Kruger National Park & Reserves

Lying in the heart of the Lowveld is South Africa’s largest game reserve – the Kruger National Park. This is a wildlife sanctuary like no other, its atmosphere so unique that it allows those who enter its vastness to immerse themselves in the unpredictability and endless wilderness that is the true quality of Africa. The Kruger has an excellent infrastructure that includes picnic sites, rest camps, waterholes and hides.

Game drives are what the Kruger National Park is all about. If you’re on safari then the highlight to any day is venturing out on the back of an off-road vehicle, binoculars clutched in one hand whilst the other hangs on for all you’re worth to the constantly rolling vehicle as it makes its way through the bush in hot pursuit of the latest pride of lions, sighted feeding on a kill just over the rise

Bush walks can last up to four hours and stops are made to allow replenishment and a chance to take in the beauty of an area. Nothing can possibly beat the heart stopping excitement of tracking rhino, elephant and lion on foot through the heat of the bush. But it’s also one of the most incredible ways to learn about the fragility of the ecosystems of the Kruger and to see the smaller and exciting, animals and insects of the park.

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Sabi Sand Game Reserve adjoins the south western side of the Kruger National Park and there are no fences between them, where the animals can wander as they please.

Some of the best private game lodges in the country are in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. and the chances of seeing the Big 5 animals (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) are excellent. There are large species of birds which can be observed including a diversity of summer migrants.

Access to the lodges is by vehicle or via a short flight from Johannesburg into the lovely little airport at Skukuza in the Kruger National Park then a short hop by light aircraft to the private reserves.

Below are our recommmended properties chosen for their location, good standards of accommodation / service and value-for-money, but we have access to many more properties and can tailor a trip to suit your exact requirements.

RockFig Safari Lodge

RockFig Safari Lodge is a luxury safari lodge, located in the heart of Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, adjacent to the famous Kruger National Park.  This intimate lodge, offers game drives and walking safaris with a professional guide and tracker in a Big Five wilderness.


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Arathusa Safari Lodge

Arathusa Safari Lodge is situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and forms part of the Kruger National Park in the north east of the country. The area is well known for its rich diversity of animal and bird life. The lodge has its own airstrip or is an easy 5.5 hours drive from Johannesburg through the scenic Mpumalanga.

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Dulini Safari Lodge

Situated in the western part of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which adjoins the Kruger National Park, Dulini Safari Lodge is located on the banks of the seasonal Mabrak River in the Exeter Private Game Reserve.

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Lukimbi Safari Lodge

Lukimbi Safari Lodge is a luxurious lodge located in the southern portion of the Kruger National Park, which has something different and interesting round every corner. With carved plaster panels of mystical creatures and African patterns, buildings are linked together with open wooden decks along the banks of River Lwakahle.

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Simbambili Game Lodge

Simbambili Game Lodge situated in the northern sector of the world-renowned Sabi Sands Game Reserve, on the banks of the Manyeleti River overlooking the magnificent Manyeleti flood plain and borders the Kruger National Park. It is a lodge that symbolizes everything that is luxury, exclusivity and is the unique African bush experience.

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We Also Recommend:

  • Motswari Game Lodge

  • Elephant Plains Game Lodge

  • Thornybush Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp

  • Isibindi Rhino Post Safari Lodge


We have access to the best rates and special offers for hundreds of camps, hotels and lodges across South Africa – contact us for more details using our free online Request A Quote service and one of our travel experts will email you with more information and prices.

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