wild Kruger.
The area is full of luxury lodges.
The Sabi Sands offers a great choice of lodges while destinations like Thornybush and MalaMala provide some of Africa's finest luxury safari experiences. None of these are cheap but the all-round quality is exceptional, encompassing boutique accommodation, expertly-guided activities, and an astonishing abundance of wildlife.
Discover the north and east of Kruger.
Explore the north or east of Kruger and you can drive for hours without seeing another vehicle. It's pure untrammelled adventure and we know some excellent safari outfits that will maximise the wildlife experience. While it's possible to self-drive here, the expertise of local guides ensures the leopards' camouflage is uncovered and the big five encounters come at regular intervals.
Things to do in Kruger National Park
Kruger's scale knows no bounds. To really feel humbled, visit the enormous subtropical Blyde River Canyon by road or hot air balloon; or spend a full day driving in the national park, losing count of how many rhinos and lions you've encountered. Yet within the Kruger, you'll also love all the little details, from lavish treats provided by the lodge to personal moments with rare animals.
Many people will say that Kruger is Africa safari for beginners. But we believe it's much more than that, because it's a destination that our clients return to year after year. With such an abundance of exceptional reserves and wildlife experiences, we're always anticipating our own next adventure in the Kruger National Park.