Encompassing over 2 million hectares of pristine unfenced African wilderness, the Kruger National Park is one of the world’s largest game reserves and one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries on Earth. Due to its remarkable size, the park boasts an incredibly diverse variety of landscapes as well as more species of mammal than any other game reserve on the continent. Visitors can look forward to spotting the famous ‘Big Five’ - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino - as well as countless other big game and bird species. Add to this some fascinating archeological sites and a wide variety of impressive game lodges and it is no surprise that this iconic park is widely considered to offer the ultimate African safari experience.
Don’t miss the central region of the Kruger National Park, which is home to an incredible 60 prides of lion, as well as impressive populations of leopard, cheetah and hyena. These predators are attracted by the countless giraffe, antelope, zebra, buffalo and wildebeest that graze on the lush grasses and abundant browsing trees of this central area.
Kruger Private Game Reserves
Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve
Tucked away in the southwestern corner of South Africa’s internationally-acclaimed Kruger National Park, the exclusive Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve offers an exceptionally luxurious safari experience, combining remarkable game viewing opportunities with some of the finest 5-star game lodges in the country. This prestigious reserve features an impressive diversity of scenic landscapes, providing an ideal habitat for an incredible variety of African wildlife. In addition to the unusually high number of leopard sightings, for which the park is famous, visitors can look forward to close-up encounters with the rest of the ‘Big-Five’, as well as countless other big game species.
Don’t miss the chance to experience one of the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve’s unforgettable sightings of the elusive leopard.
Timbavati Private Game Reserve
Ideally situated on the unfenced western fringes of the Kruger National Park, the Timbavati Private Game Reserve is best known as the home of five of the world’s six remaining wild white lions. In addition to these majestic and remarkably rare creatures, the reserve boasts more than 40 species of mammal, including the ‘Big Five’ and the highest density of giraffe in the world. Birding enthusiasts will be equally well catered for with over 350 bird species inhabiting the area, most notably its impressive number of ostriches, owls and other birds of prey. With only twelve lodges in this exclusive private reserve, guests are guaranteed an unforgettably intimate safari experience in an unspoiled wilderness environment.
Don’t miss the opportunity to spot one of the world-famous and exceptionally rare Timbavati white lions.
Kapama Private Game Reserve
Set against the spectacularly scenic backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains, the Kapama Private Game Reserve shares an unfenced border with the Thornybush Private Game Reserve and forms part of the Greater Kruger Park. This exclusive and intimate reserve is not limited by its relatively small size, as it features some remarkable natural diversity. It provides a home for the much sought after ‘Big Five’, as well as more than 40 other mammal species and over 350 species of bird. Guests can look forward to staying in one of the reserve’s four luxurious bush camps or lodges and can enjoy a wide range of activities including elephant-back safaris, hot-air balloon rides, and romantic sleep-outs beneath the stars.
Don’t miss the chance to experience a bird’s-eye view of this scenic reserve, while enjoying an unforgettable hot air balloon safari.
Manyeleti Game Reserve
Sandwiched between the unfenced Sabi Sands and the Timbavati private game reserves, on the edge of the Kruger National Park, Manyeleti is an exclusive game reserve offering exceptional wildlife watching opportunities, extremely low vehicle density, experienced guides, and only three luxurious lodges and tented camps. Once the only game reserve in the country that accommodated people of colour, Manyaleti’s lack of development during the apartheid era has resulted in a pristine stretch of untouched wilderness, reminiscent of the African bush before the advent of mass ecotourism. Visitors can look forward to a secluded and thoroughly off-the-beaten-track safari adventure, complete with ‘Big-Five’ game viewing and some fascinating insight into the culture of the local Mnisi tribesmen, who manage the park.
The name Manyeleti means ‘Place of Stars’ in the local Shangaan language and it is easy to see why. Don’t miss the chance to spend your evenings gazing up at the most spectacular view of the African night sky, covered in a thick blanket of countless twinkling stars.
Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Comprising over 14 000 hectares of unspoiled African wilderness, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the Thornybush Private Game Reserve has gained a well-deserved reputation for offering one of South Africa’s finest ‘Big-Five’ safari experiences. Guests can enjoy a variety of unforgettable activities including twice-daily game drives, guided bush walks, horse or elephant-back rides, scenic flights in a helicopter or a light aircraft, relaxing spa treatments and even hot-air balloon safaris. Whether you are seeking a secluded romantic getaway or an action-packed, family-friendly adventure, Thornybush offers a variety of luxurious lodges to suit your needs.
Don’t miss the chance to meet the local tribesmen while witnessing the vibrant cultural spectacle of a tribal dance performance, complete with lively African music and some captivating traditional costumes.