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Kruger National Park

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QUICK FACTS

  • World-famous for it's wildlife
  • Kruger Park is state-owned and accommodates budgets on both the low-end with self-catering, and on the high-end with luxury concessions
  • Luxury customers usually fly in to nearby airports (KMIA / SZK / HDS) from either Cape Town or Johannesburg
  • Self-drive possible but flying more common for luxury itineraries
  • Game viewing best during the dry winters months May to Oct
  • Wet summer season brings full waterholes, lush bushveld, many newborn wildlife and the summer migrant birds arrive
  • 15+ luxury lodges in 9 private concessions (each run by a particular operator) over an area of 1,950,000 hectares.  Bare in mind that the majority of this is state-owned and run.

ADDITIONAL READING

Lodge and package options are shown below, but if it seems daunting, feel free to contact [email protected]

5 Day Luxury Kruger Park & Sabi Sand Safari
2 Nights at Lukimbi Safari Lodge in the Kruger Park, three full meals per day, all teas and coffees, two game drives daily in open land rovers and a safari walk
2 Nights at Idube Safari Lodge in Sabi Sands, all meals, teas & coffees, high tea, twice daily game drives and optional safari walks.
Return flights from/to Johannesburg
Road transfer between Kruger National Park & Sabi Sands Game Reserve
A professional driver/guide
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$ 1000 USD
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$ 730 USD
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4 Day All Inclusive Fly-in Tour to Kruger's Imbali Lodge
3 nights at Imbali Safari Lodge
Return flights from/to Johannesburg
Private suites, each with its own plunge pool with views of the wilderness beyond
2x safari activites, daily
All meals
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$ 700 USD
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3 Day Unrivaled Views of the Kruger & Sabie River Safari
2 nights at Kruger Shalati Train on the Bridge
Return flights from/to Johannesburg
Private sizable suites with infinite river & bush views
Best pool views in the Kruger – with crocodile, hippos, buffaloes and elephants greeting guests metres below!
2x safari activites, daily
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$ 810 USD
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4 Day All-Inclusive Kruger Safari with Hoyo Hoyo
3 Nights at Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge
Luxury African styled suites with en-suite bathrooms & outdoor showers
2x safari activites, daily
Afternoon tea
All meals
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$ 500 USD
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$ 500 USD
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3 Day Kruger Park Lukimbi Fly-in Safari
2 Nights at Lukimbi Safari Lodge in the Kruger Park, three full meals per day, all teas and coffees, two game drives daily in open land rovers and a safari walk
BIG 5 off-road game viewing
Big Five sightings in their natural habitat
Private views of the river or bush from your suite
Indoor luxury bathtub with a view & outdoor shower
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$ 860 USD
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7 Day Iconic Kruger & Cape Town
3 Nights at Imbali Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park
3 Nights at The Cape Milner Boutique Hotel in Standard Room, Cape Town
True "Out of Africa" style accommodation with private plunge pools
2 Game drives daily at Imbali Safari Lodge
All meals and local brand beverages at Imbali Safari Lodge
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$ 530 USD
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7-Day Kruger Park and Vic Falls Combo
3 Nights at Kruger Shalati in luxurious train carriages with spectacular views
3 Nights at the Wallow Lodge with uninterrupted views of the river from your private balcony
Two game drives daily in open land rovers
1 Hour tour of the high-care Wildlife rehabilitation centre and laboratory facilities
Cocktails & Canapés on the Batoka Gorge game drive on the Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary Village
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$ 670 USD
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5-Day Ultra Luxurious Timbavati Fly-In Safari
4 Nights in a luxury pool suite at Makanyi Private Game Lodge
2 Game drives daily in an open game drive vehicle
Bush walks, picnics, star gazing at Makanyi Private Game Lodge
All meals & beverages
Return Flights OR Tambo Airport (JNB) to Hoedspruit Airport (HDS)
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$ 910 USD
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5-Day Thornybush Fly-In Package
4 Nights at Shimungwe Lodge, Thornybush Game Reserve
2 Game drives in an open vehicle, daily
Sundowner drinks on game drive
All meals, water and hot beverages
Wifi in main areas
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$ 440 USD
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3-Day Fly-In Authentic Rhino Post Safari
2 nights at Rhino Post Safari Lodge
Brunch, High tea, Dinner & Teas and Coffees
2x safari activities, daily at Rhino Post Safari Lodge
Return flights from/to Johannesburg
Return transfers to the lodge
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$ 640 USD
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$ 640 USD
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5-Day Singita Kruger Park Promotion
4 Nights at Singita Lebombo Lodge
All meals & beverages
2 x Daily Game Drives & Walking Safaris
Return Flights - Cape Town Intl (CPT) / OR Tambo (JNB) to Skukuza Airport (SZK)
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$ 2610 USD
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4-Day African Chic Fly-In Rhino Post Safari
3 Nights at Rhino Post Safari Lodge
Brunch, High tea, Dinner & Teas and Coffees
2x safari activities, daily at Rhino Post Safari Lodge
Return flights from/to Johannesburg
Return transfers to the lodge
