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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 helpmeplan@safari.com

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jun 13, 2024
7-nights Safari
I made a reservation for a 7-night safari trip to two specific Private Game Reserves in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, for one of the busiest months in Kruger: August. This reservation was made at the last minute. (3 days ago). A reservation that had some special features, with choices from someone who has already done (my husband and I) several safaris in other African countries. The architecture and design of the lodges are important to us on a professional level. And the Private Game Reserves had to be the best. Anja Meyer, from Safari.com, started and completed the reservation process in 4 days, two of which were weekends. Very efficient, fast and understanding what we wanted for our week in the bush. We are "addicted" to safaris, wildlife, bush, landscapes, nature... and we love Africa and the Africans. We can't wait for August to arrive. Thank you!
Maria joao Demony
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PT
Jun 12, 2024
My first experience a number of months…
My first experience a number of months back wasn't as I wanted. I picked up with Dolan a little after this to find when the best time to Safari was with the chance of seeing the "big 5" and he was so helpful, guiding me to July-September. With the cooler winter months being the better chances to see more wildlife and the big five. This lead me on to deal with Jayson. Jayson has pulled out all the stops, working past 9pm Cape Town time( 8pm London UK) to help meet my needs. I travel out on 6th July and cannot wait, Thank you Dolan and Jayson. Julian Bingle, London, UK.
customer
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GB
Jun 11, 2024
Sara Van Coillie has been extremely…
Sara Van Coillie has been extremely helpful in making our Namibia trip fantastic! We have emails up on emails of Sara answering all my (many) questions months and months before our trip. I've had last minute questions and requests right before and during our trip and she always responds with record time and helps us out. I feel all of our needs have been met and I couldn't be happier with Sara as our travel representative! Highly recommend her! :)
Alisha Strand
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NA
Jun 10, 2024
Pascal John extremely helpful,efficient and knowledgeable
Pascal John was very helpful with recommendations for our Safari Booking. He responded to all our emails and txt messages extremely quickly, especially given the time difference. He also sent videos of his recent experience at the lodges which was especially helpful.
Paul Dempsey
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NZ
Jun 10, 2024
Leche was very responsive and really…
Leche was very responsive and really helpful. She found a reserve in the Sabi Sands that is perfect for our budget and our dates. We are very excited for our trip!
customer
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US
Jun 9, 2024
South Africa Trip
Shann was very helpful and was always quick to respond to any questions that I had. She provided with multiple options for each stage of our trip, and overall provided a great service. Would highly recommend!
Tom
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GB
Jun 8, 2024
Thanks Pascal you are amazing!
From the moment we arrived in South Africa, our safari adventure was nothing short of extraordinary. Nestled in the heart of the African wilderness, we found ourselves surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of Kruger National Park, a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Our accommodation was luxurious yet seamlessly integrated into the natural environment, offering us stunning views of the savannah from the comfort of our private deck. Each day began with an exhilarating sunrise game drive, where our expert guide shared his deep knowledge and passion for the local wildlife. Witnessing the "Big Five" was an awe-inspiring experience that left us in complete awe of nature's magnificence. The guides were incredibly knowledgeable and made sure we felt safe while immersing ourselves in the wilderness. Evenings were equally enchanting, with sundowner drinks enjoyed against the backdrop of a fiery African sunset, followed by sumptuous dinners under the starlit sky. The cuisine was a delightful fusion of local flavors and gourmet dishes, perfectly complementing the day's adventures. The sense of community at the lodge was heartwarming. The staff were attentive, ensuring every need was met with a smile, and fellow travelers quickly became friends as we shared stories around the campfire. Our South African safari was more than just a holiday; it was a transformative journey that connected us with nature and left us with lasting memories. For anyone seeking an adventure that combines luxury, education, and unparalleled wildlife encounters, a safari in South Africa is an absolute must. We left with hearts full of gratitude and a profound appreciation for the natural world, eagerly planning our return to this magnificent land.
Shila
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GB
Jun 8, 2024
A great experience
Pascal was wonderful to work with! When one camp option fell through he quickly found an equal alternative for our group. He was always very responsive to my many emails and texts. I would highly recommend Safari.com.
Stephanie
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US
Jun 7, 2024
Leché was fantastic - thank you!
Leché was fantastic - super helpful and so patient with me. Provided all the options and was so quick responding to any questions (of which I had many!). So grateful and I can't wait for our holiday!
Chris
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GB
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