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The Greater Kruger Park

Home to the Big 5 of the African bush - lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo - the Kruger Park is definitely one of the world's great wildlife destinations.

Kruger Park Safari Holidays

Unforgettable safari holidays in the Greater Kruger Park.

Greater Kruger Park Offers

Save money on amazing safaris in the Greater Kruger Park.

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

The 65,000 hectare Sabi Sands Game Reserve offers possibly the best game viewing opportunities to be found anywhere on the African continent.

Timbavati Game Reserve

The 60,000 hectare Timbavati Game Reserve is home to Africa's Big 5 as well as many more species of predator and antelope, and this abundance of wildlife ensures that visitors to the area have an unforgettable safari.

Safaris in the Greater Kruger Park

Big 5 Wildlife, Private Reserves and Luxury Lodges

Kruger At A Glance

  • Iconic Wildlife Destination
  • Over 2 Million Hectares
  • Oldest & Largest Park In SA
  • Big 5 Safaris
  • 147 Species of Mammals
  • 517 Species of Birds
  • Wide Choice of Safari Lodges
  • Self-Drive Safaris
  • Malaria Area
  • Good Transport Connections

If you’re looking for really authentic safari experience in South Africa, there’s no place like Kruger National Park. It’s one of the world’s great wildlife destinations, ranking up there with the very best that Africa has to offer. Here, you can watch the sun sink over the bush while you watch giraffes and elephants graze peacefully and take adrenaline-fuelled off-road safaris to track lion prides through the long grass at dawn. If you’re after some on foot adventure, you can even try taking intrepid walking safaris through the park. It’s the Africa of your imagination and it’s there for the taking!

Covering a vast expanse of over 2 million hectares given over purely to conservation, Kruger is home to an immense diversity of wildlife featuring not only the Big 5, but some 490 different species of bird, 147 mammal species, 94 different reptile species, 33 types of amphibians and a magnificent array of over 200 different kinds of trees.

Kruger's Safari Lodges

There are around 100 safari lodges located either within one of the handful of concessions in the Kruger National Park itself, or in one of the adjoining private game reserves on the western side of the National Park, such as the Sabi Sands, Timbavati, Balule and Klaserie.  As if that wasn’t enough, there are also nearby fenced reserves such as Thornybush and Kapama.

Staying at one of these lodges, you’ll be treated to sunrise and sunset guided safaris in open-topped Land Rovers, giving you an incredible game viewing experience. You’ll stop for scenic coffee or sundowners in the bush accompanied by your highly skilled ranger and Shangaan trackers and roam the plains in search in wildlife. There are no words to describe the thrill of this type of safari. It’s something that will stay with you for life.

The safari lodges all take huge pride in getting their guests as close as possible to the animals and in the private reserves the guides are not restricted to the roads, meaning that you can head off-track into the depths of the bush in search of wildlife.

This really is a safari like no other, as the guides and trackers can follow their professional hunches off road and give you the game drive adventure of a lifetime.

When to Visit?

There is never a bad time to visit Kruger, and each of the two major seasons has it's advantages. During the winter months of May to August, the temperature is cooler, and it is easier to find the animals as they tend to congregate around waterholes and rivers.  This is also often the best time to find a special offer or lower price at a safari lodge.

During the summer months of October to April, heavy rain showers and storms are frequent. As a result of the rain, the grass is lush and green, and many animals give birth at this time as there is plenty of food and water around. The downside is that the lush green vegatation can make game viewing more difficult. You can read more about the pros and cons of visiting at different time of year here, but the bottom line is that the game viewing is exceptional all year round.

Getting There And Away

If you book with Travel Butlers, we will, of course, ensure you have the most appropriate transport arrangements for your safari, however it is always helpful to have an idea of the options when planning your trip.

There are excellent flight connections from both Cape Town and Johannesburg to the Park - but keep in mind that the Park is large, so it is important to pick the correct airport for the lodge you will be staying at in order to avoid having a long drive on arrival and departure. Many of the safari lodges also have their own airstrips, and these are serviced by daily shuttle flights from Johannesburg, meaning you can fly straight into the heart of the bush. You can find out more about the travel options here.

Visitors on a self-drive itinerary will find that it is a strightforward drive from Johannesburg to Kruger, but you should allow up to 6 hours for the journey.  There is plenty to do in the lowveld area bordering Kruger, which makes self-drive very appealing for the more independent and adventurous traveller.

Planning Your Own Trip To Kruger

All of the Travel Butlers team have been to Kruger many times, and we can’t recommend it highly enough. We’re familiar with all of the lodges that we offer and we’ll happily talk you through the differences between them. This way, you’ll get the safari holiday that you’ve always dreamed of.

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Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

Timbavati Game Reserve
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Gomo Gomo Game Lodge

Klaserie Game Reserve
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Africa on Foot Camp

Klaserie Game Reserve
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Chisomo Safari Camp

Karongwe Private Game Reserve
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Bongani Mountain Camp

Kruger National Park
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Shiduli Private Game Lodge

Karongwe Private Game Reserve
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Mjejane River Lodge

Kruger National Park
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nThambo Tree Camp

Klaserie Game Reserve
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Karongwe River Lodge

Karongwe Private Game Reserve
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Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge

Balule Nature Reserve
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Umlani Bushcamp

Timbavati Game Reserve
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Elephant Plains Game Lodge

Sabi Sand (via Gowrie Gate)
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Baobab Ridge

Klaserie Game Reserve
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Naledi Game Lodge

Balule Nature Reserve
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Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp

Thornybush Game Reserve (via Thornybush Gate)
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n'Kaya Game Lodge

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Motswari Game Lodge

Motswari Private Game Reserve
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Arathusa Safari Lodge

Sabi Sand (via Gowrie Gate)
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Kapama River Lodge

Kapama Game Reserve
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Honeyguide Khoka Moya

Manyeleti Game Reserve
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