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$ 560 USD
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$ 560 USD
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9 Day Bushveld And Beach Escape
3 nights at Mjejane River Lodge
5 nights at Machangulo Beach Lodge
2x safari activites, daily at Mjejane River Lodge
Big Five sightings in their natural habitat
Tropical Paradise beach vacation at Machangulo Beach Lodge
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$ 370 USD
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$ 370 USD
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11 Day Luxury Kruger, Victoria Falls & Cape Town
3 nights at Lion Sands River Lodge
3 nights at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma
4 nights at The Victoria & Alfred Hotel
All meals & drinks at Lion Sands River Lodge
All meals & drinks at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma
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$ 850 USD
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$ 850 USD
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5 Day Kruger Walking Safari Trail
2 nights at Rhino Plains Camp
2 nights at Rhino Post Safari Lodge
Big Five sightings in their natural habitat
Have a memorable experience sleeping out under the stars
Famous Rhino Walking Safaris at Rhino Plains Camp
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$ 420 USD
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$ 420 USD
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4 Day Kruger Exclusive Getaway with Lion Sands Narina
3 Nights at the 5-Star Lion Sands Narina Lodge
Private plunge pool
Located on the Sabie River with amazing views from all suites
2x safari activites, daily
BIG 5 off-road game viewing
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$ 1200 USD
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$ 950 USD
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$ 1200 USD
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6 Day Magical Kruger Park & Cape Town Safari
3 nights at Tintswalo Safari Lodge
2 nights at Tintswalo Atlantic
Return Flights from Johannesburg to Tintswalo Safari Lodge
One way flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town
Return transfers from Cape Town International Airport to Tintswalo Atlantic
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$ 890 USD
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$ 890 USD
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9 Day Kruger & KwaZulu Fly-Drive Explorer
3 nights at Rhino Post Safari Lodge with all meals and 2 game activities per day
2 nights at Zimbali Resort with breakfast
3 nights at Phinda Zuka Lodge with all meals and 2 game activities per day
Flights: Johannesburg -> Nelspruit -> Durban
Car rental arranged for pick up in the Kruger & KwaZulu Natal
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$ 640 USD
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$ 640 USD
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3 Day Luxury Kruger Private Concession Fly-in Package
2 nights at Shishangeni Lodge
Return flights from/to Johannesburg
Affordable Luxury in the world-famous Kruger Park
2x safari activites, daily
All meals
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$ 950 USD
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$ 710 USD
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$ 950 USD
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4-Day Jock Safari Lodge Fly-in Package
3 nights at Jock Safari Lodge
Return flights from Johannesburg OR Tambo - Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport
Return Transfers from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport - Jock Safari Lodge
Luxury Accommodation leading on to a private deck with plunge pool and sala, an outdoor daybed
All meals and selection of house beverages
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$ 930 USD
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3-Day Luxury Fly-in Safari with Hamiltons Tented Camp
2 nights at Hamiltons Tented Camp
Return Flights from Johannesburg OR Tambo - Hoedspruit Airport
Return Transfers from Hoedspruit Airport - Hamiltons Tented Camp
Luxury Accommodation with sumptuous spaces that have picture windows and spacious timber decks from which one can enjoy the riverine forest positioning
All meals and selected beverages (soft drinks, water, beer, selected wines & spirits)
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$ 820 USD
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4-Day All-Inclusive Fly-In Sabi Sand Safari
3 Nights at Arathusa Safari Lodge
2 Game drives in an open vehicle, daily
Guided bush walk
All Meals, House Wines, Beers, Spirits, Teas & Coffees
Return flights from/to Johannesburg
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$ 680 USD
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$ 680 USD
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7-Day Ultra-Lux Kruger and Vic Falls Fly-in Safari
3 Nights at Lukimbi Safari Lodge in a Classic Suite
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and all teas and coffees
2 x Daily Game Drives in Open Game-Viewing Vehicles
Bush walks
3 Nights at Palm River Hotel in a Deluxe Room
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$ 710 USD
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7-Day Kruger and Cape Winelands Safari
4 Nights at Last Word Kitara
Three meals daily at Last Word Kitara
All beverages such as soft drinks, waters, house wines, local spirits, local beers and ciders at Last Word Kitara
Two game drives per day including refreshments at Last Word Kitara
2 Nights at Last Word Constantia
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$ 1320 USD
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Why

The Kruger National Park is one of the most famous and visited National Parks in Africa, for good reason. Home to an incredibly diverse wildlife population including the Big 5, a wide range of predators, the biggest collection of mammal species in Africa and an amazing range of bird species - the Kruger Park is a mecca for wildlife encounters.

Over and above the endless African wildlife within the reserve, there are also an incredibly large and unique variety of luxury lodges within and surrounding Kruger National Park.

When

The Kruger National Park is a destination that is generally considered to be good all year-round.

The attraction to the Kruger National Park is most certainly the wildlife and there is no question that the dry winter season from May to October is considered the best time to experience phenomenal game viewing and walking safaris. The bush is less dense and animals tend to gather around the fewer permanent water sources, allowing for better viewing opportunities.

Mid-winter - June to August - is a very comfortable time of year to visit the Kruger as there are few mosquitoes, little if any rain and temperatures are pleasantly warm during the day and refreshingly cool at night. The bone-dry, end-of-winter months of September and October often experience uncomfortably hot and humid conditions but concentrations of animals around water sources are at their highest - this period is often regarded as the best game-viewing time for a Kruger safari.

The summer rains arrive from November onwards, peak in January and February and end around April. The Kruger is transformed into a beautiful, thriving green landscape and it makes for superb photography. Game viewing is still good with many young animals around, making it a predator's paradise. It is also the best time for bird watching as well as safari-and-beach holiday combinations.

The Kruger National Park is considered a low malaria area, however, we would recommend consulting a medical practitioner for advice about malaria.

The Kruger National Park is also very popular during the long December/January school holidays, so should you be looking to travel during this time period, we strongly recommend that you book well in advance and consider the northern parts of the park or the Kruger's private reserves and concessions, should you desire a less crowded experience.

Where

The Kruger National Park is regarded as the ultimate safari destination and the largest in South Africa. With almost two million hectares of pristine wilderness, the park is split into northern and southern reserves. The northern reserves are often referred to as the Greater Kruger National Park.  

Home to the famous Big 5: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo, and the highest number of large mammal species on any African reserve, the Kruger offers a rewarding safari experience and an array of accommodation options including luxury lodges and self-catering. Activities offered at most reserves include morning and afternoon/evening open vehicle game drives and guided bush walks. Some reserves offer optional local village tours, hot air ballooning, elephant interactions, visits to animal rehabilitation centers, treehouse sleep-outs and photographic safaris.

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Jul 12, 2024
Wonderful experience!
Dolan has been amazing getting everything set up for our trip to South Africa next year. He has made the process so stress free and has been so responsive with every question I’ve had! Will absolutely be utilizing Dolan and safari.com again in the future!
Hannah Sneyd
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Jul 12, 2024
Who could ask for a better agent than Mel
Our agent Mel listened to our proposed itinerary whilst in South Africa and came up with great suggestions to make it memorable She was very quick to answer any questions we had, efficient at providing quotes and very compassionate when a family crisis derailed the booking process for a while
Stuart & Sharon
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Jul 11, 2024
Well structured with comprehensive…
Well structured with comprehensive details provided and easy guidance for choosing and booking. All trip operators were prompt and professional in their responses.
Emma
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US
Jul 10, 2024
Great, efficient, going above and beyond service by Nicole!
Nicole has been extremely helpful with my queries, and going above and beyond to help me understand the Sabi sands experience better. When one of the lodge I enquired was sold out, she also recommended various options I could explore, and offers her valuable point of view. Examples - she ensured to pass on my room requests successfully and liaised with the lodge efficiently, ensuring to make our anniversary experience at the safari a great one. She also proactively offered to help me to continue looking for alternatives when I told her the transport options were beyond my budget. Thank you so much Nicole! Because of this we look forward to our experience with Safari.com and at Arathusa lodge.
Jie Ning Lee
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SG
Jul 10, 2024
Makinbooking a pleasure
Tanya has been great, efficient, friendly and went the extra mile in providing information not only to me but also to people (who joined late) in my group. A pleasure to work with.
Tweet Gainsborough-Waring
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ZA
Jul 9, 2024
I made a request for a safari…
I made a request for a safari reservation on short notice. The Safari Consultant Lisa Liprini jumped on my request and successfully found me a safari that suited my timelines. She was prompt and very communicative.
Mathew
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US
Jul 9, 2024
Repeat customer
I used Safari.com in 2022 when my husband and I went on our first safari to Kruger National Park. They were professional, quick and easy to work with. I was anxious to return again in 2024 and Mel didn't disappoint with her planning, quick response and attention to my requests. Unfortunately, I cannot complete my wish to return this year but when I do return...Mel is who I will reach out to.
Dorothy Smith
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Jul 8, 2024
Excellent very nice
Excellent very nice
Aalukkas P
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Jul 8, 2024
Excellent safari company and agent
I have booked 2 safaris with Safari.com and Anja in particular. We have yet to take the second one but the first was a safari in Botswana. Everything far exceeded expectations and every detail handled with top notch drivers, hotels, safari lodges and guides. Anja was very responsive and helped us plan our safari. We were so happy with it that we are doing another this year.
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